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Colne Priory Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr21)

4.4.1616 (Thursday 4 April 1616)

document 33500881

item it is shown by the homage that Robt Churche late of Earls Colne doctor of theology and tenant of this same manor after the last court and before this court by his surrender presented here in court bearing the date 22.12.1615 surrendered into the hands of the lord by the hands of Robt Cobb instead of the bailiff in the presence of Jn Churche Edw Cressner gentleman and Sam Brewer customary tenants of the said manor to the use and intention mentioned and declared in the last will and testament of Robt Churche himself bearing the date 29.11.1615 which same said last will here in court produced and shown by the same it appears and is shown that the aforesaid Robt Churche gave and bequeathed among other things one croft of land called Cates Croft containing by estimation 2a2r more or less and lying in the aforesaid Earls Colne and abutting at one head on the king's highway leading from Earls Colne towards Colne Engaine and the other head abutting upon land sometime of Jn Clarke as it is clearly divided and shown by the metes and bounds to the use and behoof of Barth Churche son of the aforesaid Robt his heirs and assigns forever provided always that if the aforesaid Barth dies before his full age of twenty one years then the aforesaid croft of land should remain thereof to Mary Churche one of the daughters of the aforesaid Robt her heirs and assigns forever and now to this court in person came the aforesaid Barth Churche and humbly sought admittance to the premises according to the form and effect of the aforesaid last will whereof the lord of the manor by his aforesaid steward granted thereof seisin to him to have and to hold the aforesaid croft of land with appurtenances to the aforesaid Barth Churche his heirs and assigns according to the form and effect of the aforesaid last will from the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor by the rents and services thereunto belonging and by right accustomed and he gave to the lord his fine and was admitted thereof tenant and fealty was respited until