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Mountnessing: Memorials

Transcript from 'Memorials of the antiquities and architecture family history and heraldry of the County of Essex' (John Weale, London, 1845) by Revd. Alfred Suckling (1796 - 1856).
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Mountnessing in 1845
Thoby Priory

Mountnessing in 1845. 

Mountnessing acquired its name from the Norman family of Mounteney, who obtained possession of this lordship in the time of King Stephen, and retained it till the reign of Henry the Eighth. It is now held by Lord Petre.  

The church was early appropriated to the priory of Thoby, a religious establishment in this village, which enjoyed the patronage till its suppression, when the great tithes were conveyed into lay hands, and are the property of the family of Petre. It is a very small though a regular edifice, and may be referred to the age of Edward the First: its chancel is a barbarous modern erection of red brick, but its nave, lofty and of good proportions, is divided from its aisles by cylindrical columns supporting pointed arches. It is much to be regretted, however, that one arcade of this portion of the edifice has been cut off from the western end to form a tower, which, inclosing a framework of timber, bears aloft an ugly spire of shingles. The most remarkable features in this church are the capitals on the pillars which divide the nave from the north aisle. One in particular deserves notice, not only on account of the spirited execution of the foliage, but for the very singular device of a human face carved in deep relief, having the mouth fettered by an iron bridle. Whether this conceit originated in any local occurrence, or whether it alludes to the words of the Psalmist, (Ps. xxxix.,) “I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle, while the ungodly is in my sight,” the fancy of the reader must determine; probably the latter.     

The columns on the south side are finished with plain moulded capitals. Immediately fronting the south door, which is now the usual entrance, stands a low and a plain octangular font, against which reclines a singular curiosity, namely, a fossil rib-bone of enormous proportions, measuring four feet and three quarters of an inch in a straight line from tip to tip. Village credulity ascribes this to some giant, a former habitant of Mountnessing, though the anatomist, with more discrimination, would refer it to the elephant, or perhaps the stupendous mammoth. It has occupied its present situation for a long series of years, though but little value seems attached to this relic of an antediluvian world.     

The north aisle appears to have been the family vault of the late possessors of Thoby Priory, and against its walls are the following memorials on marble slabs:-     

1. In the vault beneath are deposited the remains of Mary, relict of Henry Blencowe, Esqr., and sole heiress of Alexander Prescott, Esq of Thoby Priory, who died October the 20th, 1770, aged 54.  Also, the remains of Mary, only daughter of the above Henry and Mary Blencowe, who died
March the 14th, 1822, aged 72.   

2. Near this place lieth the body of Henry Blencowe, Esqr., Councellor at Law. He was descended from Sir Henry Blencowe, of Blencowe, in the
county of Cumberland, Knt., and married Mary, the only surviving daughter and heiress of Alexander Prescott, of Thoby Priory, Esq., bv whom he left two children, viz., Henry and Mary. His afflicted widdow, in memory of his many excellent virtues as a husband, and a parent, and a friend, caus’d this monument to be erected. He died the 29 of April, 1765, in the 54th year of his age.  

3.  Near this place are deposited the remains of John Prescott, of Thoby, Esqr., who departed this life 19th of May, 1750, aged 39 years.     

Faith, Hope, and Charity, his constant friends,     
Did all his actions guide to noble ends; 
These virtues he from heaven drew down here,  
And they well pleased at length have rais’d him there
Moriendo vivo!   

4. Near this place are deposited the remains of Henrv Prescott Blencowe, Esqr., late of Thoby Priory in this parish, who died the 9th day of February, 1787, in the 35th year of his age, leaving hiss widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Blencowe, and four children, viz., Henry Prescott, Elizabeth, John Prescott, and Margarett. 

On a floor-stone in the chancel is also an inscription to a member of the
Prescott family.   

5.  Alexander Prescott, Esqr., eldest son and heir of Alexander Prescott, of Thoby, Esqre., died
the 18th of October, 1731, aged 22. He was of Emanuel College, Cambridge, and of the Temple, student; a person of an accomplished and sweet temper, and whose virtues and innocent life is an example to posterity. 

On a monument consigned to neglect, and thrown into a corner of’ the belfry, is this inscription:-   

6. Reader, this table represents ye pious state
Of one whose soul to heaven was truly consecrate.  
Who from the turmoiles of this world confined    
By a distemper too severely kind;  
Just to all men, to God devout,
Patient beyond or wrongs or gout: 
After a life in contemplation pass’d   
Was brought to that celestiall blisse at last,       
Which he by faith so firmly did possesse before,  
Vision alone could make him to enjoy it more.  

The disconsolate widdow of Edmond Pert, Gent., has erected this monument, sacred to the her deceased husband, buried near this place.  

7.  17 Decembris, 1583.  
Layde heere aloone all dedde in tooeme John Peers of Arnollde Hall,
Awaiteth the daye of dooeme till Christe hym up shall call,  
Whose tyme nowe paste on earth well spente hath gotten him good name  
His honest lyfh and govermente deserved well the same  
God grawnte that his good dealyne may to us example be  
Of Mowntneysinge that rightelie saye an honest man was he.   

The above in old English characters, is on a plain floor-stone in the chancel.  

Against the south wall of the aisle is the following:-     

8.  Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Sarah Bowskill, wife of the Revd W. W. Bowskill, vicar of this parish, who died
May 7th, 1810, aged 64. Also, of William Westfield Bowskil, son of the above died April 27th, 1808, aged 28; and also of Miss Mary Whitewood, only laughter of Captain Saml Whitewood, and Sarah his wife, (late Mrs. Bowskil,) who died December 28th, 1828, aged 52.    

The following are benefactions to this parish:-  

“1.  Endimion Canning, Esqr., late of’ this parish, by will, May 24, 1681, bequeathed to the churchwardens and overseers and principal inhabitants of this parish and his successors, in trust, a field for the use of the poor of this parish forever, by the name of Ryer’s Field, now let for £23 per annum, Sept. 4, 1807.    

2.  A donation of Mrs. Amy English, the only daughter and heiress of Richard Bayley, Esqre., deceased, bearing date the 5th day of October, 1787, in pursuance of his charitable intentions of the said Richard Bayley, expressed and declared in his lifetime to the said Amy English, his daughter, upon trust, of a farm and lands in Mountnessing, called Pinchions, containing 13 ac.: 0 : 39; and a messuage and lands also in Mountnessing, parcel of a farm called Sawbriglets and Shimmius, containing 4 ac. : 2 : 17, at the yearly rent of £30, to apply the yearly rents and profits thereof for the teaching and instructing as many poor children belonging to or residing said parish of Mountnessing, in reading and in the principles of the Christian religion, and such of them as should be girls in sewing and knitting; and for providing such children with other necessaries.”

Thoby Priory.  

Founded in the reign of King Stephen, and so called from the name of its first Prior, Tobias or Toby, owes its origin to the piety or perhaps to the superstitious terrors of the family of De Capra; Michael de Capra, Roesia his wife, and William, their son, uniting their joint influence and wealth to further its establishment. The precise era of this event is not satisfactorily ascertained, though there is evidence to prove that it must have taken place between the years 1141 and 1151. Being dedicated to the Virgin Mary and
Saint Leonard, it was filled with monks of the Order of Saint Augustine. Though considerable portions of this monastery are incorporated into the present residence, still called Thoby Priory, and though some fragments of the conventual church yet remain, no vestige of the original structure, as finished by De Capra, can at the present era be detected. And when we consider how greatly the first foundation of this building preceded the introduction of the more elegant architecture of a subsequent period, no surprise can exist on this score. The passion for re-edifying all churches in the new style, which prevailed so undisguisedly in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, could scarcely be excluded the walls of Thoby; accordingly, we find the circular shaft and pointed arch of our first Edward’s reign, prevailing in the remains of the conventual church; the arch being marked by a deep indenture, received at its union with that of the next by a projecting escocheon. The entire plan of this monastery is very easily traced, as the area appears to have been undisturbed since the first destruction took place, at the dissolution of religious houses. On the south side of the square stood the church, comprising a nave with a south aisle at least, and probably a north aisle also on the opposite wing, and a chancel of lofty proportions without those additions. Of this structure the only portion standing is represented in the annexed sketch, which shows the south window of chancel, and the first arch and its columns of the southern arcade of the nave.

North of this structure was the cloister, and on the west were the prior’s lodge, and monks’ refectory - of which latter apartment the greater part remains - still a lofty and noble room, though much disfigured by the introduction of sash windows a modern ceiling of plaster, through which the principals of the ancient roof are seen, as if endeavouring to peep from out their unworthy concealment. Careful digging about the church and cloisters would, without doubt, amply repay the trouble and expense attending it, by the discovery of many specimens of ancient curiosity and art; and indeed chance has already developed several fragments of high antiquary and interest. Among these may be reckoned the lower portion of a Knight Templar, found beneath the garden mould which now covers the south aisle of the coventual church, and preserved with laudable care by Mr. Grant, the present occupier of Thoby. This relic was much fractured by the spades of the workmen who dug it from its place of concealment, and it is irremediably injured. I entertain but little doubt that the upper part of this figure might be recovered by further search. It would be idle to urge any thing beyond conjecture as to the personage intended to be commemorated by this expensive tomb.   

The family of Mounteney, we know, possessed the manor of this village during crusading times, and that of De Capra or Capel were patrons of Thoby. To a knight of one or other of these houses, and most probably of the latter, it was in all likelihood consecrated. There is nothing remarkable in any portion of this fragment. The style of the armour, the recumbent lion, and the folds of the drapery exhibit the patterns usually seen on similar monuments; but the material employed is somewhat singular, being a composition of plaster moulded on an iron frame.

At the north-west angle of the cloisters have likewise recently been disinterred six coffins lying in line, and close by each other, of very unusual construction. A drawing of one, which is still kept above ground for its curiosity, is here given, and will materially assist the description. A portion of an oak tree, it would appear, was first sawn off from the bole, of the requisite length, when a coffin of this description was wanted; a slab was then separated lengthwise of about the thickness of one third of the diameter of the tree, which served afterwards as a lid; the thicker portion was then scooped out in the form usually seen in sarcophagi, and then charred; when, the corpse being placed within, the severed plank or lid was reunited and fastened to the coffin by four pegs of wood, the holes for which may be observed at the corners. So little finish was bestowed on these receptacles of mortality that the bark may in places be still discerned; and however rude they may appear, we must yet regard them as constructed for persons of some degree of consequence, as the bodies of those of inferior condition were committed to the earth in a simple covering of waxed cloth, a practice which continued to be observed as late as the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Two coffins only, out of the six discovered, were disturbed; these, on being opened, contained perfect skeletons of females, which were reinterred within the area of the burial ground. So sound was the timber, notwithstanding the length of time it had remained beneath the soil, that Mr. Grant has had several boxes and ornaments formed out of one of them, which admit of an exceedingly high degree of polish, and retain the distinctive marks of the grain.

A few very small knives with bone or ivory handles, and some coins of a late era, may likewise be mentioned as having also been discovered within the precincts of Thoby Priory; nor should I omit noticing some specimens of ornamental floor tiles which were found in the chancel: they are baked with earth of two colours, of which the ground was a dull red, and the figures a light brown. Those in Mr. Grant’s possession bear the forms of rabbits, stags, and other animals and I feel convinced, so little has curiosity been gratified here, that the principal antiquarian treasures of this “fallen pile” remain to be developed at a future day. 

The seal of this abbey is attached to a deed dated the 11th of Edward II., now in the Augmentation Office, and the legend may be read thus: SIGILLVM : SANCTI : LEONARDI : DE : TOBI.     

As Thoby was valued at only £75 6s. 10½d. per annum, it became one of those establishments “devoured (as Fuller quaintly observes) without producing a sacrilegious surfeit” by Cardinal Wolsey, to whose use it was surrendered in 1525. That ecclesiastic’s disgrace, however, brought it, with the rest of his prodigious wealth, into his master’s hands, who, on the general dissolution of religious houses, which soon after followed, granted it in 1530 to Sir Richard Page, Knt., and the reversion in 1539 to William Berners, Esq., and Dorothy his wife. It has lately been possessed by the family of
Prescott, and passed, a few years since, by a female heir in marriage to that of Blencowe, who are its present possessors.

From an examination of the subjoined documents, it will appear that the Priory Thoby held, in addition to the advowson and great tithes of the entire parish of Mountnessing, about four hundred and ninety-seven acres of land, and rather more than thirty-seven acres of copyhold held of the manor of Thoby, and as it seems under arbitrary fines.    

It is perhaps impossible to ascertain, at the precise moment, the value of the tithes and copyholds; but as the whole property was only fixed at £75 6s. 10½d. per annum, we may, I think, infer that the land was let or valued at not more than two shillings per acre, taking wood-land, meadow and arable, all round, which would have produced about £50 per annum of rent. The copyholds and the great tithes of the entire parish must surely have amounted to the remaining £25 6s. 10½d. – a very striking but correct proof of the difference in the value of landed property between he early parts of the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries. This difference will appear yet more surprising when I observe, that the lands of Thoby, like those of all monastic houses, were the richest in the neighbourhood; and that the monks were the best farmers of their day, I have demonstrated in a preceding volume.  

Inter Recorda in Thesaurario Curiae Receptae Saccarij adservata, (viz.) in Libro vocat. “Extents of Monastries,” continetur ut sequitur:-    

THE MANOR OF THOBY WITH THE CUSTUMES BELONGYNG TO THE SAME.     

First, the Manor their haith a Court Baron to be holden de trib; septimanis in tres, if the Lord will.    
Item, to the same Manor belong as well freholders & Copieholders as tenants at will, or for tme of yere.      
Item, every of the foresaide Tenants shall sue to the Court, upon the peyn of amciament.     
Item, every Copieholder shall fyne for his Lord at every deth or alienacon as the Lord and he can agree. 
Item, neither Copieholder, Tenant at will, or for terme of yeir, shall make no waist upon peyn of fforfeyture of their tenure.   
Item, every tenant shall pay his rent at II tymes in the yere, that is to say, at Eister and Michelmas. 
Item, to the same Manor belongeth & apperteyneth thadvowson or pronage of the Churche of Engemountney, wherof the Colledge ben psoñs in psonys, & a Vicar there sufficieritlie indued.   

THE DEMAYNES OF THE MANOR OF THOBYE.     

Thoby. - Ffurst, the place, the Churche and Churche yarde, the Orcharde, Gardeyn, Yarde and utter houses, with the pondes Iyinge betweene Postonfelde ande Barnefelde onne the West parte, and two crofts lyinge next the place, with pondes therein ande Longeponde on the Est parte and butteythe uppon Hoggeyn grove, and a wey ledinge to the place towarde the South ande uppon postonfelde foresayde towarde the north, & conteyneth … x acr. i roade.   

Woodlande. - Item, a grove called Hogingrove, lyinge betweene the Orcharde of Thobye ande a grove called ffregrove onne the north parte, ande a felde called Wellefelde onne the South parte, and butteyh uppon a waye ledinge to the place onne the West parte and Brykkylfelde towarde the east, and conteyneth … xvij ac. dim.    

Item, a felde called Mellesfelde, lyinge betwene a Lane leding to the place of Thoby onne the South parte, and landes called Cokks onne the north, and butteith uppon the Kings hie waye ledinge from iii Chelmes forde to London towarde the East, ande Hogingrove towarde the West, and conteyneth … lxvi ac. di.   

Item. A nother felde called the twentye acres, Iyinge betwene Pourys & the lands of Maister Avluff toward the East; ande a felde called Wellesfelde on the west, ande butteyth uppon Kyrkylfelde towarde the north, ande the lands of - Bawdewyn towarde the Southe, ande conteyneth … xxviij ac. di. i roade.    

Medowe. – Item,. a Medowe called Cokks medowe, lyinge betwene Mellefelde on the West parte. and longekokks on the Est parte. and butteyth uppon Mellefelde towarde the North and the Kyngs hye waye towarde the South, & conteyneth … xii ac. di.    

Item, a Felde callede Bryklfelde, lyinge betwene Hogingrove onn the North ande a felde called twenty Acres on the Southe, butting upon the too Hoppytts towarde the Est, ande the Lane ledinge from Hogingrove to the Hoppetts foresayde towarde the West, and conteyneth … iiij ac. i ro. di. 

Item, too littell Hoppetts, soo calleyde, lyinge together betweene fregrove and Brykylfelde onne the West parte, and a pece of land belonging to Lennards & pours onne the Est parte, and butteyth uppon panmede towarde the North, ande the felde called twentye acres toward the South, ande conteyneth … ij ae. di. diro. 

Woodde Land. - Item, a Groove called ffregrove, lyinge betwene the onn Hoppett ande panmede onne the Est parte, a felde called  - , with two poundes therin next the place ande Postonfelde onne the West, and butteyth uppon Hogingrove and a Lane ledinge to the Hoppetts onne the South, ande Rayshotte ande Postonfelde towarde the North, and conteyneth … xliii acres. 

Item, a felde callede —, lyinge betwene Fregrove onne the Est parte ande the Orcharde theare onne the West parte, and butteyth uppon a grove called Hogingrove towarde the Southe ande uppon Postonfelde towarde the north, ande conteyneth … iiij ac. di. xvi perches. 

Item, A nother felde called Postonfelde, lyinge betwene Raysholte and fregrove onne the Est parte ande the greate Wode ca1led Thoby Woode and the Woode of Blakanne onne the West parte, buttinge uppon Whyts crofts towarde the northe, ande upon a felde callede Burnefelde, the Orcharde & the Pitell with two poundes therin foresayede toward the South, ande conteyneth … lxi ac. di   

Item, A nother felde callede Rayshotte, lyinge betwene a felde called Postonfelde onne the West parte ande Redewodes ande Panmede onne the Est parte, ande butteyth uppon free wode towarde the Southe ande Whyts crofte toward the north, & conteyneth … xxx acres. di. 

Medowe. - Item, a medowe called panmede, lyinge betwene Cristemas Croft and landes called Leonardes Landes on the Est, ande Rayshotte ande Fregrove onne the West, ande butteyth on Hoppetts towarde the South ande Rayshotte foresayede towarde the north, & conteyneth … ij ac. di. di. roade.  

Item, thre Crofts with cartayne Hedgerowes called Whyth crofts lying to gether betwene Rayshotte onn the Est parte and a woode, Blakemore Woode onne the West parte, buttinge uppon Postonfelde towarde the Southe, ande uppon landes called Woodberne lande, Burgeys lande and Fynches toward the north, ande conteyneth … xiij acres.

Item, a Felde called Barnefelde, lyinge betwene a waye ledinge to the greate Woode theare onn the South and Postonfelde on the north, ande butteyth uppon the barnyarde and the Orcharde toward the Est, ande the sayede greate Woode towarde the West, & conteyneth … vij ac. i di. roade. 

Woode-lande. - Item, The greate Woode of Thoby, lyinge betwene Postonfelde ande Barnesfelde onne the Est parte, ande Hokys onne the Weste parte ande butteyth upon a felde cafleyde Knyghts felde towarde the South, ande a Woode called Blakemore Woode toward the north, & conteyneth … xxix acres.   

Item, a felde called Hokys, lyinge betwene the greate Woode of Thobye onn the Est part ande Themers ande Blakemore Woode onn the west parte, and butteyth uppon Knyghts felde and the Chemers toward the South, ande Blakemore Woode foresayde towarde the north, & conteyneth … xxv ac    

Item, a felde callede Knyghts felde, lyinge betwene the Lane leding from Mountenessinge to Blakemore onne the south, ande Hokys the greate woode of Thoby & the lane ledinge to the sayde woode onn the North part, & butteyth uppon a lane ledinge from the late Pryorye of Thobye to London hie way toward the Est, & Chemers & Barnewelle towarde the west, & conteyneth … lxvij ac. di.   

LANDES LETTEYN BY ANDENTURE.    

Furst, John Cooke holdeyth by Indenture a Hallehous with the yarde and out howsinge called Wascatts, lyinge betwene the Smythys forge, the Orcharde ande the mede, sometyme pethys onn the West parte ande a pece of lande called Tynte onn Est parte, & butteyth upon the Kyngs hye way toward the south, ande a Medewe calleyde Brodesmede toward the north, and conteyneth … oon acre. Di.    

Item, A mede called Brodesmede in the teanure of the sayde John, lyinge betwene Wascatts & Tynts on the south parte, ande a Pasture called Brodys Pasture onne the north, ande butteyth uppon Peches mede towarde the west, ande the landes of Thomas Malbroke towarde the Est, & conteyneth … ij ac. i roode.     

Item, a Pasture called Brods pasture, in the teanure of the said John, lyinge between - on the west parte, ande Yms landes ande Bedwells Gardeyn towarde the Est, & butteyth upon Brods mede toward the south, and a lane called Capellane toward the north, ande conteyneth … xiij acres.   

Item, a felde called Romefelde, lyinge betwene a lane ledynge towarde Blakernore ande called Newlande onn the North parte, ande Parkefelde towarde the south, ande butteyth uppon Roundemede towarde the Est, and Newlande foresayde toward the west, & conteyneth  … xiij ac. di. i rode.  

Item, a Croft calleyde Skypyscroft, in the teanure of the sayede John, lyinge betwene the landes of Stonage onne the south, ande Lambourns gardeyn place on the north, ande butteyth uppon a lane ledinge to Blakemore towarde the Est, ande a mede calleyede Roundesmede towarde the west, & conteyneth … one acre. Di.  

Item, a Medowe calleyede Roundemede, in the teanure of the sayede John, lyinge betwene the Landes of John Wiseman, callede the  - onne the south parte, ande a Felde called Romefelde onne the North parte, and butteythe uppon Styppescroft & Lamboras gardeyn toward the Est, and Wisemans foresayde toward the West, & conteyneth … ii acr. di.

Item, a Croft callede London Croft, in the teanure of the same John, lyinge betwene Mallesfelde onne the North parte & the Horsewaye ledinge to Blakemore onn the South, and butteyth upon the same way toward the west, & the landes of John Wiseman, somtym of  - Gaynesforde called Takeley toward the Est, and conteyneth … ij acres. 

Item, a Felde withe a Orcharde called Dolingtons, in the teanure of the said John, lying betwene a lane ledinge to fewwaters onne the west part, and the Lane leadinge toward Blakemore & partley landes called Newlands on the Est parte, & butteyth uppon the sayed wey leading to Blakemore towarde the North & Newland toward the South, & conteyneth …  iij ac. i rode.    

Item, A Medowe called Romemede, lyinge betwene the lande of John Wiseman called Takeleys onne the South parte, ande the landes of Maister Culpepur onn the North, & butteyth upon Romefeld toward the Est, & the landes of Maister Culpepur & a mede called Rutters mede towarde the West, & conteyneth … v. acr. di.   

Item, a nother medowe called Rutters mede, lying betweyne Rutersfelde on the South and the landes of Maister Culpepur onne the North, butting upon a Medowe called Clerksmede toward the west, and Romemede toward the Est, & conteying … i acre. di.    

Item, a Felde conteyning three littell Crofts, lyinge betwene the landes of Thomas Peper onne the west and the landes of John Wiseman on the Est, and butteyth upon
London Waye & partley upon Hongerdowne toward the South & Ruttersmede toward the north, & conteyneth … v ac. di. i rode.   

Item, Thomas Malbroke holdeyth by Indenture a Felde conteyning three littill pieces called Tyntts, lying betwene the lande late in the teanure of Jynnys & parteley a Gardeyn, somtyme of Thomas Cosyn on the Est parte, & Wiscatts on the West parte, & butteyth upon London waye toward the south, & Brodesmede & partley upon Brodesfelde toward the north, & conteyneth … iij acres. 

Item, William Compar holdeyth by Indenture a Felde called Mollande, lyinge betwene a way ledinge to Mountenesynge halle onne the south, and the landes of Thomas Heron onne the North, and butteyth upon a croft callede Defehousse croft towarde the West, and the land the sayd Thomas Heron, & a Felde callede Pasys toward the Est, & conteyneth … xlvij ac. di. 

Item, John Smyth holdeyth by Indenture a House called Nossells, with Yards, Gardeyns, Orchardes and out Housings belonging to the sayede House, lyinge betwene Nossells mede on the south, & a lane ledinge to  - toward the North, & butteyth upon the sayede mede toward est, & upon a grene lyinge before the gate of the sd Howse toward the west, and conteyneth … Di. acre vi perches. 

Item, a Medowe called Nossells mede, in the teanure of the sayede John Smyth, lyinge betwene the Downe on the Est ande the Orcharde belonginge to the same Howse, ande parteleye the landes of Rycharde Whyte onne the west, & butteyth uppon a Croft called Parcroft toward the South, and a lane ledinge to the Downe & partelye upon Nossells place towarde the North, and conteyneth … iiij acres di.

Item, a felde callede the Downe, in the teanure of the same John, lyinge betwene a Woode called Hallewoode towarde the south and south hose on north, ande butteyth upon a medowe called Nossells mede toward the West, & a felde called Donynge toward the Est, & conteyneth … ix ac. di. i rode.  

Item, a Felde callede Donyngs, lyinge betwene ynge Halwoode on the South ande Hoton Hollande onne the Northe, & butteyth upon a felde called the Downefelde towarde the West, ande Stonyhill towarde the Est, ande conteyneth … xv acres.

Item, Stonyhill, in the teanure of the same John Smyth, lyinge betwene Yngehallewoode on the South, and Hutton Hallonde on the north, ande buttevth upon Donynges towarde the west, ande Hutton Halstonhille towarde the Est, & conteyneth … iiij acres.

Item, a felde called the Redon, lyinge betwene a lane called Redenlane on the Est, ande Yngrave hollande on the west, ande butteyth upon Hutton Hollande ande parteley onne the lands of Richard Whyte toward the North, & Hollande toward the South, ande conteyneth … ix ac. di. i rode di. 

Item, a Felde called Taylours in the teanure of the same John, lyinge betwene the landes of Richard Whyte ande parteley a croft called parkecrofte on the est, ande a lane called Redeyn land on the West, and butteyth upon landes called the Chappell landes of Brentwode toward the south, ande the lane ledinge from Nossells to Redow toward the north, & conteyneth .. ix ac. di. i rode.   

LANDES LETTEN BY COPYE.  

Ffurst, Thomas Heron holdeth by Copye a felde called Skyrns, lyinge betwene a felde called upper Brodeffelde on the south, and Hulbushe ande Rogers landes on the North, & butteyth upon a lane called Wryers lane towarde the Est, & upon parcell of Brodesfelde foresayde toward the West, ande conteyneth … x ac. i rode.   

Item, the same Thomas holdeyth by copye a Felde called - , lyinge betwene Colchesters landes on the South, and the landes of John Shorday & Hulbushe toward the north, and butteyth upon Wryers lane toward the Est, & Colchesters lande ande parteley upon the landes of Wyllyam Ayloff towarde the West, and conteyneth … iij ac. di.   

Item, John Shorday, thelder, holdeyth by copye a felde called - , lyinge in three parcells, with a saferne gardeyn called Hogdennys, lyinge betwene the hie wave leding to London on the Est parte, ande Takeleys on the West, & butteyth upon the landes of John Wiseman toward the South, and a Reyv leding to Mountenessingehalle toward the North, conteyninge … v ac. di. i rode vij per.

Item, John Wiseman holdeyth by Copye a Felde called Takeleys londe, lyinge betwene Shordeys lande called Huddas on the east ande Rememede onne the West, ande butteyth upon the landes of John Wiseman toward the South, and Rondmede & the Ryver ledinge to Mountenessinge toward the north, conteyninge … iiij ac. di.   

Item, The same John holdeyth by Copye too crofts ande a medewe called Stonage, lying betweene the hye waye to Londe onne the Est, ande Skypescroft & Romesmede on the West, & butteyth upon the lane ledinge to Blakemore towarde the north, & on the river leding to Mountnessing Hall toward the south, and conteyneth … iiij acres. 

Item, William Lamborne holdeth by copye a gardeyn called Lambornes gardeyn, lyinge betwene Stonage onne the South and Romefelde on the North, & butteyth upon lanestrete & Blakemore towarde the Est, & a medewe called Roundesmede towarde the west, & conteynethe .. di. rode 

Item, Robert Brette holdeyth by Copye a Tenement with a pytell callede Rutters, lying betweene a lane ledinge to Thobye on the Est part, & a lane callede Capellane on the West, & butteyth upon the Lands of John Wiseman towarde the North, & a lane ledinge from Thobye foresayde to London towarde the South, conteyinge … di. acre.   

Item, Wyllyam Malbroke, now deceasede, holdeyth by copye too crofte of lande callede Whyte Jaks, lyinge betwene the landes of Thomas Heron on the Est & landes callede Colchesters land onne the west, & butteyth upon a lane callede depe Alnys toward the South, & conteyneth … iij ac. di. i rode di.    

Item, Willyam Ayluff holdeyth by copye vi croftes of lande called Chanfehope & Hoks, lieng betwixte long Coks, and xx acres (south), & Braynewodds grove (north), abutt upon the hygh waye to London toward the este, and upon gret powes toward the west, cont. … x ac. ii perches.

Last updated: 19 June 2009