Ince Papers concerning property in Shanghai

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a range of materials relating to the management of Ince's property in Shanghai including correspondence, legal papers, title deeds, rental books, invoices, ledgers, tax returns, press cuttings, technical drawings and maps.

A bundle of papers concern land and investments owned by the family of the Revd C.H. Barham of Trecwn, Pembrokeshire, Ince's brother-in-law, for which Ince was trustee.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Alexander Ince arrived in Shanghai, China in July 1854 and became a land- renter in the British settlement, acquiring his property in April 1858. The British settlement lay between the old walled city and Soochow Creek and Ince's land, or some of it, appears to have been adjacent to the Creek. Ince seems to have been comparatively successful in the construction and letting out of property though he was involved in at least one land case against the Shanghai Municipal Council. He returned to London in 1867 and thereafter conducted his business through a number of agents including the Oriental Bank Corporation and the Agra Bank.


The papers are arranged in the following series: correspondence, day book, rental book, invoices, journals, ledgers, balance sheets, tax returns, technical drawings, press cuttings, Barham papers, miscellaneous papers and maps.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to SOAS in 2002. Since ownership is unknown title to the papers has not been transferred.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Contact SOAS Archives in first instance.

Custodial History

For many years the documents lay in a London solicitor's office.

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