189M/0 together with its five additional deposits 189M/1 to 189M/5 form a collection of estate and family records, dating from the 13th to the 20th century, of a branch of a minor gentry family which traces its origins to Morthoe in North Devon at least as early as the 12th century, with subsequent settlement at Combe in Roborough, near Torrington. This branch settled at Bidlake, Bridestowe, in the 18th century on the marriage of Thomas Stafford Wollocombe (1742-1814), third son of Thomas Wollocombe of Roborough, to Mary Hiern, the heir to the Bidlake properties through her mother, Elizabeth Bidlake. The estate included property in some other parishes in Devon and Cornwall but was fairly small. It (was centred on Bidlake and Bridestowe and the material in the collection relating to the Bidlake family and property is particularly interesting including surveys, rentals and other family and estate papers and correspondence dating from the 17th and 18th century; papers, 1640-1658, relating to Henry Bidlake's activities in the Civil War on the royalist side (in particular, the siege of Pendennis Castle and the sequestration of Bidlake's properties by parliament), and documents, 1733-c.1787, concerning the fraudulent claim by a Richard Becklake to the Bidlake estate. There is also the rare survival of a group of early 17th century plans of Bridestowe and the Bidlake properties.
Acc 6999 - Official copy, land register entry, Kersford Quarry, Burley Down, Bridestowe, Devon, with plan., 2007