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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

31 January 1849


Manor of Heddington

Special Court Baron of Digby Latimer

Wednesday 31st January, 1849

Before: John Matthews Gentleman, Steward
Homage: William Gurden, Robert Bateman


[Church House, St Andrew's Road]

The Homage present that the Rev. James PALMER Clerk who held by Copyhold dated 26th October 1802:

a messuage yard and garden heretofore in the occupation of said James Palmer and afterwards of Rev. William Oddie

died in 1819 seized thereof and intestate

And the Homage present that the Rev. James Nelson PALMER of Breamore Rectory Hampshire is the only son and heir of the said James Palmer and ought to be admitted tenant.

And the Rev. James Nelson PALMER in Court and prayed to be admitted tenant to:

a messuage yard and garden heretofore in the occupation of said James Palmer and afterwards of Rev. William Oddie but now in the occupation of Orlando Jewitt

Rendering therfor 2/- yearly rent and 3/- for a heriot and 10/- for a Fine.

Admitted tenant – his fealty was respited.


[Headington Enclosure Award Plot 37 (site of St Andrew's School]

The Homage present that William SAVOURS a Customary Tenant died 21st April 1847 seized of:

1 plot of land or ground No. 37 in the Headington Inclosure Award of 9 acres 1 Rood and 17 perches situate in Quarry Field (except 2 Roods parcel thereof sold and surrendered to Charles Tawney) parcel of the Customary lands of this Manor and

1 plot of land containing 3 Roods 18 perches on Shotover Hill allotted to the said William SAVOURS in lieu of his right of common and other share right and interest in respect of the said 9 acres 1 Rood and 17 perches

 Whereupon a Heriot became due to the Lord and the said William SAVOURS by his Will of 7th May 1842 gave unto

John GALE (therein described) and William POWELL of Margam in the County of Glamorgan their heirs etc: All his messuages land tenements and hereditaments both freehold and copyhold

To hold to them upon certain Trusts in his Will mentioned. A Codicil revoked the appointment of John GALE and Thomas BURROWS the Younger of Headington Gentleman a Trustee of his Will in the place of John Gale (by William Graham his attorney).

And said William POWELL and Thomas BURROWS IN Court and prayed to be admitted etc. rendering therefore: 3/4d Rent a year, 3/4d for a Heriot and the said William Powell and Thomas Burrows paid to the Lord for a fine 10/- and were admitted tenants but their fealty was respited.

At this Court the Homage present that William SAVOURS heretofore a Customary Tenant died 21st April 1847 seized of:

1 plot of land of 2 Roods 12 Perches situate on Shotover Hill allotted to the said William Savours under Act for the allotment of lands in the Liberty or Parish of Shotover etc. in lieu of his right of common re certain copyhold premises within this Manor (late Elizabeth BOSTALL’s)

Whereupon a heriot became due.

And they further present that by his Will the said William SAVOURS gave and devised TO John GALE and William POWELL of Margam:

All that every his messuages lands tenements and hereditaments both freehold and Copyhold To hold them upon certain Trusts mentioned in his Will and further by a Codicil William SAVOURS on 20th March 1845 revoked the appointment of John GALE as one of his Trustees and appointed Thomas BURROWS the Younger of Headington Gentleman a Trustee of his Will in his place

Now at this Court came William POWELL and the said Thomas BURROWS and prayed to be admitted tenants to the said premises rendering 2/- yearly rent 2/- for an Heriot and the said William Powell and Thomas Burrows paid to the Lord for a fine 10/- but their Fealty was respited.


The Homage present that Joseph PATES and Sarah PATES his wife who held to them and their heirs by Copy of Court Roll of this Manor 22nd July 1800[?]:

1 messuage 1 yard and 1 garden in Heddington late in the occupation of Sarah Pates widow and now untenanted

have both departed this life whereupon 2 Heriots have become due to the Lord

And the Homage further present that Joseph PATES made his Will as follows:

I Joseph Pates Baker at Headington in the County of Oxford … it is my wish for my wife to have after my deth this house and the baking business and … all profits for her life if she not mareyes againe and if she marreys againe to have no profit nor nothing to do with it only to have one five pound and if she do not marrey to have all the profets of the baking business and all the rents of all name for her life … rents witch is set on thes premises and the House ner the Church witch is in Latermer’s olding and the old House as was William Larences and the two new onens that I bilt at the end of the old one witch is free land and the house and orchard at Barton witch is eld under Magdalen College and close witch is joining witch is about 4 eakers and a ½ eaker on the common and strip of land at the West end of the garden in Mr. Whorwood olden and the housel goods and stock of flour wheat cols pigs book debts and intress of money witch is out at youse witch is £120 at Mr Richardsons in St Clements near City of Oxford

And Secondly after the death of my wife for my son William Pates to have this house as I now Hockepy and bakehouse and cotedge in the yard and all the buildings thereon and garding bildings and William to have the baking business and stock of flour wheat cols pigs book debts and intress of money witch is out at youse witch is £120 at Mr Richardsons in St Clements near City of Oxford after my wife’s death and seckentley after the deth of my wife Sarah Pates for my dauter Ann Pates to have the house as that my sister Phillips lives in now as is eld under Edward Latemer Esq and for Ann to have the £120 as is out at youse at Mr Richardsons in St Clements witch I think will about eakwell shere and for her and heir heirs for ever without Ann Pates should die singell and then for the house to be sold and the money divided eakwelley among the other children the £120 as the Trust may think fit.

Thirdly after the death of my wife for my daughter Sarah Ward Pates to have the old house as I bought of William Larence and the two new onens as I bilt at the end of the old one witch is all free land to her and her ears for ever or if she should die singell to be sold and the money eagely divided among the other children as the Trust may thnk fit.

Fourthly after the death of my wife Sarah I give to my daughter Emma Pates the house and garden and orchard and close witch is about 4½ eakers on the common on Shotover Hill as is all eld under Magdalen Colledge and the strip of land at the end of the garden nerest Hedington about 20 feet wide eld under the Lord of the Manner of Headington

And if I should die before this estate is paid for it is to be completed at New Mickelmas 1832

And for Emma Pates and her ears for ever without Emma should die singell if she does it tis to be sold and the money eakelly divided among the other children as the Trust may think fit.

Fifthly if my wife should have another child within nine months after my deth William Pates is to give that child when the child is twenty one £200 in money out of this House and Bisness after the deth of is mother when he comes persst of it.

Mr James Coombs brother to my wife of Milton Barks one Trust and Mr Thomas Burrows Junior at Southfield Farm the other

Dated 30th August 1832

Witness Joseph Pates (signed)

I appoint James Coombs and Thomas Burrows executors of my Will
1st September 1832


Now at this Court came James COOMBS and said Thomas BURROWS and prayed to be admitted tenants to:

1 messuage 1 yard 1 garden with appurtenances lying within this Manor and formerly in the occupation of Sarah Pates and now untenanted

Rendering therefor Rent yearly 6d and 6d for a Heriot and James Coombs and Thomas Burrows paid to the Lord 10/- for a fine and were admitted Tenants but their fealty was respited.


The Homage find and present that William Powell GODFREY late a Customary Tenant died seized of certain copyhold premises now in the respective occupations of James Clarke and Thomas Lorton Jones: but who is entitled to the said premises the Homage known not.

End of Court

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