Manorial proceedings, 23-24 February 1748/9

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This manuscript is damaged on the right and has several holes, but as the text is very repetitive the missing pieces can generally be restored. Restored text is shown in square brackets. Punctuation added.

[recto] Manor of Winslow with its Members
23 February 1748 22 George III

Whereas at a General Court Baron on 20 Oct 1742 it was presented that Thomas Worrall of Winslow Butcher died seised of the Reversion expectant upon the death of Jane Worrall of [two messuages] or Tenements in Winslow, [one in his] own occupation and the other called the Red Bull in the several occupations of John Worsley and [others?]. There happened to the Lord for an Heriot compounded at £4 4s.

Thomas Worrall out of court on 22 Jan [1741/2] surrendered by Daniel Gyles the elder and William Hobbs all his copyhold tenements to the use of his will, but the will not being then presentd the first proclamation was made.

Thomas Worrall by his will dated 23 Jan 1741 devised the Reversion of the Red Bull to [Mary Seaton] his Niece.

[will quoted]

Mary Seaton hath since Intermarried with William Killpin of St [ - - - - ] Square Middlesex Coachman. The said messuage called the Red [Bull or] part thereof hath been lately burnt down and consumed by fire.

Now this 23rd [day of February 1748] came Mary wife of William Killpin before Richard Lowndes esq. and prayed to be admitted to the [piece or] parcel of ground whereon the said Messuage or Tenement commonly called the Red Bull lately [ - - - ] stood and to the Messuage or Tenement newly Erected thereupon and all other Erections thereupon.

Seisin was granted. Rent [blank], fine 5s, fealty respited.

Immediately after the admission William Killpin and Mary his wife came before Richard Lowndes and surrendered the peice or parcel of ground whereupon lately stood the messuage commonly called the Red Bull in the several tenures of John Worsley, Catherine Bates, Sarah Shaw and Jane Emerton and which was or were lately burnt down and [consumed by] Fire. And also all that Messuage or Tenement now lately Erected upon part of the said ground and which is now [ - - - ] and houses, outhouses, Edifices, Buildings, Barns, Stables, Orchards, Gardens, Yards, Backsides [ - - - ] and all other the copyhold messuages or hereditaments and reversions of Mary. To the use and behoof of [John Harding of ?Aylesbury] Bucks, Gentleman and Jane his wife for their lives and to the heirs and assigns of John.

Now this 23rd [day of February] 1748 came John Harding and Jane his wife by Edward Price their attorney and prayed to be admitted. Rent [blank], fine 10s, fealty respited.

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Manor of Winslow with its members
24 February 1748 22 George III

Be it remembred that Jane March widow and relict of Charles March late of Winslow
[verso] Butterman came before Richard Lowndes esq. [ - - - ] messuage in Winslow [ - - - ] now in the occupation of William G[ibbs carrier] presented at a Court Baron held [ - - - ] 28[?] Oct 1747 To which [ - - - - - ]. Fine 1s [ - - - ]

Be it remembred that Mary March an Infant one of three daughters and coheirs of Charles March deceased by Jane March widow came before Richard Lowndes and prayed to be admitted to one undivided third part of all that messuage in Winslow with Malting, Outhouses, Stables, Buildings, Yard, Garden, Backside now or late in the occupation of William Gibbs, Carrier (which descended to Mary upon the death of her father presented at the Court Baron on 27 and 28 [Oct] 1747). Seisin was granted subject to the Dower or Thirds of [Jane March widow]. Fine [1s] 8d. Because she is an infant under 21, to wit [ - - years of age] custody of her person and the premisses was committed to Jane March her mother and next friend.

[repeated for Alice March aged 13 and Ann March aged ??]

This entry refers to what became Lawn House. The entry referred to isn't in the surviving part of the 1747 court rolls. Mary later married Thomas Price and Alice married Edward Baxter, both Londoners.


Special Court Baron, 22 June 1749

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Manor of Winslow with its Members. Special Court Baron of Richard Lowndes esq. 22 June 23 George II before John Duncombe gent., steward.

Homage: Ferdinando Southam, Richard Gibbs, Edward Duncombe

At this Court came Ann Cavendish widow and Bridget Carteret spinster, daughters and coheirs of the Honourable Edward Carteret deceased by John Rowse gent. their Attorney and prayed to be admitted to All those several Peices and Parcells of land containing 25 acres formerly Purchased by Richard Bigge late of Winslow gentleman deceased by several Parcells of the severall Persons herein after named: Thomas Miller and Priscilla his wife; Anne Bigge widow; Alice Guest; Pownal Short and William Haselwood, in the common fields of Winslow. Upon a conditional surrender made by Richard Bigge to Edward Carteret on 25 June 1736 for securing the payment of all such sum and summs of money as should appear to be unacounted for and remain due and owing to his Majesty for or on account of Letters received by the said Richard Bigge or by any other person or persons for his Use or on his Account at the time in the Condition of the said Surrender mentioned and long since past. But the money not being paid according to the Condition of the said Surrender the Estate in Law of them the said Ann Cavendish and Bridget Carterett Of and in the said Premisses became absolute. Seizin granted; rent [blank]; fine [blank].

Immediately after came Ann and Bridget by John Rowse appointed by Letter of Attorney bearing date 1 May last, part of the Tenor of which writing follows in these words:

Whereas Richard Bigge late of Winslow Gentleman and late Manager of the Hungerford Branch of the Post Office under his Majesties Postmaster General [repeats surrender above]. If Richard paid unto the Receiver Generall of his Majesty Revenue of the Post Office for the time being or his deputy at The Generall Post Office scituate in Lombard Street on or before 29 Sep 1737 all sums [as above] so as the same in the whole Exceeded not the summe of £300 then the said Surrender to be void. Richard did not pay; the Surrender became absolute.

And the said Richard on or about the [blank] day of April 1740 departed this life greatly indebted to the Crown on the account aforesaid.

Edward Carteret departed this life 15 April 1739 leaving Ann and Bridget his two daughters and coheirs.

Upon the humble Petition of Robert Bigg Gentleman, son of the said Richard Bigg deceased, preferred to the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of his Majesties Treasury for the reasons therein Contained and upon the Report of Thomas Earl of Leicester and Sir Edward Faulkner, Knight, his Majestys Postmaster Generall the said Lords Commissioners were Pleased by their Warrant under their hand bearing date 26 Aprill 1748 to direct that the said Robert might be at Liberty to sell the said Copyhold Estate of 25 acres so Surrendred as aforesaid and to receive
[f.1v] To his own use the moneys to arise by sale thereof and did by their said warrant Authorize and require the said Postmaster General for that purpose to do and Execute ... All necessary and proper Acts and Deeds for discharging and Exonerating the said Estate from the Debt due to the Crown from the said Richard for the Revenues of the Post Office and also give directions to the heirs or representatitves of the said Edmund Carteret to resurrender the said Estate so surrendred to him as a Security for the said debt unto the said Robert or to whom he should Nominate without any Consideration to be paid for the same ...

Ann and Bridget have appointed William Hobbs of Winslow apothecary and John Rowse of Ivinghoe Gentleman to be their attorneys ... at the sole Costs and charges of the said Robert Bigg to appear at the next court to pray to be admitted and surrender to the use of Robert Bigg by letter dated 11 June 1749.

... the lands are contained in a Mortgage by Richard Bigg to Robert Whitehall Gentleman for securing £200 and interest [see 1731 court]. Rent [blank], fine forgiven because the same was paid on his [Robert Bigg's] former admission. He did his fealty. Immediately after came Robert Bigg and Charles Whitehall of Padbury Baker, executor of the will of Robert Whitehall late of Padbury gentleman deceased, and surrendered
[f.2r] the land formerly purchased by Richard Bigg of Thomas Miller and Priscilla his wife:

And 2½ acres formerly purchased by Richard of Ann Bigg widow:

And 1 acre formerly purchased by Richard of Alice Guesse:

And an acre of land being 2 ridges in Demoram Field in Clarks Furlong, the land of Mrs Townesend east, which Richard formerly purchased of Pownal Short and Mary his wife.

heretofore purchased by Richard of William Hazlewood.

To all which premisses Robert Whitehall deceased was admitted at a Court Baron on 4 Jan 1733 (and to which Robert Bigg was just now admitted).

(They surrendered) to the use and behoof of John Burrall of Winslow Butcher. Rent [blank], fine [blank].

Charles Whitehall acknowledged himself satisfied of £200 and interest mentioned in two conditional surrenders by Richard Bigg on 5 Oct 1731, presented at the next Court Baron, and 31 Jan 1732, presented at the next Court Baron.

Also at this Court

John Morgan, customary tenant, and Joan his wife and Andrew Budd surrendered 2 acres of arable land in Hawkslow furlong in New Mill Field, the land late of Mr Gyles south, the land now or late of Mr Guy north, shooting down to Addington hedge with the Crop of Corn now growing thereon.
[f.2v] To the use and behoof of Thomas Tatham of Winslow Currier for his life, then to Martha his wife for her life, then to Thomas' heirs and assigns. Rent [blank], fine 8s, heriott by composition 5s.


View of Frankpledge with Court Baron, 27-30 October 1749

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Only entries concerning Winslow have been summarised here.

Manor of Winslow with its members. View of Frankpledge with Court Baron of Richard Lowndes Esq., Fryday 27th October and by adjournment Monday 30th October 23 George II 1749 by John Duncombe gent., Steward.

Jurors for our lord the king:
Joseph Ayres, Michael Goodman, William Verney, Thomas Eeles, John Cox jr, John Bailey jr, James Morris, Robert Grainger
Richard Scott, Benjamin Dudley, John Stevens of Newhouse, William Reading, Edward Showler, Richard Curtis and Henry Prentice

Officers chosen:
John Bailey jr & Robert Blake: Constables for Winslow in the Room of William Verney & Thomas Eeles.
John Gibbs continued Headborough for Winslow.

Due to the lord as the common fine from the Inhabitants of Winslow 16s 4d, Shipton 8s 4d, Grandborough 11s 4d, Little Horwood 12s 4d, Oveing and North Marston 26s 8d.

Essoined: [blank]

The Homage:
Thomas Blake gent., John Cox, George Clarke, Charles Bowler
Thomas Cleaver, Richard Edden and John Newman, sworn

[f.1v] John Grainge late of Winslow Cordwainer died since the last court seized of two messuages in Sheep street now or late in the several occupations of John Seaton and William Burrell. On 4 Sep 1748 he made a surrender to the use of his will, presented at the last general court. By his will he devised the same to his sons Thomas and Robert upon the conditions mentioned in the will. Thomas and Robert now prayed to be admitted. Rent 2d, fine 10s. [recites will]
[This property became Yew Tree Cottage. See further below.]

[f.2r] Benjamin Bigg late of Winslow Carpenter and Ann his wife, customary tenants, held with remainder to Benjamin's heirs a messuage now divided into two messuages in the several occupations of Emma Turner widow and John Tow scituate in Sheep street with Barns Stables Outhouses adjoining to the Bell Inn west. They are both dead. Ann Bigg survived her husband. Mary wife of Peter Goldsworth gent. only daughter of Ann Dudley deceased (late wife of John Dudley) one of the daughters of Benjamin Bigg, and Jane Turner deceased late wife of John Turner and before Jane Bigg Spinster were the coheirs of Benjamin. Now Mary Goldsworth prayed to be admitted to an undivided moiety. Rent 3d, fine 5s. Immediately Peter Goldsworth and Mary his wife surrendered her undivided moiety to the use of themselves and their heirs and assigns for ever. Fine 5s.

Ann Hobbs of Winslow Spinster prayed to be admitted to:

They came into the lord's hands upon the death of Matthew Hobbs late of Winslow Apothecary her father, and were devised to Ann.
[f.2v] Recites will: All my Copyhold messuages in Shipton which I lately purchased of Mrs Ann Wyatt and Mr John Wyatt her son with Outhouses Barns Stables Yards Orchards Gardens Backsides Timber etc. now in my own occupation and the severall occupations of Ann Wyatt [blank] Phillips and William Perkins, with the Pightle or Little Home Close adjoining in the occupation of my son William Hobbs, and 3 acres formerly being two Closes and now but one Close lately inclosed now in the occupation of William Perkins, and 4 acres on Deanhill William Firths headland west now in the occupation of William Perkins. To the use of Ann Hobbs my daughter and the heirs of her body, and for want of such issue to the use of my grandson Matthew Hobbs.
Seizin was granted to Ann. Rent [blank], fine 14s.

Matthew Hobbs prayed to be admitted to a messuage in Little Horwood upon the death of Matthew Hobbs his grandfather, devised to him in his will [recites will]. Rent [blank], fine 5s.

William Hobbs of Winslow Apothecary prayed to be admitted to 15 acres of arable land and sweard ground in the Common Fields of Winslow:

They came into the lord's hands on the death of Matthew Hobbs his father and were devised to William by his will [recites will] ... all the rest of my lands ... freehold and copyhold in Winslow and Drayton Parslow. Rent [blank], fine 30s.

[f.3r] William Goodman on 31 Oct last surrendered by Ferdinando Southam and William Hobbs all his copyhold in Winslow to the use of his will.

Richard Gibbs of Winslow Yeoman, William Gibbs of Winslow Carrier and Ann his wife, customary tenants, on 21 June last surrendered by Robert Adams the deputy steward a messuage in Winslow now in the tenure of Thomas Footman his undertenants or assigns, with Outhouses Barns Stables Yards Orchards gardens backsides, the house and backside now in the occupation of Robert Hannah north. To the use of John Gibbs of Winslow Victualler, provided that if they pay him £30 with interest at or before the next General Court Baron the surrender to be void.
[This refers to 22 High Street, which was then the Three Pigeons]

[f.3v] Thomas Ives of Winslow Butcher and Elizabeth his wife, customary tenants, on the last day of March 1748 surrendered by the deputy steward a messuage in Winslow then in the occupation of Thomas or his undertenants or assigns in Cow Street, adjoining the house of one Stephen Gibbs, with outhouses stables yards orchards gardens backsides. To the use of Susanna Hawkins of Winslow spinster provided that if they pay her £50 with interest on 2 Sep next the surrender to be void.
[This seems to be Staniford House, 32 High Street]

Thomas Grainger of Long Marston Cordwainer and Robert Grainger of Winslow Cordwainer surrendered two cottages in Sheep Street in the occupation of John Seaton and William Burrell with Barns Stables Outhouses Buildings Yards Gardens Orchards Backsides. To the use of John Cotes of Middle Claydon Yeoman under the condition that if
[f.4r] they pay him £41 on 27 April next these presents should be void. John Cotes was called and did not come; 1st proclamation made.

Robert Whitehall of the Libertys of Westminster Gardiner, Kinsman and heir at Law of Robert Whitehall late of Padbury Gent. deceased, on 23 June last surrendered by the deputy steward:

to which Robert Whitehall deceased was admitted tenant at the Court Baron on 4 Jan 1733, and all the estate of him the said William [sic] Whitehall in the said lands. To the use of John Burrall of Winslow Butcher.
[The original surrender by the Biggs was a mortgage]

William Goodman of Winslow Victualler died since the last court seized of a messuage in the Market Place in Winslow in the occupation of Mary Goodman. Heriott by composition [blank]. Sarah Goodman is his \Grand/daughter and next heir. She was called and did not come; 1st proclamation made.
[This refers to the Rose & Crown, which William left to his wife Mary in his will]

At this court held by adjournment on Monday 30 Oct came John Barton of Winslow Staymaker and Mary his wife and prayed to be admitted to a messuage in Great Horne Street heretofore in the occupation of William Rawbone Clerk and now or late of Richard Willis, lying next to the messuage of William Blake, with houses outhouses Edifices Buildings barns stables yards backsides. It came into the lord's hands on the surrender of Richard Carter of Little Mundon Herts Clerk and Mary his wife on 10 June 1748 presented at the Court Baron on 26-27 Oct following. Seizin was granted to John and Mary and John's heirs and assigns. Rent [blank], fine 10s.
[This refers to part of 8-10 Horn Street]

[f.4v] John Bull acknowledged himself satisfied of £20 and interest under a surrender by John Gibbs and Sarah his wife at the Court Baron on 22 Oct 1744.

Edward Duncombe of Winslow Victualler and Elizabeth his wife surrendered a messuage and land in Grandborough to William Butcher of Adstock Yeoman. Mortgage for £20.


Special Court Baron, 13 October 1750

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Special Court Baron of Richard Lowndes Esq. 13 Oct 24 George II 1750 before John Duncombe gent., Steward

Homage: John Turner, George Clarke

Admission to dower and release of same:
Ann Woodhouse of Wanstead, relict of Benjamin Woodhouse of Reading Gent. A messuage and 60 acres in Little Horwood.

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