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Long Ditton Manorial Roll Extract

Updated 1st July 1999

This is the translation of the relevant section of document G165/59/6 - Manorial Roll for Long Ditton , 1722 (Lovelace Papers). This translation from the Latin original revealed that James Howard's wife was indeed a Babara and in addition provided her maiden name - Loach. They were seeking legal tenancy to a piece of land in Long Ditton previously granted to one William Ginger. A great find which confirmed a link to a couple I had discovered some 3 years earlier. To return to the current edition of WebNews click here Return to WebNews.


G165/59/6 - Manorial Court Roll for Long Ditton, 1722 (Lovelace Estate Papers)

Manor of Ditton, also Long Ditton in the county of Surrey formerly belonging to the Hospital of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside Bishopsgate, London.

The first Court Baron of the honourable Peter King, knight, lord Chief Justice of the Court, of the King's Bench and lord of the manor of the same aforesaid place, made Tuesday 26th day of June in the reign of George, Ruler of Great Britain in his eighth year, 1722. Before Thomas Nuthall, Gent. Steward.

Homage: William Browne
Henry Pryor juror
William Hitchcock jurer

The jurors on their oath present the following persons who owe suit to this court.

To this Court came James Howard and Barbara his wife, George Dowse, Martha his wife and Richard Rust and Susanna his wife (and those certain Barbara, Martha and Susanna daughters and coheirs of Marie Loach formerly called Maria Hook) and customary tenants of this manor came in person and the aforesaid Barbara, Martha and Susanna each made secret examinations before the aforesaid Court Steward and agreed to surrender into the hands of the lord of the manor aforesaid and were accepted by the Court Steward of the aforesaid Manor all total three customary messuages or tenement and six acres of land with appurtenances situated and lying in Long Ditton within the aforesaid Manor formerly one messuage with appurtenances and six acres of land for the use and behoof of William Ginger of Long Ditton aforesaid, gardener and his heirs and by the will of the aforesaid lord of the manor (against individual breach of his faith thereafter) that is that the aforesaid William Ginger surrendered those customary aforesaid tenements, appurtenances in three equal parts or divided portions following, namely one part thereafter enclosed with one messuage or tenement now in the possession of the aforesaid George Dowse, one granary and an orchard lying behind, in english 'behind' and in part adjoining the aforesaid messuage and two small pieces or parcels of ground, in english 'ground', lying behind, in english 'behind', the said granary and one atrium, in english 'a yard', adjoining the yard of the aforesaid Richard Rust and continuing in length along the pale fence, in english 'the pale fence', erected upto the granary. And also half of one acre of land lying in that shott called Famborough, abbutting against the close of the Rectory of Long Ditton in the northern part and half of one acre of land lying in that field now called Westfield abbutting against Grum... , in english 'The Worple' and half of one acre of land lying in the other part of Grum... , in english 'The Worple' and half of one acre lying in the other part of that place called the Sandhills in Long Ditton within the aforesaid manor.

To the use and behoof of the aforesaid George Dowse, Martha his wife and her heirs forever, And one other part of the customary premises aforementioned in three equal shares containing one messuage or tenement formerly in the possession of Thomas Gage adjoining the aforesaid messuage of the aforementioned George Dowse and one orchard lying on the other side of the ditch in the same place and one yard adjoining the aforesaid messuage containing in length along the road from the aforesaid Long Ditton as far as the Pond, in english 'the Pond', in the same place, seven and a half virgates of land and in width at the southern end by sixteen feet and in width at the northern end fourteen feet or thereabouts. And also one and a half acres of land and lying in the place called le Fleece in the aforementioned Long Ditton and one acre of land lying in the Thames side shott, within the aforesaid manor. To the use and behoof of Richard Rust and Susanna his wife, his heirs and hers forever And part of three equal parts of half one messuage or piece of land and one orchard with appurtences in the possession of Martha Loach situated and being near the Wharf and adjoining near the lane called Rushett lane, to the use and behoof of James Howard and Barbara his wife, his heirs and hers forever. Whereon the aforesaid William Ginger did come before this court and did humbly petition the lord of the manor to be admitted tenant to that customary messuage, land and aforesaid tenements with appurtenances that had been surrendered. The steward of the lord's aforesaid manor thence granted by the rod to have and to hold the aforesaid tenements with appurtenances of the aforementioned William Ginger and his heirs (payment formerly specified) by will of the aforesaid lord of the manor and paid rent of one shilling and four pence, herriot and services as previously owed by the custom of the lord of the manor and was admitted tenant and thence made his oath of allegiance. And hereafter into this court came the aforesaid William Ginger in person and did surrender into the hands of the lord of the aforesaid manor and accepted by the steward by the rod that land and one messauge or tenement lately in the possession of the aforesaid George Dowse, one granary and an orchard with appurtenances lying, in english 'behind' the aforesaid messuage with two small pieces or parcels of ground, in english 'ground' lying behind the granary and one yard adjoining the yard of the aforesaid Richard Rust containing in length along the pale fence, in english 'pale fence', in the same place erected up to the said granary in the same place as three virgates or thereabouts. And half of one acre of land lying in that shott called Famborough abbutting against the close of the Rectory of Long Ditton on the north side and half of one acre of land lying in that field called Westfield abbutting Grum.... , in english 'the Worple', in the same place, half of one acre of land lying on the other side of Grum... , in english 'the Worple' and half of one acre lying on the other side of that place called Sandhills in the aforesaid Long Ditton within the aforesaid manor. To the use and behoof of George Dowse and Martha his wife, his heirs and Martha's forever. Whereon the aforesaid George Dowse and Martha his wife did humbly petition the lord of the manor to be admitted tenants of the aforesaid land with appurtences.Which the lord of the aforesaid manor by his steward granted by the rod to have and hold those lands with appurtences of the aforementioned George Dowse and Martha, his heirs and Martha's forever by the will of the lord of this manor court aforesaid paid annual rent of one shilling and four pence (the apportionment of the aforesaid Homage, heniott and services as previously owed by the custom of the lord of the manor) and were thus admitted tenants by the terms of this document and gave to the lord for a fine at their entry forty shillings and the aforesaid George made an oath of allegiance.

Moreover, before this court came the aforesaid William Ginger and surrendered into the hands of the lord of the manor and was accepted by the aforesaid steward by the rod all that messuage or tenement with appurtenances in the possession of Thomas Gage adjoining the aforesaid messuage of the aforementioned George Dowse and one orchard lying on the other side of the ditch in that same place and one yard adjoining the aforesaid messuage containing in length along the road of Long Ditton as far as the aforesaid pond, in english 'pond', in the same place as seven and a half virgates length at the south, ending sixteen feet and in width near the north fourteen feet or thereabouts. And also half of one acre of land lying near that place called le Fleece in the aforesaid Long Ditton, one acre of land lying in the Thames side shott within the aforesaid manor. To the use and behoof of Richard Rust and Susanna his wife, his heirs and Susanna's forever more.

Whereupon the aforesaid Richard Rust and Susanna his wife came into this court and did surrender into the hands of the lord of the manor and did petition to be admitted tenants to the aforesaid tenements with appurtenances which the aforesaid lord of the manor and his steward did grant by the rod to have and to hold those tenements with appurtenances of the aforesaid Richard and Susanna and his heirs and Susanna's forever by the will of the lord and the custom of the manor for an annual rent of one shilling and four pence (the apportionment of the aforesaid Homage) and by ancient services as previously owed by the custom of the lord of the manor and (excepting always whatever right of the lord of the manor) and were admitted thence as tenants by the terms of this document and gave to the lord for a fine at their entry forty shillings and the aforesaid Richard made an oath of allegiance.

Moreover before this court came the aforesaid William Ginger and did surrender into the hands of the lord and was accepted by the aforesaid steward by the rod all of one messuage or tenement, one orchard thence belonging to and with appurtenances in the possession of Martha Loach situated and being near the wharf in the aforesaid Long Ditton within this aforesaid manor and adjoining that lane formerly called Rushett lane in the same place and in this court the aforesaid James Howard and Barbara his wife did humbly petition before the lord of the manor to be admitted tenants of all that land with appurtenaces Which the lord of the aforesaid manor and his steward did grant by the rod to have and to hold all that aforesaid tenement with appurtenances of the aforesaid James and Barbara his wife, his heirs and Barbara's forever and by the will of the lord and the custom of the aforesaid manor for an annual rent of one shilling and four pence (the apportionment of the aforesaid Homage) herriot and ancient services previously owed (excepting always whatever rights of the lord of the manor) and were admitted thence tenants by the ten-ns of this document and gave to the lord for a fine at their entry forty shillings and the aforesaid James made an oath of allegiance.

Examined by me Thomas Nuthall Steward in the same place.


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