Acc NoCR1596
Date14th cent-20th cent
DescriptionCR 1596: clients' papers (Warwickshire, especially S.W.Warwickshire) and records of the firm, 17-20th centuries [catalogued].
CR 619: abstracts of title and draft will and conveyances relating to property in Warwick, Leamington and other places in Warwickshire, 1762-1903 [catalogued].
CR 1888: deeds, clients papers and railway records, 17th century-19th century [catalogued].
CR 2028: client's papers, especially deeds, including a large group of records of the Tomes family of Long Marston, 16th century-20th century [catalogued].
CR 2028A: additional Tomes family records transferred from Gloucestershire Archives [former reference D5646, bundle 7] ,19th c. [catalogued].
CR 2330: draft deeds and legal papers, late 19th century-20th century [catalogued].
CR 3451: clients' records (including Lowe and Gibbins of Eatington and Slatter of Salford Priors), 17th century-20th century [not catalogued].
CR 3451A: clients' records for Miss L M Chambers of Wilmcote, c.1926-1956; deeds and papers of the Hemming family of Haselor Grounds Farm, Haselor, c. 1702-1902, including a plan of an estate in Aston Cantlow, Haselor and Kinwarton, c. 1800; miscellaneous leases & miscellaneous wills, 19th- 20th c. [not catalogued].
CR 3689: clients' records: Mills family of Pillerton, 20th c.; Biddle family of Temple Grafton and Leamington Spa, 18th to 19th c.; some other deeds and will of other clients, 17th to 20th c. [catalogued].
Related MaterialSlatter Son & More records relating to Stratford, and the administrative records of the firm, have been deposited in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office: see accessions DR 165, DR 325, DR 469 and DR 574.
Administrative HistoryThis firm was founded by Robert Hiorne Hobbes in 1828. In 1843 he took into partnership John Slatter, and they operated as Hobbes and Slatter until 1865 when the former's son, William Hobbes, joined the partnership to establish the firm of Hobbes Slatter and Hobbes. This partnership was dissolved in 1876 and two new firms set up. One consisted of Robert Hobbes and John Slatter and returned to the name Hobbes and Slatter. William Hobbes apparently set himself up independently but the following year, on the final breakup of the partnership between Hobbes senior and Slatter, he was joined by his father and Alexander Pearce to form the partnership, Hobbes Son and Pearce. On the death of Robert Hobbes this partnership was dissolved yet again and William Hobbes re-established himself with a new partner to form the firm Hobbes and Norbury. In the meantime John Slatter had set up in partnership with his son (Slatter and Son) and in 1879 they were joined by Frank Gibbs (Slatter Son and Gibbs). This partnership lasted until 1911 when the firm Slatter Son and Slatter was established.
The Slatter partnerships were housed in the Warwick Road premises where Robert Hobbes had founded the practice. William Hobbes, when he left the firm in 1876, practised in Old Town and Ely Street but his firm's' books were found on the Warwick Road premises, presumably because Slatter Son and Gibbs wound up the firm when William Hobbes died. [Reproduced from introduction to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust catalogue of DR 325.]
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