Harcourt Powell family, of Drinkstone Park, Suffolk

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Family settlements and wills with associated trust deeds, 1613-1867; personal papers, estate correspondence and law papers, 1671-1857; Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Middlesex deeds and estate papers, [c. 1604]-1815; Isle of Wight and Hampshire deeds and estate papers, 1528-1856; Leicestershire deeds and legal papers, 1654-1754; Devon and Somerset deeds, 1713-1763; Suffolk, Kent and Essex deeds and papers, 1717-1831; Pennsylvania, U.S.A., papers, 1794-1831; Sussex deeds, 1518-1749; Wiltshire deeds, 1617-1815; and Pembrokeshire title deeds with rentals, colliery accounts and estate correspondence, 1634-1854.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Hook estate, Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, was purchased by the Powell family in the late 18th or early 19th century. The estate descended directly in the male line until Thomas Harcourt Powell (b. 1819), who was succeeded by his nephew, John Harcourt Powell of Marsh Mills House, Henley-on-Thames, Surrey. The family's principal seat was Drinkstone Park, Suffolk, but the family owned land in numerous other English counties. According to the 1873 return of owners of land the Hook estate measured 3,083 acres, all in Pembrokeshire, and carried an annual rental of £3,393

Arrangement

Arranged into the following categories by Swansea University: family settlements and wills with associated trust deeds (D/POW/A); personal papers, estate correspondence and law papers (D/POW/B); Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Middlesex deeds and estate papers (D/POW/C); Isle of Wight and Hampshire deeds and estate papers (D/POW/D); Leicestershire deeds and legal papers ((D/POW/E); Lincolnshire deed (D/POW/F), Norfolk deeds (D/POW/G), Pembrokeshire deeds and estate papers, correspondence and colliery accounts (D/POW/H); Devon and Somerset deeds (D/POW/J); Suffolk, Kent and Essex deeds and papers, Pennsylvania U.S.A. papers (D/POW/K); Sussex deeds (D/POW/L); Wiltshire deeds (D/POW/M); and decayed and damaged parchments and papers (D/POW/N).

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr S. J. Powell of Lilac Cottage, Penmaen, Gower, Swansea, in October 1986 and March 1987.

Note

Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); James Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-6); Walford, Edward, The County Families of the United Kingdom or Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland (London, 1881).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The collection was originally deposited on temporary loan in January 1986 at the University College of Swansea by Mr Powell.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Glynne-Gladstone family are Flintshire Record Office, D/BJ, D/LJ; and National Library of Wales, Glynne of Hawarden Estate Records.