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County buys historic collection
Gloucestershire Archives: pic from Gloucs County Council
The historic collection dates from the 14th Century
A historic collection of 14th Century documents relating to a Gloucestershire estate has been bought by the county council for 19,000.

The Sudeley Castle Archive charts the Toddington Estate.

It has been bought by the archives department of Gloucestershire County Council.

Heather Forbes, County Archivist, told BBC News the 1,100 original manuscripts were fascinating. The collection could have been sold at auction.

The Sudeley Archive was deposited with the county's records office in 1965 by Lord Sudeley of Toddington.

The council said Lord Sudeley had planned to auction the collection, but gave Gloucestershire Archives the chance to buy it privately.

Last August, The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives said the storage, preservation and accessibility of documents were of great importance to a growing number of researchers interested in all aspects of local and family history.

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