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Land Purchase, Isleworth. Memorandum, 4pp folio, detailing the purchase of various parcels of meadow or pasture land from Mr [Jonathan] Smith, Mannor of Isleworth, Syon.
1734 Dated 1734, noting each 'parcel', and in some cases previous owners, as recorded in a copy of the Court Rolls for 1684-1685. Land is purchased in Whitton within the Isleworth Parish. Names include Thomas Blagrave, Thomas Gee, Peregrine Britain, John Seagood, and John Bennet. Front 'outer' page rather dusted, old fold marks.Syon House and its 200 acre park is still the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, whose family have lived there for over 400 years. It is the last surviving ducal residence and country estate in Greater London. The 7th Duke of Somerset died in 1750, and Hugh and Elizabeth Seymour, who were to become the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, inherited the estates. They were leading figures in contemporary society, and would have inherited a house with dated interiors, surrounded by an unfashionable formal landscape. Gardens and House were both in a poor condition. The solution was a complete redesign of Syon. In one of his first major commissions, the landscape architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown swept away the formal landscape to the south and west of the House, replacing it with the open views characteristic of the English Landscape movement. Over the course of twenty years he extended this to the north and west, incorporating farmland to the west into the new park, and creating Pleasure Grounds to the north, both centred on large new ornamental lakes. In the House the Scottish architect Robert Adam was commissioned to create a series of striking classical interiors, filled with antiquities shipped from Italy. National Archives record: 1689: A surrender of all of Thomas Blagrave's copyhold property to the uses of his will; 1689-1730: Abstract of the title of Jonathan Smith and Elhannah his daughter to copyhold lands at Isleworth; 1734: Memorandum of surrender of cottage and lands at Whitton by Jonathan Smith.
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