View of frankpledge and court baron, 17 April 1727

Herts RO D/EB 664/M1

Originals in Latin unless stated (individual words are sometimes in English). Only entries concerning Winslow have been summarised here, apart from the lists of jurors and defaulters which also include Little Horwood and Granborough. This document is not the official court roll but a draft version kept among the papers of the Duncombe family.

[p.1] Manor of Winslowe with members. Court of View of Frankpledge with Court Baron of Robert Lowndes esq., held there on 17 April 13 George [I] 1727 by John Markham gent, steward there.

Jurors: William Stockley, George Barrett, Francis Robinson, William Elliott
Joseph Gyles, John Mountague, Thomas Deely, Charles Bowler
John Thorpe, William Stevens butcher[?], William Heady and Edward Ditum

Officers chosen:
Constables of Winslowe: Thomas Foster and Thomas Tatham in place of John Norman and John Bull
Constable of Shipton: William Elliott in place of John Henley
Tithingman of Winslowe: Robert Evans in place of Joseph Brookes
Tithingmen of Grandborough: John Stevens Newhouse and William Mountague in place of Benjamin Holland Shepherd and Thomas Mountague

Court Baron

Essoins: Charles Bowler, Simon Hogson, John Longbridge, Dinah Key widow, John Bowden, Robert Manwareing, Robert Stevens jr and James Woodward with many others

Jurors: Daniel Gyles, John Turner, Samuel Norman, Robert Stevens, William Franklin
William Shelton jr, Stephen Bigg, John Deverell, Benedict Holland at Elm, Thomas Mountague
William Stevens Tyled House, William Stevens sr, George Illing, Thomas Barton sr and Joseph White

William Evans and Frances his wife, Thomas Foster, John Cox and William Gibbs jr out of court on 3 Oct last surrendered a messuage in Shipton in William Evans' occupation and 1 acre of land in The Cowpasture of Shipton
[p.2] with common of pasture for 1 cow. To the use of Francis Spooner of Grandborough Blacksmith, who sought to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 5s.
[See further below]

William Glenester of Winslowe Farmer [Agricola] out of court on 17 Nov last surrendered a messuage in Sheep Street in Winslowe now in the occupation of John Glenester, with all backyards etc. To the use of William and Elizabeth his wife for their lives, then John Glenester (one of their sons) and Mary his wife for their lives, then John and Mary's heirs, or in default William's heirs. Provided that if John and Mary do not pay to William Glenester, son of Thomas Glenester the other son of the said William, £10 within 6 months of the death of the survivor of William and Elizabeth, then the surrender will be to the use of William the grandson. William and Elizabeth, John and Mary were called and did not come; 1st proclamation made.

John Glenester and Mary his wife out of court on 20 Jan last surrendered a messuage in Shipton in the occupation of William Evans and 1 acre of land in The Cowpasture of Shipton with common of pasture for 1 cow (which premisses were surrendered to Mary by William Evans and Frances his wife, Thomas Foster, John Cox and William Gibbs jr at the court on 1 May 1724 under the condition therein mentioned).
[p.3] To the use of Francis Spooner of Grandborough Blacksmith who sought admission. Rent [blank], fine [blank]
[In 1724, Mary was described as Mary Bigg of Swanbourne, spinster]

Thomas Grimes of the parish of Middle Cleydon Yeoman out of court on 31 March last surrendered 4 acres of arable land and grassland in the parish of Winslowe at Bradford in Demoram Feild:

To the use of John Goldsworth (son of Peter Goldsworth of Winslowe gent.), who was called and did not come; 1st proclamation made.

Jane Langley widow, executrix of Henry Langley gent. deceased, acknowledged herself satisfied of £110 and all interest in a conditional surrender
[p.4] [photo missing - rest of page unused]

[p.5] John Westley and Ann Westley widow surrendered a messuage situate in Winslow known by the sign of the Redd Bull with all outhouses, now in the occupation of John and Ann. To the use of Mary Turnham widow for the term of her life, then to John Robbinson, his heirs and assigns, in perpetuity, on conditon that if John Westley pays Mary an annuity of 40s in quarterly payments during the term of her life, and pays John Robbinson £40 within 6 months of Mary's decease, the surrender will be void. John and Mary sought to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 5s.
[The surname was usually given as Worsley]

John Egerton gent. through Thomas Mashiter his attorney acknowledged himself satisfied of £80 and £20 and all interest mentioned in a conditional surrender of certain lands and tenements presented at the court on [blank] Oct 1718, made by Thomas Urlwin and Ann his wife.
Mary Playdwell (executrix of Dorothy Playdwell late of Buckingham spinster deceased) through Thomas Mashiter her attorney acknoweldged herself satisfied of £150 and all interest mentioned in a conditional surrender of a messuage presented at the court held on [blank] 1720, made by Thomas Urlwin and Ann his wife.

[signed] Daniel Gyles

[p.6] not photographed

[p.7] John Longbridge and Elizabeth his wife, customary tenants, surrendered a messuage in Winslowe in the occupation of Deborah Croft widow and Hannah Snow or one of them, containing 2½ bays, with freedom of ingress etc. through John's yard to "thatch" when necessary. To the use of John Marlowe of Hardwick, Bucks, Carpenter, who sought to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 5s.
[Deborah and Hannah were the widow and daughter of the vicar John Croft (d.1716). Deborah died in 1738. John Marlowe mortgaged this property in 1740.]

Mary Turnham, John Robinson and Mary his wife, and James Tatham surrendered a messuage in Winslow in which Mary Turnham now lives, with barns and stables; and an adjoining messuage in which Hugh Burrall now lives, with tabernis belonging to it. To the use of Th[omas] [paper torn - name missing] and Mary his wife, who sought to be admitted. Reversion to Thomas' heirs. Rent [blank], fine 10s.
[The property was mortgaged to James Tatham in 1724.]

William Hobbs and Ann his wife surrendered 23 acres of arable land, ley, meadow and pasture in Winslowe and Shipton. To the use of themselves and Ann's heirs in perpetuity. Rent [blank], fine 46s.

[p.8] Alice Guest widow surrendered 3 ridges of arable land in Anchor land furlong at Parsonage Plank Highway in Winslowe. To the use of Robert Stevens of Winslowe Bricklayer, who sought to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 3s.

Jane Langley widow surrendered a messuage in Winslow, the messuage of William Norman on the north, with two stables, and liberty of entry etc. to the yard belonging to Samuel Norman's messuage called The Crown to the "pump" standing in the yard, now in the occupation of John Seaton jr and Jane Footman or one of them. To the use of Thomas Whiteaves, who sought to be admitted. Rent 6d, fine 5s.
[This must refer to somewhere on the west side of the Market Square, most probably no.13 (later the Punch House)]

[p.9] John Watts sought to be admitted to a messuage in Winslowe which came into the lord's hands on the surrender of Thomas Watts deceased to the use of his last will, presented at the court on 18 Oct 1725, the tenor of which will bearing date 29 Feb 1723 as far as the customary tenements follows: [recites will].
[p.10] Seisin was granted to John Watts according to the form of Thomas Watts' will. Rent [blank], fine 5s.

[Deleted entry: John Watts surrendered the messuage now in the occupation of Peter Stuchbury, late the estate of Thomas Watts deceased, to the use of Peter Stutchbury.]

[p.11] Thomas Urlwin and Ann his wife surrendered a messuage situate in Winslowe now in the occupation of Thomas Urlwin and Nathan Emerton, with outhouses, structures, barns, stables, yards, orchards, gardens, backyards etc. To the use of William Hobbs of Winslowe and Ann his wife for their lives, then to their daughters Jane and Ann Hobbs. They all sought to be admitted tenants. Rent [blank], fine 5s. The fealty of Jane and Ann the daughters was respited.

Elisha Clarke sought to be admitted to the reversion expectant on the death of Elizabeth Markham widow of a messuage and "homestall" in Little Horwood, in the occupation of Elizabeth and of Joseph Weston, and 3 Home Closes containing 6 acres and 20 acres of land in Little Horwood in Joseph's occupation, which came into the lord's hands on the surrender of Joseph Turner presented at the last court.

[p.12] William Bence son of Alice Bence widow deceased sought to be admitted to a "Bay" of structure with "Leantoo" belonging to it in Winslowe, which came into the lord's hands on the surrender to use of last will (and death) of William Bence sr his father presented on 11 April 1721, the tenor of whose will bearing date 7 Dec 1720 as far as the customary tenement follows: [recites will]
[p.13] Seisin granted to William according to the will. Rent [blank], fine 5s.
The said William Bence, Thomas Bence, Ann Bence and Alice Bence the daughters [sic] of Alice Bence widow deceased sought to be admitted to two messuages in Winslowe in the separate occupations of William Bence and Sarah Arnet widow which came into the lord's hands on the surrender and death of William Bence sr [recites will]
[p.14] Seisin granted to William, Thomas, Anne and Alice according to the will. Rent [blank], fine 10s.
Afterwards William Bence and Thomas Bence and Elizabeth his wife surrendered the two messuages [as above] and all right and equity of redemption. To the use of Ann Bence and Alice Bence, to be equally divided between them. Ann and Alice sought to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 10s.
[Alice Bence sr was buried on 18 Feb 1725/6]

11th proclamation made for John Baily
7th proclamation for Joseph Holloway
4th proclamation for William Heady
4th proclamation for Elisha Clarke
[p.15] 3rd proclamation for Henry Willmer
2nd proclamation for Francis Woodcock

End of this court


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