The CRAVEN FAMILY COLLECTION

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contains: correspondence mainly concerning the history of the Craven family 1853-1964; loose invoices and receipts of the Craven family 1677-1889; newspaper extracts concerning obituaries of the Craven family 1883-1956; notes concerning the history of the Craven family compiled by Rupert Craven n.d.; passport of Countess of Craven 1883; photograph of a member of the Craven family in military uniform n.d.; photographs of members of the Craven family 1780-1842; extract from the will of George Grimstone, earl of Craven 1870; extract from the will of Charles William White 1884; report of the speech of George Craven at the nomination of candidates of the Liberal party for a seat in Parliament c1863; article by W J Stavert 'Notes on the pedigree of the Cravens of Appletreewick' (reprinted from the Yorkshire archaeological Journal 1895); article by W J Stavert 'Supplementary notes on the pedigree of the Cravens of Appletreewick' (reprinted from the Yorkshire archaeological journal); an account of Captain Sir John Phillimore, R N entitled 'Post-Captain Extraordinary' by P Carew

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Jones with his wife and son Abraham sold the manor of Hampstead Marshall in 1620 to Elizabeth Craven, widow and three others. In 1625 her trustees conveyed it to Sir Charles Montagu and Sir Edmund Sawyer apparently in trust for her eldest son William.

William Craven was knighted at Newmarket in 1627. In 1673 he was created Viscount Craven of Uffington and Earl of Craven of Craven. He died in 1697. The manor passed to a distant cousin William Craven. He died on 9 October 1711 passing the estate to his son William third Lord Craven. William died on 10 August 1739. The title and the estates passed to his brother Fulwar who became fourth Lord Craven. He died unmarried on 10 November 1764. He was succeeded by his cousin William. This William died on 17 March 1769 when the manor passed to his nephew William, sixth Lord Craven. He died on 27 September 1791 when the manor and title passed to his son William. William seventh Lord Craven. He was created Viscount Uffington and Earl of Craven on 18 June 1801. He died in 1825, when the estates and title passed to his son William. William second Earl of Craven died 25 August 1866, when the manor and titles passed to his second but eldest surviving son George Grimstone Craven, third earl. He was Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire in 1881 and died 7 december 1883 when he was succeeded by his son William George Robert Craven, fourth Earl of Craven.

Arrangement

1. CORRESPONDENCE

2. ACCOUNTS

3. NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS

4. NOTES

5. PASSPORTS

6. PHOTOGRAPHS

7. PRINTS

8 .WILLS

9. PRINTED MATERIAL

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Presented on temporary loan May 1967 by Lt.Cdr. R. Craven, (Farm Records Accession Number 60)

Note

Compiled by Caroline Gould, January 2003 with reference to DITCHFIELD P H and PAGE W The Victorian History of Berkshire London 1906-1924 vol 4, p181

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

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