This archive is part of a larger Batten’s collection purchased by Somerset Heritage Centre. The smaller, Dorset element of the archive was in turn acquired thanks to DAT’s Emergency Purchase Fund. The collection which consists of several hundred documents contains some really interesting early items – written in Latin and dating back to the eras of Henry VI, Henry VII and Elizabeth. The archive is typical of some of the fascinating material that is sometimes contained within the archives of solicitors’ firms, of which Dorset History Centre has many. The Batten’s archive is now safely stored within DHC’s and has been assigned the reference D/BTT.