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Court of Wards (PRO WARD13/79 Countess of Oxford etc v: Hen Coppinger etc)

4.6.1606 (Wednesday 4 June 1606)

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Eliz dowager countess of Oxford and sir Francis Vere committees of the body and lands of the right honourable Hen de Vere earl of Oxenford his majesties ward that whereby an inquisition taken at Brentwood (as above) it was found amongst other things that the said earl was in his lifetime lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee of and in divers and sundry portions of tithes being in the hamlet of Stansted in the parish of Halstead Aldham Marks Tey amongst other things in the said county of Essex and that he died seised thereof accordingly and that the same portions of tithes at the time of his decease and at the time of the taking of the said inquisition were holden of the king's majesty by knights service in chief and that the said Hen de Vere viscount Bulbeck and now earl of Oxford was son and heir of the said earl of Oxford and within the age of twenty one years that is to say the age of 11yrs4mths as by perusal of the said inquisition remaining of record in the king's majesties court of chancery and conscripted into this honourable court more at large it doth and may appear and where is was by the inquisition aforesaid likewise found amongst other things that the said earl was in his lifetime lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee of and in one messuage called Pickstones and divers lands meadows and pastures to the same messuage belonging lying in Stisted in the county of Essex and of and in one messuage called Fenhouse and divers lands meadows pastures and woods to the same messuage belonging lying in Ardley Essex to the use and maintenance of a schoolmaster to keep a grammar school in Earls Colne in the said county of Essex and that he died seised thereof accordingly and where also the said earl was in his lifetime lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee of and in divers rents issuing and going out of divers lands tenements and hereditaments situate lying in White Colne Colne Wake Colne Engaine Pebmarsh Alphamstone Lamarsh Twinsted and Middleton Essex and in Bures St Mary in the county of Suffolk and Essex and in divers other places in the said county of Essex being parcel of the possessions of the late dissolved priory of Colne aforesaid and that the said earl was likewise seised of and in the yearly rent or pension of 17s issuing out of certain lands called or known by the name of Broadefelde or Brookfield Readinge Colefelde and Cheldwell Mead situate and being in Gestingthorpe in the said county of Essex and was likewise seised of and in the yearly rent of 25s issuing out of certain lands pastures and meadows imparked in the park of Stansted in the parish of Halsted Essex and out of one tenement and lands lying at Ashford Bridge within the park aforesaid and out of certain lands called Mousys alias Mounchesies situate and being in Stansted aforesaid in the county of Essex and was likewise seised of and in the yearly rent of 4s6d issuing out of certain lands called Turgsland and Reading sometimes called Stephens Land lying and being in Pattiswick Essex and was likewise seised of and in the yearly rent of 7s8d issuing out of the lands pastures and meadows called Parley Bemes sometime Jn Shaw's esq and before Jn Writtell's esq lying and being in Stansted in the said parish of Halstead or in Colne Engaine aforesaid all which several rents were likewise parcel of the possessions of the said late dissolved priory of Colne and whereas Arth Gilgate the elder and Arth Gilgate the younger have obtained gotten into their or one of their hands the evidences and writings of the said messuages and lands in Stisted aforesaid belonging to the said school they the said Arth and Arth without any just title have entered into the said messuages and lands and have cut down sold away wasted and destroyed all or most part of the wood and timber growing thereupon and have contrived divers secret estates to their own uses of the said premises and whereas Jn Allen hath likewise obtained and gotten into his hands the writings and evidences concerning the said messuage and lands in Ardely aforesaid and by colour thereof hath without any just title entered into a certain wood containing by estimation 5a belonging to the said messuage called Fenhouse and hath cut down wasted and destroyed the wood and timber thereon growing and hath likewise contrived divers secret estates in the same to the disinherison of his majesties said ward and the decay of the said school and whereas sir Rich Weston knight sir Edm Hudleston knight Jn Wentworth esq Jn Coxall gentleman and Jeff Little gentleman or some of them hath or have obtained or gotten into their or some of their hands the rentals of the said priory of Colne of right belonging to the said now earl his majesties ward the said sir Rich Weston for his part hath received and still doth receive and take the said rents issuing out of divers lands in the several parishes and towns of White Colne Colne Wake Colne Engaine Pebmarsh Alphamstone Lamarsh Twinsted Middleton Wormingford Mersey West and Bures St Mary aforesaid as belonging unto a certain messuage or farm called Barwick Hall in White Colne aforesaid where in truth the same of right do belong unto the said earl now his majesty's ward as parcel of the possessions of the said late dissolved priory of Colne that the said Edm Hudlestone for his part doth refuse to pay and doth detain and keep in his hands the said yearly rent of 4s6d issuing out of the said lands called Turgisland and Reading as aforesaid lying and being in Pattiswick aforesaid and the said Jn Wentworth likewise for his part does refuse to pay and doth detain and keep in his hands the said yearly rent of 17s aforesaid and the said Jn Coxall likewise for his part doth refuse to pay and doth detain an keep in his hands the said yearly rent of 25s issuing out of the said lands and tenements in Stansted aforesaid and the said Jeff Little likewise for his part doth refuse to pay and doth detain and keep in his hands the said yearly rent of 7s8d issuing out of the said lands and tenements in Colne Engaine or Stansted aforesaid to the damage of his majesty and the disinheritance of the said earl his majesty's ward may it therefore please your lordship to grant to the said committees his majesties most gracious writ of privy seal to be directed them all etc