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Colne Priory Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr23)

23.4.1669 (Friday 23 April 1669)

document 35400659

whereas at a court held for the aforesaid manor 21.4.12Chas1 Corn Brownson and Martha his wife were admitted tenants of the lord for themselves and the heirs of the said Corn by copy of court roll to one cottage and garden with appurtenances called Humfries abutting upon a croft of land called Chalkney Croft on one part and upon the kings highway leading towards Great Tey on the other part and whereas at the aforesaid court the aforesaid Corn and Martha were admitted tenants of the lord for themselves and their heirs by another copy of court roll to the aforesaid croft called Chalkney Croft or by whatever name it is called and whereas at a court held for the aforesaid manor 4.11.1657 it was shown by the then homage that after the last court viz 19.1.1657 the aforesaid Corn surrendered into the hands of the lord by the hands of Giles Crowe instead of the bailiff and in the presence of Ralph Josselin clerk and Hen Hutton two customary tenants of the aforesaid manor the same testifying etc the aforesaid cottage and garden called Humfreys and the aforesaid croft of land called Chalkney Croft or whatever with appurtenances to the uses and behoof in the testament and last will of the said Corn declared or to be declared and that afterwards the aforesaid Corn died thus seised thereof and the aforesaid Martha survived him and held the premises by right of accretion and whereas at a court held for the aforesaid manor 3. 1.18Chas2 it was shown by the homage that the aforesaid Martha afterwards viz 4.5.1665 above mentioned died thus seised thereof but no one then came to take the premises out of the hands of the lord etc now to this court came Thos Josselin son of the said Ralph and produced here in court the testament and last will of the said Corn in writing bearing the date 19.1.1657 above mentioned the tenor of which testament concerning the premises in the following english words first I constitute and appoint my beloved friends Rich Harlakenden the younger and Edw Elliston gentleman and Ralph Josselin of Earls Colne clerk feoffees in trust that they or the survivor of them shall within three months after the decease of Martha my wife alien and sell to any person they see meet all that my copyhold house called Humfreys with a croft of customary land adjoining called Chalkney Croft both holden of the manor of Colne Priory and my will is that such estate so settled by my said feoffees or the survivors of them shall be good in law to any person whatsoever and his heirs as if they had immediately surrendered the said premises to him of them and my will is that the said feoffees or the survivors of them shall dispose the money arising upon the sale of the said premises in manner following viz to my brother Rich Brownson and his heirs upon the receipt of a lawful acquittance 5li to my sister Mary and her heirs upon the like lawful acquittance 40s to my cousins Susan and Martha Everett and their heirs each 40s the remainder of the money on the sale of the premises my will is to be paid unto my brother Jn Brownson and his heirs on the like acquittance all charges concerning the premises being first deducted by my said feoffees or the survivors as by the aforesaid testament it plainly appears and upon this the aforesaid Thos Josselin further gave to the court here intelligence and information and thus it was shown by the homage that the aforesaid Rich Harlakenden junior and the aforesaid Edw Elliston in the lifetime of the said Martha died and that the aforesaid Ralph Josselin within three months after the death of the said Martha viz on 14.8.1665 by virtue of the authority and power given to him by the aforesaid testament and in part of performance of the trust and consideration reposed in him by the aforesaid Corn by the aforesaid testament and for and in consideration of a calculated sum of money paid to the aforesaid Ralph by the aforesaid Thos he sold and bargained for the aforesaid cottage garden and croft with appurtenances to the aforesaid Thos his heirs and assigns as by a certain indenture bearing the date 14.8.1665 made between the aforesaid Ralph on one part and the aforesaid Thos on the other part and here in court produced it plainly appears which same said bargain and sale was made as above upon the trust that the aforesaid Thos would sell and alienate the premises at a convenient time and that the money provided thereof he would dispose according to the intention of the aforesaid testament and upon this the aforesaid Thos present in court sought admittance for himself as tenant of the lord for the premises to whom the same said Thos the lord by the aforesaid steward granted and delivered thereof seisin by the rod to have and to hold the aforesaid cottage and garden and also the aforesaid croft of land with appurtenances to the aforesaid Thos his heirs and assigns forever from the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the aforesaid manor by the separate rents services and customs thereunto belonging and by right accustomed and the fine was pardoned by the grace of the lord present in court