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Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« on: Thursday 09 February 17 11:54 GMT (UK) »
We are looking to trace Walcot family members formally of Bitterley Court, Bitterley, Ludlow, Shropshire. 
The Walcot family lived at Bitterley Court for 300 years or so. 
They owned the right to appoint the rector (they have the "patronage" or the "advowson") of St Mary's Church, Bitterley.   
Bitterley Court was sold to the Wheelers in 1898, however the Walcot family retained the right to appoint the rector.
The Diocese of Hereford only has the following information about the owners of the advowson: Walcot Family Trust c/o Morgans Solicitors, Mill Street.  Unfortunately Morgans has closed down and the business was bought by Lanyon Bowdler.  My employer has contacted them, but they have no records about the Walcot Family Trust.
Any information would be fantastic.

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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 09 February 17 14:09 GMT (UK) »
I've no idea about the items lodged with the solicitors, but from a search of the National Archives Discovery catalogue (which includes the holdings of other archives as well) it appears at least some of the family papers are at Shropshire Archives - see http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/c/F18566

Shropshire Archives should be able to give you more information about these items, including access arrangements etc. I haven't checked, but it's possible there will be a more detailed listing on their own website.
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 09 February 17 19:22 GMT (UK) »
A piece in the newspaper Hereford Times 10th June 1899
Concerning the will of Rev John Walcot of Bitterley Court Estate (part of).
" The advowson and right of presentation to the living of Bitterley and all the residue of his real and personal estate he leaves to Owen Charles Bamfylde Dashwood Walcot."

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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 09 February 17 20:23 GMT (UK) »
Apparently some documents from Morgans Solicitors also made it to Shropshire Archives - see
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/c66675ae-4f20-4a34-a315-d5ea7b2c6230 and
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/113bb0d7-575f-4c5f-ae05-ef210a9e30a4

And Shropshire Archives do have an online catalogue, though sometimes it's easier to talk directly to staff who are familiar with the holdings.
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #4 on: Friday 10 February 17 13:19 GMT (UK) »
The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623    Walcot of Walcot

http://ukga.org/cgi-bin/browse.cgi?action=ViewRec&DB=13&bookID=197&page=476&submit=Next


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitterley

Bitterley Court was the longtime seat of the Walcot family, who had previously sold their Walcot Hall to Robert Clive, known as Lord Clive of India. In 1899, Bitterley Court was purchased by James Volant Wheeler, younger son of Edward Vincent Wheeler of Newnham Court, Tenbury Wells, and remains in the ownership of the Wheelers to this day. Bitterley Court is a Grade 2* listed building which was extensively modernized by Thomas Prichard in the late 18th century and restored by the grandson of James Volant Wheeler in the 1960s, saving it from demolition at a time when English country houses were at risk.


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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #6 on: Friday 10 February 17 13:39 GMT (UK) »
"William Walcot was Charles I's page when he was beheaded and Charles gave half his cloak to each of his two pages on the scaffold. William Walcot's half was kept at Bitterley Court for many years with the Royal bloodstains preserved for posterity. Members of the Walcot family still visit Bitterley from all over the world and one of these still has the cloak."

http://www.bitterley.org.uk/media/pdf/parish-plan/bitterley_parish_plan.pdf

(page 7)

The cloak is apparently on loan to Shrewsbury Museum.
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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 12 February 17 12:10 GMT (UK) »
There a number of interesting newspaper articles relating to the Walcott family on the Welsh Newspapers Online (free) website.

These may be found precisely by searching using the exact phrase: "bitterley-court"

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Re: Walcott family of Bitterley Court, Ludlow, Shropshire
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 28 February 17 10:48 GMT (UK) »
Dear All
Thank you for your fascinating comments.  If anyone can suggest a means of tracing current living relatives that would be helpful.  The church is currently looking to appoint a new Vicar to the parish and the Walcott family do have an input into this.
Thank you
Anita