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Goodwood Archives

Goodwood HouseThe Goodwood Archives are the papers of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon and their estate, centred on Goodwood near Chichester.

The first Duke, the natural son of King Charles II by Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, purchased a hunting lodge at Goodwood in 1695, and by the time of the third Duke the estate had grown to some 17,000 acres in Boxgrove, Westhampnett, East Dean, Singleton, Tangmere, Lavant and West Itchenor.

Today the estate has a world-famous racecourse, the newly re-opened motor racing circuit and the home of the annual festival of speed, and was until recently the venue for international dressage. The estate archives are chiefly notable for the fine late 18th century estate surveys by Thomas Yeakell and William Gardner.

The family holds four Dukedoms - Richmond, Lennox, Gordon and Aubigny - and the surviving archives reflect this. They include the correspondence of the five Dukes of Gordon and an extensive archive of the Aubigny estates.

The correspondence collections are especially rich for the second Duke, 1701-1750, Master of the Horse, literary and artistic patron and Newcastle's agent in the county, the fifth Duke, 1791-1860, member of Grey's reforming ministry and later a leader of the protectionist party, and the sixth Duke, 1818-1892, leader of the Conservative party in the House of Lords and first Secretary for Scotland. A fine series of accounts with local and London trades survive for the first three dukes.

The collection is accessible in the Record Office during normal office hours. No post-1902 documents may be consulted without permission of the Trustees of the Goodwood Collections, which should be requested in writing through the Record Office.

A catalogue of the collection has been published in three volumes (see our eshop (temporariliy unavailable) for bibliography).

An online catalogue of the Goodwood Archives is now available via our Search Online facility.

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