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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

10 June 1756


The Court Baron of Edward Coxhead and Mary his wife
and Asher Ffoote and Rachel his wife

Holden within the Manor aforesaid on Thursday the 10th day of June in the 29th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the grace of God of Great Britain Ffrance and Ireland Defender of the Faith and so forth

And in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty six

By James Gilpin Esquire, Steward of said Manor

Homage: William Bostall, John Chillingworth, Richard Drewitt,
Thomas Tutty, John Bostall, Richard Godfrey


[Cottage]

At this Court it was presented by the Homage that George Lambert one of the Customary Tenants of this Manor did on the 5th day of October 1755 surrender out of Court unto the Lords of this Manor according to the Custom by the hands and acceptance of Richard Godfrey and John Bostall two other of the Customary Tenants of this Manor

All that his messuage cottage or tenement with the appurtenances situate and being at Heddington aforesaid within the Manor aforesaid and part of the customary tenements of the same Manor late in the tenure of Ambrose Hodges

To the use of Hannah Tyrrell of Horspath in the County of Oxford Widow her heirs and assigns and the said Hannah now the wife of Thomas Drewitt being present here in Court desires to be admitted Tenant of the premises and the Lords by their said Steward granted her seizin thereof by the Rod To hold the same premises with the appurtenances unto the said Susannah Drewitt her heirs and assigns for ever by the rod at the Will of the Lords according to the custom of the Manor paying therfore yearly eight pence rent and a Heriot when due and doing and performing all other customs and services therefore due and of right accustomed and the said Susannah paid to the Lords for a fine Ten Shillings and was admitted.


[Messuage with 11 acres and three cottages]

At this Court it was presented that Mary Godfrey one of the Customary Tenants of this Manor since the last Court died seized to her and her heirs according to the Custom of the Manor of One messuage or tenement with the yards barns and all the buildings and the Orchard thereunto belonging and of 9½ acres of arable and 2 acres of meadow (the same more or less) with the appurtenances lying and being in Heddington within the Manor aforesaid with 3 cottage commons to the same belonging part of the Customary Tenements of this Manor

And that her son Henry Godfrey is her heir who being present in Court desired to be admitted Tenant of the premises and the Lords by their said Steward gave him seizing thereof by the rod To hold the same premises with the appurtenances to the said Henry Godfrey’s heirs and assigns for ever by the rod at the Will of the Lords according to the Custom of the Manor rendering therefore yearly four shillings and four pence Rent and for a Heriot when it shall happen Three shillings and Four pence and doing all other Burthens Customs and Services therefore due and of right accustomed and the said Henry Godfrey was admitted Tenant of the premises and did his Fealty.


[Messuage with garden ground, probably Church House]

At this Court it was presented that Thomas Marriott one of the Customary Tenants of this Manor on the 20th June 1755 did surrender out of Court into the hands of the Lords of this Manor by the hands of Henry Sellar and John Bostall two other Customary Tenants of this Manor according to the Custom of the said Manor

All that messuage or tenement with the backside and garden ground thereunto belonging being within the Manor of Heddington and parcel of the Customary Tenements of the same Manor then in the tenure or occupation of the said Thomas Marriott

To the use of William Sellar of Heddington Cordwainer his heirs and assigns under a Proviso and condition to make the same void if the same Thomas Marriott his heirs executors administrators or assigns should pay unto the said William Sellar his Executors Administrators or assigns the Sum of Ten Pounds with interest for the same after the rate of Five Pounds for the Interest of One Hundred Pounds for a year on the 20th December next ensuing and now

The said William Sellar being here present in Court desired to be admitted Tenant of the Premises and the Lords by their said Steward gave him seizing thereof by the rod to hold the same premises with the appurtenances unto the said William Sellar his heirs and assigns for ever by the Rod and the Will of the Lords according to the Custom of the Manor

Rendering therefore yearly ½d rent and a Heriot when due and doing all other customs and service therefore and of right accustomed and the said William Sellar gave to the Lords for a fine 10/- and was admitted Tenant and did his fealty.


[Messuage and a hovel]

At this Court came William Wordsworth and Mary his wife and in full Court surrendered (she the said Mary being first secretary examined by the Steward) One messuage or tenement backside and a hovel with the appurtenances in Heddington aforesaid and part of the Customary Tenements of the said Manor to the use of William Hocroft and Elizabeth his wife and the heirs and assigns of the said William Hocroft and Elizabeth his wife being here present in Court desired to e admitted tenants of the premises and the Lords gave them seizin thereof by the Rod to hold the same premises with the appurtenances until the said William Hocroft and Elizabeth his wife and the heirs and assigns of the said William Hocroft for ever by the rod at the Will of the Lords according to the custom of the Manor

Rendering therefore yearly to the Lords 1/- rent and a heriot when due and doing all other duties customs and services therefore due of right accustomed and the said William Hocroft paid the Lords for a fine 10/- and the said William and Elizabeth were admitted tenants and the said William did his fealty.


[Re rights of Copyhold Tenants]

At this Court it was presented by the Homage that by the Custom of this Manor every copyhold Tenant of this Manor has a Right to cut down any timber or trees and to pull down any House or building on his Copyhold estate at his free will and pleasure without any forfeiture or being accountable to the Lords therefore and also that it is lawfull for every Copyhold Tenant of this Manor to devise the Copyhold premises in this Tenure for any term of years not exceeding the term of 99 years.


[Barn and two acres in the Common Fields]

At this Court came Richard Godfrey one of the Customary Tenants of this Manor and surrendered unto the Lords of this Manor by the hand of their Steward one barn and two acres of land with the appurtenances lying and being in the common fields of Heddington aforesaid and part of the Customary Tenements of this Manor to the use of William Bostall his heirs and assigns for ever

And now the said William Bostall being present in Court desired to be admitted Tenant to the premises and the Lords by their Steward and gave him seizin thereof by the rod To hold the same premises with the appurtenances unto the said William Bostall his heirs for ever by the rod at the Will of the Lords according to the Custom of the Manor rendering therefore yearly to the Lords 4d Rent and for a Heriot when it happens 2/6d and doing all other duties etc.

And he said William Bostall gave to the Lords for a fine 10/- and was admitted Tenant of the premises and did his fealty.


[Cottage with four acres]

At this Court it was presented by the Homage that William Baron one of the Customary Tenants of this Manor died seized to him and his heirs one cottage and three acres of land and one acre of furze ground parcel of the Customary Tenements of this Manor

And that Mary Leycock* granddaughter of the said William Baron is his heir and ought to be admitted Tenant of the premises and proclamation was for the first time made publicly at this Court for her to appear and be admitted Tenant of the premises but she did not appear.

(signed) James Gilpin Steward


* Next Court describes her as Mary Moulden formerly Leycock

© Stephanie Jenkins

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