Papers of the Freke Family of Hannington, Wiltshire

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 201-3, c. 338-9; Eng. lett. c. 30; Top. Wilts. b. 4, c. 6
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-18th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      8 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of the Freke family, consisting of:  

  • Personal accounts of William Freke at Oxford and the Middle Temple, 1619-39
  • Accounts of payments to workmen [at Hannington] by William Freke, 1653
  • Letters to Ralf Freke, 1622-62
  • Papers, mainly abstracts of leases, relating to estates in Hannington, 1650, 1712-88
  • Pedigree of the Freke family made by William Freke of Hinton St. Mary, Dorset, 1707
  • Two deeds relating to property in Hannington, 1726, 1789, with legal opinions, 1783, and a copy of the will of John Freke, 1810
  • Estate and household accounts of Anne Freke at Hannington, 1737-46
  • Accounts of the trustees and executors of William Freke, 1782-5

Administrative / Biographical History

Freke family of Hannington, Wiltshire.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1934 and 1956.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43661-8.

Related Material

Deeds relating to Freke family property are separately catalogued in the Library as MSS. Ch. Dorset 14-22, Ch. Hants. 183-4, Ch. Norf. 839, Ch. Wilts. 335-42.