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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr68)

17.5.1429 (Tuesday 17 May 1429)

document 56401037

proof fine 8d whereas lately at a court with leet here held on the tuesday in pentecost week in 25.5.6Hen6 came Jn Nechole of Halsted by Jn Hyne his attorney and showed a certain copy made in these words at a court with leet held at Earls Colne on the tuesday in pentecost week 17.5.8Hen4 came Roger Mordone and Joan late wife of Wm Bray and surrendered into the hands of the lord one cottage with a small curtilage adjoining with appurtenances called Brokkeles to the use of Jn Fitz Nechle of Halstead to whom the lady granted thereof seisin to hold to the same said Jn his heirs and assigns from the lady at the will of the lady by the services and customs saving the right etc and he gave to the lady for a fine etc and made fealty and at the same said court the same said Jn Fitz Nechol surrendered into the hands of the lady the said cottage with curtilage adjoining with appurtenances to the use of the aforesaid Joan Bray to whom the lady granted seisin to hold to the same said Joan her heirs and assigns from the lady at the will of the lady by the rod according to the custom of the manor etc upon such condition that if the aforesaid Jn Fitz Nechol his heirs or assigns should implead or implea or in any way be harmed for him his heirs and assigns by the aforesaid Joan her heirs or executors by reason of any plea concerning the divers lands and tenements in Halstead called Wards Tenement that the aforesaid Jn Nichole had by grant and concession of the said Wm and Joan or the aforesaid cottage with curtilage adjoining with appurtenances should not be sufficiently maintained and repaired and upon sufficient warning that from that time truly the aforesaid Jn Fitz Nechol his heirs and assigns should be allowed by licence of the lord to reenter into the aforesaid cottage with curtilage adjoining and its appurtenances and to keep the same as in his present estate upon the authority of which surrender the said Jn Fitz Nechol by his aforesaid attorney asks at this time of the lord and his court that he should be able to reenter into the aforesaid cottage with curtilage and its appurtenances as in his former estate according to the form and effect of the above named surrender of the said Joan on account of the conditions made by her because the same said Joan Bray the principal solarium of the said cottage had made waste and was burning fuel and the whole of the rest of the said cottage to that time although frequently requested to repair allowed it to fall into devastation against the form of the above mentioned surrender made by the same said Joan upon the express condition of the same and upon this the same said Joan in full court by the said lord's steward charged thereof and examined replied nothing in contravention of the aforesaid surrender nor against the waste there made by herself except by reason of her poverty therefore a day was given to the same said Joan well and sufficiently to repair the said cottage against michaelmas next without delay or to show in the next court how far it ought to be hers or whereof she knows by what reason the aforesaid cottage with curtilage and its appurtenances ought not to be reentered by the same said Jn Fitz Nechol at which same said court there held on 2.12.7Hen6 the same said Joan thereof charged and examined had no day nor was able to show by what reason Jn Fitz Nechol himself ought not to be able to reenter into the aforesaid cottage with appurtenances as in his former estate and at the time out of the further grace of the lord upon the request of the neighbours and because of her age and poverty a day was given to the same said Joan to repair the said cottage fully against the next promptly upon pain of forfeiting her whole estate thereof for her lifetime and because at that day it was shown that the aforesaid cottage was still not repaired nor the was the same said Joan able to repair it and charged to repair it she refused and denied the same therefore it was considered both by the lord's steward and by others of the lord's council being there and judging that the aforesaid Jn Fitz Nechol should reenter into the aforesaid cottage with curtilage and its appurtenances as in his former estate by reason of the waste and destruction made by Joan herself upon the same to hold to himself his heirs and assigns from the lord at the will of the lord by the rod according to the custom of the manor and he gave to the lord for a fine etc and made fealty