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Acquisition TermsDeposited on indefinite loan : 1947-1984
TitleRECORDS OF THE HERRICK FAMILY OF BEAUMANOR, ESTATES IN LEICESTERSHIRE, HEREFORDSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE, MONMOUTH AND RADNOR
Date1277-1930
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe Herricks were a Leicestershire family of considerable antiquity and standing. The family is found at Great Stretton in the thirteenth century and at Houghton on the Hill in the fifteenth century; Thomas Herrick, son of Robert Herrick of Houghton on the Hill, established the family in Leicester, becoming Borough Chamberlain in 1511 - 12. Both his sons became Mayor of Leicester; Nicholas in 1552 and John in 1557 and again in 1572. John had five sons and seven daughters and it was his youngest son, William, who purchased Beaumanor in 1595. William was a goldsmith in London, having been apprenticed to his brother, Nicholas, father of the poet, Robert; he undertook a diplomatic mission to the Grand Turk in 1580 - 81 on behalf of Elizabeth I; he was appointed royal jeweller to James I in 1603; knighted in 1605 and made a Teller of the Exchequer in 1616. In 1832 on the death of William Herrick (1745 - 1832) the family estates passed to his nephew, William Herrick, son of Thomas Bainbrigge Herrick and his wife Mary, who was the daughter and heiress of James Perry of Wolverhampton. William assumed the name of Perry in addition to Herrick in 1853. It was through the Perry connections that the Herricks acquired their estates in Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Wales. William Perry Herrick died, without issue, in 1876 as a result of a hunting accident; his widow, Mrs. Sophia Herrick, remained at Beaumanor until her death in 1915 when the estates passed by will to William Curzon, son of the Hon. Montagu Curzon, a younger son of Earl Howe of Gopsall, Leicestershire. William Curzon assumed the name of Herrick in 1915.
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The bulk of the family's correspondence which begins in the sixteenth century was bound into a series of eleven volumes but these are in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. (See related list Ms.Eng.list. b.216 and c.474-484
Documents relating to the Bardon Park Estate, Leics., which was acquired by William Perry Herrick in 1864, can be found under the repository reference DE 2155.
There are two additional Herrick papers under the reference DE 2815.
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