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Sleeper's Farm, Chadwell

Sleeper's Farm at the top of Chadwell Hill dates back to the 15th century. It gets its name from the Sleeper family who lived in Chadwell in the 14th and 15th century. It was owned for many years by the Russell family of Stubbers in North Ockendon.

During renovation work in 1967, a bundle of papers was discovered - now known as the Sleeper's Farm papers. They had been collected by two residents in the late 18th and early 19th centuries - William Manning and Edward Driver. The papers included:

- an account of receipts and disbursements of William Manning as his mother's executor, described in Behold the Painful Plough;
- a number of official papers belonging to Edward Driver as holder of various local offices, described in Panorama 12;
- two letters from C Linzell to her nephew and nieces, transcribed in Panorama 14;
- a 19th century sale catalogue of the farm equipment in use and the furniture (room by room), described in Panorama 24 .

Copies of the papers are held in the Grays Library.

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