RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
LevelCollection
Ref No852
TitleWythes Estate Papers
Date1767-1969
DescriptionPapers originating from George Wythes' Estate, concerning his acquisition, management and disposal of lands in Sydenham and Beckenham (Kent) and Penge (Surrey). Includes a schedule of deeds in the collection (1969); copies of Acts of Parliament affecting the lands (1810-1827); deeds relating to previous conveyances affecting the properties (1767-1862); deeds through which Wythes acquired land (1853-61); papers relating to the management of the estate during Wythe's lifetime (including lease of land for brick making, agreements with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, debts owed on the land, leases and mortgages of land); deeds relating to the disposal of the estate, 1856-1933 (sale by Wythes during his lifetime and sale by his executors after his death) and maps, plans and drawings of the Sydenham Estate, Bromley, Kent and surrounding areas.
Administrative HistoryGeorge Wythes
George Wythes (1811-83) was born in Hadson, Worcestershire in 1811. The second child and eldest son of Thomas and Letitia Wythes, he was christened in the local parish church on 28 July 1811.
Little information exists about his early years, however, he became an engineer and made his fortune in railway construction and development. He married Frances (Fanny) Wagstaff (1812-79) on 6 July 1836 and they went on to have 1 son, George (1839-75). After George junior's early death, his 2 young sons, George E (1867-87) and Ernest J (1868-1949) went to live with their grandfather in Bickley Hall, Bromley, Kent. The 1881 census shows the family living at the hall, along with 8 servants.
Wythes died on 3 March 1883, leaving a vast estate to his two grandsons. He is buried in Bickley parish church. After his death, much of the estate was sold off for the benefit of his remining grandson Ernest (George E having died in 1887 at the age of 19).

The Estate
Although the collection mainly consists of documents relating to land in Kent and on the Kent/Surrey border, at would appear that Wythes' estate was far larger than this. He bought Copped Hall in Epping, Essex for his son in the 1870s, which he kept until his death in 1943.
Extent8 Boxes
FormatMaps and Plans
Access StatusOpen
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