1618-1669: Court Rolls of the Manor of Mayfield

Manor of Mayfield. View and Court of Sir Percivall Hart held October 17th. 16 James I [1618] – nothing.

The same Manor. View and Court held October 1st. 18 James I [1620] – nothing.

The same Manor. View and Court held October 18th. 19 James I [1621] – nothing.

The same Manor. View and Court held October 19th. 20 James I [1622] – nothing.

The same Manor. View and Court held October 25th. 21 James I [1623] – nothing.

The same Manor. View and Court held May 7th. 1 Charles I [1625] –

Francis King complained of William Brett stealing a brass pot, an old chest, six elm boards and one pair of pothooks, value 4s. Did not appear – to be fined.

[an entry relating to Henry Beveredge has been crossed through].

George Staple left a tenement and two acres in Greencroft, held by rent of 7d., to Humphrey his son. Relief, 2½d.

[a note in the margin reads – The Rolls mentioned above I have never received. N. Tooke].

[“Manor of” crossed out] Mayfield in the County of Kent; View of Frankpledge with Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held there on October 30th. Anno 2 Charles I [1626], by the Grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc., before Percivall Staple, gentleman, Steward of the same.

Essoins: none.

To this Court came Miles Beveridge and took the oath.

Jury for the View. (Henry Staple Christopher Height

(John Carpenter Francis Kinge

(Thomas Langredge, Edward Rowe

(Nicholas Elliott Edward Richmond

Homage for the Court. (William Woodend George Coates

(Mathew Wickes William Biggs

Default of Residents: Who say upon their oath that Humfrey Staple (2d.), Stephen Beacham (2d.), Nicholas Dye (2d.) and John Lance (2d.) are residents within this View and have this day defaulted and are amerced as above.

Election of Borsholder: William Woodend is elected Borsholder for the ensuing year.

Now of the Court Baron.

Default of Tenants. Firstly the Homage present on their oath that Thomas Haddon gent., William Beckett gent., John Sanctie gent. in right of his wife, Timothy Richbell, Humfrey Staple, Thomas Bird, Robert Staple, Samuel Staple and Henry Willington are tenants of this Manor and this day made default and are amerced 4d. each.

It is ordered that Edward Richmond should sufficiently make his fence between his yard and that of Henry Staple before the Feast of Christmas next on pain of 10s.

It is presented that John Rownd senior who held of the Lord of this Manor a Tenement and a garden called Pratts Garden by fealty, suit of Court and the annual rent of 8d., a hen and ten eggs for the tenement, and for the garden 6d., has died since the last Court, whereby there became due to the Lord for a Relief 4d. and the third part of a halfpenny, one third of a hen, three eggs and the third part of an egg. Richard Rownd is his son and next heir and is of full age, and the Bailiff is ordered to distrain the said Richard to pay the Relief and to do his Fealty to the Lord etc.

Affeered for the View ( Henry Staple )

(Thomas Langridge) Jurors

and for the Court (Nicholas Elliott )

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 30th., 3 Charles I [1627] before Percivall Staple, Steward.

Jury for the View and Homage for the Court: Thomas Hall, gent., John Carpenter, gent., Thomas Langridge, Mathew Wickes, Humfrey Staple, Richard Rownde. Nicholas Elliott, George Cotes, William Jones, William Woodend, Edward Richmond William Freeman.

Default of Residents: Richard Elliott, Thomas Devonish, Robert

Drewe, Francis Kinge, Nicholas Dye, Christopher Height, Robert Curd and George Drewe; amerced 2d. each.

Francis Kinge elected Borsholder.

The stocks of Orpington are greatly in decay and the parishioners are to repair them before Christmas next on pain of £5.

William Woodend and Francis Kinge are tipplers and have sold beer by false measure, and are amerced 4d. each.

Now of the Court Baron.

Thomas Haddon gent., William Beckett gent., Henry Staple, Robert Staple of Dartford, Timothy Richbell, Thomas Bird, Samuel Staple and Henry Willington are tenants and have defaulted. Amerced 4d, each.

Richard Rownd came to Court and did fealty for a tenement and a garden called Pratts Garden.

Affeered by Thomas Hall, John Carpenter.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 27th., 4 Charles I [1628] before Percivall Staple gent., Steward.

Jury for the View and Homage for the Court; Henry Staple, Richard Rownde, Thomas Langredge, Humfrey Staple, Edward Richmond, Nicholas Elliott, Mathew Wicks, John Emborough, Edward Rowe, Francis Kinge, William Woodend, John Shepster.

Default of Residents: Miles Beveredge, gent., Richard Elliott, Thomas Devenish, William Freeman, George Coates, Robert Drewe, Robert Curd and George Drewe, each amerced 2d.

Nicholas Elliott and George Coates presented for Borsholder, and Nicholas elected.

The parishioners of Orpington have not amended the stocks and are amerced £5.

William Woodend and Francis Kinge are tipplers and have sold beer by false measure: amerced 4d. each.

Now of the Court.

Default of tenants: William Beckett, John Sancty, Robert Staple, Timothy Richbell, Thomas Bird, Samuel Staple and Henry Willington, each amerced 4d.

Robert Staple of Dartford holds a parcel called Goddit hole by rent of 1s., a piece called a Garden plott by rent of 8d., Little Broome by rent of 2d., and Girdlers Hill (Heriotable) by rent of 4d., a hen and 10 eggs.

Henry Staple holds woodland called Sparrowe wood (Heriotable) by rent of 10d., Andrewes Croft by rent of 2d, and a parcel called Shurlands [? Shutlands] on which two cottages have been built, by rent of 12d.

Samuel Staple holds a moiety of a messuage called Russells by rent of 1d.

Thomas Langredge holds a Corner House in Orpington, in his own occupation, by rent of 7d.

Humfrey Staple holds a messuage and parcel of land called Greenecroft next Shortlands by rent of 6d.

Timothy Richbell holds a messuage, in the occupation of Mathew Wicks, by rent of 18d., 2 hens and 20 eggs.

John Sancty holds in right of his wife a messuage formerly Bothers called Lathber…[indistinct] by rent of ….[indistinct], a croft called Foweracres by rent of 10d., and seven acres of wood called Uprights by rent of 14d.

Edward Richmond holds a messuage in his own occupation by rent of 5d.

John Carpenter holds a cottage in the occupation of John Limborough [? Lunborough] by rent of 6d.

Thomas Bird holds a messuage called Holmes in the occupation of Mathew Tirling and a meadow at Newlands by rent of 20d.

John Thursby holds, in right of his wife Lucretia, daughter of Francis Blezard, gent., a messuage and lands belonging to it called Ballotts in Crofton (heriotable) by rent of 1d. and a rose.

William Beckett holds a messuage called Hayne House, late Brew House, with a garden, and a piece of land in Coupers land, by rent of 6d., Barnfield by rent of 2s.10½d., and a parcel of meadow abutting on the barn of the Rectory, and another parcel (heriotable) in Coupers land by rent of 13d.

Henry Willington holds a cottage and yard called Backside, in the occupation of widow Ball, by rent of 4d.

Richard Rownd acknowledged that he holds a messuage adjacent to the Lord’s orchard by rent of 8d., a hen and ten eggs, and a messuage called Chownings by rent of 6d.

Henry Beveridge, gent., who held a moiety of a messuage late Bartholomew Russell’s by rent of 1d., Holme Meade (heriotable) by rent of 8d., a hen and 10 eggs, half an acre called Shortlands by rent of 1½d., a parcel called Giles land by rent of 6d., and a parcel called Clarkes land by rent of 4d., has died since the last Court, and has left a moiety of Russells to Frances and Elizabeth his daughters, and Miles Beveridge is his son and heir in the other lands.

A day is given to the Homage to enquire and present who is tenant of the tenement called Riverse, from which the Lord formerly received rent of 2s.6d.

Affeered for the View and the Court: Henry Staple, Thomas Langredge.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 18th. 6 Charles I [1630] before Percivall Staple, gent., Steward.

Jury for the View and Homage for the Court: Thomas Langredge, Edward Richmond, Christopher Dell, Henry Phillips, Humfrey Staple, Henry Langredge, George Coates, William Woodend, Nicholas Elliott, William Freeland, Robert Dallye, Ralph Carrier.

The residents and tenants who defaulted are not presented because they were not summoned.

Humfrey Staple and John Lymber presented for Borsholder, and Humfrey is elected.

Now of the Court.

The Homage present on the oath of Thomas Langredge, the first of the Jury, that a piece of land in Orpington in the County of Middlesex [sic] in the occupation of Winifred Beveredge widow or her assigns, and called Shortlands alias Shawlands, for the space of sixty years and more was held or reputed to be held of the Lord and his Manor and the rent was paid to him. They also present that a tree was blown down by the wind between the Lord’s land in the occupation of Nicholas Elliott and the land of Winifred Beveredge, widow. There is a doubt to whom it belongs, and it is to be divided in two equal parts between the Lord and Winifred

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View of Frankpledge of Sir Percivall Hart held October 18th. 8 Charles I [1632] before Percivall Staple, gent., Steward.

Jury for the View: Henry Staple, Henry Langredge, William Cornford Robert Drewe, Nicholas Elliott, Edward West, Henry Phillips, John Phillipps, George Whyffyn, John Whyffyn, Thomas Croucher, John Jackson.

The Jury elect Christopher Dell as Borsholder.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 21st. 9 Charles I [1633] before Percivall Staple, gent., Steward.

Jury for the View and Homage for the Court: Henry Staple, John Carpenter, Francis Clarke, Edward Milles, Humfrey Staple, Giles Fletcher, Mathew Wykes, Oliver Staple, Robert Clark, Edward Richmond, Christopher Dell, William Freeland.

The Jury present for Borsholder Henry Langridge and John Lymber, and John is elected.

Now of the Court.

Robert Staple, brewer, of Dartford, who held a garden formerly John Beiryes by rent of 8d., a piece called Girdlers Hill of 4 acres (Heriotable) by rent of 4d., a hen and 10 eggs, a close called Little Broome by rent of 2d. and another called Garret hole of 8 acres, by rent of 1d., gave his holdings to Robert, son of Thomas Cooper, and has since died. Heriot, a black horse value £2; Relief, 5d.

Thomas Haddon gent., who held a farm at Crofton called Ballards by rent of 1d. and a rose, has died. Heriot, 3s.6d., as there was no beast; Relief, ¼d. and a rose. Alexander Haddon his son and heir is under age and William Hughes, gent., is his guardian.

Thomas Langredge, who held a house in Orpington being a Corner House by rent of 7d., has died. Relief, 2½d. Henry Langredge is his son and heir and is of full age, and did his fealty to the Lord in Court.

Humfrey Staple, who held a messuage and 2 acres of land at Broomhill in Orpington, and another close called Greencroft lying next Shortlands at Broomhill, by rent of 6d., has alienated the holding to Edmund Milles. Relief, 2d. Edmund did his fealty.

Timothy Richbell held a messuage in Orpington, late in the occupation of Mathew Wykes, by rent of 18d., a hen and 10 eggs. After the death of Dorothy, late the wife of John Sancty gent., he had one croft called Foweracres by rent of 10d. and 7 acres more or less of wood called Upright by rent of 14d. He has alienated the holdings to John Sancty gent. and John Sancty of Oxford, cleric, his son. Relief 14d., a hen and 4 eggs. The two Johns are in Court to pay the Relief and 10d. in place of the hen and eggs, and to do their fealty.

Edward Richmond, who held a messuage in Orpington in his own occupation by rent of 5d., has alienated it to Henry Phillipps. Relief, 1¾d., which Henry paid, and he also did his fealty.

Encroachment. It was ordered that the Homage should view an ash tree, the ownership of which is in dispute between Henry Staple and the Lord of the Manor. The Homage (with the exception of the said Henry) upon viewing it present that the ash is on the Lord’s land and belongs to him by right.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 17th. 10 Charles I [1634] before N. Tooke, Steward.

Henry Langridge was summoned as Borsholder.

Thomas Bird held a meadow of three roods at Newell by rent of 7d. (an apportionment out of 20d. formerly paid by him) and has alienated it to Henry Staple. Relief, 2¼d. The Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

Thomas Bird, who held a messuage called Holmes, in the occupation of Henry Kirtman, by rent of 13d., has died, and [blank] Bird is his son and heir. Relief, 4¼d. The Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

Samuel Staple, who held a moiety of a messuage called Russells by rent of 1d., has died and left it to Edward Staple his son. Relief, ¼d. The Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

William Beckett, who held a messuage called Hayne house with a garden, and a parcel of land in Cowpers land, by rent of 6d., another close called Barnefield next to the said messuage by rent of 2s.10½d., and a parcel of meadow abutting on the barn of the Rector and another piece of land in Cowpers land, by rent of 6d., a hen and 10 eggs (with a Heriot payable on death) has died. Relief, 20d., and for the hen and eggs 6½d. [the Heriot is not mentioned]. Mathew Beckett is his brother and heir; the Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

Affeered, etc.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart, held October 19th. `12 Charles I [1636] before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: John Winterbourne gent. and eleven others [not named].

Now of the Court Baron.

Edward Staple held a moiety of a messuage called Russells by rent of 1d. He has died, and Henry and Joseph Staple are his brothers and heirs. Relief, ¼d., and the Bailiff is to distrain them to pay it and to do their fealty.

Richard Rownd held a messuage next to the orchard of the Lord (Heriotable) by rent of 8d., a hen and 10 eggs, and another messuage called Chowninges by the same services [“Heriot” crossed out] and by rent of 6d. He has died, and by his Will left the holdings to Martha his widow for life, with remainder to John Rownd. Relief, 5d., one third of a hen and three eggs, and Heriot. The Bailiff is to distrain Marha for Relief and fealty.

Henry Willington held a cottage and yard, in his own occupation, by rent of 4d. He has died, leaving it by his Will to Jane his widow for life, with remainder to Henry Willington his son. Relief, 2½d. The Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

N. Tooke. Affeered by John Winterborne and Henry Staple, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 19th., 13 Charles I [1637] before Nicholas Tooke gent. Steward.

Inquisition for our Lord the King and Homage: Edward Milles and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Mathew Beckett gent. held a croft of land containing by estimation three perches, abutting on the orchard lately planted by the Rector of Orpington on the East, the orchard of Jaquemine Staple, widow, lately in the tenure of Giles Fletcher, to the South, to the King’s Highway to the West, and to the orchard lately in the occupation of Henry Phillippes and land of the Lord in the occupation of Ralf Carrier to the North. He also held another parcel in Cowpers land (Heriotable) together with the last mentioned holding by the total rent of 6d., a hen and 10 eggs.

He has alienated the said three perches of land to Nicholas Halfepenny. Relief, one third of the rent. Nicholas has since alienated the tenement [sic] to Richard Spencer, Esq. Relief [amount not given] and the rent is apportioned at 3d. for Spencer and the rest for Beckett. The Bailiff is to distrain the said Richard Spencer for his Relief, and to do his fealty.

Martha Round, widow, who held for life a messuage called Pratts garden and another messuage called Greenhams in Orpington b y rent of 14d., alienated it to John Round her son. Relief, 4½d. John has since alienated it to John Round of Shoreham. Relief [sum not given] for which the Bailiff is to distrain.

Affeered by Edward Milles and Henry Langridge, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 27th. 14 Charles I [1638] before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage – Henry Langridge and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

John Round held a messuage called Pratts Garden and a messuage called Greenhams or Greenehaw in Orpington by rent of 14d. He has alienated the property to William Rolfe; Relief, 4¾d.

The Homage and the Steward order an apportionment for a parcel of land lying in Coupers land and a parcel of meadow of about three perches, held by Heriot and the rent of 6d., a hen and 10 eggs. Of this holding, Richard Spencer Esq. purchased the three perches, as was presented at the last Court, and the rent is apportioned as follows: Richard is to pay 3d. and John Winterborn, gent., who holds the other parcel of land, is to pay the rest.

Affeered by Henry Langridge and Edward Milles.

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View of Frankpledge ad Court Baron of Sir Percivall Hart held October 18th. 15 Charles I [1639] before Nicholas Tooke, gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple and 12 [sic] others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Elizabeth Beveridge and Francis Beveridge, spinsters, held a moiety of a messuage called Russells in Orpington by rent of 1d. Elizabeth has died, and Francis her sister is her heir. Relief, one third of a penny, and the Bailiff is ordered to distrain her.

Affeered by Henry Staple and Edward Langridge, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron held October 27th. 16 Charles I A.D 1640 before N. Tooke, Steward.

Nothing to present save the default of tenants.

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View of Frankpledge with Court Baron held October 19th. 17 Charles I, A.D. 1641, before N. Tooke, Steward.

Nothing to present save the default of tenants.

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View of Frankpledge and first Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 18 Charles I [1642] before Nicholas Tooke, gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: William Rolfe, gent., and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

John Sancty, gent., who held a parcel of land called Upright of 7 acres, by rent of 14d., has alienated it to Henry Stitch. Relief, 4½d., for which the Bailiff is to distrain.

To this Court came William Rolfe, gent., and did his fealty for the property he holds as presented at the Court held 14 Charles I.

Affeered by John Carpenter and Henry Langridge, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 19 Charles I [1643] before N.T [sic], Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Edward Thomas and 13 [sic] other Jurors.

Nothing presented save the default of tenants in the Court Baron.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 20 Charles I [1644] before N.T. Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Phillipps and 11 other Jurors.

Now of the Court Baron.

Edward Milles, who held a messuage and 2 acres of land and another close called Greene Croft at Broomhill in Orpington by rent of 7d., has died, and by his Will has left the holding to Helena, wife of John Feilder, Ann, wife of John Savage, and Jane, wife of Robert Boomer, his nieces. Relief, 2½d. The Bailiff is to distrain.

Henry Langridge, who held a messuage in Orpington by rent of 7d., has died. Relief, 2½d. Thomas Langridge is his son and heir, and the Bailiff is to distrain him.

Affeered by Henry Phillipps and John Limbre, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 17th. 21 Charles I [1645] before N.T. Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple and 11 others.

Nothing to present save the default of tenants and residents.

Affeered by Henry Staple and Henry Phillipps.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 20th. 22 Charles I [1646] before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Phillipps and 11 other Jurors.

Now of the Court Baron.

John Sancty gent., who held in right of Dorothy his wife a messuage and a croft of land called Fower acres by rent of 10d., has died, by virtue of which the said Dorothy now holds the messuage as she did formerly.

John Feilder and Helen his wife, John Savage and Ann his wife, and Robert Boomer and Jane his wife (which Helen, Ann and Jane held a messuage and 2 acres of land and another close called Greene Croft at Broomhill in Orpington, by rent of 7d.) have alienated the holding to Richard Abbott. Relief, 2½d. Richard did his fealty and the Bailiff is to distrain for Relief.

Affeered by Henry Phillipps and Richard Abbott, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 29th. 23 Charles I A.D. 1647 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Edward Thomas and 12 [sic] others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Jane Willington, widow, who held a cottage and yard in Orpington for the term of her life, by rent of 4d., has died. Relief, 1½d. Henry Willington is her son and heir and did his fealty in Court, and the Bailiff is to distrain for Relief.

Affeered by Edward Thomas and Richard Milles, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 24 Charles I, A.D. 1648, before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge gent. and 11 other Jurors.

Now of the Court Baron.

Nothing to present save the default of tenants.

Affeered by Miles Beveridge gent. and Henry Phillipps.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 17th. A.D. 1649 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Republic and Homage: Henry Phillipps and 12 other Jurors.

Now of the Court Baron.

Richard Abbott, who held a messuage and 2 acres of land at Broomhill in the Parish of Orpington, and another close called Greenecroft lying near Shortlands at Broomhill, by the rent of 7d., has died. Relief, 2½d. Richard Abbott is his son and heir and the Bailiff is to distrain him for Relief and fealty.

Affeered by Henry Phillips and Edward Chapman.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 17th. 1651 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Keeper of the Liberty etc. and Homage: Henry Phillipps and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Nothing is presented save the default of tenants.

Affeered by Henry Phillipps and Anthony Petley, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 1652 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Keeper of the Liberty etc. and Homage: Henry Staple the elder and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

[literal transcript] – Encroachment. The Homage present upon their oath that Richard Abbott one of the Tenants of this Manor in his lifetime did in Frogge lane in Orpington within this Manor take in and encroach (by letting out of his hedge there) ten foot in length and five foot in breadth upon the highway: and therewithal took in a common well, which encroachment in manner aforesaid made Richard Abbott his son and heir after notice thereof unto him given hath and yet doth continue unto the prejudice of the Tenants of the Manor. Therefore a day is given unto him until the next Court for the laying out of the said encroachment, upon pain of forfeiting unto the Lord of the Manor 40s.

Affeered by Henry Staple and John Limbre, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 1653 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Commonwealth and Homage: Miles Beveridge gent. and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

[Literal transcript] – Encroachment agreed for. Imprimis the Homage being sworn and charged say and present upon their oath that they cannot be satisfied that it was an encroachment made by Henry Abbott the father as was and may therefore be continued by Richard his son. Yet notwithstanding, at the request of the said Richard and to avoid trouble the Lord of the Manor doth grant unto the said Richard his heirs and assigns for ever all the land by the said presentment supposed to be encroached. Yielding and paying therefore yearly at the Feast of St. Michael unto the Lord and his heirs 2d. for a fee farm rent for ever.

William Rolfe gent., who held a messuage called Pratts Garden near adjoining to the Lord’s Orchard and one other messuage called Greene hawe, late the lands of Richard Round, by Heriot and rent of 14d., one hen and 10 eggs, has died, leaving the property to Anne his widow for life. Relief, 4¾d., one third of a hen and three eggs. The Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

Thomas Bird held a messuage called Holmes, sometime in the tenure of Henry Kirkman, by rent of 13d. He has alienated it to Joseph Churchman. Relief, 4¼d. The Bailiff is to distrain for this and for fealty.

Affeered by Henry Phillipps and Richard Abbott, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 1654 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for his highness the Lord Protector and Homage: Richard Abbott and eleven others.

Now of the Court Baron

Miles Beveridge gent. who held, amongst other things, a parcel of land called Shortlands alias Shawlands of half an acre on which a messuage has lately been built, by rent of 1½d., has alienated it to Michaell Croucher. Relief, ½d. Michaell is in Court and did his fealty; the Bailiff is to distrain him for Relief.

John Winterbourne, gent., held a messuage called Hayne house and a parcel of land in Cowpers land, Heriotable, late the lands of Mathew Beckett, by rent of 3d., one hen and 10 eggs; also another messuage and garden by rent of 13d., and another parcel called Barnefield by rent of 2s.10½d. He has alienated all these to William Gee, Esq. Relief, 1s.4d., the third part of a hen and the third part of 10 eggs. The Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

Affeered by Richard Abbott and Michaell Croucher, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 1655 before Nicholas Tooke, gent., Steward.

Inquisition for his highness the Lord Protector and Homage: Miles Beveridge, gent. and eleven others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Anne Rolfe, widow held certain lands and tenements for the term of her life. She has now married Nicholas Bragge, gent., and the Bailiff is to distrain him to do his fealty.

[literal transcript] – Edmond Thomas his farm in Orpington with the lands thereunto belonging One farm called Annotts in Orpington late in the possession of Nicholas Ellyott, one tenement in Orpington called the White Hart in the tenure of John Carpenter and one parcel of land in the possession of the said Carpenter called Greene Hawe containing 2 rods upon which a house is lately built, one other parcel in Orpington called Greene Hawe [sic] in the tenure of Mistress Rolfe at the yearly rent of 10s., and 2 acres at Crofton in the Parish of Orpington called Bore acre in the possession of George Smale, are the demesne lands of this Manor called Little |Orpington otherwise Mayfeild, otherwise Mayveild in the County of Kent, and none other to our knowledge.

Affeered by Miles Beveridge gent. and Henry Phillippes, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 17th. 1656 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for his highness the Lord Protector and Homage: Henry Phillipps and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Nothing presented save the default of tenants.

Affeered by Henry Phillippes and Robert Cooper, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 20th. 1657 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for his highness the Lord Protector and Homage: George Pike gent. and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

William Gee, Esq. held a messuage called Hayne house and a parcel of land in Cowpers land containing 3 perches by rent of 3d., one hen and 10 eggs [Heriot not mentioned], also another messuage and garden by rent of 13d. and a parcel called Barnefield by rent of 2s.10½d. He has alienated all these holdings to John Swift, gent. Relief, 17d., one third part of a hen and 3 eggs, and the Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

Affeered by George Pike, gent., Henry Phillippes and Michaell Croucher, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 1658 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Lord Protector and Homage: Henry Staple and 12 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Joseph Staple held 3 roods of meadow at a place called Newell, late Thomas Borde [sic] by rent of 7½d., and also a moiety of a messuage called Russells by rent of 1d. He has died, and Samuel Staple is his son and heir. Relief, 3d. and the Bailiff is to distrain for this, and for fealty.

Joseph Churchman held a messuage called Holmes, lately in the tenure of Henry Kirkman, by rent of 13½d. He has died: Relief, 4½d. The Homage is ignorant as to who is his heir, and a day is given for them to enquire and present.

Thomas Langridge held a messuage in Orpington being a Corner house by rent of 7d. He has died, and Anne and Joane Langridge are his daughters and heirs. Relief, 2½d., and the Bailiff is to distrain for this and for fealty.

Affeered by Henry Staple and Richard Abbott, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 1659 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the Keepers of the Liberty and Homage: Miles Beveridge, gent. and 12 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Nothing to present save the default of tenants.

Affeered by Henry Staple senior and Henry Phillipps, sworn.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq., held October 19th. 12 Charles II A.D. 1660 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple senior and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

John Swift, gent. held a messuage called Hayne house and a parcel in Cowpers land of 3 perches by Heriot and rent of 3d., one hen and 10 eggs. He also held another messuage and garden in Orpington by rent of 13d. and another parcel called Barnefield in Orpington by rent of 2s.10½d. He has alienated the holdings to Thomas Brome, Serjeant at Law. Relief, 17d., one third of a hen and three eggs. The Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

Affeered by Henry Staple senior and John Gilpin gent., jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 13 Charles II, A.D. 1661 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple senior and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Alexander Haddon gent. held a messuage called Ballards at Crofton by rent of 1d. and a rose. He has alienated it to Percival Gilburne, Citizen of London. Relief, one third of a penny and one rose. The Bailiff is to distrain for Relief and fealty.

Affeered by Miles Beveridge, gent. and Michael Croucher, jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 17th. 14 Charles II A.D. 1662 before Nicholas Tooke gent., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Henry Willington held a cottage and yard by rent of 4d. He alienated it to Jane Payne, widow. Relief, 1½d. Jane is in Court to do her fealty and to pay the Relief.

Michaell Croucher who held a messuage and [blank] acres of land by rent of [blank] has alienated it to Thomas Causten. Relief, one third part of the rent [not given]. The Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

Robert Cooper who held [blank] acres by rent of [blank] has alienated the holding to Thomas Lamme. Relief, one third part of the rent [not given]. The Bailiff is to distrain for fealty and Relief.

Affeered by Henry Staple and Richard Abbott, jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 20th. 15 Charles II A.D. 1663 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Henry Staple and 11 others.

All is well.

Affeered by Henry Staple and Miles Beveridge, jurors.

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The next entry starts with a repetition of the preamble above; instead of reporting “all is well”, however, it proceeds as follows –

Now of the Court Baron.

A watercourse running through this Manor between a close of Clement Clay’s called Homefield and an orchard of his is in need of scouring, in the fault of the said Clement, to the common nuisance. A day is given for it to be scoured before Christmas next on pain of 10s.

All is well.

Affeered by Henry Staple senior, Miles Beveridge and Richard Abbott, jurors

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 16 Charles II A.D. 1664 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge gent. and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Henry Phillipps, who held a messuage in Orpington by rent of 5d., has alienated it to Cavendish Parker. Relief, 1¾d. Cavendish has since alienated it to John Crosse. Relief, 1¾d. John is in Court to do his fealty and to pay the Relief.

Michaell Croucher, who held a parcel of land called Shortlands alias Shawlands in Orpington by rent of 1¾d. [sic] has alienated it to Thomas Causton. Relief, ½d. The Bailiff is to distrain for it and for fealty.

Affeered by Richard Abbott, Zachary Hogesteth and George Drewe, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th.. 17 Charles II A.D. 1665 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge, gent. and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

All in this Court Baron is well.

Affeered by Richard Abbott, Zachary Hogesteth and George Drewe, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 18 Charles II A.D. 1666 before N.T., Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge and 12 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

All in this court Baron is well.

Affeered by Miles Beveridge, gent. and Zachary Hogesteth, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 1666 [the proceedings of the last Court repeated for no apparent reason].

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 19 Charles II A.D. 1667 before Nicholas Tooke, Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge, gent. and 11 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

Thomas Causton, who held a parcel of land called Shortland alias Shawland by rent of 1¾d., has died, and Thomas Causton is his son and heir. Relief, ½d., for which the Bailiff is to distrain him, and for fealty.

Winifred Beveridge, widow, held an orchard, a close called Prest Riddens of 6 acres and a close called Smiths of 4 acres, in Orpington, by rent of 2s. She has died, leaving the holding to her daughter Frances, wife of Zachary Hogesteth, gent. Relief, 8d. Zachary is in Court to do his fealty, and the Bailiff is to distrain him and his wife to pay their Relief.

Affeered by Richard Abbott, Zachary Hogssteth and Ralph West, Jurors.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 20th. 20 Charles II [1668] before N. Tooke, Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge gent. and 12 others.

Now of the Court Baron.

All is well.

Affeered by Miles Beveridge, gent. and Richard Abbott.

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View of Frankpledge and Court Baron of William Hart, Esq. held October 19th. 21 Charles II [1669] before N. Tooke, Steward.

Inquisition for the King and Homage: Miles Beveridge, gent. and 12 [sic] others

Now of the Court Baron.

All is well.

Afeered by Miles Beveridge, gent. and Michael Crowcher.

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