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Maps, Plans, Manuscripts, Documents, Engravings, Ephemera, etc.

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A selection of :- Berkshire Acts of Parliament
When ordering from this list please note item No, and brief description.
Measurements for maps, engravings, etc are given depth x width.

  1. Abingdon LEASE of a messuage with garden, warehouse and workshop in Ock Street, The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Abingdon to Ann Jackson, widow. Vellum, size 22" x 28", small plan in margin, papered seal of the Borough on tag. 1851. £22.00

  2. Anon. BERKSHIRE LADY In Four Parts. Ballad in 45 verses, printed in three columns with large heading, very decorative border with swags, etc., and woodcut head and shoulders portrait of a lady. Size 14" x 9". Trimmed to within half an inch of the border, no imprint. c1830. £48.00
    Tells the story of a rich lady of Reading who challenged the man she had fallen in love with to marry her or fight her in a duel 'You shall find I do not vapour/For I have a trusty rapier...'

  3. Bradfield PARTICULARS of the Exceptionally Attractive Residential Property known as Mead House, Bradfield, A Country House of Exceptional Character... walled kitchen gardens, a capital cottage, Potash Farm.. for Sale by Auction... 15th July, 1930. 12pp., 4to, folding plan, stiff wraps, photo on front wrap, lacks one of the two tipped-in photographs. Foxing at bottom of front wrap. 1930. £8.00

  4. Britwell LETTER from J.P. Johnson to an unknown correspondent, dated Britwell Rectory May 1st 1891. 4p., small 8vo, in a small hand. Supports his friends views expressed in a letter to a Bristol newspaper about Income Tax. 'I well remember the time Sir Robert Peel put it on only... for 7 years...'. 1891. £9.00
    Says 'overteaching a certain class' is wrong and in country parishes 'boys have refused to plough and run off to town to clerical situations, cui bono?' James Johnson was Rector of Britwell 1851-92.

  5. Chatteris family of Sandleford Priory GRANT OF ARMS to William Pollett Brown Chatteris of Brazen Nose College Oxford On vellum, size 25" x19", 25 lines in ink, blue borders, first line in Gothic script in gold letters. Top left is Chatteris coat of arms, 7" x 6", and three other coats of arms including a royal one alongside. Signed by George Nayler, Garter Principal King of Arms, and Ralph Bigland, Clarenceaux King of Arms, at the bottom, with slots of tags for seals, but there are no seals or tags present. Trace of horizontal fold 1831. £200.00
    The arms were 'a chevron gules between three fleurs de lis vert on a Chief Azure three Bezants' with 'a Pheasant proper' holding a Fleur de lis in his beak on the crest. William Pollett Brown Chatteris purchased the lease of Sandleford Priory, near Newbury in 1835. His second wife was the daughterof Sir Thomas Hardy. He died in 1889. George Naylor was the author of a work on Gloucestershire coats of arms (1792) and Ralph Bigland wrote 'Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections Relative to Gloucestershire' (1791).

  6. Tottenhoe ACCOUNT BOOK for payments to farm workers, January 1801 - 1827, plus some later accounts in a different hand for the 1860's. Notebook size 8" x 6", parchment boards, 110 pages listing payments for specific jobs, many with names of labourer, with a few payments for cheese, beef, beer, seeds, plough etc. ('bt a mare in London' 'pd for wood in Westbury'). For example: 'Pd. Irish men for reeping 5 A. wheat', 'Pd Wm. Lawrence thatching wheat cock 800ft.', 'Pd Wm. Matthis shepherding', 'Pd for mowing 16 A sinfoil'. Following this section are 5p. listing oats, peas, beans, barley 'thrashed from harvest' 1802-5, and 20 of accounts in a different, untidy hand for labour and other expenses from the 1860's. At the other end of the book are 5 pages of receipts, for stock etc., sold, 1801-3. 1801-1866. £140.00
    There is no mention of places in the accounts, although loosely inserted is a slip for receipt of taxes from Ed. Dines, signed by the Collectors of Tottenhoe. The name 'E. Dines is doodled several times in the book.

  7. Egerton (John William) NOTE REGARDING HIS CHAISE requiring a mat to be ordered for his chaise, and saying what he likes about the chaise, and what is wanting. 11 lines on one side of 4to sheet, dated Sunning Hill, Sunday July 11th (no year given). Signed 'John Wm. Egerton'. n.d. c1810? £28.00
    'I like the chaise very well, it seems to run very light...' Egerton was an M.P., and became the fourth richest man in Britain when he inherited the Duke of Bridgwater's estates. Sunning Hill was the home of his wife's family, the Haynes.

  8. Greenham ILLUSTRATED PARTICULARS, PLANS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE of the Freehold Residential and Sporting Property well known as the Greenham Lodge Estate... for sale by auction... 20th September, 1938. 76pp., printed wraps, size 13" x 8", large folding coloured plan in pocket at rear, 6 photographic plates with 2 views on each plate. 1938. £70.00
    There were 124 Lots. Includes Greenham Lodge, course and club house of the Newbury District Golf Club, farms of Westwood, Hambridge, Pigeons, Lower Farm, houses called 'St. Andrews', 'The Kennels', 'Noah's Ark', Norman Cottages, Ivy Cottages, Lordship of the Manor of Greenham, fishing rights in the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Navigation, and Bone Mill stream and Moor Stream, etc.

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  9. Reading GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Sheet 268. Scale 1" to 1 mile. Colour-printed, size 13" x 20" plus margins, dissected, linen-backed and folding to 8vo, marbled wraps. 1904. £16.00

  10. Reading ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP of the Country Round East Ilsey. Scale 1" to 1 mile. Size 26" x 38" plus margins, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into 8vo marbled wraps, with Stanford label with title as above. Covers almost the whole of Berkshire, plus parts of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire. Counties coloured in pale wash, with deeper colour at the borders, parkland, railways, water features, main roads hand-coloured. 1906. £70.00
    Covers Abingdon, Wokingham, Stratfield Saye, Shrivenham.

  11. Reading PROBATE of the will of John Dudman, gent., of Reading, late of Sackville Street, Piccadilly. Two large vellum sheets, manuscript, with Certificate of Administration, printed with manuscript inserts, attached, large papered seal. Brown stain approx. 2" x 2" affecting two sheets, verso where titled rather spotty. 1823. £18.00
    Leaves large amounts of Bank of England stock, annuities etc. to different people, and his tea chest, silver spoons, Bible.

  12. Stanford's Geographical Establishment FOLDING MAP showing Marlborough, Savernake. Scale 6" to 1 mile. Covers the whole of Marlborough, Axford, Savernake Forest, Wootton Rivers. Size 32" x 34", folding to 8vo. Lacks front wrap, but back wrap still attached. c1910. £18.00

  13. Windsor, Addlestone ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP Sheet No. 269. Scale 1" to 1 mile, size 13" x 19" plus wide margins. Admiralty stamp in margin. Margins slightly grubby. Minor corrections March 1914. £22.00

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