London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1806 - 1934

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the Child and Jersey families, including property transactions relating to properties in Norwood, Southall, Hanwell, Heston, Isleworth, and Saint George Hanover Square; sales particulars; tithe records; public utility undertakings; legal papers; estate papers; plans and rentals.
Extent: 0.45 linear metres.
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Manor of Osterley in Heston was purchased by property developer Nicholas Barbon in 1683. Barbon conveyed the Manor to two co-mortgagees including the banker Sir Francis Child the elder (1642-1718). Child took possession of the Manor on Barbon's death in 1698, while his son Robert Child (d. 1721) bought out the co-mortgagee, so that the Child family owned the whole estate. The family expanded the estates by purchasing nearby Manors and commissioned Robert Adam to redesign the house.

    The estates and Child's Bank were inherited by Sarah Anne (1764-1793), daughter and sole heir of Robert Child (d. 1782). Under the terms of Robert Child's will the estates passed to Sarah Anne's daughter Lady Sarah Sophia Fane (1785-1867), who was said to have an income of £60,000 a year. Lady Sarah married George Villiers, the fifth Earl of Jersey (1773-1859) who took the name Child-Villiers in 1812. Osterley Park stayed in the Jersey family until 1949 when it was sold to the National Trust.

    In 1800 the Manor of Hayes was sold to the executors of Robert Child's will and was therefore added to Osterley and passed to Lady Sarah Sophia Fane and her husband the Earl of Jersey. They sold the Manor in 1829 to Robert Willis Blencowe.

    The Manors of Norwood and Southall were united in 1547. In 1754 they were sold to Agatha Child who left them to her son Francis Child. They were united with the Manor of Hayes and followed the same descent - passing to the Jersey family and then sold to Robert Willis Blencowe.

    For more information about Osterley Park and Manor see 'Heston and Isleworth: Osterley Park', and 'Heston and Isleworth: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 100-111 (available online).

    See also 'Hayes: Manors and other estates' and 'Norwood, including Southall: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4: Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner (1971), pp. 26-29 and pp. 43-45.
Creator: Various.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • ACC/0405
  • Records deposited in January 1951.
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions Access by written permission only
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: Records arranged into 13 series.
Related Material: The LMA holds a large number of Jersey family papers, catalogued in 13 collections with the following reference codes: