A SELECTION OF 12 DEEDS RELATING TO WESTMORELAND
These should be read in conjunction with deeds of Lancashire and Cumbria.
MITCHELLAND in CROKE - 1649
BARGAIN and SALE with FEOFMENT
Bargain and Sale by Elizabeth Tompson of the Mitchelland in Croke, in the counties of Westmoreland... in consideration of seven score pounds paid to her by George Thompson her father, of the same place, yeoman... of ALL that whole messuage and tenement situated, lying and being at Mitchelland, of the lands there called the Richmondfee and of the yearly rent of 2s 7d ¼ ...also all that close or inclosure of arable land, meadow ground lying on the fell hereunto belonging commonly called the Westwood Close... and of the yearly rent of 20d, now in the possession of the said George Thompson.
Signed by Elizabeth Thompson, her mark ‘E T ‘.
Attached to the document is a seal, in red wax, ca ½ dia, bearing the impression of a coat-of-arms, a shield incorporating a lion rampant.
The witnesses are Nicholas Thompson and John Clarke.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1670
BARGAIN and SALE
Deed poll by Richard Kilner of Kirkby Kendall in the county of Westmoreland, yeoman, for £40 to Henry Branston of the same place, castor maker...of a burgage house, messuage or tenement situated in the Crosse Banke on the East side of one street called Highgate within Kirkby Kendall... sometimes heretofore in the tenure or possession of Lawrence Parke, gentleman, deceased, late father-in-law of Richard Kilner, and now in Richard Kilner’s possession, parcel of the lands late of William Jennings, deceased, and now of William Collinson, son of Thomas Collinson, and of the yearly rent of 13/4... TO HAVE AND TO HOLD forever.... and Richard Kilner delivered unto the said Henry Branston all the household goods hereafter mentioned viz In the house 1 little table, 1 great table, with a forme thereunto belonging, in the buttery 1 cupboard without the shelves therein, in the parlor over the house 1 bed , 1 pressor, in the cellar 1 long plank, 1 frame for lying beare on in the room where the cellar door goeth down, 1 plank to wash on the Spence and all the shelves. In the loft over the kitchin one bedd with all the shelves in the clossett. In the kitchin one linen cupboard. In the lower chamber on the back of the kitchin 1 bedd, 1 cupboard, one table, one chest. In the hayloft 1 garner, 1 broken chest. Dated 23rd April 1670.
Signed by Richard Kilner.
The seal, in red wax, his a fragment with an indistinct legend.
The witnesses are Thomas Greene, John Blacklocks, Richard Appleby and Thomas Sanches.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1670
Bond by Edward Knype of Kirkby Kendall, in the county of Westmoreland, currier, to Nicholas Barrowe of Cartmell, in the county of Lancaster, seene maker, in £49. The condition of the bond relates to covenants contained in a deed poll of Bargain and Sale made between them.
Signed by Edward Knype, his mark ‘E’.
The seal, in red wax, is a fragment, a device not legible.
The witnesses are James Jackson, Thomas Barwicke and Thomas Atkinson.
PROBATE COPY OF THE WILL OF WILLIAM POTTER - 1678
Copy Will of William Potter dated 25th August 1678... dwelling att the signe of the Royal Oak in Kirby Kendall in the county of Westmoreland, gentleman. He gave to his wife Anne all his goods and chettels whatsoever, she paying thereout all his debts, legacies etc. He further gave her his three closes and parcels of ground commonly called Little Barnhill Closes, lying together and containing by estimation 5 acres, and also all that new barn which he built, adjoining to the same part thereof. All of which are situated at or near Barn Hills within or near Kirkby Kendall, and which he bought of the trustees or supervisors of the last will of Robert Fisher, deceased, and also all close of ground commonly called The Aynam, containing by estimation 7 ½ acres (of the yearly free farm rent of 25/-), situated within or near the burgh of Kirkby Kendall, being parcel of Kendall Park, adjoining to a parcel of ground called The Hagge on the east side thereof, and to another close called Miller Close on the west side thereof, and by him was lately purchased of William Guy, gentleman, and also his burgage house, messuage or tenement situated on the east side of Crossbanks within Highgate in Kirkby Kendall, which was conveyed to him and his heirs by John Jackson, blacksmith, and which he since rebuilt in part and wherein he now dwells, of the land late of William Jennings, deceased, and of the yearly rent of 13/4, and also all his other burgage house in Strickland Gate in the said Kirkby Kendall, and adjoining to the market place, and all that his cellar and tavern in the said Strickland Gate, which is under the shop sold to Thomas Hudson, saddler, the said last mentioned burgage house being of the yearly rent of 10/-, and also all his parrocke situated in Tavrey? Banks within or near the said town of Kirkby Kendall and of the yearly rent of 3d... To have and to hold to Ann Porter forever. He gives to his sons John Potter, Leonard Potter, Robert Potter and William Potter, to each of them £5. His wife is ordained his sole executrix. He nominates Sir John Olway of Ingmore Hall, knight, his brother in law, Mr John Cowper and his friends Mr William Collinson, Mr Richard Rowlandson and Christopher Bateman his overseers, and gives each of them 10/-. To Thomas Braithwaite 10/- to buy hum ring and 10/- to Sir John Olway.
The witnesses are William Collinson, George Scaife and Christopher Bateman.
KIRKBY KENDALL -1682
RELEASE AND QUITCLAIM
Release and Q!uitclaim by John Potter of Kirkby Kendall in the county of Westmoreland, tallow chandler, to Anne Potter, widow, relict and executrix of William Potter, late of Kirkby Kendall, gentleman, his father to ALL estate right title etc in one burgage, house, messuage or tenement formerly called by the name of Royall Oake, situate standing and being on the East side of the Crosbanke within Highgate in Kirkby Kendall, being now in the possession of the said Anne Potter and held of Thomas Collinson, gentleman, lord thereof, by the yearly rent of 13/4... forever. Dated 3rd October 1682.
Signed by John Potter.
A paper on wax seal, the device used being indistinct.
The witnesses are Richard Rowlandson, Christopher Walker and Edward Wilkinson.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1682
Bond by Anne Potter of Kirkby Kendall, in the county of Westmoreland, widow, to Benjamin Ferrand of Harden Grange, in the county of York, gentleman, in the sum of £300. The condition of the bond relates to a deed poll made by the said Anne to Benjamin. Dated 4th October 1682.
Signed by Ann Potter.
The witnesses are Richard Pindar, Richard Rowlandson, Christopher Walker, John Potter (?) and Edward Wilkinson.
Attached to the tongue of the document is a seal, ca 1” dia, bearing a device and legend that are now indistinct.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1706
BARGAIN and SALE with FEOFMENT
Indenture tripartite made 18th June 1706 BETWEEN William Whitwell of Kirkby Kendall, in the county of Westmoreland, brazier, of the 1st part, Robert Shepherd of Natland, in the said county, Gentleman, William Whitehead of Kirkby Kendall, shearman, and Thomas Lickbarrow, of the same place, yeoman, of the 2nd part, and Thomas Bowes of Kirkby Kendall, mercer, of the 3rd part... WHEREAS the said William Whitwell by his indenture dated 10th March 1702, being then indebted unto the several persons named in a schedule unto the said indenture annexed, in several sums of money... and which said sums he was not then able to pay, but being minded that the same should be paid with such speed as conveniently might be, and in consideration that the said Robert Shepherd, William Whitehead, Thomas Lickborrow (and one Nicholas Dawson of Kirkby Kendall, shearman, since deceased), had undertaken by the sale of the messuage, lands and tenements therein mentioned and with the money thereby raised to pay and satisfy the several debts etc......from ALL that his dwelling house, messuage etc, situated upon a certain place there called the banks within Kirkby Kendall, together with all that parrock thereunto appertaining and adjoining commonly called Docker Parrock, and abutting upon a piece of ground called Battel place within Kirkby Kendall, and upon premises theretofore in the possession of George Ellerson, deceased, and then of William Whitwell, of the lands belonging to the chamber of Kirkby Kendall and of the yearly rent of 5/- ...TO HOLD forever... AND WHEREAS the said William Whithead and Thomas Lickbarrow have sold and disposed of the said dwelling house etc... in public and open sale unto the said Thomas Bowes for the sum of £24/15/0... NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that the said Robert Shepherd, William Whitwell and Thomas Lickborrow have by the direction of William Whitwell sold the said premises unto the said Robert Shepherd and William Whitehead... TO HAVE AND TO HOLD... forever.
Signed by William Whitwell, Robert Shepherd, William Whitehead and Thomas Lickborrow.
Attached to the seal fold are four seals, in red wax, c ¼ “ dia., all bearing the impression of a male profile.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1717
BARGAIN and SALE with FEOFMENT
Indenture made 11th February 1717 BETWEEN Thomas Willan of Kirkby Kendall, in the county of Westmoreland, yeoman, of the one part, and Edward Whitehead of the same place, mercer, of the other... WITNESSETH that the said Thomas Willan... HATH granted, bargained, sold, aliened etc ... ALL that burgagehouse, messuage or tenement... situated on the Crossbank, on the east side of one street called Highgate within Kirkby Kendall, being of the lands of William Colinson, and of the yearly rent of 13/4, together with all appurtenances and easements... TO HAVE AND TO HOLD forever.
Signed by Thomas Willan.
Attached to the seal fold, in red wax, is a seal, bearing the impression of a male profile.
The witnesses are Richard Fell and Thomas Birkbeck.
MANOR OF KIRKLAND
COPY OF COURT ROLL - 1720
Court Leet and Frank Pledge.... To this court came Miles Strickland and Elianor his wife claiming to hold for the life of Elianor by court roll of the said manor one messuage and tenement late in the tenure of Thomas Teasdale, father of the said Elianor, and seek to be admitted tenant of the same...; for which they pay a fine of 5d. By John Craven then steward there.
WESTMORELAND - 1735
COPY OF COURT ROLL
The Manor of Kirkland, in the county of Westmoreland, the court leet or view of Frankpledge with the court baron of the Right Honble Henry Bowes, Earl of Berkishire and Catherine countess of Berkshire, his wife, lords of the manor, held 28th April 1735 before John Craven, Gentleman, steward of the same manor:
It is found by the homage that Myles Strickland, a customary tenant of this manor, by copy of court roll since the last court and before this court, to wit 8th February last, came with Elianor his wife (which said Eleanor was first privately examined) and surrendered by the rod into the hands of the lords... by the hands and acceptance of John Craven... ALL that messuage and tenement situated on the west side of Kirkland and is commonly known by the name of the cross keys, now in the possession of the said Myles Strickland... of the yearly customary rent of 1/6... to the use of John Carter, his heirs and assigns forever... paying for a fine 3/-... Dated 10th May 1735.
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1766
DEED TO LEAD TO THE USES OF A FINE
Deed to lead to the the uses of a fine dated 12th May 1766 BETWEEN Roger Blunt of the parish iof St Paul Covent Garden, in the county of Middlesex, esquire, and Frances his wife (which said Frances was the eldest daughter and one of the devisees named in the last will and testament of Edward Whitehead, deceased, of Kirkby Kendal, in the county of Westmoreland, alderman, deceased) of the one part, and William Blunt of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden, esquire, of the other part... WITNESSETH that in order to bar... all estates tail and remainder and reversions... upon certain messuages mills lands tenements and hereditaments herein particularly mentioned ... to the intent that the same may be assured to Roger Blunt and Frances his wife... and they do covenant... that they will acknowledge and levy a fine... upon all those demesne lands, tenements, barns and hereditaments.... lying at or near Packwran Hall in or near Kirkby Kendall, and one close called Busherwise Close alias Busherwise Parrock, and also one mill used for grinding of Dyers Wood, and another mill lately erected there for fulling of cloth, another there more lately erected for making of paper, and the scites of the said mills and grounds occupied... being part of the premises at Dorkwray Hall and vested in the said Edward Whitehead and his heirs in reversion expectant after the term of 99 years or other long term to be determined whereof the term of 57 years is now expired, and also the yearly rent of £4.5.0.... AND also all that house or houses etc... closes of arable meadow and pasture ground, such closes being called the Barn Close, the Cow Close, the Hill, the Round Hill, the Litter Mire, the Hagg Close, the Little Close, with the appurtenances in Kendal Park in or near the said town of Kirkby Kendal... AND also all those messuages, burgages etc situated in the burgh of Kirkby Kendal, one burgage house with orchard garden and croft wherein Isabella Whitehead, mother of the said Frances, then dwelt, one barn standing and being in a certain lane within the said burgh called Captain French Lane, one other burgage house within the said burgh by the name or sign of the Wheat Sheaf...AND also those messuages etc ............. (incomplete)
KIRKBY KENDALL - 1785
Indenture dated 1st September 1785 BETWEEN Roger Blount of Great Russell Street, in the parish of St Paul Covent Garden, in the county of Middlesex, Gentleman, of the one part, and Christopher Wilson of Kirkby Kendall, in the county of Westmoreland, merchant, of the other part... WITNESSETH that Robert Blount in consideration of £100... HATH granted, aliened etc... unto the said Christopher Wilson ALL that front burgage, dwelling house, messuage and tenement situated in the Crossbank on the eastside of one street called Highgate in Kirkby Kendall, of the yearly burgage rent of 13/4, formerly of the estate and inheritance of Edward Whitehead, deceased, and which on his death descended upon or came to Frances, the eldest daughters and customary heir, late the wife of Roger Blount, and now deceased, and upon whose death the same premises became the property of the said Roger Blount, as the survivor of his said wife, by virtue of a conveyance thereof made... TO HAVE AND TO HOLD forever... with a proviso for redemption.
Signed by Roger Blount.
Attached to the seal fold is a seal, in red wax, bearing the impression of a coat of arms.
The witnesses are Charles Wrighte and Gerr Scorer.