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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

10 July 1849


Special Court Baron of Digby Latimer
Lord of the said Manor

on Wednesday 10th July 1849

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


At this Court it is found and presented by the Homage that in April 1843 Richard GODFREY of Heddington, Mason, a Customary Tenant contracted to sell to William Powell GODFREY of Heddington, Brickmaker and Victualler (since deceased) for £100:

a messuage cottage or tenement with garden situate at Heddington and then in the occupation of Richard Godfrey (held by Court Roll 10th August 1841 and 14th September 1841)

and that William Powell Godfrey paid to Richard Godfrey the purchase money and died on 11th December 1848 without having been admitted to the same

And the Homage further present that William Powell Godfrey by his Will of 2nd November 1848 bequeathed to his friend John HEDGES servant at Brasenose College all his estate.

Comes Richard Godfrey (by his attorney) and in consideration of £100 so paid by William Powell GODFREY deceased in his lifetime to the said Richard Godfrey and surrenders

a messuage cottage or tenement with garden heretofore in the occupation of Martha Godfrey and now in the respective occupations of the said Richard Godfrey and Thomas Lorton Jones

To the use of John HEDGES according to the Will of the said William Powell Godfrey

And the said John HEDGES In Court and prays to be admitted tenant to the said property rendering therefor yearly to the Lord Rent 1/- and 2/- for a Heriot when it shall happen and the said John HEDGES PAID FOR A Fine 10/- and was admitted Tenant but his Fealty was respited.

Comes John HEDGES Servant of Brasenose College and in consideration of £115 paid to him by Richard Prince Howse of Headington Blacksmith surrenders

a messuage cottage or tenement with the garden situate at Heddington and now in the occupation of Richard Godfrey. To which said premises (with a small piece of ground forming the road to the messuages now in the occupation of Thomas Lorton Jones and which is intended to be surrendered at this Court with the said messuage to one James Clarke the said John Hedges was admitted at this Court

To the use of Richard Prince HOWSE and Richard Prince HOWSE in court desires to be admitted Tenant rendering therefor yearly 1/- Rent and 2/- for a Heriot … and 10/- for a fine but his Fealty was respited.

The Homage present that William Powell GODFREY heretofore a Customary Tenant who held by Copy of Court Roll 10th August 1841

a messuage cottage or tenement with the garden situate at Heddington late in the occupation of Mary Godfrey and now in the respective occupations of Thomas Lorton Jones and James Clarke

died 11th December 1848 and whereupon 2/- became due to the Lord for a Heriot.

And by his Will William Powell Godfrey gave his friend John Hedges all his estate.

John HEDGES in court and prays to be admitted tenant to the said

messuage cottage or tenement with garden late in the occupation of Mary Godfrey and now of Thomas Lorton Jones and James Clarke

rendering therefor yearly 1/- rent and 2/- for a Heriot and paying 10/- for a Fine was admitted Tenant but his Fealty was respited.

Came John HEDGES and in consideration of £200 paid to him by James CLARKE of Heddington, Road Surveyor surrenders

a messuage cottage or tenement with the garden situate at Heddington within the Manor and now in the occupation of Thomas Lorton Jones To which said premises (with a small piece of ground drawn into and forming part of the carriage road to the messuage and now in the occupation of the said James Clarke as Tenant and which is not intended to be surrendered at this Court) the said John Hedges was admitted at this Court on the surrender of Richard Godfrey under the Will of William Powell Godfrey

To the use of the said James CLARKE

And the said James CLARKE being presented in Court prays to be admitted tenant rendering a charge therefor yearly 1/- rent and 2/- for a heriot and paying 10/- for a Fine is admitted Tenant but his fealty was respited.

The Homage present a Power of Attorney of Richard GODFREY of Headington, labourer, which refers to Court on 14th September 1841 regarding the money to William Powell Godfrey now deceased.

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