Scope and Content

Contains: correspondence concerning business matters arising from the deaths of R G Cave and William C Martin 1877-1934; accounts of the succession to personal property on the death of George Richards of West Almer, Dorset 1877; account of the personal estate and of moneys arising out of the real estate of George Richards of West Almer, Dorset 1877; account of Edward Cave with the parties and legatees entitled under the marriage settlement and will of George Richards 1877; executors cash account for Robert Gale Cave 1929; statement showing amount of cash required on the death of Robert Gale Cave c1927; executors cash account for Edward William Cave 1929; estate account for Edward William Cave 1930; estate account and division account for Edward William Cave 1929; quitclaim of Edward William Cave and Henry Richards from all claims by George Thomas Cull Bennett and Maria Louisa Bennet and others 1877; leases for West Chaldon Farm, Chaldon Herring, Dorset 1809; land and buildings in Fordington, Dorset 1814, 1821; Abbot's Court Farm, Winterbourne Kingston, Dorset 1905; biographical note on Robert Gale and his descedants 1900; live stock insurance policies 1935; receipts 1810-1812, 1877-1887; specification of work to be done at Bailie Leaze, Sturminster Marshall, Dorset 1933; valuation of household furniture and other effects of Edward William Cave at Fordington, Dorset 1822; valuation of livestock, hay, straw, roots, tillages, tenant right, implements etc for the purpose of stock taking at Bishops Court Farm, Shapwick, Dorset the property of Edward William Cave 1920; appointment of Elizabeth Gale as administratix of the property of her father William Stephens 1819; last will and testament of Edward William Cave 1821; appointment of Robert Gale, the elder and Elizabeth Cave as trustees under the will of Edward William Cave 1827; last will and testament of Robert Gale of West Chaldon, Dorset 1830; appointment of Edward William Cave and Henry Richards, the younger as trustees under the marriage settlement of George Richards and Anna Maria Mathews 1864; last will and testament of George Richards of West Almer, Dorset 1868; last will and testament of William Charles Martin of Bailie Leaze Sturminster Dorset 1930

Administrative / Biographical History

The donor's family, after farming for many years in the Fordington area of Dorset, moved to Bishopscourt in 1877Farm size: Bishopscourt Farm 846 acres; chalk and loam; tenants on Bankes estate



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Acquisition Information

Presented on permanent deposit 18 March 1966 by E.R. Cave, (Farm Records Acession 66)


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 21 February 2003

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