Scope and Content

This property (no.45 Lincolns Inn

Fields) was bought in 1704 by Francis

Annesley (VI). On his death in 1750, it

was passed to his youngest son Arthur

(VIII), and it eventually came to Arthur

(VIII)'s nephew Rev. Francis Annesley

(VIII), the owner of the Northants.

property. The house then followed the

same route of inheritance as the

Northants. land (for which see E6/9

above), until it should have been

inherited by Arthur Annesley (XIII),

Viscount Valentia in 1863. At this

point, it was found that Arthur's father

Arthur (XII) had sold the reversion of

the base fee of the property to Henry

Denton, the then tenant of the house, in

1843 for a mere £500, and had agreed to

convert this into a fee simple, but had

died first. Arthur (XIII) wished to

declare the 1843 deed fraudulent, and a

long legal battle ensued with Denton's

heirs. In 1872, the courts found in

Arthur (XIII)'s favour declaring that

he could hold on to the property, but

should repay the principal on the 1843

mortgage, with all the interest, but

Denton's heirs began to make an appeal.

At this point, the parties agreed to

come to a compromise, whereby Arthur

(XIII) sold the property outright to

Denton's heirs for the fairer sum of


Note here E6/2/E1/2, a rental including

the London property.