Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr91 checked with D/DPr75 and D/DPr76)

17.9.1579 (Thursday 17 September 1579)

document 66200550

it is found by the homage that Jn Gerrard that held to him and his heirs of the lord etc one messuage with appurtenances called Skinners one croft of land with the houses builded thereupon one garden called Burtons Garden with free ingress and egress through the gates of the manor there viz from the highway leading toward Colchester even to the said garden and through the croft called Berecroft as well to carry and recarry through the said gates there as through the said croft of land and one tenement with appurtenances called Gentrys and three crofts of land containing 12a of land called Bromescroft and one croft of land containing 11a of land called Berecroft together with a way leading to the said field aforesaid to drive and chase and one meadow late parcel of the said Berecroft containing 3a of land with appurtenances lying in Earls Colne aforesaid as by the meets and bounds etc as by copy of court roll here holden 19.6.12Eliz1 more at large appears died since the last court of and in the premises seised in his demesne as of fee according to the custom of the manor and they say further that Jn Gerrard now of the age of 18yrs and more is his son and next heir and hath right to the premises who being present in court came and prayed to be admitted thereto as to his right and inheritance to whom by the lord's steward there is seisin thereof delivered to hold to him his heirs and assigns of the lord by the rod etc and the foresaid Jn Gerrard here in the full court came and prayed that the custody as well of his body as of the premises might be committed to Alice Gerrard widow his mother until he come to his full age of twenty one years if she remain unmarried and further doth faithfully promise here in the court that when he shall come to his age of twenty one years he will assure all the premises to the foresaid Alice his mother during the term of her life because that was the intent of the said Jn the father as appears in his said testament but because that in his life time he surrendered not the premises to the same use therefore by the extremity of the law the said Alice is without remedy