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Heddington Manor History: 26 January 1847


The Manor of Heddington in the County of Oxford

Special Court Baron of Digby Latimer Esq, Lord of the Manor
held at Heddington within the Manor
(in the House of Thomas Godfrey within the said Manor)

Tuesday 26th January 1847

Before: John Matthews Gentleman, Steward
Homage: Thomas Knowles, Richard Godfrey


At this Court the Homage present that Edward LATIMER Esq and Elizabeth his wife the late Lord and Lady of this Manor died since the last Court and that the said Edward Latimer outlived the said Elizabeth his wife and died on the 18th day of November 1845.

And they further present that the said Edward Latimer in and by his last Will and Testament in writing duly signed and witnessed bearing date 21st March 1845 gave and bequeathed as follows that is to say:

“I give and bequeath to my son Digby the Manor of Heddington in the Parish of Headington with all its appurtenances and arrears to him his heirs and assigns for ever.”

The Homage present that the said Digby Latimer appointed John Matthews to be Steward of the said Manor by Memo in writing 22nd January 1847.


[Headington Enclosure Award Plot 37: Site of St Andrew's School]

The Homage present that Thomas GODFREY the Elder heretofore a Customary Tenant of this Manor died on 6th April 1829 seized of a Copyhold estate within this manor consisting of:

one plot of land No. 37 in the Headington Inclosure Award containing 9 acres 1 rood and 17 perches situate in Quarry Field bounded on the North by the Road No. 1 on the East [London Road] by the allotment No. 38 on the South by the allotment No. 36 and on the West by the allotment No. 29 whereupon 3/4d became due to the Lord for a Heriot.

And they further present that the said Thomas GODFREY the elder died intestate as to the said plot of land and that Thomas Godfrey now of Heddington yeoman is his eldest son and heir at law and ought to be admitted thereto

And the said Thomas GODFREY being present in Court … prayed to be admitted….

To whom the Lord by his Steward granted and delivered seizin thereof by the Rod To have and to hold the said premises unto the said Thomas Godfrey the son his heirs etc. by the Rod at the Will of the Lord according to the custom of the said Manor,

Rendering yearly 3/4d rent, 3/4d for a heriot … and performing all other customs duties and service therefor due and of right accustomed and the said Thomas Godfrey paid to the Lord 10/- for a Fine and was admitted Tenant but his Fealty was respited.

Came Thomas Godfrey of Heddington in consideration of £400 heretofore paid by William SAVOURS late of Headington but now of Marlass in the County of Glamorgan Gentleman to Thomas Godfrey the elder formerly of Heddington aforesaid Yeoman since deceased (as the said Thomas Godfrey the Surrenderer doth hereby admit) and also of the sum of 10/- to the said last named Thomas Godfrey now paid by the said William Savours and surrendered of 9 acres 1 rod and 17 perches:

one plot of land No. 37 in the Headington Inclosure Award containing 9 acres 1 rood and 17 perches situate in Quarry Field bounded on the North by the Road No. 1 on the East [London Road] by the allotment No. 38 on the South by the allotment No. 36 and on the West by the allotment No. 29 whereupon 3/4d became due to the Lord for a Heriot.

(to which the said Thomas Godfrey was admitted at this Court)

To the use of the said William Savours. And the said William Savours present in Court (by his Attorney) and admitted tenant to said premises rendering yearly 3/4d rent, 3.4d for a heriot, 10/- fine, but his fealty was respited.

At this Court came William Savours late of Headington now of Marlass in the County of Glamorgan Gentleman a Customary Tenant of this Manor in consideration of £25 to him paid by Charles TAWNEY of Headington aforesaid Esquire surrendered:

all that piece or parcel of land containing 2 roods (being part of a certain plot of land No. 37 in the Headington Inclosure Award allotted to Thomas Godfrey containing 9 acres 1 rod and 17 perches in the Parish of Headington to which William Savours was admitted at this Court) Bounded on the North by the Turnpike Road leading from Oxford to London, on the South by the footpath leading to Headington Quarry, on the East by other part of the said plot or allotment No. 37 and on the West by the Allotment No. 29 in the said Award

to the use of Charles TAWNEY.

And the said Charles Tawney present (by his Attorney) and prayed to be admitted Tenant thereto rendering therefor yearly to the said Lord a peppercorn rent and for a Heriot and doing and performing all other customs etc. 10/- Fine and admitted Tenant but his Fealty respited.

To all to whom these presents shall come William SAVOURS late of Headington now of Marlass in the County of Glamorgan Gentleman sendeth Greetings Whereas at a Court Baron holden in and for the Manor of Heddington 28th April 1797 Thomas Godfrey Yeoman of Heddington admitted Tenant to:

1 messuage or tenement with the yards barns buildings and orchard and 9½ acres of arable and 2 acres meadow ground with 3 Cottage commons

at Heddington within the manor at a rent of 3/4d and 3/4d for a Heriot and subject to performance of the duties customs and services therefor due and of right accustomed

And whereas the Commissioners under Act of Inclosure did by their Award allot and award to Thomas Godfrey in lieu of his Copyhold lands held under the Manor (being the lands and common above described 1 plot of land No. 37 containing 9 acres 1 rod and 17 perches etc.)

And whereas prior to 1824 the said Thomas Godfrey contracted and agreed with William Savours for the sale to him of the said plot for the sum of £400 and which said sum £400 was paid to Thomas Godfrey by William Savours and William Savours was let into the actual possession of the land and has ever since been in the possession thereof and of the rents and profits thereof and whereas no surrender was made by the said Thomas Godfrey in his lifetime of the said land and whereas Thomas Godfrey died in April 1829 intestate as to the said plot of land whereupon the same descended to Thomas Godfrey of Headington Yeoman as his eldest son and heir in trust nevertheless for the said William Savours the beneficial owner thereof but he said last named Thomas Godfrey has never been admitted thereto and whereas the last named Thomas Godfrey has at the request of the said William Savours agreed to be forthwith admitted Tenant to the said plot of land and immediately afterwards to surrender the same to the use of the said William Saunders as such purchaser thereof.

Now William Savours appoints his Attorney John Crews Dudley Solicitor to appear in Court in his place and to pray admittance and to be admitted Tenant on the surrender of Thomas Godfrey … to the end intent and purpose that William Savours may hold the same by copy of Court Roll at the Will of the Lord according to the custom of the same Manor by the rents heriots customs duties and services therefor due and of right accustomed and he empowers them to surrender all that piece of land 2 roods (being part of a certain plot of land No. 37 in the Headington Inclosure Award allotted to Thomas Godfrey containing 9 acres 1 rod and 17 perches in the Parish of Headington to which William Savours was admitted at this Court) Bounded on the North by the Turnpike Road leading from Oxford to London, on the South by the footpath leading to Headington Quarry, on the East by other part of the said plot or allotment No. 37 and on the West by the Allotment No. 29 in the said Award

To the use of Charles TAWNEY of Headington Esq

Signed, Sealed and Delivered by (signed William Savours) in the presence of [two witnesses]


The Homage present the death of William JEFFCOAT since the last Court seized of divers copyhold Tenements within this Manor but who is the heir… the Homage know not.

The Homage present that Richard GREEN late a Customary Tenant died since the last Court seized of several Copyhold tenements but who is heir … the Homage knows not.

The Homage present that Richard POLLY lately died seized of several Copyhold tenements but who is heir … the Homage knows not.

The Homage present that Sir Joseph LOCKE Knight late a Customary Tenant of this Manor died since the last Court seized of certain Copyhold hereditaments within this Manor but who is heir … the Homage knows not.

The Homage present that Elizabeth BOSTALL widow a Customary Tenant of this Manor died 1837 seized of a Copyhold estate now in occupation of William Gurden but who is heir… the Homage know not.

At this Court the first Proclamation was made for the heir of William JEFFCOAT to come into Court and be admitted

First Proclamations follow for the heir of Richard Green, Richard Polly, Thomas Phelp, Sir Joseph Locke and for heir or devisee of Elizabeth Bostall.

 

End of Court

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