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Estate administration: correspondence, 1733-[1917]

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCAR/1/1/6

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Fonds:

Records of the administration of the estate of Sir George Downing and his heirs, later devised to Downing College; and of their administration by Downing College.

A major series: the records, traditional and unusual of the estates and manors owned, accumulated and sold by the Downings and later by Downing College, mainly outside of the College site (although originally touted site at Dolls Close is included) and not including property later bequeathed to, or acquired by the College in, for example, London, Thetford and Yorkshire. [It mainly encompasses the land left to the College by Sir George Downing and his relatives, but also includes land acquired by the College to augment parts of the estate - eg. land and premises purchased of Kings College, in Tadlow]. Also included in this group are papers relating to the foundation of Downing College and the legal battle with descendants of George Downing to gain possession of the estate and estate revenues. See DCAR/1/2 - 5 for records relating to other College property.


  • Creation: 1733-[1917]


Conditions Governing Access

From the Sub-Fonds:

Records are generally open, although some closure periods may apply for more recent records.


c. 450 item(s) (c. 450 pieces [letters and notes])

Language of Materials



At some point all estate correspondence has been grouped and listed by subject; during the subsequent cataloguing an attempt was made to reconstruct what was more likely to have been the original arrangement.

Related Materials

See DCAR/1/1/2 for 20th century bursarial files; see DCAR/1/2/1/D3 for correspondence concerning procurement of College site; DCAR/1/2/2/6/2 for 19th c building correspondence


There is some element of overlap between the Legal and Non 'Legal correspondence. Distinctions have been drawn according to recipients of letters; and where they include matters of a specifically legal import. Therefore a bundle of letters to Francis Annesley can be found in the legal section, as can some Steward's correspondence. See also non-legal sub-series.

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
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