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Headington history: The Manor of Heddington

12 October 1858


Manor of Heddington

Court Baron of Digby Latimer

Held on Tuesday 12 October 1858

Alfred Green Holmes [Steward], Thomas Godfrey, John North


[The Priory, then Linden House, plus land on Shotover Hill]

At this Court the Homage present that George Baker Ballachey Esq. (the husband of Maria Ballachey the daughter of the late Sir Joseph Lock heretobefore a Customary Tenant of this Manor) died on 27 October 1857 leaving the said Maria Ballachey him surviving AND they further present that by the Settlement made in contemplation of the marriage of Maria Ballachey with the said George Baker Ballachey of 10 May 1843 certain trusts were declared to the effect that the Trustees of the said Settlement presented and enrolled at two Courts of this Manor on 6 June 1849 and 10 June 1850 that the survivor of them should after the death of Joseph Lock sell and convert the freehold hereditaments and other property therein comprised into money and invest the Same upon Trust and pay the interest etc. to the said Maria Ballachey and George Balker Ballachey and to the said Maria Ballachey for her separate use and if Maria should survive George during Maria's life to have and then after her death in trust for her children but if none (and homage present that there is no issue of the marriage and so Maria absolutely entitled of monies arising from the said Freehold and Copyhold hereditaments.

Now at this Court came Benjamin Parsons Symons and William Simcox Bricknell the Trustees of the aforesaid Settlement and in consideration of 5/- to each of them paid by Maria Ballachey of Headington Widow SURRENDER all that messuage or tenement with the back and orchard thereto belonging in Heddington and ALSO all that plot of land which on the allotment of the Parish of Headington was 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 poles 12 perches

Also ALL that other Messuage or tenement outhouses backside and garden with one ... of land thereto adjoining in Heddington AND also a plot of land 2 roods 27 poles situated on Shotover Hill allotted to the said Joseph Lock in lieu of his right of common to said premises Which said premises late in occupation of Alderman William BUTLER the said George Baker BALLACHEY and John COOPER shoemaker granted 6 June 1849

TO THE USE of the said Maria Ballachey and the said Maria (by her Attorney) the Court prays admittance.

Rendering yearly 6/2 and an heriot and Maria Ballachey paid three fines 30/- and was admitted and her fealty was respited.

Also came Benjamin Parsons SYMONS and William Simcox BRICKNELL and in consideration of 5/- to each of them paid by Maria Ballachey SURRENDERED all that piece of ground lying at the East end of the orchard or ground now laid thereto containing in length from North to South including the way through and over part of the same 186 feet and in breadth from East to West 158 feet being bounded on the North by the Close or garden heretofore of Robert CLARKE late in occupation of Alderman William BUTLER on the East by a field heretobefore called Berry Know furlong and now forming part of the Pleasure Ground of the premises in the occupation of the said Maria BALLACHEY on the south by an acre of land belonging to Magdalen College also in the occupation of Maria BALLACHEY and on the West by the aforesaid orchard or piece of ground laid thereto which said piece of ground is now in the occupation of Maria Ballachey (granted 6 June 1849) TO THE USE of the said Maria BALLACHEY ... her heirs

Rent 1/- and a Relief when 10/- Fealty respited

Came Benjamin Parsons SYMONS Trustees of Settlement and in consideration of 5/- to each of them paid by Maria Ballachey SURRENDERED

All that piece or parcel of land situated at Heddington heretobefore part of the Copyhold lands of one Thomas GODFREY the elder deceased and divided from or part of the Copyhold premises late of the same Thomas Godfrey by a Stone wall erected by Sir Joseph Lock since deceased extending from the North East Corner of the Wall bounding the garden late of Thomas MOTT and now of Thomas KNOWLES and thence in a right line Northward to an ancient wall lately belonging to the said Joseph LOCK and which piece of land contains on the East 196 feet 6 inches on the South 163 feet 10 inches and on the West 184 feet 10 inches and on the North 161 feet together with the said newly erected wall on the West part thereto (which said premises are now in the occupation of Maria BALLACHEY) and to which Joseph LOCK was admitted on 28 October 1829 and the same were granted to Benjamin Parsons SYMONS and William Simcox BRICKNELL on 10 June 1850

To the USE of Maria Ballachey
Rent 4d Heriot 3/4 10/- Fealty respited

Power of attorney then set out for Rev. Benjamin Parsons Symons DD Warden of Wadham and Rev. William Simcox Bricknell of Ensham Clerk as copy holders or Customary Tenants of Manor appoint John WALSH Gentleman Attorney to Surrender all above properties TO THE USE of Maria BALLACHEY of Headington or to procure Maria Ballachey's admittance as tenant

Signed Sealed and Delivered B. P. Symons, W. Simcox Bricknell


At this Court the Homage present that Hannah Matilda Strainge MEDWIN heretofore a Customary Tenant whose death present at Court on 31 October 1856 died 18__ intestate seized to her of a moiety of an estate held of this Manor according to the Terms of the Will of William CRAWFORD otherwise CRAFFORD a Customary Tenant leaving five daughters Matilda Anne MEDWIN who attained 21 on 7 July 1858 Mary Isabella MEDWIN, Susannah Sophia MEDWIN, Ada Maria MEDWIN, and Thea Alice MEDWIN her only children and co-heiresses at law and according to the custom of this Manor.

At this Court came Matilda Anne MEDWIN and all the ... by attorney of Lwysn UNNYD Glamorgan farmer their guardian and prayed ad Tenants in Coparcenery to one undivided moiety of and in ... Messuage ... with the yard garden and appurtenances situated at Heddington formerly in the occupation of Richard HOUSE afterwards of John GRIFFIN and now of John BATEMAN (to which the said Hannah Matilda Strainge MEDWIN was admitted as Tenant in Common with Mary Ann POWELL on 27 May 1847 according to the terms of the Will of the said William CRAWFORD otherwise CRAFFORD) Seizin granted. 2/4 3/4 10/- and all admitted Tenants in Coparcenary but Fealty respited

At this Court the Homage present that Hannah Matilda Strainge MEDWIN a Customary Tenant whose death presented at a Court held on 31 October 1856 died 18__ intestate seized to her of a moiety of an estate held of this Manor according to the Terms of the Will of William CRAWFORD heretofore a Customary Tenant leaving five daughters [etc]

At this Court came Matilda Ann MEDWIN and four others minors represented by their guardian an attorney prayed admittance to one undivided moiety of one messuage or tenement with the yard garden and appurtenances situated at Heddington formerly in the occupation of George PHILLIPS then of John PEAKE and now of Joseph SNOW (to which Hannah Matilda Strainge MEDWIN was admitted Tenant in Common with Mary Ann POWELL on 27 May 1847 according to the Will of William CRAWFORD Rent 2/4 3/4 Admitted as Tenants in Coparcenary 10/- Fealty respited

Guardian of the four appointed admission therefore committed to their Guardian William POWELL until they reach 21 and he answering such Services as are or ought to be performed by him


At this Court the Homage present a certain Conditional Surrender from Frederick LATIMER to Adam BRIGGS dated 4 December 1856


At this Court the Homage present that John Bateman CATE a Customary Tenant died since last Court but whether his heir etc know not.


At this Court the Homage present a Conditional Surrender Manor of Heddington Be it remembered that on 4 December 1856 Frederick LATIMER of Oxford and Headington Wine Merchant of of the Customary Tenants came before Alfred Green HOLMES Gentleman Steward and in consideration of £200 to the said Frederick LATIMER paid by Adam BRIGGS of St Clements Oxford Draper did OUT OF COURT surrender all that messuage yard garden and premises in Heddington heretofore in the occupation of the Rev. William ODDIE after Orlando JEWITT and now in the occupation of Frederick LATIMER To which Frederick LATIMER admitted 31 October 1856 TO USE of Adam BRIGGS upon condition that if Frederick LATIMER shall pay to said Adam BRIGGS £200 + interest £5 per centum p.a. on 4th June next then this Surrender to be void

Signed Frederick Latimer

End of Court

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