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Colne Priory Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr23)

4.11.1657 (Wednesday 4 November 1657)

document 35000888

whereas at a court held for the said manor 6.1.1654 Wm Bridge was admitted tenant to him and the heirs of his body to 5r of land more or less parcel of a croft of land containing 6a2r by dools and bounds the same is divided and to a croft of land containing 3a2r adjoining to the said croft containing 6a2r and to a parcel of alder or fen ground containing 2a more or less late parcel of certain lands called Oxen Fenn as by metes and bounds the same is divided and to one croft of land called The Bushett containing 2a more or less lying by Bromefeild and to one parcel of land lying near Colne Park parcel of a tenement formerly Parker's one head thereof abutting upon a croft of land called Carters Croft and the other head upon a lane leading from the highway to a field called Smithfield and to one parcel of customary land formerly a lane leading from the highway from Earls Colne to Coggeshall to a field called Smithfield lying between certain customary lands late of Rich Parker towards the north and one other parcel of land late of the said Rich towards the south now at this court sitting the court came Geo Andrewes gentleman and did complain against the said Wm Bridge in a plea of land that is to say of 12a of land and 8a of pasture with the appurtenances in Earls Colne and within the jurisdiction of this court and held of the lord of the said manor as of the said manor by copy of court roll at the will of the lord according to the custom of the said manor as his right and inheritance and into which the said Wm hath not entry but after the disseisin which Hugh Hunt unjustly and without judgement did to the said Geo within thirty years now last past and the said Geo doth make his protestation to follow his said plaint in the form and nature of a writ of entry sur disseisin in le post at the common law and did in court find pledges to prosecute his said plaint that is to say Jn Doe and Rich Roe and desired process according to the custom of the said manor against the said Wm that he be at the next court to be held for the said manor to answer to him the said Geo in his plea aforesaid and it was granted to him etc but the said Wm being present in court did freely appear and desired licence of this court that he may be admitted to answer to the said Geo without any process to be directed against him and by the consent of the said Geo it was granted and thereupon the said Geo did demand against the said Wm 12a of land and 8a of pasture with the appurtenances in Earls Colne aforesaid and held of the lord of the said manor as of the said manor by copy of court roll etc as his right and inheritance according to the custom of the said manor and into which the said Wm hath not entry but after the disseisin which Hugh Hunt unjustly and without judgement did to him in thirty years now last past and whereupon he saith that he was seised of the said tenements in his demesne as of fee and right according to the custom of the said manor in the time of peace in the time of the reign of Charles late king of England etc by taking thereof the profits to the value etc and thereupon doth bring suit and thereupon the said Wm in his own person did come and doth defend his right etc and doth call thereof to warrant Robt Lea who being present in court did freely warrant the tenements aforesaid to the said Wm whereupon the said Geo did demand against the said Robt tenant by his warranty the tenements aforesaid with the appurtenances in form aforesaid and saith that he was seised of the said tenements with the appurtenances in his demesne as of fee and right etc by taking the profits etc and thereupon doth bring suit and the said Robt tenant by his warranty aforesaid doth defend his right etc and saith that the said Hugh Hunt did not disseise the said Geo of the tenements aforesaid in manner and form as the said Geo by his plaint aforesaid hath supposed and for this doth put himself upon the homage of this court and the said Geo doth desire licence to imparl until the second hour afternoon of this instant 4.11. and it is granted unto him and the same hour is granted to the said Robt to be here etc and afterwards in the same court at the said third hour afternoon (sic) of the same day the said Geo did come and the said Robt being solemnly demanded and called came not but in contempt of the court did depart and make default therefore according to the custom of the said manor it is considered by the court that the said Geo recover against the said Wm Bridge the tenements aforesaid with the appurtenances and that the said Wm have of the lands of the said Robt held of the said manor by copy of court roll to the value etc and the said Robt in mercy whereupon the said Geo did desire precept of the lord of the said manor by his steward to the bailiff of the said manor to be directed to deliver to him seisin of the tenements so as aforesaid recovered and it is granted to him returnable here at the third hour afternoon of this instant 4.11. at which hour the said Geo did come in his own person and Giles Crow bailiff of the said manor and officer of this court did come and testify that by virtue of the said precept to him directed he hath delivered full seisin to the said Geo of the tenements aforesaid as by the said precept he was commanded and thereupon the lord of the said manor at the petition of the said Geo and in further execution of the said recovery did by his said steward grant and deliver to the said Geo seisin of the said tenements so as aforesaid recovered to have and to hold the same to the said Geo his heirs and assigns of the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the said manor by the rents and services due etc and his fine was pardoned and afterwards sitting the court the said Geo did come and did in open court surrender into the hands of the lord of the said manor by the hands of his said steward the said tenement so as aforesaid recovered with their appurtenances to the only use of the said Wm Bridge his heirs and assigns forever who being present in court desired to be admitted tenant to the same to whom the lord of the said manor by his said steward did grant and deliver thereof seisin by the rod to have and to hold the said tenement with the appurtenances to the said Wm Bridge his heirs and assigns of the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the said manor by the rent s and services due etc and his fine was pardoned