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Repository GB 0157 Nottinghamshire Archives
ReferenceNo DD/NW
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AccessionNo 6903
Date 1794 - 2002
Extent 14 boxes, 1 vol
CreatorName Webb family of Newstead.
AdminHistory The Newstead Abbey estate was sold by the 6th Lord Byron to Colonel Wildman in 1817, who subsequently sold the estate to William Frederick Webb in 1860. The estate was held by descendants of William Frederick Webb until 1931.

When William Frederick Webb died, his daughters, Geraldine, Ethel and Augusta succeeded to the property at Newstead, together with estates held at Cowton, near Northallerton, Yorkshire.

The Reelig estates came into the family as a result of the marriage of Augusta Zelia Webb with Philip Affleck Fraser, 18th of Reelig. When her son, Charles Ian Fraser succeeded her in 1925, he became responsible for Newstead, Cowton and Reelig.

The greater part of Newstead Abbey and its grounds were sold to the philanthropist, Sir Julian Cahn, in 1931, who subsequently presented it to the Corporation of Nottingham. In the same year, Charles Fraser presented the Newstead Collection of Byron Relics to the City.

The Cowton estates were sold in 1948.
CustodialHistory These papers came from the estate of Harry German, land agent for the Newstead Abbey estates, 1909-1945. On German's death, the papers were left to his executor, Edmund Shaw-Browne, and on his death were left to the Shaw-Browne family.
ScopeAndContent The collection comprises personal papers and estate records, the latter consisting of estate correspondence and accounts, together with some maps and plans and a set of sale particulars. The personal papers form the bulk of the collection, which is mainly correspondence of members of the Webb family, together with papers of the Shaw-Browne family.
AccessStatus Open
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ReproductionNote Copies may be made for personal use for research for non-commercial purpose or private study upon payment of the appropriate fee. Prior to the publication of any item permission must be sought in writing from the Principal Archivist and the copyright owner. A reproduction fee may be charged.
Publication Rosalys Coope, 'The Webb Family and its Ownership of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, 1860-1925' in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, Vol 105, 2001.

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