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The Heveningham Hall estate was acquired by Sir Joshua Vanneck in 1752, and his family remained in possession of the Hall until 1970, when the estate was purchased by the Government. It is now once more in private hands.

The collection in fact includes little of immediate relevance to the Vanneck family; most of the surviving papers concern the administration of the Heveningham estate. This collection includes lengthy series of medieval court records for the manors of Aldham, Cratfield, Huntingfield, Laxfield, and Leiston. A subsidiary and self-contained section consists of papers of the Arcedeckne family, formerly of Glevering Hall, Suffolk, and of their estates in both Suffolk and Jamaica, c.1744-1848. Charles Andrew Vanneck, third Baron Huntingfield, married Louisa, only daughter of Andrew Arcedeckne, in 1839.

The collection is notable for its records relating to the family's Jamaican plantation covering the period 1744 to 1848.  There are some direct references to slaves and slavery and it is likely that the subject will also be covered in general correspondence, reports and accounts.  Some of the letters in the collection that refer to slavery have been published on Southampton University's Slavery and Revolution website.

A summary listing of the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. The papers may be consulted without restriction by holders of full reader's tickets.

These papers of the Vanneck family were formerly held at Heveningham Hall, near Halesworth, Suffolk. They were deposited in the University Library by the trustees of the Heveningham Hall Settlement in 1973, and purchased by the Library in 2004.

Contact: Sian Collins (01223 333141; sec93@cam.ac.uk)