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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

6 June 1849


Manor of Heddington

Court Baron of Digby Latimer, held at Heddington within the said Manor

Wednesday 6th June 1849

Before: John Matthews Gentleman, Steward
Homage: Robert Bateman, Thomas Godfrey


The Homage present that Joseph LOCK Knight a Customary Tenant of this Manor died on the 15th January 1844 seized of certain

Copyhold estates within and held of this Manor

and that thereupon a heriot became due to the Lord.

And the Homage further present that by his Will dated 8th January 1845 he devised all his Copyhold lands and hereditaments situate at Headington in the County of Oxford to the Use of Benjamin Parson SYMONDS Doctor of Divinity at Wadham and the Rev. James CHARNOCK in his said Will named and described the Trustees of or at the time of decease acting under the Indenture of Settlement executed upon or in contemplation of the marriage of his daughter Maria BALLACHEY with her then and now husband George Baker BALLACHEY Esq … in regard to the freehold hereditaments settled thereby

And they further present that the said James CHARNOCK having died the Rev. William Simcox BRICKNELL Vicar of Ensham Clerk was appointed a Trustee of the said Settlement and Will in the room of James Charnock

At this Court came Benjamin Parson SYMONDS and William Simcox BRICKNELL by Henry Walsh of Oxford Gentleman their attorney and prayed to be admitted tenants to

All that messuage or tenement with the backside and orchard thereto belonging in Heddington

And also all that plot of land which on division and allotment of the Parish of Heddington and allotted to William FOLKER and Mary his wife in lieu of the Commons belonging to the said messuage containing by Statute measure 1 acre 3 rood and 12 perches with all the other appurtenances

Also

All that other messuage or tenement outhouses backside and garden with 1 butt of land thereto adjoining and all other appurtenances thereto belonging in Heddington within the Manor aforesaid

Also

All that other messuage or tenement orchard backside and buildings together with the use of the well and all other appurtenances etc.

And also

A plot of land containing 2 roods and 37 perches, situate on Shotover Hill allotted to Sir Joseph LOCK in lieu of his right of common to the said premises, which said premises were late in the several occupations of Alderman William Butler the said George Baker Ballachey and John Cooper Shoemaker, granted 24th June 1802

To whom the Lord by his said Steward granted and delivered seizin thereof by the Rod to have and to hold the said premises unto the said Benjamin Parson Symonds and William Simcox Bricknell their heirs etc. to the tenor of the said Will and Settlement by the Rod at the Will of the Lord according to the Custom of the said Manor rendering therefor yearly to the said Lord 6/2d rent and a heriot when …… and doing and performing all other customs duties and services therfor due and of right accustomed and the said Benjamin Parson Symonds and William Simcox Bricknell paid to the Lord for three fines 30/- and were admitted Tenants (by their attorney) but their fealty was respited.

Also Dr Benjamin Parson SYMONDS and Rev. William Simcox BRICKNELL admitted Tenants to:

All that piece of ground lying at the East end of the orchard or ground now laid thereto containing in length from N to S including the way through and over part of the same 186 feet and in breadth from E to W 158 feet being bounded on the North by the Close or garden heretofore of Robert CLARKE and late in the occupation of Alderman William Butler on the E by a field heretofore called Berry Knowle Furlong and now forming part of the pleasure ground of the premises in the occupation of the said George Baker BALLACHEY and Maria on the S by an acre of land belonging to Magdalen College also in the occupation of the said George Baker Ballachey and Maria his wife and on the W by the aforesaid orchard or piece of ground laid thereto which said piece of ground is now in the occupation of the said George Baker Ballachey (granted 19th October 1795) to whom the Lord granted and delivered seizin thereof by the Rod

To have and to hold the said premises etc. according to the tenor of the said Will etc. rendering therefor yearly to the said Lord 1/- rent and a relief when ……

And the said Benjamin Parsons SYMONDS and William Simcox BRICKNELL paid for a fine 10/- and were admitted Tenants but their Fealty was respited.

Then come the attorneys of Benjamin Parson Symonds and William Simcox Bricknell and Letter of Attorney to take admittance t copyholds held of the Manor of Heddington devised by the Will of the Late Joseph Locke Knight.

Then Homage present the death of Thomas GODFREY a Customary Tenant who died 6th April 1826 seized of (amongst other copyhold hereditaments)

a piece of land of ½ acre late in the occupation of Joseph Locke deceased and forming part of his kitchen garden being bounded on the West by a stone wall dividing it from the gardens now belonging to Thomas Godfrey, Richard Godfrey and the late William Powell Godfrey and on all other parts by premises of the late Sir Joseph Locke (being parcel of premises to which Thomas Godfrey deceased was admitted 28th April 1797)

but who is now entitled to the said piece of ground the Homage know not.

The Homage present death of William Powell Godfrey

1st Proclamation was made for the heir at law or devisee of Richard PANCUTT to come into Court and be admitted.

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