Minutes of manor court, 1762

Herts RO 29116

These are not the official court rolls but documents preserved with the papers of the Duncombe family. Originals in English.

Special Court Baron of Richard Lowndes Esq., 15 February 1762, 2 George III, by William Duncombe gent., steward.

The jury:
Francis Collins, Benjamin Dudley & Robert Gibbs

Kesiah, wife of John Gibbs late of Winslow Victualer deceased, while she lived held by copy of court roll for her life a messuage in Winslow known by the name or sign of the Windmill. She died since the last court. Heriot: one Brass Copper. John Gibbs by his will dated 9 April 1752 devises it after her death unto his son Stephen Gibbs.
[p.2] Stephen desires to be admitted. Rent 4d, fine 5s. Stephen then surrendered the Windmill, now in the occupation of Matthew Morris, to the use of himself and Rebecca his wife and his heirs. Fine 5s.

[p.3] By indenture of 29 July 1761 in the presence of E: Combe W: Chesshire inrolled in his Majestie's Court of King's Bench of Michaelmas Term 2 George III on the 106th Roll: Now to this court come William Ledwell of Studley, Oxon, esq. and Richard Creed of Swanbourne Yeoman, assignees of the Estate and Effects of Ferdinando Southam of Winslow Scrivener and Chapman a Bankrupt, late a Customary Tenant, by Joseph Burnham (of Aylesbury) gent. and Thomas Taylor (of Swanborne, carpenter) their attorneys by a letter dated 30 Dec last. They desire to be admitted to a messuage in the Markett Place now in the occupation of Ferdinando Southam with Barns, Stables, Outhouses, Stalls, Sheds, right of pickage and stallage, Yards, Gardens, Orchards. And a Barn in Winslow now in the
[p.4] occupation of Ferdinando Southam standing next to the Gatehouse of Henry Stutshbury in Great Horn Street and a Leanto with eavesdrops and all ways and passages. And a Close of Pasture Ground in Winslow with Gardens and Stables and buildings now in the occupation of Ferdinando Southam known as Peter Lowndes's Close containing 1 acre, formerly part of the Estate of George Barrett deceased, with all Timber Trees and other Trees with Liberty of Ingress etc. for William Ledwell and Richard Creed and their workmen with horses, carts, wagons and carriages through the yard heretofore belonging to the close. And Liberty to use the well or pump now in the yard. And the Barn in the yard late of George Barrett deceased next to the south end of the Close, now in the occupation of Thomas Moorecroft, with gateway thereto adjoining and loft over the same, also part of George Barrett's estate, with liberty of ingress etc. through the yard to the barn, and liberty of the well of pump in the yard. And a messuage in Shipton late in the occupation of Nathaniel Bates with Orchard, Yard, Garden, Stable, backside.
[p.5] The Lord granted seizin. Fine £1 9s. Fealty respited.

[p.6] Ledwell and Creed by their attorneys by a letter of 1 Feb 1762 (sealed by Ledwell in the presence of Samuel Bampton and James Burnham, by Creed in the presence of John Shelton and James Burnham) contracted to surrender the messuage in the Markett Place and the barn in Great Horn Street to John Cox of Winslow carrier for £240. The attorneys surrendered to his use.

[p.7] By their attorneys they surrendered the close of pasture ground late in the occupation of Southam, now of Thomas Prentice, called Peter Lowndes's Close, to the use of Thomas Prentice of Winslow Surgeon. Rent [blank] fine [blank].

[pp.8-9] By their attorneys they surrendered the barn in the yard formerly George Barrett's next to the south end of Peter Lowndes's Close, with gateway with loft over, to the use of Thomas Morecraft of Winslow Butcher. Rent 4d, fine 2s 6d.

[pp.9-10] By their attorneys they surrendered the messuage in Shipton late in the occupation of Nathaniel Bates, now of Daniel Elliot to the use of the said Daniel Elliot of Shipton Butcher. Rent 4d, fine 5s.

[pp.10-11] By their attorneys they surrendered the messuage in the Markett Place and the Barn in Great Horn Street and Leantoe [sic] to the use of John Cox of Winslow Carrier. Rents 4d and 2d, fine 7s 6d.
John Cox surrendered the messuage and barn to the use of himself and Jane his wife, their heirs and assigns forever. Rents 4d and 2d, fine 7s 6d.
[The messuage in the Market Place was 21-23 Market Square]

Herts RO 29116

More minutes of the same Special Court Baron

[p.1] By indenture of 29 July 1761 between
1) William Dent esq., John Vernon and William Neale gentlemen
2) William Ledwell of Studley esq. and Richard Creed of Swanburne Yeoman
reciting that "Whereas his Majestys Commission under the Great Seal of Great Britain grounded upon the several Statutes made and now in force concerning Bankrupts bearing date at Westminster the eleventh day of June then last had been awarded and issued against Ferdinando Southam of Winslow in the County of Bucks Scrivener and Chapman directed unto John Mason and Thomas Hotchkin esquires and also to the said William Dent John Vernon and William Neale thereby giving full power unto them the said Commissioners four or three of them to execute the same"

[p.2] They found that Ferdinando Southam "did use and exercise the Trade and Profession of a Scrivener receiving other Mens Money or Estates into his Custody". He was indebted to Richard Creed in £102 5s 6d "upon Ballance of account" and became a Bankrupt within the meaning of the statutes.

At a meeting of the major part of the Commissioners at Guildhall London on 25 June last, pursuant to notice given in the London Gazette, the major part of the Creditors [p.3] whose debts amounted to £10 and upwards chose William Ledwell and Richard Creed to be assignees of the Estate, and the Commissioners made an assignment to them.

[p.4] The Commissioners for 5s sold to William Ledwell and Richard Creed all the messuages lands tenements and hereditaments of Ferdinando Southam.

[p.5] The indenture was legally executed by William Dent John Vernon and William Neale in the presence of Edmund Combe and William Chesshyre inrolled at the Court of King's Bench, Michaelmas Term last, Roll 106.

[p.6] William Ledwell and Richard Creed by Joseph Burnham and Thomas Taylor their attorneys were admitted tenants to all the messuages etc. which Ferdinando Southam was seized of at the time he became a bankrupt. Fine £1 9s, fealty respited.

Surrenders to Thomas Prentice and Thomas Morecraft repeated.

Endorsed:

Draft Court Roll in Southam's Estates
Winslow 15 February 1762
To bring a copy of the admission of Mr Southam on the surrender of Stephen Gibbs and Francis Collins about 4 years ago


The sale of the property was advertised in the Oxford Journal, 14 Nov 1761

      To  be  Sold  by  AUCTION
At the Boot [sic] Inn at Winslow, in the County of Bucks, on Wednesday, the 25th inst. at Eleven’o’Clock in the Morning.   By Order of the Assignees of Mr. Ferd. Southam, a Bankrupt.
      Lot I.      THE said Bankrupt’s late Dwelling-House, Copyhold of Inheritance; Fine Five Shillings certain; standing on the Market-Hill of Winslow aforesaid; Containing a good Kitchen, Cellar, Pantry, and Three other Cellars, and a Leaden Pump on the lowest Floor. --- And on the Ground Floor a Parlour Wainscotted, and Two other Rooms in the Front; also a Kitchen, a Parlour, and an Office backwards. --- Above Stairs, Four good Bed-Chambers, a Laundry, a Dove-House, and Three Garrets, --- Also Four Large Bays of Building, well Timbered, and covered with Slate; consisting of a Barn, Stable, and Woodhouse, a little Distance from the said Dwelling-House.   The whole are in good Repair and handsomely fitted up.
      Lot II. A Barn, Copyhold of Inheritance, Fine certain, situate in Winslow; being Four Bays of Building, in good Repair.
      Lot III. An inclosed Close of Pasture Ground, Copyhold of  Inheritance; Fine certain; by Estimation One Acre, with a new Barn and Stable erected thereon.
      Lot IV. A Dwelling House, in good Repair, at Shipton in the Parish of Winslow, with an Orchard about Half an Acre, well planted; being Copyhold of Inheritance, and Fine certain. Lately let at 3l a year.
      Lot V. A Freehold Dwelling-House, in good Repair, situate at Swanburne in the County of Bucks, within Two Miles of Winslow; together with a Close of Pasture, about Two Acres, and Five Ley of Arable and Furse Ground, in Swanburne Fields; with a Cow’s Common:  The Whole let at 2l  13s  6d  a Year.
      Lot VI.     A Freehold Close of Pasture, and Orchard, about Four Acres, situate at Souldern in Oxfordshire; together with Two Fish Ponds;all now let at 3l  10s a Year.
      For particulars enquire of Mr. Joseph Burnham, Attorney at Law in Aylesbury; Mr. James Burnham, Attorney at Winslow, or of Mr. Thomas Taylor, of Swanborne.   Of whom may be had, printed Particulars, and Conditions of Sale.

Copyright 21 June, 2016