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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr91 checked with D/DPr75)

20.10.1578 (Monday 20 October 1578)

document 66100993

to this court came Thos Bridge and Ann his wife in their proper persons and according to the custom of the manor by the licence of the lord of this manor complaineth against Sibil Reynolds widow being here present in the court of a plea of land viz 5a of land customary with appurtenances called Spowtecroft alias Rycroft lying in Earls Colne aforesaid within the jurisdiction of this court holden by copy of court roll of this manor of the lord of this manor etc and protesteth to prosecute their plea aforesaid in the nature and form of the writ of our sovereign lady the queen majesty of entry upon disseisin in le post at the common law according to the custom of the manor aforesaid claiming the tenements and lands aforesaid with appurtenances to be their right and inheritance according to the custom of the manor aforesaid and on the which the said Sibil hath no entry but upon the disseisin which Hugh Hunt unjustly and without judgement made against the said Thos and Ann within these thirty years now last past and they found pledge to prosecute their plea aforesaid Jn Dent and Rich Fent and now viz in this present court came the foresaid Sibil Reynolds in her proper person and freely appeared to the plea aforesaid whereupon the foresaid Thos and Ann in their proper persons and by the lord's licence of this manor crave against the said Sibil Reynolds the tenement and land aforesaid with appurtenances viz 5a of customary land with appurtenances called Spowtefield alias Rycroft in Earls Colne aforesaid within the jurisdiction of this court as their right and inheritance according to the custom of the manor aforesaid which they claim to hold to them their heirs and assigns of the lord of the manor aforesaid as of the same manor according to the custom of the same manor aforesaid by fealty and other services therefore due and of right accustomed and upon which the said Sibil had not entry but upon the disseisin which Hugh Hunt thereof without judgement unjustly made against the said Thos and Ann within these thirty years last past and whereupon they say that they were seised of the tenement and land aforesaid with appurtenances in their demesne as of fee and right according to the custom of the manor aforesaid in the time of peace etc taking the issues etc and upon which and thereupon they bring their suit etc and now to wit in this instant court came the foresaid Sibil Reighnolds in her proper person and defended her right when etc and thereupon brought to warrant Wm Manners who being present here in court in his proper person freely warranted the foresaid tenement and lands with the appurtenances to the foresaid Sibil etc and hereupon the foresaid Thos and Ann pray against the same Wm Manners tenant by his warranty aforesaid the foresaid tenement and lands with the appurtenances in form aforesaid and whereupon they say they were seised of the tenement and lands aforesaid with appurtenances in their demesne as of fee and right according to the custom of the manor aforesaid in the time of peace etc taking the issues etc to the value etc and upon which etc and thereupon they bring their suit and the foresaid Wm Manners the tenant by his warranty aforesaid in his proper person being present in court defended his right when etc and further calleth for warranty thereof Hen Clerke who being present in court in his proper person and freely warranted the tenement and land aforesaid to the foresaid Wm Manners etc and hereupon the foresaid Thos and Ann pray against the said Hen the tenant by warranty the foresaid tenement and land with appurtenances in form aforesaid and whereupon they say that they were seised in the land and tenement aforesaid with the appurtenances in their demesne as of fee according to the custom of the manor aforesaid in the time of peace in the time of our sovereign lady etc taking the issues to the value etc and upon which etc and thereupon they bring their suit etc and the foresaid Hen Clerke being tenant by his warranty aforesaid being here present defended his right when etc and craved licence to speak until three pm of the same day this court sitting and he hath etc and the same hour is given to the parties aforesaid of the assent of the same parties here and afterward viz in the said hour of three pm here in the court aforesaid the court sitting the foresaid Thos and Ann came again in their proper persons and the foresaid Hen Clerke although being solemnly demanded came not again but went away in contempt of the court and made default etc therefore etc it is considered by the court here according to the custom of the manor aforesaid that the foresaid Thos and Ann shall recover their seisin against the foresaid Sibil Reighnolds of the tenement and land aforesaid with appurtenances to hold to them and their heirs according to the custom of the manor etc quietly from the said Sibil Reynolds and her heirs and that the foresaid Sibil Reynolds shall have of the land of the foresaid Wm Manners to the value etc and the foresaid Wm Manners shall have of the land of the foresaid Hen Clerke to the value etc and the foresaid Hen Clerke is in mercy etc and hereupon the said Thos and Ann now pray the seisin of the tenement and land aforesaid to be delivered to them according to the custom of the manor aforesaid and it is granted them etc whereupon in this same court there is warranty given to Robt Reade bailiff of the manor aforesaid and minister of this court that he cause to be had to the foresaid Thos and Ann their entire seisin of the land aforesaid with their appurtenances according to the recovery aforesaid which said bailiff afterward in the same court came and gave the court to understand that he by virtue of a precept to him directed the court sitting had made to the said Thos and Ann their full seisin of the land aforesaid to the form of the recovery aforesaid to hold of the lord of this manor as before and after in the same court came the foresaid Thos and Ann and prayed to be admitted to the tenement and land aforesaid with the appurtenances according to the custom of the manor aforesaid to whom the lord by his steward granted seisin thereof to have and to hold the land aforesaid with the appurtenances to the same Thos and Ann their heirs and assigns of the lord by the rod to the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor aforesaid by the fealty rents and services therefore before due and of right accustomed etc and they giveth fine etc and made fealty and are admitted the lord's tenants