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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 66 - 1953  pages 69
Kent Archives Office — 1953 continued

   (c) Family papers—including accounts, terriers, inventories, documents relating to the holding of public office, law suits, and many more personal papers, correspondence, etc. No class is so varied or potentially of such wide interest.
   (d) Maps from c. 1600. The office holds a very fine collection of estate maps but this does not cover the whole county equally well; East Kent in particular is poorly represented as yet.
   Some indication of the size and variety of these archives is shown by the following list of important collections held by the office:
   Sackville of Knole, Radnor of Folkestone, Cornwallis of Linton, Brabourne of Mersham, Aylesford of Aylesford, Filmer of East Sutton, Geary of Hadlow, Morland of Lamberhurst, Stapleton of Mereworth, Twisden, Dering, Farnaby Lennard, De Laune, Norman and many others. It might be noted that many records of this class have been received through the good offices of the Archaeological Society.

The Archives Office also houses a small but useful reference library of books of both local and technical interest, which may be consulted on the spot; a very large collection of prints has been acquired and some printed county maps. Arrangements can be made for photostats of documents to be made. The Office is normally open on 

weekdays from 9.30 to 5.0 p.m., excluding the period 
1 p.m. to 1.45 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9.15 a.m. till 12.15 p.m. Intending searchers need not make appointments in advance although it is always an advantage to the staff if prior notification is received.

This section should normally include the accessions for a particular year. In view of present circumstances, however, it is considered wise to restrict it to collections which have been catalogued since December, 1952. Naturally these only represent a very small part of the whole.
   Sackville MSS. (Deposited by the Rt. Hon. Lord Sackville.) Only the manorial records and deeds for Kent have been listed so far, these comprise:
   Manorial Draft court rolls, etc., for Kemsing and Seal, 1665, 1829-67, with valuation, c. 1640; draft court rolls, etc., for Sevenoaks and Knole, 1794-1801, with rentals, 1762; rentals for all manors, 1801-26.
   Deeds. 1028 mainly for Knole together with properties in Sevenoaks, Kemsing, Seal, Ashurst, Ightham, Chevening, Sundridge, Pembury, Speldhurst and Penshurst, and estates in counties Sussex, Essex, Derby, Staffs., Warwicks., Gloucs., Hants., Surrey, Middlesex and London, 1568-1829; Sevenoaks, 1654-1852; Seal, 1467-1845;

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