This isn't going to be generally interesting reading. It's factual information primarily intended for those seeking family history associations with Henham. It was created by lawyers for lawyers and charged on a rate per word so repetition to the uneducated was both money-spinning and subordinated the client. On a table of 'Interesting people to meet at a party', lawyers are normally valiantly clinging on to penultimate position just above the dead. Consequently I've precised many of the records. However it does contain the names of people, places and property in Henham going back for more than three hundred years so please persevere. The following list is not in strict date order but as it is recorded in the record book by the Steward of the Manor.

We are grateful to Essex County Record Office for permission to upload our transcripts of the following information taken from SEAX records (ref.nos.D/DU 174/2 for The Manor of Henham Hall 1738-1824 and D/DWc M3 for The Manor of Henham Hall 1831-1923)


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SEAX records ref.nos.D/DU 174/2 1738-1824 begins

 

Second of August 1732. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham. Death of Robert Vincent. To wit -whereas at a Court Baron and Court of Survey holden for the Manor aforesaid on Wednesday the fifth day of October 1720  Robert Vincent citizen and stationer of London one of the Customary tenants of the said Manor did in full and open court surrender into the hands of the then Lord of the said Manor by the Rod by the hands of his then Steward according to the custom of the said Manor All and singular his Customary lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises to use and behoof of such persons and persons and for such estate and estates, uses, intents and purposes as he the said Robert Vincent and by his last will and testament in writing to be by him signed and sealed in the presence of two or more credible witnesses should direct or appoint And whereas the said Robert Vincent did afterwards make his last will and testament in writing bearing date the ninth day of July which was in the year of our Lord 1735 and by the same will (amongst other things) give and devise in these words following (that is to say) Whereas I am seized in fee simple of a capital messuage and several freehold lands and tenements and of a Customary estate of inheritance of and in several Copyhold lands and tenements holden of the Manors of Elsenham, Henham and Stansted Mountfitchet in the county of Essex or some or one of them according to the customs of the respective Manors with freehold and Copyhold premises I purchased of Thomas Stock and Rose his wife or one of them and are situate, lying and being in Elsenham, Henham and Stansted Mountfichet aforesaid some or one of them in the said county of Essex and are now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Joslyn of Elsenham aforesaid, husbandman, and others and the Copyhold premises I have surrendered to the use of my will Now I do hereby give and devise all and every the said freehold and Copyhold messuage lands, tenements and premises and all other my freehold Copyhold lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with the appurtenances in the said

…. Five hundred pounds … marriage portion of my daughter Ann now the wife of William .. unto my son Robert … tallow chandler of London …. My said son and nephew … heirs or assigns of .. survive … after my death .. conveniently may be sell and disposed the said freehold and Copyhold premises for the most money that can be reasonably got for the same and by and out of the monies which shall arise by the sale thereof do and shall in the first place pay off and discharge the said sum of two thousand pounds and all interest which shall be then due for the same .. and by the said Will … appear And whereas the said Robert Vincent since the making of his said Will died seised to him and his heirs for ever of all nine

All those 11 acres of Copyhold land lying in two closes called Readings, one close whereof  finally Matthew contained by estimation 5 acres of abutting upon a field called Outfield on the on the north part and the lands now on late of John Kendall esquire on the south part upon a wood formerly of Thomas Stock and late of Robert Vincent gentleman on the east part and upon a common field call Roughs on the west part and the other close thereof contained by estimation 6 acres and abutted upon the field called Outfield upon the north part and upon the lands now or late of John Kendall esquire on the south part and upon two little groves formerly of the said Thomas Stock and late of the said Robert Vincent on the south and west parts And also of 1 acre and an a half of Customary land lying in a common field called Sandhill abutting on the lands of John Watts on the east part, upon the lands of … Watt deceased on the south and west parts and upon the lands of John Mitchell gentleman on the north part with their appurtenances Now be it remembered that on the second day of August in the twelfth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty-eight.

Vincent & Sibley Admitted.  …………  Robert Vincent deceased ……  Canterbury and humbly prayed of the Lord of the said Manor to be admitted tenant to the aforesaid Copyhold lands and …  whereof the said Robert and Vincent died so seized as aforesaid and holden of the Manor aforesaid with their appurtenances according to the form of the same will to which said Robert Vincent the son …  and John Sibley (by the .. aforesaid)  in his own proper person and by his own proper hands did grant and deliver seized by the Rod of all and singular the said premises  with their appurtenances to have and to hold the same premises with their appurtenances to him the said Robert Vincent the son and John Sibley and their heirs and assigns for ever according to the form of the said Will of the Lord by the Rod at the Will of the Lord according to the custom of the said Manor by the rents, services and other customs theretofore … due and of  .. accustomed and … give to the Lord for … and they did to the Lord fealty and so they are admitted tenants in … aforesaid.  In the presence of Philip martin, Steward. Admitted the day and year first above written by me, Lord of the Manor aforesaid.

The 11th. Oct. 1749. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham. To wit The Special Court baron of Samuel Feake esquire Lord of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Wednesday the eleventh day of October in the three and twentieth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith  and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and forty nine before Philip Martin, gentleman Steward there. The homage (Robert Thurgood and Williams Staines) sworn. .. Absolute - Cox to Collin.  At this Court it is presented by the homage aforesaid upon their oaths that at this Court in … proper person comes Richard Cox of Chelmsford in the County of Essex, draper, one of the Customary tenants of the Manor aforesaid and  did in full and open Court  surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor hands and acceptance of his said Steward by the Rod according to the custom thereof all that 1 acre of Customary or Copyhold land situate in Little Sibley in Henham and within the Manor aforesaid  with  the appurtenances and  now in the occupation of John Collin and all other ..  Customary lands, tenants and hereditaments whatsoever of him the said Richard Cox holden of the Manor aforesaid by Copy of Court Roll and the Reversion and Reversions in Remainder and Remainders thereof to the only use and behoof of John Collin (eldest son all Turner Collin late of Saffron Walden in the county of Essex, gentlemen, deceased)  his heirs and assigns for ever And thereupon at this Court come the said John Collin an infant of the age of eight years and by Joseph Collin, gentleman, his grandfather and guardian and humbly prayed of the Lord of the said is Manor to be Admitted  to the said land and premises according to the form of the said recited Surrender to which said John Collin (by his said guardian) the Lord of the said Manor by his said Steward did grant and deliver seizure thereof by the Rod To have and To hold  the said lands and premises with the appurtenances unto him the said John Colin, his heirs and assigns forever according to the same Surrender of the Lord of the said Manor by the Rod at the Will of the Lord according to the custom of the said Manor by the …  and of write a custom and he gives to the Lord for a fine as appeareth in the margin …  his fealty … is thereafter admitted tenant inform aforesaid. And because the said John Collin is an infant under the age of 21 years therefore at this Court the custody as well of the body as of Copyhold premises of the said John Collin is by the Court granted and committed to the said Joseph Collin his guardian until he attains the age of 21 years under a true account of thereof to him to be rendered. The End of this Court.

Examined by me Philip Martin, Steward 23 July 1750. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham. Whereas on the 14th day of March last past Thomas More of …dale  in the County of Suffolk, grocer, a Copyhold tenant of the said Manor by Thomas Manning his attorney by virtue of a Letter of Attorney for that purpose made and lawfully authorised did Surrender into the hands of the Lord said Manor by the hands of Philip Martin, gentlemen, Steward of the said Manor and the Courts thereof (out of Court) by the Lord and according to the custom of the said Manor All and singular lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever of the said Thomas More holden of the said .. by Copy of Court Roll with there and every of their appurtenances and the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders thereof and also all the estate, right, title, use, interest, trust, property, claim and demand whatsoever of the said Thomas More of, in and to the said premises and of, in and to every part and parcel thereof to only use and behoof Reuben Parker of the parish of St. George the Martyr in the county of Middlesex, gentlemen, and of his heirs and assigns for ever. Absolutely and without any manner of condition whatsoever as by the same recited Surrender will more fully appear. Now be it remembered that (out-of-court) to wit on the three and twentieth day of July in the four and twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty came in his proper person before Samuel Feake Esq.,  Lord of the Manor aforesaid at his dwelling house called ‘Durringtons’ in the parish of Sheering in the County of Essex the said Reuben Parker and humbly seised of the Lord of the Manor to be admitted tenant to the said lands and premises late of the said Thomas More according to the form of the said Surrender (that is to say) All those 3 acres of arable land lying in a common field call Wellfield otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field with  the appurtenances to which said Reuben Parker the Lord of the same Manor did out of court on the day and year .. own proper person and did by his own proper hands grant and deliver seized by the Rod of that the appurtenances To have and to hold the said land and premises with the appurtenances and so is thereof admitted tenant the day and year above written by me

Letter of Attorney. 1750 More to Manning. …. In Witness whereof I the said Thomas More have hereunto to set my hand and seal the 20th day of January in the year of our Lord God 1749 Thomas More. Sealed and delivered (being first duly stamped in the presence of Robert Symmonds and Margaret Symmonds.

1751. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham.  To wit the Court Baron of Samuel Feake esquire Lord of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Saturday the ninth day of November in the 25th year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Second the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord 1751 before Philip Martin, gentleman, Steward there. The homage at this Court. William Stains and Robert Thurgood, Stewards sworn. At this court the said homage present up their oaths that at this Court comes Edward Bacon of (?) in the county of Norfolk esquire, eldest son and heir of Walter Bacon late of the same place, esquire, deceased, one of the Customary tenants of the Manor aforesaid by Thomas Bridge of Great Dunmow in the county of Essex, gentlemen, his attorney thereunto lawfully appointed by virtue of a certain letter of attorney bearing date the 19th day of October  last past under the hand and seal of the said Edward Bacon duly made and executed and did in Open Court Surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the .. my hands and acceptance of his said Steward by the road according to the custom thereof all that piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land lying in a field containing by estimation 3 acres more or less and also one other piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land line in a field called Little Wellfield containing by estimation 3 acres more or less together with all ways, passages and appurtenances to the said land and premises belonging or appertaining as the said lands and premises are situate, lying and being in the parish in Henham on the Mount in the said  county of Essex and now in the occupation of Peter Coote to the use and behoof of George William Robinson of Great Dunmow aforesaid, gentleman, his heirs and assigns for ever.  To which said George William Robinson being personally present here in Court on his humble petition .. of the said Manor by he said Steward grant seisure thereof by the Rod to have and to hold the said land and premises with their appurtenances unto him the said George William Robinson, his heirs and assigns for ever of the Lord of the said Manor by the Rod at the will of the Lord according to the custom of the said Manor by the rent, services and other customs thereof …. the right of the Lord of the said Manor the said George William Robinson is thereof admitted tenant but gives nothing to the Lord for a fine because this Admission is only for further assurance and therefore his fealty is respited. And afterwards at this Court Sitting the said Court before the said Steward and the Customary tenants of the said Manor according to the custom of the said Manor there used and approved whereof the memory of man is not to be contrary in his proper person comes Robert Howard, gentleman, and complained against the said George William Robinson in a Plea of Land (that is to say) of the said premises with the appurtenances by the named of 8 acres of land with the appurtenances in Henham on the Mount aforesaid within the jurisdiction of this Court and holden of the Lord of the said Manor and of the same Manor by Copy of Court Roll by the Rod according to the custom of the said Manor and makes protestation to prosecute his plaint here in this Court against the said George William Robinson in form and nature of a Writ of D Sur Diss…  post at the Common Law and finds pledges to prosecute the same in form aforesaid (to wit) John Doe and Richard Doe and demands process thereupon to be made for him against the said George William Robinson recording to the custom of the said Manor that he be and appear here at the same Court before the said Steward and Customary tenants of the said Manor this instant ninth day of November to answer to the said Robert Howard in the plea aforesaid and the same was granted him and thereupon the said George William Robinson here in court .. proper person freely offered to answer to the said Robert Howard in the plea aforesaid without further process and it was granted him And thereupon the said Robert Howard demands against the said George William Robinson the said eight acres of land with the appurtenances … And that the said Edward Bacon hath over of the Customary lands and tenements of the said Joseph Staines to the value and the same Joseph Staines in … And thereupon the said Robert Howard prays a present of this Court according to the custom of the said Manor to be made by the Steward of the said Manor aforesaid to the Bailiff and Minister of this Court to be directed to cause , take seizure of the said eight acres of land with the appurtenances as recovered as aforesaid to be delivered to him and it was granted to him by the Court returnable here before the said …. And immediately afterwards at this same Court comes the said Edward Bacon one of the Customary tenants of the Manor aforesaid  as above appeareth by the said Thomas bridge his attorney thereunto lawfully appointed by virtue of this Letter of Attorney and did in open Court Surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of his said Steward by the Rod according to the custom thereof All that aforesaid piece or parcel of Customary Copyhold land lying in a field called Platts Field near the pond there containing by estimation  three acres more or less also all that the aforesaid  one other piece or parcel of Customary Copyhold land lying in a field called Little Wellfield containing by estimation three acres more or less together with all  ways, passages and appurtenances to the said lands and premises and now In the occupation of Peter Coote  ….. In witness whereof the said Edward Bacon hath set his hand and seal this 19th day of October year of our Lord 1751 …. the end of this Court.

5 May 1764  the Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. The death of Ruben Parker.  Whereas Ruben Parker a late Customary tenant of the safe manner who hello to him and his heirs for ever by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the three and 20th day of July 1750 all those 3 acres of arable land lying and being in a common field called Wellfield otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field  … and were late the lands of Thomas More lately died… And Whereas Ann formerly Ford the wife of … Ford of the City of London, founder, is the only daughter and heir of the said Reuben Parker and as such claimeth right to be admitted to the said land and premises  ….. Now it be remembered that out of Court to wit on the fifth day of May in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third King of Great Britain and in the year of our Lord 1764 came the said Ann formally Ford by John Walley, gentleman, her attorney in that behalf lawfully appointed  before Samuel Feake esquire Lord of the said Manor  at his mansion house called Donningtons in Sheering in the County of Essex and humbly desired of the Lord of the said Manor to be admitted tenant to the said land  and premises with the appurtenances to which said Ann formerly Ford by her said attorney the Lord of the said Manor did out of Court on the day and year  and at the place aforesaid  in his own proper person and by  his own proper hands grant and deliver by the Rod of the said land and premises …. To have and to hold the said land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said Ann formerly Ford, her heirs and assigns for ever … And so is thereof admitted tenant but her fealty is respited.  

1766. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. The 1st. February 1766. The death of Ruben Parker. Whereas Ruben Parker late Customary tenant of the Manor aforesaid did on the 24th day of July in the year of our Lord 1750 Surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of Philip Martin, Stewart of the Court, of the said Manor by the Rod according to the custom thereof All and every the Customary messuages or tenements, lands and hereditaments whatsoever of him the said Reuben Parker holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll with their and every of their appurtenances to and for such uses, estates, intents and purposes as then were or at any time thereafter should be mentioned, expressed or declared in and by the last Will and testament of him the said Reuben Parker made or to be made in writing And whereas the said Reuben Parker afterwards died seised of all those 3 acres of arable land lying and being in a Common field called Wellfield otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field with the appurtenances and were late the lands of Thomas More And whereas the said Reuben Parker did before his death duly make and publicise his last Will and Testament in writing and by the same bearing date the 11th day of April in the year of Our Lord  1759 did hereby give and devise in the .. or to the ..  following (that is to say) I give, devise and bequeath all and every my freehold and Copyhold messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my good friend Samuel Sparrow of James Street in the city of Westminster, merchant and to his heirs and assigns for and during the term of the natural life of my daughter Ann formerly Parker ….  I give and devise the same unto my wife Mary formerly Parker and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life …. To my nephew Joseph Parker and his assigns… on the fifth day of May One thousand seven hundred and sixty-four the said Ann formerly Parker then the wife of … Ford of the City of London, founder was (as the only daughter and heir of the said Reuben Parker) Admitted .. tenant to the said lands and premises …  And whereas the said Ann formerly Ford lately died without leaving any issue of her bod and the said Mary formerly Parker the mother died in the lifetime of the said Ann formerly Ford her daughter Now Be It Remembered that out of Court (to wit) on the 1st. day of February in the sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, King over Great Britain .. and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty-six came the said Joseph Parker (by Henry Bacon his attorney thereunto lawfully appointed) Before Samuel Feake esquire, Lord of the said Manor at his mansion house called Durringtons in Sheering in the said County of Essex and humbly desired of the Lord of the said Manor to be admitted tenant to the said lands and premises with their appurtenances according to the form of the said written Will To which said Joseph Parker by his said attorney the Lord of the said Manor did out of Court on the day and year and at the place aforesaid in his own proper person and by his own proper hands grant and deliver seisin by the Rod of the said lands and premises with their appurtenances To have and to hold … for and during the term of his natural life

1766. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. Sibley to Vincent. The 1st. February 1766. Whereas on the thirty-first day of January 1766 John Sibley citizen and tallow-chandler of London survivor of Robert Vincent deceased one of the Customary tenants of the said Manor aforesaid did by John Mumford of Elsenham in the County of Essex, yeoman, his attorney thereunto lawfully appointed by virtue of a certain Letter of Attorney bearing date the 3rd. day of April 1765 under the hand and seal of the said John Sibley duly made and the hand and seal of the said John Sibley duly made and executed before Philip Martin, gentleman, Steward of the Court of the said Manor out of Court Surrender  into the hands of the said Lord of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of his said Steward by the Rod according to the custom thereof All those eleven acres of Copyhold land in two closes called Readings, one close whereof containing by estimation five acres abutting upon a field called Outfield on the north part and the lands late of John Kendall esquire on the south part upon a wood formerly of Thomas Stock and late of Robert Vincent, gentleman on the east part and upon a Common field called Roughey Field on the west part and the other close thereof contains by estimation six acres and abuts upon the field called Outfield upon the north part and upon the lands late of John Kendall esquire on the south part and upon two little groves formerly of the said Thomas Stock and late of the said Robert Vincent on the south and west parts And also one acre and an half of Customary land lying in a Common field called Sandhill abutting upon the lands now or late of John Watts on the east part, upon the lands late of John White deceased on the south and west parts and upon the lands late of John Michell, gentleman, on the north part with their appurtenances And the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders yearly and other rents, issues and profits of the said lands and premises  and of every part and parcel thereof to the only use and behoof of Susanna Vincent of Sergeants Inn, Fleet Street, London (widow of Robert Vincent late of the same place, esquire deceased) her heirs  and assigns forever as by the same Surrender  and Will appear Now Be It Remembered that out of Court to wit on the first day of  February in the sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third  and in the year of our Lord 1766 … To have and to hold the said lands and premises  with their appurtenances unto the said Susanna Vincent, her heirs and assigns forever … and is admitted tenant but her fealty is respited.

1775. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. The General Court Baron of Ann Feake, spinster and Mary Feake, spinster Ladies of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Saturday the twenty-fifth day of November in the sixteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five before Philip Martin, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Collin and Robert Thurgood, Sworn. At this Court it is presented by the said Homage upon their oaths that Thomas Mead a late Customary tenant of the Manor aforesaid was admitted to him and his heirs forever by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the eighth day of December which was in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty-six All that Customary close of land called Coles otherwise Cowells containing by estimation three acres more or less with the appurtenances situate and being in the parish of Henham in the County of Essex and now in the occupation of  …. Since last Court died so seized thereof and that Thomas Mead of Thaxted in the said County of Essex, butcher, is the only son and heir at law of the said Thomas Mead deceased  and .. claimeth right to be admitted tenant to the said lands and premises … The End of this Court.

1775 The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. Death of Vincent (to wit) The General Court Baron of Ann Feake, spinster and Mary Feake, spinster Ladies of the said Manor there holden in and for the said Manor on Saturday the sixteenth day of November in the twenty-third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two Before Philip martin, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage sworn by John Collin, gentleman and Laurence Warner. At this Court it is presented by the said homage up[on their oaths that since last Court Susannah Vincent, widow who held to her and her heirs forever, of the Ladies of the Manor aforesaid , by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the First day of February One thousand seven hundred and sixty-six All these eleven acres .... dies so seised thereof and that Edward Vincent esquire is the son and heir of the said Susanna Vincent and as such claimeth right the said lands and premises ... And thereupon at this Court comes the said Edward Vincent.. prayed to be admitted as tenant which was granted.... My last Will and Testament... In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two: Edward Vincent. Sealed and delivered in the presence of us, Robert Vincent and Marian Vincent.

1783 The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. The General Court Baron of Ann Feake, spinster and Mary Feake, spinster Ladies of the said Manor there holden in and for the said Manor on Saturday the 26th. day of April in the 23rd year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, before Philip Martin, gentleman, Steward there. The homage: sworn: John Collin, gentleman and John Turner. Proclamation on the death of Robert Howard. At this Court t e said homage do present that at this Court the second proclamation was duly made for Robert Howard, clerk, the only son and heir at law of Robert Howard deceased, late one of the Customary tenants of this Manor.... To All that piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land lying in a Common field there called Halls near the pond there containing by estimation three acres more or less And also to one other piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land lying in a Common field there called Little Millfield containing by estimation three acres more or less ... The End of this Court.

1784 The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Daniel Trotty,  Clerk and the Reverend  John Walker, Clerk their trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid  on Tuesday, 27 April in the 24th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord 1784 before John Walkley, gentleman Steward there. The Homage: John Turner and John Stock sworn.  At this Court it is found and presented by the Homage aforesaid upon their oaths that at this Court (after a first and second proclamation made for that purpose at the two last several Court Baron and Customary courts holden for the Manor aforesaid)  in his proper person came Robert Howard of Quendon in the County of Essex, clerk, and is the only son and heir at law of Robert Howard late of Newport pond in the said county of Essex, his father deceased) humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant according to the custom of the said Manor.  To All that piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land lying in a Common field of aforesaid called Platts Field near the pond there,  containing by estimation 3 acres more or less And also one other piece of parcel of Customary or Copyhold arable land lying  in a Common field there called Little Millfield containing by estimation 3 acres more or less and all ways, paths, passages and appurtenances thereunto belonging As the said lands and premises are situate and being in the parish of Henham on the Mount in the said County of Essex and late in the occupation of Peter Coote but now of the Widow Warner and holden of the Manor aforesaid  by Copy of Court Roll and to which premises the said Robert Howard the father was Admitted Tenant to him and his heirs forever at a Court Baron holden for the Manor aforesaid on the ninth day of November one thousand seven hundred and fifty-one To which said Robert Howard (the son) the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward, did grant and by the Rod did deliver to him the said Robert Howard, the son, seisin thereof To Have and To Hold the said lands and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Robert Howard, the …And immediately afterwards at this Court … Death of John Collin. At this Court also, it is found and presented by the Homage thereof that John Collin late of Saffron Walden in the said County of Essex, gentleman, deceased, a late Customary Tenant of the Manor aforesaid who held to him   and his heirs for ever by Copy of Court Roll  bearing date the eleventh day of October 1749, All that one acre of Customary or Copyhold arable land , with the appurtenances, situate in Little Sibleys  in Henham aforesaid and now in the occupation of Peter Martin and holden of the manner aforesaid  by Copy of Court Roll  and the yearly quitrent of eight pence since last Court and before this Court died so thereof seised, … leaving John Collin, an infant, his eldest son and heir And because the said John Collin (the son) nor any one for him, nor any other person or persons did not come to this Court and crave of the Lords and Ladies of this Manor to be Admitted Tenant or Tenants to the said land and premises (therefore the first proclamation was duly made).  The End of this Court.

1785 The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Francis Tutte,  Clerk and the Reverend  John Walker, Clerk their trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid  on Monday, the eighteenth day of April in the 25th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, before John Wilkley, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage. Sworn: Lawrence Thurgood and William Grant. Death of Thomas Mead.

At this Court it is found and presented by the Homage aforesaid upon their oaths that Thomas Mead late of Thaxted in the said county of Essex, butcher, a late Customary Tenant of the Manor aforesaid who held up to him and his heirs for ever by Copy of Court  Roll bearing date the 25th day of November 1775  all that Customary close of land lying called Coles otherwise Cowells containing by estimation  three acres be the same more or less, with the appurtenances, lying and being in the Parish of Henham in the said county of Essex now in the occupation of John Salmon, butcher,  since the last Court and before this Court died so seized thereof And thereupon at this Court came Mary Mead of Thaxted aforesaid, spinster, (the only sister of the said Thomas Mead)  by William Cook, gentleman, her attorney in this behalf appointed and humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor that she the said Mary Mead might be Admitted Tenant as such the only sister and heir at law of the said Thomas Mead to the said land and premises whereof her  late brother died so seized as the aforesaid To which said Mary Mead by her said attorney Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward did grant and by the Rod did deliver to her the said Mary Mead seisin thereof To Have and To Hold the said lands and premises with the appurtenances unto the said Mary Mead, her heirs and assigns for ever Of the Lords and Ladies at the said Manor by the Rod, at the will of the Lords and Ladies according to the custom of the said Manor by the yearly quit rent of three shillings and sixpence other the customs and services therefore right accustomed and was paid to the Lords and Ladies for a fine on such the Admission of the said Mary Mead as appeareth  in the margin, and so she was thereof  Admitted Tenant in form aforesaid but her fealty was respited.

Whereas on the twenty-third day of July One thousand seven hundred and fifty Reuben Parker ... to all those three acres of arable land lying in two pieces in a Common field in Henham called Mill Field otherwise Hide, otherwise Copperton Field late in the occupation of James Foster but now of Abraham Bell To hold the same to the said Reuben Parker and his heirs And Whereas on the twenty-fourth day of July one thousand seven hundred and fifty, the said Reuben Parker did Surrender into the hands of the then Lord of the said Manor by the hands and now acceptance of the then Steward of the Court of the said Manor ... And whereas on the fifth day of May one thousand seven hundred and sixty-four Ann formerly Ford (then the wife of Thurston Ford of the city of London, founder, presented herself to be Admitted tenant to the said lands and premises as the only daughter and heir of the said Reuben Parker her late father deceased And Whereas the said Reuben Parker, before his death, did duly make and publish his last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the eleventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and fifty-nine and ....... the said Joseph Parker, the nephew, on the first day of February one thousand seven hundred and sixty-six presented himself to be Admitted tenant to the said Customary lands and premises holden of this Manor .... Now at this Court it is found and presented by the Homage thereof upon their oaths that before this Court the said Joseph Parker died so seised of the said lands and premises with the appurtenances And thereupon at this Court came Amy Bolding (the wife of John Holding a Sergeant in the Eastern Battalion of Suffolk Militia) in her proper person, and humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant under the said recited Will of the said Reuben Parker her Great Uncle and as one of the five surviving children of the said Joseph Parker his nephew and her late father deceased .... And thereupon at this Court came Hannah Clarke (the wife of John Clarke of Diss in the County of Norfolk, butcher) in her proper person and humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted tenant under the said recited Will of the said Reuben Parker her Great Uncle and as one of the five surviving children of the said Joseph Parker his nephew and her late father deceased To one other undivided fifth part To which said Hannah Clarke the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward did grant and by the Rod did deliver to her the said Hannah Clarke seisin thereof to have and to hold one full and equal undivided fifth part..... And thereupon at this Court also came Sarah Darby the wife of Samuel Darby of Bungay in the said County of Suffolk, yeoman, in her proper person and humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant under the said recited Will of the said Reuben Parker her Great Uncle, and as one other of the five surviving children of the said Joseph Parker his nephew and her late father deceased To which said Sarah Darby was granted an equal fifth undivided part And thereupon at this Court came Mary Parker of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk, spinster in her proper person, and humbly prayed of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant under the said recited Will of the said Reuben Parker her Great Uncle and as one of the five surviving children of the said Joseph Parker his nephew and her late father deceased. Mary was granted an equal fifth undivided part. And thereupon at this Court also came Lydia Parker of Ipswich aforesaid spinster and infant of the age of eighteen years and appeareth by the aforesaid John Bolding her brother-in-law and attorney was granted an undivided equal fifth part. John Collin an infant, the eldest son and heir of John Collin late of Saffron Walden deceased, gentleman, deceased one acre of Customary or Copyhold arable land with the appurtenances situate in Little Asleys (?) in Henham aforesaid and now in the occupation of Peter Markin... The End of this Court.

The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The Special Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk and the Reverend John Walker, Clerk their Trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held in and for the said Manor on Tuesday the thirty-first day of January in the twenty-sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six Before John Walkley, gentleman Steward there. The Homage: John Stock and John Turner sworn. A Letter of Attorney stating that John Bolding, Mary Parker, Amy Bolding, Hannah Clarke, Sarah Darby ... Whereas Robert Stones Durham of Ipswich , gentleman, hath lately for a valuable .. agreed with the said John Bolding and Amy his wife, John Clarke and Hannah his wife, Samuel Darby and Sarah his wife, and Mary Parker for the absolute purchase of all and singular their Copyhold messuages, lands, hereditaments and premises holden by Copy of Court Roll of the Manor of Henham Hall and Plegdon Cannons otherwise Henham Rectory ... Abraham Bell ..... The End of this Court.

1786. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Francis Tutte,  Clerk and the Reverend  John Walker, Clerk their trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held in and for the same Manor on Tuesday the eleventh day of April in the twenty-sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: John Stock and John Turner sworn.

Whereas at a General Court Baron holden for the Manor aforesaid on the 27th day of April 1784 it was found and presented by the Homage thereof that John Collin late of Saffron Walden in the County of Essex gentlemen deceased, A late Customary Tenants of the Manor aforesaid Who held to him and his heirs for ever buy Copy of Court Roll bearing date the 11th day of October 1749 All that one acre of Customary or Copyhold land with the appurtenances situate in Little Sibleys in Henham and now in the occupation of Peter Murkin and holden of the Manor aforesaid by Copy of Court Roll and the yearly Quit Rent of eight pence since the then last Court and before that Court died so seised thereof intestate leaving John Collin, then an infant, his eldest son and heir. Now at this Court It is presented by the Homage thereof upon their Oaths, that to this Court came the said John Collin the son (by Thomas Hall Fiske, gentleman his Attorney in this behalf) and as such eldest son and heir of the said John Collin his late father deceased, humbly prayed to the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor that he the said John Collin (the son) might be Admitted Tenant according to the Custom of the said Manor to the Customary land and premises whereof his late father died seised as aforesaid to which said John Collin the Lord by his said attorney the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward did grant and by the Rod did deliver to him the said John Collin (the son) seisin thereof To have and to hold the said land and premises with their appurtenances unto the said John Collin (the son), his heirs and assigns for ever .... The End of this Court.

 

1787. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Francis Tutte,  Clerk and the Reverend  John Walker, Clerk their trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held in and for the same Manor on Tuesday the third of April in the twenty-seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: John Stock and John Turner sworn. Edward Sworder, his death. At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage that Edmund Sworder one of the Customary Tenants of the Manor aforesaid who held him and the heirs of his body by Copy of Court Role under and by virtue of the last Will and Testament of Thomas Clarke of Thor..ley otherwise Thornley in the county of Hertford, yeoman, his Great Grandfather, and the Surrender to the uses thereof All those two pieces of arable land lying in Outfield in the parish of Henham and containing 3 acres more or less: One piece or parcel thereof lying between the Lands heretofore of Francis Bacon Esq and John Watts, gentleman, and the other piece or parcel of land lying between the lands heretofore of Henry Stock on the parts of the East and West and both of them abutting upon the watercourse running from Plegdon Cannons towards Sandal otherwise Sandhill towards the south with their appurtenances now in the occupation of George Dennison, before this Court died so seised thereof But who is or are the heir or heirs of the body of the said Edmund Sworder or who hath right to the said Lands and Premises, the Homage knows not, And because no one came to this Court to be Admitted Tenant or Tenants to the said Lands and premises Therefore at this Court the first proclamation was duly made. The End of this Court.

 

1787. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk and the Reverend John Walker, Clerk their trustees; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held in and for the same Manor on Wednesday the fifth day of September in the twenty-seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: The Reverend Robert Howard & John Stock sworn. At this Court the Homage thereof upon their oaths do find and present a certain Writing or Letter of Attorney in the Words following (that is to say) To all People to whom these presents shall come Lydia Mayhew of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk, widow (formerly Lydia Parker, spinster) one of the daughters of Joseph Parker late of Saffron Walden ... Whereas Robert Stones Durham of Ipswich hath lately for a valuable consideration, agreed with the said Lydia Mayhew for the absolute purchase of all and every her Customary or Copyhold messuages or tenements.... holden by Copies of Court Roll of the several and respective Manors of Henham Hall in the County of Essex and Henham Rectory otherwise Plegdon Cannons in the said County of Essex .... To the only and absolute use and behoof of Ruth Bell of Henham, widow ... In Witness whereof she the said Lydia Mayhew hath hereunto set her hand and seal this fourteenth day of August In the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven. ... William Bush, tenant, ..... The End of this Court.

 

1788. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife late Anne Feake, spinster and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held in and for the same Manor on Tuesday the sixth day of May in the twenty-eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: John Stock & John Turner sworn. Surrender by Mary Mead to Ann Guyver. At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage upon their oaths that since the last General Court and before this Court (to wit) on the thirteenth day of July 1787 Mary Mead of Thaxted, spinster and Customary Tenant of the said Manor did, out of Court, by the Rod Surrender into the hands of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the hands of John Stock and John Turner, two other Customary Tenants of the said Manor, according to the Custom thereof, All that Customary close of land called 'Coles' otherwise 'Cowells' containing by estimation three acres be the same more or less ... situate, lying and being in Henham abutting on the freehold lands of the said Mary Mead on the north, ... and which the said Mary Mead took to her and her heirs at a Court holden in and for the said Manor on the eighteenth day of April 1785 on the death and as only sister and heir at Law of Thomas Mead the Younger ... To the only proper use and behoof of Ann Guyver of Henham aforesaid, spinster ... And thereupon to this Court her proper person cam,e the said Ann Guyver (now a Minor under the age of twenty-one years) (viz. of the age of fifteen years and upwards) and humbly prayed to the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant to the said lands and premises ... Granted ... one freehold barn and seven acres be the same more or less, of freehold land thereto belonging called also 'Coles' ... And thereupon to this Court came Susanna Guyver, widow, and as guardian of the said Ann Guyver her daughter ... Whereas at a Court Baron holden for the Manor aforesaid on the ninth day of October which was in the year of our Lord 1674, it was found and presented by the then Homage of that Court, that since the then last Court and before that Court (to wit) on the eighth day of May 1674 Thomas Clarke of .. in the County of Hertford, yeoman, then one of the Customary Tenants of the said Manor did surrender into the hands of the then Lord of the Manor . All those pieces or parcels of arable land lying in Outfield in the parish of Henham containing by estimation three acres more or less, one piece or parcel thereof lying between the lands then of Henry Stock on the parts of the east and west with their appurtenances to the use and behoof of hid last Will and Testament. And Whereas at another Court Baron holden for the Manor aforesaid on the ninth day of April which was in the year of our Lord ... found and presented by the then Homage thereof, that since the then last General Court and before that Court the said Thomas Clarke died seised of the premises according to the custom of the said Manor and that before his death he made his last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the eighth day of August in the year of the reign of Charles the Second late King of England, the twenty-sixth by which he devised in these English words following, that is to say, Item, I give and bequeath unto Mary my well-beloved wife All those my freehold messuage or tenement situate in the parish of Henham in the County of Essex, with all the yards, gardens, orchards, barns, stables, outhouses and buildings with all my freehold and customary lands thereunto belonging with the appurtenances now in the tenure or occupation of John Turner or of his assigns for and during the term of her natural life, If she the said Mary shall so long keep herself my widow. And further upon condition that she the Mary do well and truly pay or cause to be paid all and every my debts and legacies and funeral charges as shall be due and payable (and after her death to Thomas Sworder his grandchild, son of Mary Sworder his daughter) And for want of such heirs then to be and remain To the proper use and behoof of the Poor People of the parish of Henham in the County of Essex forever ....

 

1788. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The Special Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid and for the same Manor on Wednesday the sixteenth day of July in the twenty-eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: John Stock & John Turner sworn. The death of Joseph Parker. ..... Now at this Court it is found and presented by the Homage thereof upon their oaths that before this Court the said Joseph Parker died so seised of the said lands and premises ... And thereupon to this Court came Reuben Parker of Ipswich, yeoman (by Thomas Nottage of Henham in the said County of Essex, shopkeeper, his attorney in his behalf lawfully appointed) ... and appointed and in his place and stead put and deputed And by these presents Doth nominate, constitute and appoint and in his place and stead put and depute James Bush of Henham on the Mount in the said County of Essex, carpenter and Thomas Nottage of the same place shopkeeper, his true and lawful attorney jointly and severally to appear for him the said Reuben Parker at the next or any other subsequent General or Special Court Baron or Courts Baron and Customary Courts to be holden in and for the said two respective Manors of Henham Hall and Henham Rectory otherwise Plegdon Cannons. ... At this Court it is further presented by the Homage thereof That to this Court came the aforesaid Reuben Parker (the Great Nephew) one of the Customary Tenants of the Manor as above appeareth (by the said Thomas Nottage his attorney ... All those the aforesaid three acres of Customary Arable land with the appurtenances lying in two pieces in a Common field in Henham aforesaid called Well Field otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field late in the occupation of the said James Foster since of Abraham Bell now of Ruth Bell his widow ... James Windas, gentleman, tenant .... William Hayden, bailiff of the said Manor. ... The End of this Court.

1789. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The Special Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid on Tuesday the twenty-eighth day of April in the twenty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward thereof. The Homage: John Stock & John Turner sworn and James Bush sworn. (this is followed by a short but tedious continuation of the Durham, Well Field, Bell, Foster saga - RG) .... At this Court also it is found and presented by the said Homage that since the last Court held for this Manor Thomas Patmore of Quendon Street in the parish of Quendon in the County of Essex, butcher, hath sold and aliened (to transfer property or ownership - RG) to James Bush of Henham on the Mount aforesaid carpenter and victualler, and his heirs one freehold messuage or tenement and an orchard thereto belonging, heretofore called 'Rayleys', or otherwise lying and being in Henham aforesaid, at the lower end of Crow (?) Street there now in the occupation of John Day a carpenter, holden of the Manor aforesaid by free deed fealty, suit of Court and the yearly rent of sixpence Whereupon there happened to the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor the sum of six pence for a Relief according to the Custom of the said Manor, And thereupon to this Court came the said James Bush and paid the said Relief, and did his fealty. The End of this Court.

1789. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The Special Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor held at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid on Wednesday the twelfth day of August in the twenty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: Susanna Foster widow, William Sworder and John Stock sworn. At this Court it is presented by the Homage upon their oaths that to this Court came William Sworder a corn chandler now residing at No. 37, in the Maze in the Borough of Southwarke in the County of Surrey and as the only son and heir of the body of Edmund Sworder late of Henham on the Mount in the County of Essex, farmer deceased who was the eldest son and heir of Thomas Sworder hereforeto of Bleches (or Blaches or Blotches - RG) Farm in the parish of Sawbridgeworth in the County of Hertford, farmer, long .. deceased (the Grandfather of him the said William Sworder) and who was Grandson and devisee in Tail General under the Will of his Grandfather Thomas Clarke whereforeto of Thorneley in the said County of Hertford one of the Customary Tenants of the said Manor, long since deceased in Reversion or Remainder after the death or widowhood of his Grandmother Mary Clarke, the widow and relict of the said testator Thomas Clarke and which said William Sworder is one of the Customary Tenants of the aforesaid, and he the said William Sworder Did in open Court Surrender by the Rod into the hands of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of their said Steward according to the custom thereof All those two pieces or parcels of Customary arable land lying in a certain Commonfield called Out Field in the parish of Henham on the Mount aforesaid containing by estimation three acres, be the same more or less, one piece thereof lyeth between the Lands hereforeto of Francis Bacon, esquire and John Watts, gentleman and the other piece thereof lyeth between lands hereforeto of Henry Stock on the parts of the east and west, and both of these abutting upon the watercourse running from Pledgdon towards Sandall otherwise Sandhill towards the south with their appurtenances late in the tenure or occupation of George Dennison, but now of William Newland and holden of the Manor aforesaid by Copy of Court Roll and the yearly rent of two shillings and also all other the Customary Lands and Hereditaments whatsoever of him the said William Sworder holden of the Manor aforesaid by copy of Court Roll with their and every of their appurtenances And that the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders of the said Surrender and Lands and premises and every part thereof To the use and behoof of George Wade of Great Dunmow in the said County of Essex, gentleman his heirs and assigns forever....

Recovery by William Sworder. An immediately afterwards At this Court Sitting the said Court before the said Steward and the Customary Tenants of the said Manor according to the Custom of the said Manor there used and approved from time whereof the memory of man is not to the contrary, in his proper person comes James Wood of Prison Green in the Parish of Henham on the Mount aforesaid, farmer and complains against the said George Wade in his proper person in a plea of Land (that is to say) Of the premises aforesaid with the appurtenances by the names of 6 acres of land and 3 acres of pasture with the appurtenances in the Parish of Henham on the Mount aforesaid within the Jurisdiction of this Court and holden of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor as of the same Manor by Copy of Court Roll and at the Will of the Lords and Ladies according to the Custom of the said Manor, and maketh protestation to prosecute his plaint here in this Court against the said George Wade in form and nature of a Writ of our Lord the King Sur Disseisin en le Post at the Common Law, and finds pledges to prosecute the same in in form aforesaid (to wit) John Doe and Richard Doe and ... proofs thereupon to be awarded and issued for him against the said George Wade according to the Custom of the said Manor, Commanding him that he be and appear here in Court, at this same Court, before the said Steward and the Customary Tenants of the said Manor this instant twelfth day of August, to answer to the said James Wood in the plea aforesaid, and the same was granted him .. But the said George Wade being present here in Court in ... thereupon he voucheth to Warrant the said William Sworder who being present here in Court in his own proper person did freely warrant to him the said George Wade the aforesaid 6 acres of land and three acres of pasture with the appurtenances. And thereupon the said James Wood in his proper person demandeth against the said William Sworder (Tenant by his own Warrant aforesaid) the said six acres of land and three acres of pasture with the appurtenances as his Right and Inheritance in manner aforesaid .. thereupon he further voucheth to Warrant William Stallibrass a farmer who is likewise present here in Court in his proper person and freely warranted to him the said William Sworder the said six acres of land and three acres of pasture...And thereupon the said James Wood in his proper person demandeth against the said William Stallibrass (tenant by his own warranty as aforesaid) the said six acres of land and three acres of pasture...... The End of this Court.

 

1791. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The Special Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor holden at the Parsonage House in Henham aforesaid on Tuesday the tenth day of May in the thirty-first year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one before John Walkley, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Stock, James Wood and John Turner sworn.

At this Court It is witnessed by the side Steward and found and presented by the Homage thereof that since last Court and before this Court (to wit) on the 30th day of October now last past 1790 Abraham Gwatkin of Bartlett Buildings in the Parish of St Andrews, Holborn in the city of London, Drawing Master and Lucy Ann his wife late Lucy Ann King spinster Did out of Court by the Rod surrender into the hands of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of the said Steward of the Court is of the said Manor (she the said Lucy Ann King first solely and secretly examined apart from her said husband by the said Steward as the manner is, and thereto freely consenting) according to the custom of the said Manor All that piece or parcel of arable land containing by estimation three roods more or less lying in Copperton field within the said Manor abutting on land formerly of Nicholas Martin towards the east and upon the land formerly of William Davis towards the west now in the tenure of Nathan Nottage Heretofore the estate of Samuel King, died without issue and intestate and to which the said Lucy Ann was entitled as his Great Niece and heir at law action (that is to say) as the only child of William King who was the eldest son (that left issue) of ... King the brother and heir of the said Samuel King And all ways, rights, commons, members and appurtenances to the same premises belonging And the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders thereof And all the estate, right, title, interest, inheritance, possession, property, claim and demand whatsoever both at law and in equity of them the said Abraham Gwatkin and Lucy Ann his wife, and each of them, of in and to the same premises and every part thereof To the only proper use and behoof of William Canning in the county of Essex gentleman and of his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever according to the Customs of the said Manor...To which said William Canning the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward did grant and by the Rod did deliver to him seisin thereof To have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land and premises with their appurtenances unto the said William Canning his heirs and assigns forever, according to the said Surrender of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the Rod at the Will of the Lords and Ladies according to the Custom of the said Manor, by the yearly rent of seven pence...And so he was thereof Admitted Tenant in form aforesaid but his fealty was respited. The End of this Court.

 

1793. The Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor holden in and for the same Manor on Friday the twenty sixth day of April in the thirty-third year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three before Edward Wise, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: James Wood and John Turner sworn. Conditional Surrender - Wood to Bird.

 

It is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that since the last Court and before this Court (to wit) on the 12th day of May in the year of our Lord 1792 James Wood of Henham in the county of Essex, yeoman (a Customary Tenant of the said Manor) did out-of-court Surrender by the Rod into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the hands of John Stock and John Turner (two other Copyhold Tenants of the said Manor) according to the Custom thereof All those two pieces or parcels of Customary arable land lying and being in a certain common field called Outfield in the parish and Henham aforesaid containing by estimation three acres be the same more or less and one piece thereof lying between the lands hereforeto of Francis Bacon esquire and John Watts, gentleman, on the other part thereof lying between lands hereforeto of Henry Stock on the parts east and west and both of them abutting upon the watercourse from Pledgdon towards Sandall otherwise Sandhill towards the south with their appurtenances and late in the tenure or occupation of George Dennison afterwards of William Newland and then of the said James Wood or his assigns and holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll and all other the Copyhold Lands and tenements of him the said James Wood holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll and the Reversion and Reversions and .. Remainder and Remainders thereof And all the estate, right, title, interest, property, claim and demand whatsoever both at law and in equity of him the said James Wood of, in and to the said premises every or any part thereof To the use and behoof of Thomas Bird of Great Dunmow in the county of Essex, carpenter and his heirs and assigns for ever Provided always and upon condition nevertheless (that is to say) That if the said James Wood, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns or any of them should and did well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Thomas Bird, his .., administrators or assigns the full and just sum of four hundred and sixty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and Interest for the same at the rate of four pounds and ten shillings for one hundred pounds for a year upon the thirteenth day of November next ensuing the date of these presents without making nay deduction or abatement for or by reason of any Parliamentary or other taxes, assessments or payments whatsoever (being the same sum for securing the payment thereof with interest at the rate aforesaid the said James Wood had made a mortgage of even date with the said Surrender to the said Thomas Bird of certain freehold messuages, lands and tenements and of diverse other Copyhold lands and tenements in Henham aforesaid and in Broxted in the said County of Essex Then the said Surrender should be void otherwise should be and remain in full force and virtue.

 

1796. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor holden in and for the same Manor on Friday the twenty ninth day of April in the thirty-sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six before Edward Wise, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Turner and John Stock sworn. Death of Robert Howard. Whereas at a general Court baron and Customary Court holden for the Manor aforesaid on the twenty-seventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four Robert Howard, Clerk, was Admitted Tenant (as the only son and heir of Robert Howard) To all that piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold Arable land lying in a Common field in Henham aforesaid called Platts Field near the pond there containing by estimation three acres more or less And also one other piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold Arable land lying in a Common field there called Little Mill Field containing by estimation three acres more or less To hold the the said Robert Howard (the son) and his heirs for ever And whereas ..... Now at this Court it is presented by the Homage upon their oaths that since the last Court and before this Court the said Robert Howard (the son) died so seised of the said premises and that before his death he did duly make and publish his last Will and Testament in writing and by the same bearing date the fourth day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five Did give and devise in these words following (that is to say) Also I give and devise unto my second son John, his heirs and assigns All that my messuage or tenement and farm called Sandpitts or otherwise and all and every the lands, grounds, hereditaments, and premises thereunto belonging and therewith now held (the Copyhold part whereof I have duly Surrendered to the uses of my Will, situate, lying and being in the Parish of Henham aforesaid or in any other parish near thereto adjoining and now in the tenure or occupation of Elizabeth Warner, widow, or her assigns To hold the said messuage or tenement, farm, lands, grounds, hereditaments and premises last mentioned with their and every of their appurtenances Upon Condition nevertheless that he my said son John, his heirs and assigns shall and do within six calendar months next after my decease pay unto my executors or the survivor of them for the benefit of his sister the said Elizabeth Maria the sum of six hundred pounds to be applied by them in manner as therein mentioned as by the said Will, will appear And Thereupon at this Court in his proper person comes the said John Howard and humbly prays of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant to the said lands and premises with their appurtenances according to the form of the said recited Will To Whom Robert Howard, his heirs and assigns for ever upon the Condition in the said Will mentioned of the Lords nad ladies of the said Manor by the Rod at the will of the Lords and Ladies by Copy of Court Roll according to the Custom of the said Manor by the yearly quit rent of eight shillings and four pence and the .. services and other Customs therefore annually due and of ...

At this Court also the said Homage upon their oaths a certain paper in the words following (that is to say) Know all Men by these presents that I, Edward Wise of Harlow in the County of Essex, gentleman, known Steward of the Courts of the Manor of Plegdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham in the said County of Essex Have made, constituted and appointed and by these presents do make, constitute and appoint Ezekiel Wood the Younger of Bocking in the said County of Essex, gentleman, my Deputy Steward of the said Manor for this term and purpose only (that is to say) for my said Deputy Steward to accept and take a Surrender of and from Susanna Foster of Henham on the Mount in the County aforesaid, widow, a Customary Tenant of the said Manor in writing out of Court according to the Custom of the said Manor of all those three acres of Customary Arable land with the appurtenances lying in two pieces in a Common field in Henham aforesaid call Wellfield otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field late in the occupation of Ruth Bell, widow, and now of the said Susanna Foster and holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll And also of all other the Customary Lands, Tenements and .... To the use of the said Susanna Foster and her heirs until a marriage between her and Richard Leach of Stansted Mountfitchet ... In Witness whereof I, the said Edward Wise have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four - Edward Wise Esq.. sealed and delivered (being first duly stamped) in the presence of Charles Brown..... The End of this Court.


1799. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Cruse gentleman and Anne his wife (late Anne Feake, spinster) and The Reverend Francis Tutte, Clerk their surviving Trustee; and of Mary Feake, spinster, Lords and Ladies of the said Manor these holden in and for the same Manor on Monday the third day of June in the thirty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Stock and Richard Leach sworn.

Surrender: John Howard to Thomas. At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage on their oaths that since the last Court and before this Court to wit on the twenty-second day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight John Howard of the Parish of Newport Pond in the County of Middlesex, a Customary Tenant of the said Manor Did out of Court Surrender into the hands of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the hands and acceptances of John Stock and Benjamin Rider two other Customary Tenants of the said Manor All that piece or parcel of Customary arable land lying in a field called Little Millfield containing by estimation three acres more or less as the same lands and premises are situate and being in the parish of Henham in the County of Essex and in the occupation of Elizabeth Warner, widow, her heirs or assigns and to which said piece or parcel of land (among other premises) he the said John Howard was Admitted Tenant to him and his heirs for ever under the Will of Robert Howard, Clerk, his late father deceased at a General Court Baron held in and for the same Manor on the twenty-ninth day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six) with all and singular hedges, ditches, trees, ways to the passages, waters, watercourses, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the same land called Little Mill Field belonging or in anyways appertaining And the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders yearly and other rents, issues and profits of the said premises and of every part and parcel thereof and also all the estate, right, title, interest, .., trust, property, possession, benefit, claim and demand whatsoever both at law and in equity of him the said John Howard of,in and to the said piece or parcel of land and premises and every part and parcel thereof To the ... use and behoof of Thomas Warner of the Parish of Henham in the County of Essex, yeoman, his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever according to the Custom of the said Manor .......... To have and to hold the said pieces or parcels of land with their appurtenances unto the said Daniel Mumford of Elsenham, farmer, his heirs and assigns who was Admitted Tenant ....

At this Court also it is further found and presented by the said Homage on their oaths that since the last Court and before this Court to wit on the fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine Edward Vincent of Salisbury Court, Fleet Street in the City of London, esquire, a Customary Tenant of the said Manor did (out of Court) Surrender by the Rod into the hands of the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of Thomas Hall, gentleman, Deputy Steward of Edward Wise, gentleman then Chief Steward of the Courts of the said Manors by a writing under his hand and seal for that .. or purpose only specially appointed according to the custom of the said Manor All these eleven acres of Copyhold land lying in two closes called Readings one close whereof containeth by estimation five acres abutting upon a field called Outfield on the north part and on the lands heretofore of John Kendall esquire on the north and south parts upon a wood formerly of Thomas Stock and since of Robert Vincent on the east part and also a Common field called Roughey on the west part and the other close thereof containing by estimation six acres abutts upon the field called ... upon the north part and upon and the land hereforeto of the said John Kendall on the south part and upon two little groves formerly of the said Thomas Stock and late of the said Robert Vincent on the south and west parts And also one acre and an half of Customary land lying in a Common field called Sandhill abutting on the lands late of John Watts on the east part upon the lands late of John White deceased on the south and west parts and upon the lands late of John Michell , gentleman, on the.. part with the appurtenances and all other the Customary or Copyhold lands and tenements whatsoever of him the said Edward Vincent holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll and all .... To the use and behoof of Elizabeth Warner of Hempsted (?) in the said county of Essex, spinster and her heirs ... subject thereto To the only proper use and behoof of Daniel Mumford of Elsenham in the same county of Essex, gentleman and his heirs .... pay or cause to be paid unto the said Elizabeth Warner .. eight hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain with lawful interest for the same upon the twenty-second day of March next ensuing ..... The End of this Court.

1802. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Feake gentleman and Mary Feake, spinster, Lord and Lady of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Wednesday the twelfth day of May in the forty-second year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Stock and Daniel Mumford sworn.

At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage on their oaths that before this Court to wit on the twenty-third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven John Collin of Saffron Walden in the County of Essex, gentleman, a Customary Tenant of the said Manor Did come to Court, Surrender into the hands of the Lord and Lady of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of John Stock and John Mumford two other Customary Tenants of the said Manor All that one acre of Customary arable land with the appurtenances situate and being in Little Sibleys in the parish of Henham in the said county of Essex (and to which said piece or parcel of land he the said John Collin was Admitted Tenant to him and his heirs for ever on the eleventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six) to the only proper use and behoof of Benjamin Rider of Strethall in the said County of Essex, gentleman, his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever according to the Custom of the said Manor. Benjamin Rider was Admitted Tenant. .... And immediately afterwards at this Court comes the said Thomas Canning and did in open Court Surrender by the Rod into the hands of the Lord and lady of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of the said Steward all and every the Customary lands and hereditaments whatsoever of the said Thomas Canning .... At this Court also the said Homage do find and present a certain Deputation in writing under the hand and seal of John Foreman, gentleman, bearing date the eighth day of August one thousand eight hundred and one authorising Robert Howard, gentleman, to accept and take the above recited Surrender from the said John Howard to the use of the said Thomas Canning and his heirs. The End of this Court.

 

1803. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Feake gentleman, Thomas Glyn esquire Amelia Penelope Hollingbury widow Lords and Lady of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Wednesday the twenty-fifth day of May in the forty-third year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: John Stock and Daniel Mumford sworn. Death of Thomas Warner.

At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage on their oaths that Thomas Warner a late Customary Tenant of the Manor aforesaid who held to him and his heirs by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the third day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine All that piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold arable land lying in a field called Little Mill Field containing by estimation three acres more or less as the same land and premises are situate, lying and being in the parish of Henham in the County of Essex and late in the occupation of him the said Thomas Warner since the last Court and before this Court died so seised thereof intestate and that Thomas Warner an infant of the age of two years is his only son and heir And thereupon at this Court comes the said Thomas Warner by John Stock his attorney in that behalf lawfully appointed and humbly prayed of the Lords and lady of the said Manor to so Admit Tenant of the said piece or parcel of land and premises with their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Warner his heirs and assigns To which Thomas Warner by his said attorney the Lords and lady of the said Manor by their said Steward did grant and deliver seisin thereof by the Rod to have and to hold ... .And because the said Thomas Warner is an infant under the age of twenty-one years to wit of the age of five years or thereabouts Therefore the custody as well of the body as of the said Thomas Warner Customary premises is by the Court here granted and committed unto William Smith his Grandfather and Guardian until he shall attain the age of twenty-one years... At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that at this Court in their proper persons came Richard leach and Susanna his wife (late Susanna Foster, widow a Customary Tenant of the Manor aforesaid) and she the said Susanna being first separately examined apart from her said husband and thereto consenting and did in and open Court Surrender into the hands of the Lords and lady of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of their said Steward by the Rod according to the custom of the said Manor All those three acres of Customary arable land with the appurtenances lying in two pieces in Henham aforesaid called Wellfields otherwise Hide otherwise Copperton Field and late in the occupation of the said Richard Leach together with all and singular the appurtenances belonging thereto to the only proper use and behoof of William Canning the Younger of Old Mead in the parish of Henham aforesaid, gentleman his heirs and assigns for ever .... The End of this Court.

1805. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Feake gentleman, Thomas Glyn esquire Amelia Penelope Hollingbury widow Lords and Lady of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Monday the twenty-seventh day of May in the forty-fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: William Canning and Thomas Canning sworn. Absolute Surrender: Benjamin Rider to T.C. Glyn.

At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homages on their oaths that before this Court to wit on the twelfth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five Benjamin Rider of Henham in the county of Essex, yeoman (a Customary Tenant of the said Manor) did out of Court Surrender into the hands of the Lords and Lady of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of Thomas Canning and William Canning two other Customary Tenants of Copyhold arable land with the appurtenances situate and being in Little Sibleys in the parish of Henham aforesaid and holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll ... of Thomas Glyn of Great Cumberland Street, Portman Square in the County of Middlesex esquire ... to the use and behoof of Thomas Clayton Glyn the son of the said Thomas Glyn and his heirs and assigns .... And thereupon to this Court in his proper person came the said Thomas Clayton Glyn and humbly prayed of the Lords and lady of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenant to the said Customary premises with the appurtenances according to the form of the said Surrender To which said Thomas Clayton Glyn, the Lords and Lady of the said Manor by their said Steward did give and grant seisin thereof by the Rod to have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land and premises unto the said Thomas Clayton Glyn.... The End of this Court.

 

1812. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of Jonathan Feake gentleman, Thomas Glyn esquire Amelia Penelope Hollingbury widow Lords and Lady of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Monday the ninth day of November in the fifty-third year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: Daniel Mumford and James Bush sworn. The death of Thomas Canning, Clerk.

At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homages on their oaths that the Reverend Thomas Canning, Clerk a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the twelfth day of May one thousand eight hundred and two All That piece or parcel of Customary or Copyhold land lying in a Common field in Henham in the County of Essex called Platts Field near the Pond there containing by estimation three acres be the same more or less since the last Court and before this Court died so seised thereof And that by his Last Will and Testament in ... duly executed and attested bearing date the eighteenth day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight he gave and devised the same (amongst other hereditaments) in the words following (that is to say) I direct, authorise and empower and appoint my wife Hester Canning, George Welch of Stansted Mountfitchet in the County of Essex, surgeon and James Gann of Elsenham aforesaid, maltster and the survivor of them as soon as can be after my decease to make sale of all that my messuage or tenement and farm with the appurtenances called Sand Pitt Farm situate in the hamlet of Pledgon in the parish of Henham ... .which I purchased of said John Howard and which is now in the occupation of ..... .... And thereupon at this Court came the said Hester canning and James Game by George Welch their attorney and the said George Welch in his proper person did humbly pray of the Lords and lady of the said Manor to be Admitted Tenants to the said Customary lands and premises with their appurtenances so given and devised to then under and by virtue of and according to the Trusts contained in the said recited Will of the said Thomas Canning deceased.

At this Court also the said Homage do find and present a certain paper writing in the words following (that is to say) The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise the Rectory of Henham Be it remembered that on the sixth day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four I, Elizabeth Warner of Hempsted in the County of Essex, spinster, do hereby acknowledge to have had and receive of and from Daniel Mumford of Elsenham in the said County of Essex, gentleman, full satisfaction of and for all principal and interest of monies due and owing to me upon a certain conditional Surrender .. and passed by Edward Vincent esquire of certain Customary or Copyhold lands, tenements and hereditaments with their appurtenances holden ... to the proper use and behoof of William Canning of Old Mead ....

At this Court also it is found and presented by the said Homage that James Bush a freehold Tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs by .. fealty suit of Court and the yearly rent of six pence also freehold messuage or tenement and an orchard thereto belonging hereforeto called Rayleys or otherwise lying and being in Henham aforesaid at the lower end of Crow Street there seised that since the last Court and before this Court died so seised thereof and that by his last Will and Testament in writing duly executed and attached bearing date the twenty-second day of September one thousand eight hundred and .. he gave and devised the same premises to his wife Mary Bush for her life Whereupon there happened to the Lord and Lady of the said Manor the sum of six pence for a Relief according to the custom of the said Manor thereupon to this Court comes the said Mary Bush .. paid the said Relief and did her fealty of. The End of this Court.

1819. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of John Samuel Feake, Jane Feake and Ann Charlotte Feake infants and Henrietta Elizabeth Sackville Glyn widow, Lord and Ladies of the said Manor holden this twenty-third day of July in the fifty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: Ann Guyver and Daniel Mumford sworn. The death of George Canning.

At this Court it is found and presented by the said Homages on their oaths that George Canning deceased a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the thirteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ten All those two pieces or parcels of pasture containing three acres one whereof containing half an acre lieth in the Common Mead and the other two acres and an half against Old Mead House died long since seised thereof And because no one at any previous Court or at this Court hath come to be Admitted Tenant to the said premises Therefore the First Proclamation is made and so forth.

At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage that William Canning late of Quendon in the County of Essex, gentleman, a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the tenth day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one All that piece or parcel of arable land containing by estimation three roods more or less lying in Çopperton Field within the said Manor since the last Court and before this Court died seised thereof And because no one comes to this Court to be Admitted Tenant to the said premises Therefore the First Proclamation is made and so forth.

At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage that John Stock a late Customary Tenant and Freehold tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs a croft of Customary land called Cannons Croft containing five acres and also a freehold cottage and orchard at Crow Street Green since the last Court and before this Court died seised thereof And because no one comes to this Court to be Admitted Tenant thereto Therefore the First Proclamation is made and so forth.

At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage that at this Court the Lords and Ladies of the said Manor did by their said Steward grant licence to The Reverend Thomas Clayton Glyn, Clerk, one of the Customary Tenants of the Manor aforesaid to devise and to farm, let unto any person or persons whomsoever all and every his Customary lands and hereditaments holden of the Manor aforesaid by Copy of Court Roll or any part thereof for the term of twelve years to commence from the Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel next ensuing Saving and reserving always and at all times to the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor their heirs and assigns all and all manner of fines, rents, .., customs, suits of Court, services, escheats, diversements, forfeitures and all other profits whatsoever due or hereafter to become due for the said premises or any part thereof in as full and ample manner and form to all intents and purposes whatsoever as if this licence had never been made or granted and the said Thomas Clayton Glyn gives to the Lord and Ladies for a fine for such licence as appeareth in the margin. Fine: twelve shillings. The End of this Court.

1819. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of John Samuel Feake, Jane Feake and Ann Charlotte Feake infants and Henrietta Elizabeth Sackville Glyn widow, Lord and Ladies of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Monday the twenty-third day of August in the fifty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: Ann Guyver and George Warner sworn. Death of William Canning.

At this Court it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that William Canning of Old Mead in the parish of Henham a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor who held to him and his heirs by Copy of Court Roll bearing date the twenty-fifth day of may one thousand eight hundred and three All those three acres of Customary arable land with the appurtenances lying in two pieces in Henham aforesaid called Well Fields otherwise Hyde otherwise Copperton Field formerly in the occupation of Richard Leach since the last Court and before this Court died seised therefor the First Proclamation was made for the Heir at Law of the said William Canning to come unto Court and be Admitted to the said premises But no one came.

George Canning - Second Proclamation. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that the Second Proclamation was made for the Heir or Heirs at Law of George Canning deceased to come into Court and be Admitted to the Copyhold Premises of which the said George Canning long since died was seised But no one came for that purpose.

William Canning - Second Proclamation. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that the Second Proclamation was made for the Heirs at Law of William Canning late of Quendon deceased to come into Court and be Admitted to the Copyhold premises of which the said William Canning died seised But no one came for that purpose.

Trustees of The Great Town House. Second Proclamation. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that the Second Proclamation was made for the Heir or Heirs at Law of the surviving trustee of The Great Town House situate within the said Manor to come into Court and be Admitted thereto But no one came for that purpose.

John Stock - Second Proclamation. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that the Second Proclamation was made for the Heir or Heirs at Law of John Stock deceased or other the person or persons entitled to come into Court and be Admitted and take entry to the several freehold and copyhold premises of which the said John Stock lately died seised But no one came for that purpose. The End of this Court.

1819. The Manor of Pledgdon Cannons otherwise The Rectory of Henham. To wit. The General Court Baron and Customary Court of John Samuel Feake, Jane Feake and Ann Charlotte Feake infants and Henrietta Elizabeth Sackville Glyn widow, Lord and Ladies of the said Manor there holden in and for the same Manor on Friday the twenty-ninth day of August in the sixtieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen before John Foreman, gentleman, Steward there. The Homage: Ann Mary Bush and Daniel Mumford sworn. William Canning Admitted as Heir at Law of his father.

Whereas at a General Court Baron and Customary Court holden for the Manor aforesaid on the twenty-third day of August last past the First Proclamation was made for the Heir at Law of William Canning of Old Mead in the parish of Henham a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor deceased to come into Court and be Admitted to All those three acres of Customary arable land with their appurtenances lying in two pieces in Henham aforesaid called Wellfield otherwise Hyde otherwise Copperton Field formerly in the occupation of Richard Leach of which the said William Canning before that Court died seised Now at this Court it is found and presented by the said Homage on their oaths that William Canning an heir of the age of thirteen years or thereabouts is his closest son and heir at law. And thereupon at this Court on his proper person comes the said William Canning the son and humbly prays of the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor by the said Steward to be Admitted tenant to the said Customary land with the appurtenances which said William Canning the son the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor by their said Steward do grant and deliver seisin thereof by the Rod To have and to hold the said land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said William Canning the son, his heirs and assigns for ever of the Lord and Ladies by the Rod at the Will of the Lord and Ladies by Copy of Court Roll according to the custom of the said Manor by the ancient yearly rent and other the .., services and customs therefore......

Trustees of The Town House. 3rd. Proclamation. Seizure Awarded. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that at this Court the third and last proclamation was duly made according to the custom of the said Manor for the heir or heirs at law of the surviving trustee of The Great Town House situate within the said Manor to come into Court and crave of the said Lord and Ladies of the said Manor to be Admitted tenant thereto But no one came for that purpose Therefore at this Court the bailiff of the said Manor was commanded to enter upon and take possession of the said premises and the same to seize into the hands of the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor for their use the same being forfeited by non-claim.

John Stock 3rd. Proclamation. At this Court also it is presented by the said Homage on their oaths that at this Court the third and last Proclamation was duly made according to the custom of the said Manor for the heir or heirs or devisees of John Stock deceased a late Customary Tenant of the said Manor or those who have right to come into Court and be admitted to the Copyhold lands and premises situate within and holden of the said Manor of which the said John Stock lately died seised But no one came for that purpose Therefore at this Court the bailiff of the said Manor was commanded to enter upon and take possession of the said copyhold lands and premises with the appurtenances and the same to seize unto the hands of the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor for their use the same being ...

At this Court it is also presented by the said Homage on their oaths that the said John Stock .. to him and his heirs by the .. Fealty Rod of Court and the yearly rent of one shilling and four pence a freehold cottage and orchard at Crow Street Green before this Court died so seised thereof .. became due to the Lord and Ladies of the said Manor the sum of one shilling and four pence for a Relief and because no one came to this Court to pay the said Relief Therefore the bailiff of the said Manor is commanded to distrain for the same. The End of this Court.