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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

18 June 1851


Manor of Heddington

court Baron of Digby Latimer, Lord of the Manor

Wednesday 18th June 1851

In the presence of: John Matthews Gent., Steward
Homage: Thomas Godfrey, Robert Bateman


The Homage present that Mary Ann PHELP widow heretofore a Customary Tenant who held for her life

1 messuage or tenement now converted into three tenements with a backside and hovel in Heddington lately in the occupations of White, Warland, and Barney and now of White, Morris, and Trinder (admitted 12th April 1847)

died since the last Court whereupon a Heriot of 3/4d became due to the Lord and John PHELP of Wheatley now of Hampstead Norris in Berks Yeoman as eldest brother and heir of Thomas Phelp a former owner of the said copyhold premises is now entitled thereto

John PHELP in Court and prayed to be admitted Tenant

Rendering therefor rent yearly of 1/- and 2/4d for an Heriot and paid 10/- for a Fine and was admitted Tenant but his Fealty was respited.

The Homage present 3rd Proclamation for heir of Richard PANCUT but no one came therefore a Precept was issued and directed to George Phillips the Bailiff of the said Manor commanding him to enter upon the said premises and seize the same into the hands of the Lord – that is to say:

“The Manor of Heddington in the County of Oxford.
You are hereby commanded to enter upon all the messuages and premises of which Richard Pancutt late a Customary Tenant of this Manor died seized and although due Proclamations have been made are yet unclaimed and to seize the same into the hands of the Lord and to make your return to this Precept without delay.
Given under my hand this 18th day of June 1851
Signed John Matthews, Steward of the said Manor”

And now at this Court the said Bailiff came in his proper person and made his return as follows, that is to say –

“By virtue of the Precept to me directed I have entered upon all the said premises and seized the same into the hands of the Lord as by the said Precept I was commanded.
Signed George Phillips, Bailiff of the said Manor.”

The Homage present 3rd Proclamation for heir or devisee of William TRAFFORD to come into Court and be admitted to the Copyhold premises within and held of this Manor of which Ann Lawrence (formerly Ann Trafford) who held the same for her life lately died seized and which on her death belonged to the said William Trafford. But no one came. Therefore a Precept was issued directed to George Phillips the Bailiff of the said Manor commanding him to enter upon the said premises and seize the same into the hands of the Lord – that is to say:

“The Manor of Heddington in the County of Oxford.
You are hereby commanded to enter upon all the messuages and premises of which Ann Lawrence late a Customary Tenant of this Manor died seized and although due Proclamations have been made are yet unclaimed and to seize the same into the hands of the Lord and to make your return to this Precept without delay.
Given under my hand this 18th day of June 1851
Signed John Matthews, Steward of the said Manor”

And now at this Court the said Bailiff came in his proper person and made his return as follows, that is to say –

“By virtue of the Precept to me directed I have entered upon all the said premises and seized the same into the hands of the Lord as by the said Precept I was commanded.
Signed George Phillips, Bailiff of the said Manor.”

At this Court the 3rd Proclamation made for heir of William Powell GODFREY to be admitted to messuage garden and premises in the occupation of James Clarke.

The Homage present that William Powell GODFREY heretofore a Customary Tenant who held by copy of Court Roll 27th February 1826

a plot situate at Heddington with the newly built messuage thereon containing in length on the E and W sides thereof 30 feet 6 inches and on the N and S 104 feet bounded on the E and S by garden ground heretofore belonging to Thomas Godfrey and on the W b the Street of Headington and on the N by a messuage and garden lately belonging to Sir Joseph Locke and now in the occupation of Alderman Butler

And who also claimed to hold by virtue of a surrender made at a Court held 10th August 1841 by Mary Godfrey Thomas Godfrey the elder Richard Godfrey and Thomas Godfrey the younger

a certain parcel of ground lying at the E end and on the S side of the said newly erected messuage and which parcel of ground had been long since thrown into and formed part of the garden and premises held and occupied with the said newly erected messuage but to which said parcel of ground the said William Powell Godfrey was never admitted

departed this life on 11th December 1848 whereupon a Heriot became due to the Lord and by his last Will of 2nd November 1848 the said William Powell Godfrey gave unto his friend John HEDGES etc. all his estate whatsoever.

At this Court comes John HEDGES and prays to be admitted tenant to

all that messuage or tenement with the stable coach house and other outbuildings yard and garden ground thereto belonging and in the occupation of James Clarke (being the premises which the said William Powell Godfrey held and claimed to hold aforesaid) save and except such parts of the premises now in the occupation of the said James Clarke as were granted to the said John Hedges on 10th July 1849.

Seizin granted to John HEDGESrendering therefore 1/- yearly for rent and a Heriot and paying 10/- for a Fine was admitted Tenant but his Fealty was respited.

 

End of Court

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