Berkshire

(Latest update of this page – 9/12/2016)

Embroidered Samplers

153a – Batten – Brightwell cum Sotwell An unusual collection of three late 19th century Samplers, belonging to one family (surname Batten, of Well Springs, Sotwell, Berkshire – now Oxfordshire) all enclosed within one Sampler Batten - Sotwellframe. At the top is a small colourful alphabet Sampler embroidered in fine wool ~ cross stitch. Below this is a slightly larger example, worked with similar wools and cloth by “E B” during the “Jubilee Year 1887”, saying “God save our Gracious Queen Long Live our Noble Queen God save the Queen”. Beneath these is a very uncommon survivor ~ sewn on pre-punched card (available from the 1870’s and sometimes called ‘Bristol Board’, generally used by quite small children (both boys and girls) for Samplers or moral texts). In this case, the tiny holes are very neatly embroidered with fine blue and brown threads scribing ~ “If Siners Intice The Consent Thou Not My Brother X John Batten X Sotwell Berks”. This is attached to a short length of dark blue ribbon. At the base is a small piece cut from a school exercise book saying “Emma Batten Stan III”. On the reverse of the frame, a note reads “Samplers worked in Brightwell School by Emma and John Batten of The Well Springs”. A little research on the internet shows that according to the 1881 census, John and Emma Batten lived at Well Springs, Sotwell, with their children Emma, Anne, Louis John and Charlie. Emma jnr would have been eleven in 1887, when she embroidered her ‘Jubilee’ Sampler. She may have worked the Alphabet Sampler when she was younger, or perhaps Anne (three years her junior) made it; presumably, the card Sampler was sewn by Louis John.

Postal History

67/73/4  Reading – 1846 – 2 letters from Thos. (&/or) Josh. Barnes (Reading) to Mr. Harper (Beccles), whom he calls ‘My Dear Brother’ :- 1) June 1846 – sheet of paper folded double – written on 1 side only – address panel on 1 other side. Franks for Reading & Beccles. Refers to ‘TM’ being made bankrupt – a guarantee given by their mother & possible sale of a property.    2) July 1846 –  sheet of paper folded double – written on 3 sides – address panel on 4th side. Franks for  Beccles (indistinct) &Reading . Refers to being unable to let property now in the hands of Court of Bankruptcy, bankruptcy of Mr Knight, action by creditors & ‘Mary’ who is now in London.    £18

Property, etc

84/2 Aldermaston – 1737 – Lease of Farm at Odiham by Anthony Stevens of Aldermaston – for details see Hampshire page – Property – Odiham

235/19 Bray – 1785 – Lease for a year (the first part of a Lease & Release for the conveyance of property) of Messuages, etc and Land in Russells Water and Cookley, Swincombe, Oxon. by Henry Newell (Lowbrooks Farm, Bray ) to Thomas Cottrell (Cookley, Oxon).  Detailed description of lands includes acreages & names of closes and some adjoining lands & occupiers named. The lands were formerly part of  Henry’s father – Henry Newell’s estate. Former occupiers of parts of the land included John Asting, Eustace Coles, Joseph Cox, Benjamin Crook, Thomas Grey, Thomas Holland, John Hussey, William Hussey, Joseph Munday, John Norcott & Robert Norcott. Very large parchment sheet with decorative 1st 2 words incorporating Royal Coat of Arms; a number of pencil amendments / underling to text – probably in connection with the preparation of a later document. Signed & sealed by Henry Newell, witnessed on reverse by Thos. Cooper (Henley on Thames) and Roynon Jones Junr. £68

55/2 Early, Sonning – 1679 – Mortgage of lands & hereditaments in Earley / Arleigh / Erleigh by Anne & William Hide to Alice Stanford, widow. Sheet of watermarked paper folded in 2, written 1 side only, a small hole where possibly pinned at some time. Signed & sealed (2 different seals) by William & Anne Hide, witnessed by V Crome, [see 55/20]  Hugh Hunt snr, Cha. Howard (his servant), John Okes & Willi. Wilmer.  £85

55/21 & 22 Sonning – 1679 – Both Plaintiff’s & Defendant’s copies of Fine or Final Agreement recorded at Westminster  between Anne & William Hide & Alice Stanford. [see Mortgage 55/2] 2 small pieces Parchment both documents written in Latin.  £65

55/20 & 23 Mayden Early – 1685 – Fine or Final Agreement recorded at Westminster for transfer of Manor by Valentine & Phillis Crome to Theophilus Camden? Huntingdon & his son John Huntington. Small piece Parchment with some ink flaking. Together with a contemporary copy of the Fine on a sheet of paper. Both documents written in Latin.  £35

55/1 Early, Sonning – 1686 – Agreement for purchase of equity in redemption of interest in lands (no place name, but see other documents relating to Early) between Valentine Crome and  William Hide & his mother Anne, [late father also named William]. The lands were already mortgaged to Crome who was to purchase the equity.  Sheet of watermarked paper folded in 2, written 1 side only. Signed & sealed  by William Hide &  V Crome witnessed by Jane Holles & George Frazell? .  £68

55/3 – 1705 Settlement made in connection with intended Marriage of William Lewis le Grand and Helena Southwell – for details & price, please see my London Page.

55/4 Early, Sonning – 1709 – Release of interest in Trust created under Act of Parliament to pay debts of Valentine Crome (Maiden Early). His parents were Valantine & Phillis Crome, and brother Lewis Crome. Gives details of Act, brief details of property [Maiden Early, Sunning & St Gyles, Reading], debts due to Gawin Birkhead dec’d taken to Court of Common Pleas [exors Peter Birkhead & Deborah Birkhead, widow] and Simon Biddulph who held a Bond, and how monies to be applied. Henry Cartwright (St Martins in the Fields, Middx) & Francis Hayes (Inner Temple, London) are party to the agreement as Trustees. Sheet of parchment with decorative first 2 words incorporating Royal Coat of Arms, signed / sealed Hen. Cartwright, witnessed on reverse by G Wodes, Tho Stone & Tho Bubb.  £92

55/5 Maiden Early, Sonning – 1709 – Release by Phillis Crome widow of Valentine Crome (their son of same name) of interest in Trust provided for her by Act of Parliament to pay debts of Valentine Crome (snr & jnr), to Francis Hayes (Inner Temple, London). Parchment signed / sealed Phillis Crome, witnessed by V A Crome, G Wodes, Tho. Bubb.  £78

55/6 Maiden Early, Sonning – 1709 – Agreement for sale of Manor & Lordship of  Maiden Early by Francis Hayes (Inner Temple, London) as Trustee for  Valentine Crome (the younger)  to William Lewis le Grand (St James, Westminster). Includes details of payments to be made by Le Grand, names / acreages of closes & coppices & a schedule of tenants  – Edward Earle, Lawrence Tovey, Richard Rider, Abraham Ayliffe, William Taplin, Thomas Burges, Richard Burges, John Sharpe, Joseph Wentworth, John Howlett, Thomas Grey – with rents payable. Paper with several small holes in folds, signed / sealed by Fra. Hayes. £90

55/7 Early, Sunning – 1734 – Document relating to the Lease of Lands by William Wollascott (Wolhampton, Berks), brother Martin, to Mary & Mathew Pitt (Reading) [their children Thomas, John, Anne, Mary, Sarah & James Pitt]. The Lease was granted to Roger Furner (Inner Temple, London) as Trustee of Pitt & this document is a declaration of this by Furner. Full details of lands including field names, acreage, occupiers & how they are to be held in Trust for the Pitt family.  Very large sheet of parchment with decorative first 2 words incorporating Royal Coat of Arms, signed / sealed Ror Furner, Mathew Pitt, Mary Pitt, witnessed on reverse by Thomas Edmond (Inner Temple), Jonathan Watmough? & Benjamin Rogers (cl to Mr Furner).  £80

55/8 Earley – 1760 – Deed of Covenant to produce Title Deeds relating to tithes & tenths sold by Elizabeth & John Powell Pryce (Montgomery) (Marriage Settlement 1751, parents Richard Manley & Elizabeth nee Davy), to Joel Watson (London). Covenant made by Richard Simeon (Reading) who held the Title Deeds as Trustee. Tenants Richard Willis, William Henry Sharpe. Large sheet parchment document signed / sealed by Richd Simeon, witnessed on reverse by P H Sherlock & Richd. Sutton (his clerks). £58

84/3 Eddington, Hungerford – 1799 – a) Certificate of Contract for redemption of Land Tax entered into by Francis Lovelock in respect of dwelling house & land occupied by Thomas Jennings – printed paper form with manuscript entries – signed by Sir Charles Marsh & Henry Deane & also by W B Simonds (Reading). Together with b) Small Land Tax Office certificate (Lincolns Inn Fields), signed by G Williams?    c) Statement signed by 2 other commissioners – ?R Cox(e) & Hen. Sawbridge.    £35

105/1 Englefield – 1730 – Lease of cottage, garden etc in Alworth by Lady Ann Powlett, widow (Englefield) to John Blake the elder (Alworth / Alford), sons John & Samuel Blake.  Details rent & herriotts, service to be provided, etc. Sheet of paper – several small splits in the folds -with ink & embossed duty stamps. ‘Mark’ of John Blake with red wax seal, witnessed by Randolph Webb & Randrew England.  £58

58/5 Faringdon – 1804 – Lease of Farm and Land in Clanfield, Oxon  by Henry Newman (Great Farringdon) to Samuel Clack (Clanfield). 3 sheets parchment signed and sealed by Henry Newman and witnessed by James Hall. Details of land and various Covenants relating to Obligations to keep in good repair, crop rotation, spreading of dung, etc. Land previously occupied by John Howes.  £57

233/37 Great Faringdon – 1840 – Mortgage of  Shield (or Shill) Farm, Alvescot, Oxon.  by John Hill (Alvescot) to William Higgons (Great Faringdon), Robert Henry Pytt (Burford) and Michael Staunton (Craven Street, Strand, Middx.). Refers to acquisition by Hill from  Rev. Charles Loder Stephens (Kencot) [see 233/36 on my Oxfordshire page] and includes a detailed description of the lands including the names and acreages of the fields and location by reference to adjoining landholders, stone quarries and road. Lands originally allocated to John Kenn under the Alevescot Inclosure – late occupied by William Herbert. 3 large parchment sheets with decorative 1st 2 words – some slight fading of ink in folds,  signed & sealed by John Hill, Wm. Higgons & Robert Henry Pytt, witnessed on reverse by James S. Price (Solr. Burford) & Mary Staunton (Strand).  £58

233/41 Great Faringdon – 1840 – Lease for a year (being 1st part of a Lease & Release for the assignment of a property in connection with a  Mortgage) by   John Hill (Alvescot) to William Higgons (Great Faringdon), Robert Henry Pytt (Burford) and Michael Staunton (Craven Street, Strand, Middx.). Detailed description of the lands including the names and acreages of the fields and location by reference to adjoining landholders, stone quarries and road. Large parchment sheet with decorative 1st 2 words,  signed & sealed by John Hill. £47

58/8 Great Faringdon – 1858 to 1867 – 5 separate accounts of quit rent issued to William Newman in respect of land held of the Manor of Great Faringdon. Each account printed on paper with handwritten annotations, 2 were sent c/o William Ashley, London Street, Faringdon, and the 2 latest (1862 and 1867) state ‘William Newman Deceased’.   £6

233/51 Faringdon – 1874 – Sale of cottages in Rosemary Lane, Bampton, Oxon  by the Executors of the Will of David Hern (Black Bourton) to Sophia Ann Dutton (Bampton). Refers to the Will and Auction at which the cottages were purchased [see above]. The cottages in  were occupied by James Haines & Thomas Haines. Adjoining property owners William Angell Smith, Robert Taylor, James Golding, Robert Shepherd, Ann Dutton, Isaac Golding & Oliver Clinch.  Large sheet parchment with decorative 1st 2 words signed & sealed by the Executors George Frederick Holloway (Bampton) and William Belcher (previously Faringdon, Berks, then Weston Super Mare, Somerset).  £45

135/1 Greenham – 1622 – Conveyance of house & extensive copyhold lands by Timothie Wagstaff (Middle Temple, London) & John Backhouse (Swallowfield, Berks) to Richard Dumer (South Stoneham, Hampshire), refers to earlier lease to Dorothy Burrant, William Dumer & Richard Dummer. Names property & closes of land, gives acreages.  Large parchment sheet with embellished initial letter & 2 seal tags with large pendant wax seals, 1 tiny hole in fold. Signed Tim. Wagstaffe & John Backhous, witnessed on reverse by Roger Younge.  £160

84/296 Hungerford Newtown1767 – Obligation Bond given by Thomas Noon (Newtown) to Thomas Marten (Chilkton??, Wilts). Refers to mortgage of even date between them. Large sheet watermarked paper – signed / sealed by Noon, witness signatures – Abram Tubb,  Elizabeth Wentworth. Split extending about 2/3 way across centre fold.  £34

66/50 Kingston Bagpuize – 1895 – Easement for soil pipe to be laid across their land to the Horseshoe Inn, Bowlish, Shepton Mallet, Somerset  given by Rev. George Roach Hyatt (Stratton on the Fosse) and Mrs Jemima Rose Escott (Kingston Bagpuize) to Messrs Berryman, Burnell & Coy Ltd, Charlton Brewery, S Mallet. Large sheet watermarked paper folded in 2, written 1 side, incorporating a location plan (naming Mrs Catherine Hyatt on the property concerned), signed by George Roach Hyatt & J R Escott.  £27

58/7 Langford – 1782 – Obligation Bond in respect of monies advanced to William Norden (Langford) by James Stevens (Blenheim Park, Oxon). Paper, partly printed with manuscript insertions. Poor condition with holes and tears as a result of damp damage – signature of William Norden missing. As  usual, the bond is for double the amount advanced. Signed on reverse by Jas Stevens.   £12

84/299 Longcot – 1828 – Lease for a year (being 1st part of Lease & Release for sale of land) by John Bowles (Longcot & Shrivenham) to John Hibbard (Little Hinton, Wilts). Richard Coster (Longcot, now Little Hinton) party to agreement. Parchment – damp spotting, mainly to one fold, one edge & reverse. Signed/sealed by Coster & Bowles, witness signatures on reverse Wm Ward & W Morse Crowdy. Together with small slip of paper listing names & acreages of lands comprising Bowles estate.   £40

215/169  Newbury – relating to 1894 & 1915 – Extracts of “Repairing” Covenants from an 1894 Lease agreement relating to 31, Leman St. London between Rev. Herbert Samuel Hawkins (Beyton Rectory, Bury St Edmunds) and Henry Freiwald (Leman St), together with extract from a second agreement dated 1915, by which time the Freehold Reversion Expectant of the Lease was vested in Edward Robert Hawkins (Donnington Lodge, Newbury), and the lease vested in Isaac & Benjamin Rosenthal (Hanbury St. Spitalfields). Sheet of watermarked paper folded in 2 written 2¼ sides.  £4

224/6 New Windsor – 1843 – Deed of Covenant by John Dodd (Eton) in connection with further mortgage advanced to him by Henry Andrews (New Windsor) on security of copyhold property & land held in Upton. Witnessed on reverse by  Henry Darvill (solr, Windsor), A note of Conditional Surrender is attached to the Deed – from, & signed by Henry Andrews for full details please see my Buckinghamshire page – Property –  Upton cum Chalvey [see also 224/7 re sale of property]

224/11 New Windsor – 1861 – Mortgage of property by Henry Andrews (New Windsor, Berks) to Clement Compton Morgan (Tottenham Court Rd, Middx). Signed / sealed by  Henry Andrews, for full details please see my Buckinghamshire page – Property –  Upton cum Chalvey

224/12 New Windsor  – 1864 – Deed of Enfranchisement of Copyhold premises held by Henry Andrews  from Henry Darvill (both New Windsor, Berks) Lord of the Manor of Upton cum Chalvey. Brief description of property – Upton House & 2 closes of land, names current & former tenants.  Henry Geary (New Windsor) party to agreement as Andrews’ Trustee.  Large parchment sheet  signed / sealed by  Henry Darvill, witnessed on reverse by Henry Poulton ( solr Windsor & Steward of the Manor), stamped by H M Land Registry in 1929.  A small receipt acknowledging receipt of the fee, signed by Henry Poulton, is attached.  £46

235/20 Pinckneys Green – 1807 – Lease for a year (the first part of a Lease & Release for the conveyance of property – see also 235/21) of Messuage, etc and Land in  Swincombe, Oxon by John Hussey the Younger (Pinckneys Green, Berks.) to Thomas Cottrell the Younger (Swincombe). John Hussey was the grandson and heir of Thomas Hussey and his wife Formerly Grace Pearman (Britwell Salome, Oxon.). The lands occupied by Thomas Lovegrove as tenant.  Details of location of land by adjoining wood and common. Large parchment sheet with some dusting to reverse, a hole in one fold with loss of parts of some words of text, and at foot of document – probably as a result of damp. Signed & sealed by John Hussey, witnessed on reverse by Thos. Cooper (Henley) and Henry South (Clerk to Mr Cooper. £42

235/21Pinckneys Green – 1807 – Release  (the second part of a Lease & Release for the conveyance of property – see also 235/20) of Messuage, etc and Land in  Swincombe, Oxon by John Hussey the Younger (Pinckneys Green) & Elizabeth his wife to Thomas Cottrell the Younger (Swincombe). John Cooper (Henley upon Thames) was party to the agreement as Cottrell’s Trustee.  John Hussey was the grandson and heir of Thomas Hussey and his wife formerly Grace Pearman (Britwell Salome). The lands previously occupied by Thomas Hussey, now by Thomas Lovegrove.   Details of location of land by reference to adjoining Piddle Pitts wood and  common. 2 large parchment sheets with decorative 1st 2 words, some dusting to reverse. Signed & sealed by John Hussey, Elizabeth Hussey and Thos. Cottrell Junr., witnessed on reverse by Thos. Cooper and his clerks Henry South & Robt. Bartlett. £64

233/109 Radley – 1879 – Agreement by William Long (Radley) to surrender tenancy of farm & lands at Radley, called ‘Walshes & Minchins Farm’ held from Sir George Bowyer M.P. in favour of John Brown (Sutton Wick). Includes details of payment to be made for Goodwill, and agreement to purchase Dead Stock, Acts of Husbandry, etc at valuation to be agreed by named independent Valuers. Large sheet of watermarked paper folded in 2 & written on 2¼ sides. Signed by William Long & John Brown, witnessed by Richard Badcock (Abingdon). NOTE – the signature of Long is partially smudged, but he has signed a second time, over a penny lilac stamp, acknowledging receipt of a payment.  £26

162/18 Reading – 1824 – Lease for a year (the 1st part of Lease & Release for transfer of property) by John Gill (late Reading now Bath) and Thomas Gill (Reading).  For details / price of document, please see my Devon page – Property – Barnstaple

84/160  Reading – Attested copy of Deed of Covenant made by   Richard  Clarke (St John, Wapping) in 1760.  Lists 12 documents going back to 1726 Indenture of Demise by Rebecca ffossey (Stepney),  the remainder of the documents referred to, relate to transactions involving the Fossey family ,  and to John Peacock (London), his son John Peacock (Reading) & James  Peacock (Lambeth). For details see Middlesex page – Property –  St George  – 1760

233/104 Reading – 1860 – Admission to Manor of Witney, Oxon of Samuel Collier (Reading), William Collier (Harpsden) and Sarah Collier (New Yatt) as Trustees of Edward Collier dec’d (Maple Durham) to 5 closes of land at Hailey. Edward had inherited the lands from his father Edward Collier the elder, but had never been admitted as tenant of the lands. Edward Collier the elder had been admitted in 1802. Names each close of land. Large sheet of parchment signed by Fred. Westell, Deputy Steward to the Manor. Some pencil notes, and a small ink stain to the reverse of the document.  £32

233/107 Reading  – 1860 – Admission to Manor of Witney, Oxon of Samuel Collier (Reading), William Collier (Harpsden) and Sarah Collier (New Yatt) as Trustees of Edward Collier dec’d (Maple Durham) to a parcel of arable land at Hailey surrendered by William Collier and to which he had been admitted  in 1852. Names adjoining landholdings. Large sheet of parchment signed by Fred. Westell, Deputy Steward.  Small ink stain to the reverse of the document.  £32

233/108 Reading   – 1860 – Admission to Manor of Witney of Samuel Collier (Reading), William Collier (Harpsden) and Sarah Collier (New Yatt) as Trustees of Edward Collier dec’d (Maple Durham) to a messuage, court and garden called Starvehall and land at Hailey surrendered by Samuel Collier and to which he had been admitted  in 1848.  Large sheet of parchment signed by Fred. Westell, Deputy Steward. some pencil notes  £32

84/304  Shrivenham – 1894 – Sale of lands by Ernest Alfred Tucker (Bourton House, Shrivenham) as life tenant of estate of Henry Tucker (Bourton Hse + London).  Some details of Will of Henry Tucker & death of his wife Elizabeth.. For full details & price please turn to my Wiltshire page – Property –  Upper Stratton

55/12 Sonning – 1821– Counterpart of 7 year Lease by Edward Golding (Maiden Earley) to James Fuller (Loddon Bridge Farm). Includes a schedule of the farm lands – field names, acreage, cultivation, various conditions & covenants apply. A note on reverse signed by both parties states that the measurements given don’t agree with those shown in the Inclosure Award – a revised schedule is pinned to the document. 3 large parchment sheets signed / sealed by James Fuller, witnessed on reverse by J J Blandy (solr, Reading) & H Wilkins (solrs clerk).  £58

55/19 Sunninghill1881– Sale of house ‘Firgrove’ & grounds forming part of Silwood Park Estate by Charles Patrick Stewart (Sunninghill) to trustees Sir Edward Fitzgerald Campbell (W. Grinstead, Horsham) & Capt Frederic Augustus Campbell (Southwold, Suffolk) of 1867 Marriage Settlement of William Frederick Carleton (Major, retired of Queens Gate Terr, Middx) & Mary Louisa nee Campbell. Includes details of settlement & a small colour wash plan of house / grounds. 2 parchment sheets with pencil notations, signed / sealed by Stewart, M L & W F Carleton.  £58

84/7 Sunninghill1917 – Letter from William Beattie (Pluming & Drainage Specialist), Westminster, to Col. A Gleadowe Newcomen concerning dispute over bill for work by Beattie. Typed letter on headed notepaper signed by William Beattie.  £7

233/23 Wallingford – 1763 – Agreement for sale of property in Couching Lane, Watlington by Joseph Needham (St. James, Middx.) son & heir of Job &  Mary Needham (Watlington) to John King  (Watlington).  Refers to Mortgage of 1749 between  Job &  Mary Needham and Greenaway Jacques (Wallingford) which King has agreed to discharge, adjoining householders Joseph Hore & Nicholas White. Large parchment sheet,  signed & sealed by  Joseph Needham,  Mary Needham & John King. Witness  signatures on reverse – John Johnson, John Allnatt & Tho. Hine.   Together with an Obligation Bond between Joseph Needham & John King. [A guarantee that King will be allowed peaceful possession of the property and that it will not be subject to a dower Claim by Mary wife of Joseph Needham.] Sheet of paper folded in 2, written 1½ sides with ink & impressed Duty stamps, signed by Joseph Needham, witnessed by John Johnson & John Allnatt. £100

84/162  Windsor – 1766 – Release  for sale of Property & Lands in Odiham, Hants – by Ann Potenger (Windsor) & Elizabeth (w/o Samuel Haynes of St Mary le Bow) – surviving sisters of John Weaver dec’d (Odiham),  Witness signature on reverse – Saml Sherard.   For details see Hampshire page – Property – Odiham

55/13 Wootton – 1826 – Counterpart of 14 year Lease of property k/a ‘Bonds’ by John Fisher (Islington) to Henry Couling (Wootton). Full details of messuage & lands giving acreages, adjoining roads / landholders. Also covenants & conditions re manuring, sowing, harvesting crops, etc. 3 large parchment sheets signed / sealed by ‘Henery’  Couling, witnessed on reverse by Wm Pratt. £56

55/14 Wootton – 1840 – 27 year Lease of property k/a ‘Bonds’ by David Margot (Pentonville) surviving exor of John Fisher (Islington) to Steven Couling (Wootton).  Full details of messuage & lands giving acreages, adjoining roads / landholders. Also covenants & conditions re manuring, harvesting,  crop rotation, building repairs, hedges, etc. Included on reverse of 1 sheet is the 1852 agreement for the sale of the unexpired term of Lease by Sarah Couling (Stephen’s widow) to David Margot – signed / sealed by Sarah & witnessed by Jno Cooke (solr Abingdon) & Tho Honey (solr clerk). 3 large parchment sheets signed / sealed by D Margot, witnessed on reverse by H S English (solr Old Jewery), G F Ballenden (his clerk) & A Bovet (City Road, Duncan Terr). £68

55/15  Wootton – 1840 – Counterpart of 27 year Lease [see 55/14] of property k/a ‘Bonds’ by David Margot (Pentonville) surviving exor of John Fisher (Islington) to Steven Couling (Wootton).  Full details of messuage & lands giving acreages, adjoining roads / landholders. Also covenants & conditions re manuring, harvesting,  crop rotation, building repairs, hedges, etc.  3 large parchment sheets signed / sealed by Stephen Couling, £58

55/16  Wootton – 1844 – Mortgage of interest in Farm & lands by David Gamaliel Margot, Trustee of John Fisher (Fetter Lane, London) & beneficiaries Louisa Martha & Marianne Frances Margot to Henry Scale English (Old Jewry). Refers to Fisher’s Will ( his wife Martha & daughters Martha & Elizabeth Frances, wife of D G Margot and their children Louisa M, Marianne F, Catherine, John A & Elizabeth Margot) gives dates of death / marriage.  Lands inherited by John from his cousin James Fisher (his father James had inherited from Elizabeth Hawkins). 2 large parchment sheets  signed / sealed by D G, L M, & M F  Margot, witnessed on reverse by John Symons (Old Jewery), Fras Walker (his clerk), Jno Hudson (clerk to English). An acknowledgement of repayment is signed by H S English.  £59

55/17  Wootton / Wantage / Radley – 1850 – Transfer of interest in lands by Catherine Ann (parents Elizabeth F & David G Margot) – w/o William Castley (St Lukes, Middx) to trustees Charles Maley (Liverpool Rd) & John Augustus Margot (Clerkenwell – brother), sisters Louisa M, Marianne F & Elizabeth, grandfather John Fisher. Gives some dates death / marriage & brief details of lands.  2 large parchment sheets with pencil notations  signed / sealed by Catherine A & William Castley, John A Margot & Charles Maley, witnessed on reverse by B Blundell (solr, Temple) & H Ebsworth ( Temple). £56

55/18  Wootton – 1852 – Sale of interest in lands by beneficiaries / grandchildren of John Fisher (Fetter Lane, London) – Louisa Martha (w/o Ulysse Constante Perrier of Northampton Sq), Catherine Ann (w/o William Castley of St Lukes, Middx), John Augustus Margot (Arlington St) & Elizabeth Jane Margot to John Box (Abingdon). David Gamaliel Margot party to agreement as Trustee.  Refers to Fisher’s Will ( his wife Martha & daughters Martha & Elizabeth Frances, wife of D G Margot and their children Louisa M, Marianne F, Catherine, John A & Elizabeth Margot) gives some dates of death. Details of mortgages advanced by Gabriel Davis (Abingdon). 5 large parchment sheets including a ½ page plan of the lands with outline colour wash, showing buildings & adjoining landowners, cross referenced to a terrier on the next sheet, signed / sealed by Gabriel Davis, D G, E J  & J A  Margot, L M & U C Perrier, C Maley, C A Castley. The reverse of the document includes further signatures re receipts by the beneficiaries, together with memos relating to the sale of part of the lands (in 1893 & 1900) to Arthur John Evans (Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum) by Eliza Mary Little & Edith Box & others.  £78

Wills, etc.

97/5 Baker, Thomas – Lambourne – 1762 Probated copy of Will – nephew Edward Basden (whose nephews & nieces were Edward, Thomas, John, Mary & Frances Hopgood, and Ann (w/o Thomas Matthews).  Thomas Baker was butler to Charles Garrard (Lambourne), he names other servants to whom he leaves bequests, including Mary Clement, Mrs Butler & her daughter Elizabeth Bint, Brian Alder, Henry Thatcher, Charles George, Jenny Wise & Mary Miles. Other benificary Catherine (d/o Thomas Blagrove of Watchfield). Property in Hungerford Newtown. Parchment – certificate of Probate (with small split in 1 fold) & wafer seal attached.  £45

211/1 Beaver, John – Wokingham – 1804 Probated copy of Will – wife not named, sons John & Thomas Beaver, daughter Sarah (w/o John Hambleton). Large parchment sheet, certificate of Probate attached, (wafer seal missing).  £35

171/2 Boulton, Christopher – Faringdon – 1832 Attested copy of Letters of Administration, made in 1842 on a sheet of paper watermarked 1841, with ink & embossed stamps. Names 3 children – Christiana,  Sophia,  Maria BoultonSigned by R R Smyth & Alfred Hands (Solicitors clerks, Faringdon).   £7

98/70 Bunyon, Mary [& son] – New Windsor – 1764. Included in Will of brother, for details see Middlesex page – Wade, William.

97/3 Collett, Thomas – Idstone, Ashbury – 1704 / 7 Probated copy of Will – wife Alice, daughter Mary. (A witness to original Will was Stephen Collett). Parchment (in English) with certificate of Probate (in Latin) attached & seal tag, but wafer seal missing.  £55

235/23 Dewe, Charles – 1819 – Sale of Leasehold Property at Swincombe, Oxon [formerly occupied by Thomas Adnams, late by James Simmonds] by the Executors of late Charles Dewe (East Hanney) to George Grote (Badgmore, Oxon.). Refers to original 1775 grant of Lease by Taverner Wallis (Whitchurch see Oxfordshire page – Wills – 235/7 Wallis) to John Parker (Nettlebed) [his son Charles Parker]. The property subsequently became vested in Charles Dewe, whose Will [proved 1818] refers to properties in several places in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Following Dewe’s death, the Leasehold was purchased at Auction by George Russell (Sonning, Oxon) but he agreed to transfer his interest to Grote before the transaction was completed.  2 large parchment sheets with decorative 1st 2 words, some dusting to reverse. Signed & sealed by James Powell Nash (Henley upon Thames – Trustee for Dewe) and the Executors of Dewe’s Estate – William Ansell (Wantage), John Holmes (West Hanney) and William Dormor (East Hanney) also ‘Mark‘ of George Russell; witnessed on reverse H. W. Brewer (Wantage) & Wm. Parrott (his clerk), Rt. Bartlett (clerk, Henley).  £64

215/136 Hawkins, Edward Robert –  Donnington Lodge, Newbury – dated 1919 & 1920 – Bundle of papers relating to Court Action taken by Crane – Bennett Ltd to have John Coleman (Newington Causeway, London) ejected from his business premises in Leman Street, Whitechapel, London. The Lease on the property was originally granted by Edward Robert Hawkins (Donnington Lodge, Newbury) who was succeeded in title by E. Bennett & Son Ltd, who became Crane – Bennett Ltd.  Coleman’s business was purchased from Leftwich & Co (Alfred Leftwich). An 1893 Lease between Rev. Herbert Samuel Hawkins & Alfred Leftwich is mentioned. A letter of 1919 refers to Air Raid damage. The documents include copies of writs, Plaintiffs & Defendants Notice of documents to be produced, correspondence explaining each sides case & affidavits of George Sargeant (Manager of Leftwich & Co), James Ernest Bennett (Managing Director of  Crane – Bennett Ltd) & David MacIntyre (Company Secretary of  Crane – Bennett Ltd).  £43

66/39 Kington, John & Sophia – White Knights –  Included in Supplemental Abstract of Release by Legatees. For full details & price, please see my Somerset page – Wills N-Z – Wood, Mrs Mary – probate granted Bristol – died 1867

211/2 Kislingbury, William – Binfield – 1876 Letters of Administration – brother John. Small piece parchment signed by John M Davenport (District Registrar), wafer seal attached.  £6

135/17 Mason, Lydia (widow) – New Windsor – 1828 Probated copy of Will – children Hannah Clode, Edward Mason, John Mason, Sarah,  Lydia,  Louisa &  Maria Mason, brother in law William Mason. Refers to Business.  Large sheet parchment with cert. of Probate attached (wafer seal missing), slight fading in places, dusting & some damp staining to reverse of document – showing through to face in places.  £31

215/1 Packer, Miss Susannah –  Newbury – dated 1894 – Assignment of Mortgage by Executors [James Porteus Jackson & Henry Burke Godwin (both Newbury)]  to Mary Collins, widow (Newbury). Details of loans advanced by Susannah to Rev. Oswald Birchall (Buscot) in 1885 & 1890, and assets on which secured. Full details above under Property etc section – Buscot & Newbury – 1894

135/15 Phillips, Thomas – New Windsor – 1817 Probated copy of Will – wife Elizabeth, sons William & Charles Phillips, daughter Sophia Jane, brother William Phillips, nephew Thomas Phillips.  Refers to properties in Thames St, gives location, from whom purchased, occupiers [include self, John White, Edward Fruin, William Green], Government Stock, Life Assurance & Bakery business.  Large sheet parchment with cert. of Probate attached (wafer seal missing), slight fading in some folds.  £34

171/3 Claydon Smith, William – Reading – 1892 Probated copy of Will – wife Ann, sons Henry,  Frederic,  Benjamin,  William,  George,  Joseph,  Samuel,  Edwin,  Albert.  Refers to business  carried on by William. Parchment, certificate of Probate & wafer seal attached.  £22

233/71 Silman, Frances – widow – Brize Norton, Oxon – died 1874 Probated copy of Will – children James Silman, Fanny (w/o James Philip Harris), Rhoda Silman, Elizabeth Silman, Selina  (w/o Thomas Gardner Worley) & Mary Ann Weston. Refers to cottages she owned in Brize Norton. Executor named as George Timms, Duxford Farm, nr Hinton, Berks.  Parchment document with certificate of Probate and wafer seal attached. £25

130/132 Simonds, Charles – Newlands, Hurst and Reading  – 1864 – Abstract of Title of John Simonds (Sindlesham, Sonning) to two cottages and a piece of meadow at Stoke Row, Ipsden, Oxon. Refers to the purchase in 1851 from James Withers (Reading) by Charles Simonds (Newlands, Hurst, Berks. died 1859), Charles Simonds the younger (Reading, Berks. died 1857) & John Simonds – Bankers & Co Partners. Some years previously – no dates given – the properties had been purchased by William Giles, father of Thomas Giles from William Ward. 3 large sheets of paper written 2 sides.  £14

58/2  Stevens, James –  Langford and Clanfield Oxon –  1740 Probated copy of Will – parchment with decorative first line and attached Probate with very decorative wafer seal (detached). Refers to brother, Anthony, sister, Mary – wife of John Bowles – nephews, John and James Stevens, niece, Mary – wife of William Carter – grand nephews and nieces – Hannah, Thomas, James Robert, Ann, Mary and Richard Stevens and James and John Carter. Gives details of land holdings in Clanfield.  £62

235/9 Stevens, Thomas – Reading – 1784 – Later copy of Will – wife Mary, children not named. Refers to entitlement of wife to share of Estate of Tavenor Wallis [see Middlesex page 235/7 re copy of his Will 1779] and the Settlement of that interest upon Trust. Also gives details of further Trust created by Stevens. 12 page booklet of paper watermarked 1830, written 10 sides. Some dusting, pencil notes &  deletions throughout (presumably in connection with preparation of Extracts from Will – see 235/10). Small tear to edge of centre fold – no loss of text. [see also Oxfordshire page 235/13 Bix & Swyncombe – 1784 – Later Attested copy of Fine]   £30

235/10 Stevens, Thomas – Reading – 1784 – Later Extracts from Will [see 235/9] – wife Mary, children not named. Refers to entitlement of wife to share of Estate of Tavenor Wallis [see Middlesex page 235/7 re copy of his Will 1779] and the Settlement of that interest upon Trust. Also refers to further Trust created by Stevens. 2 large sheets of paper watermarked 1830, written 1½ sides. £14

171/210 Trangmar, Ethel (nee Burton) – Brixton Hill and East Dulwich Grove, London –   dated  1919 – 1923 Original Will on 4 sheets paper signed by Ethel  & Codicil together with draft Wills & a bundle of over 30 letters & postcards (bearing postage stamps) relating to her Will, addressed to solicitor F A Sargent (Friar St, Reading), some only short notes. Married husband Walter George Trangmar in 1919, son Michael born 1922. Ethel’s father Benjamin Burton, brothers Frank [his wife Kate], Benjamin & Albert Burton, sisters Evelyn Burton & Elizabeth Jane Egginton.  Nephews Keith Eversleigh Burton, Jack Burton & Leslie J Egginton, nieces Daphne B, Enid G & Madge Burton, Iris E Egginton. Brother / sisters in law Denys Egginton (Reading), Dora A,  Winifred E, Hilda K & Isabel M  Trangmar. Names various properties in which Ethel has an interest.  £55

97/4 Waring, William Ball – Thatcham – died 1746 Copy of Will & Codicil – wife Mary, brother in law Sir Archer Croft, his children Archer, Herbert, John & Frances. Refers to property & estates in Berks, Wilts, Hants, London, Middx & Westminster. 4 sheets watermarked paper written on 3 sides – some fraying & damage to left edge of paper (not affecting text).  £42

97/6 Wedge, James (the elder) – Hungerford – 1782 Official Copy of Will  – wife Elizabeth (refers to, but doesn’t name deceased wife), son James, daughter Mary (w/o Thomas Winkworth) & their children John, Jesse, Thomas & Mary. Various properties & lands in Hungerford Newtown – some occupied by John Odell, John Hedges, Edward Appleford, & in Ramsbury, Wilts. Son to wear waistcoat embroidered with gold to church, each August for rest of his life! 12 pages of paper with ink & embossed duty stamps, written 10¼ sides. Small splits in centre fold & some pencil notes. (The paper is watermarked 1815, & this is presumably the date of the copy.)  £38

233/47 West, Charles – Pangbourne – 1866 Disclaimer of Executorship by Charles West in respect of the Will of Mary Richards (Wood Green, Hailey, Oxon.). He was one of 3 people appointed, but had never acted. It refers to the Will and death of Mary, property in Wood Green left to her sister Anna Maria Salmon (for life), then to her children as tenants in common. Large sheet watermarked paper folded in 2 and written 1½ sides with ink & impressed duty stamps – signed by Charles West & witnessed by James S. Price (solr Burford).  £19