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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr77)

3.4.1616 (Wednesday 3 April 1616)

document 37801107

item it is shown by the homage that Wm Prentice lately a customary tenant of this manor after the last court and before this court surrendered into the hands of the lord of this manor by the hands of Nich Boarlie and Robt Rooks two customary tenants of the said manor 3r of meadow lying in the meadow called Nokes and Burroughs and one pasture called Burroughs containing 4a of land lying next to the said 3r of meadow lately purchased of Jn Wingfeild and one croft of land called Little Burroughes with appurtenances in Earls Colne to the use and intention mentioned and declared in the last will and testament of the said Wm Prentice bearing the date 3.9.1614 which said last will here in court produced and read by the same is established and showed that the said Wm Prentice gave and bequeathed among other things the said meadow lands and pasture with appurtenances to the use and behoof of Jn Prentice son of the said Wm and the heirs of his body legitimately procreated upon condition however that the said Jn Prentice his heirs or assigns should pay or cause to be paid to Helen Prentice wife of the aforesaid Wm or her assigns the full sum of 40s annually during the term of her natural life at or in the dwelling house of the said Wm Prentice situated in Colne Engaine upon the feast days of the annunciation and michaelmas or within six days next following by equal portions and now to this court in person came the aforesaid Jn Prentice and humbly sought from the lord admittance to the said premises according to the form and effect of the said last will whereof the lord of the said manor by his said steward granted seisin thereof to have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances according to the form and effect of the last will aforesaid from the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the said manor by the rents and services thereunto belonging and by right accustomed and he gave to the lord the fine and was admitted tenant thereof