Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr76)

14.6.1595 (Saturday 14 June 1595)

document 67001675

at this court the steward of the manor aforesaid by virtue of his office commanded an inquisition to be made whether women are endowerable of the third part of the customary lands and tenements of their husbands at any time during the marriage between them and now the homage present that they have not known in their memory nor by the search of the rolls that women ought to have any dower in the customary tenements of their husbands but they say that in times past divers women have pretended# their doweries but have always been denied and therefore they think there is no such custom etc