Grafton (Wakefield Lodge) 1541-1933, 4453 docs. & 28 boxes, ref G & MAPS 433-465, 4208-4268
Foreword by Crispin Powell
The Honour of Grafton, a group of manors in the south east of the county, was granted to Catherine of Braganza, Charles II's Queen, for life in 1673. On her death it was passed to the Earl of Arlington. By the time she died in 1705 Arlington was also dead, so the Honour passed to the 2nd Duke of Grafton - his grandson and heir. The Dukedom had been created for one of Charles II's natural sons by Lady Castlemaine. Wakefield Lodge was rebuilt by the 2nd Duke as his residence in Northamptonshire but the main Ducal seat is Euston in Suffolk. The Dukes of Grafton retained their Northamptonshire estates until 1921.
|G201 - G400||G601 - G800||G801 - G1000|
|G1001 - G1200||G1201 - G1400||G1601 - G1800||G1801 - G2000|
|G2001 - G2200||G2201 - G2400||G2601 - G2800||G2801 - G3000|
Further catalogue entries will be added as they are recorded
Holdings at the Northants Record Office include:
Note: Many of the later 19thC. papers have been badly damaged by damp.