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thence due and of right accustomed.

" Marks " of Thomas and John Stratton.

Witnesses : — Ric : Bonner, script., Anthonye

Lawmant, James Mighton, Willm, Allyn,

Roger Barber, Thomas Welton, Thomas

Dove.



VIII.

1593-4 January 14. — Bond by William Lockey
senior of St. Paul's Bedford " Servien' ad clauem,"
Edward Lockey his son, Robert Chateris of Parson
Drove in the Isle of Ely yeoman, William Dove of Elve-
stoe labourer, Philip Wakefield of Kempston blacksmith
and Johanna his wife, and Francis Storey of St. Paul's
Bedford, in favour of Anthony Manfield of Elvestoe
husbandman in the sum of £4, whereby each and all of
the above bind themselves to permit and suffer the said
A. M. to have peaceable possession of one half acre of



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arable land in the fields of Eluestoe bargaind and sold by
a deed pole dated as above from the above named, &c.

All the above named signed by mark.

Witnesses : — Richard Osborne, Roeer



Barker.



IX.



1594-5 J an - 7- — To all the faithful in Christ, &c.
Frances Storey of Bedford widow and William Terrell of
Bedford laborer in consideration of the sum of £ 50 3s. 4d.
to us paid by Anthony Mansfield of Eluestowe yeoman
sell to him one acre of arable land in the fields of Eluestowe
in Sharpe feild of which one rood lies above Wyndmyll
hill furlong between the land of the lady Queen now or
lately in the tenure of Frances Spycer on the one side
another rood thereof lying above knole furlong between
the land of the lady Queen on the North side and the land
called the Towne land on the south and abutts on the west
upon Port Waye and one half acre lying near Kempstone
Crosse between the land of the lady Queen on the one side
and abutting towards the east above Rydge Waye which
said acre is in the tenure of one Wliliam Dove of Elue-
stowe and was formerly parcel of land of Robert Thorn-
ton of Bedford deceased father of the said Frances Storey
to have and to hold for ever in chief of the lord of that fee
by the service thence due and of right accustomed.

The marks of Francisca Storey & William Terrell.

Witnesses : — Thomas Gurney, Thomas

Keyes, John Hoddle and Richard Bounde,

scriptor.

X.

1600 Oct. 6. — Indenture between Richard Con-
queste of Houghton esquire and Thomas Cooper of
Eluestowe gent, of the one part and Thomas Decons of



16 ELSTOW DEEDS : 1600

same gent, of the other part, whereby Thomas Cooper in
consideration of the sum of £12 6s. 8d. to him paid by-
Thomas Decons sells to him 3 acres of arable land in the
parish of Elvestowe, viz : — 2 acres thereof being 2 lands
lying together in a close called Corner close going through
2 furlongs the said 2 acres lying between the land of

Thomas Decons on both sides westward on Horne-

send Lane And 3 roods of the said 3 acres being 2 lands
lying together in Elvestowe on a furlong lying be-
tween the land of the said Thomas Decons westward and
the lands of the same eastward abutting northward on the
land of the said Thomas Decons and one rood the residue
of the said 3 acres lies on a furlong called Clay furlong
between the land of the said Thomas Decons eastward
and the land of Anthony Ballard westward and abutteth
southward on the house of the said Thomas Decons in the

tenure of Radwell. Covenant for quiet enjoyment

by Richard Conquest, &c, &c.

[Deed damaged in places & signatures wanting].

Attested by Richard Bound.

XL

1600 Nov. 18. — Deed of Trust of the Chantry House,
&c. Between Robert Same of Chalfont St. Peter co.
Bucks, yeoman and Thomas Cooper of Elestoe or Elue-
stoe gent. The said Robert sells to Thomas Cooper all
that messuage called the Chanterie or Chanterie House in
the parish of Elestoe with all the buildings &c. thereto be-
longing and also 7 acres of meadow in the Common Meade
of Elestoe and Kempston sometime belonging to the
Chanterie of Elestoe And likewise all that close called
Meade Close in the parish of Elestoe and likewise all those
parcells of arable land set out in a terrier hereto annexed
all which premises the said Robert late purchased, inter
alia, from the said Thomas and Richard Conquest of
Houghton Conquest Esq. by Indenture dated 17 Nov.



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1600 17

1600. Proviso that if the said Robert shall pay to the said
Thomas every year for 20 years the full sum of ^26 by 2
half-yearly payments that then from and after the expira-
tion of the said term these presents &c. shall be frustrate
and void and that then and from henceforth the said
Thomas shall stand and be seized of the premises to the
only use and behoofe of the said Robert, &c., &c.

Signed " Robart Same."

Witnesses : — Willm. Waddopp, Thomas

Barnes, George Eckles, Robert Bound

scriptor.



" A Terrie "[r].

WESTFIELD

Impr. one \ acre on Ronnye Bridge furlong the land
of John Croley on the one side, Willm. Warner on the
other.

Itm. one rood on the same furlong Edward Fanne on
the one side Robert Woolmer on the other.

Itm one half acre on Middle furlong Robt. Woolmer
on the one side George Waddop on the other.

Itm one acre on the same furlong Willm. Walton on
both sides.

Itm one broad land containing about 3 roods on the
same furlong, Willm. Walton on the one side the town
lands on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, John Thodye
on the one side Willm. Warner on the other.

Itm 2 lands containing 5 roods on Stotfold piece,
Antony Ballard on the one side Robt. Woolmer on the
other.

Itm one rood on the same piece, George Waddop on
the one side Willm. Watson on the other.



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MIDDLE FURLONG



Itm one rood on Middle furlong, Willm. Walton on
the one side - on the other.

Itm 3 roods on the same furlong, Richard Fitzhugh
on the one side Willm. Warner on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, westward,

on the one side on the other.

Itm 5 half acres on the same furlong, the Lo : Mor-
daunt on the one side Antony Ballard on the other.

Itm 3 half acres on the same furlong, the Queen's
Ma'ties land on the one side the Lo : Mordaunt on the
other.

BROOKE FURLONG

Itm one half acre on Brooke furlong shooting down
to the brook, Antony Ballard on the one side Robt.
Woolmer on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, George
Gooddyn on the one side

BRAMPTON SHARP FIELD

Itm one acre in Brampton, George Waddop on the
one side Willm. Watson on the other.

Itm one acre there, - - - - Sansom on the one side
Lawrence Kendall on the other.

Itm one rood in Sharpe field next the Town, Roger
Stoughton on the one side John Croley on the other.

Itm one acre there, Robert Woolmer on the one side
Ventris on the other.

Itm 1 1 lands at Spynnye Lane end lying for \\ acres.

Itm. 7 lands on the furlong abutting on Kempston
Cross containing 3 acres between John Dennytt & Willm.
Walton.

Itm one acre next to Harroden field, Willm.
Woolmer on the one side Modleton on the other.

Itm one half acre lying at the North side of Wests.



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1600-1601 19



MOTHER FIELD



Itm one half acre on Fisher's furlong, Antony Ballard
on the one side Willm. Watson on the other.

Itm 3 half acres shooting on Harborow busheway,
Robt. Woolmer on the one side Willm. Walton on the
other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, Robt.
Woolmer on both sides.

Itm 3 roods on the same furlong, Willm. Watson on
the one side Willm. Walton on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, Antony Ballard
on the one side Edward Faunt on the other.

Itm one rood on the same furlong, Edward Faunt on
the one side Robt. Woolmer on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, Antony Ballard
on the one side Richd. Fitzhugh on the other.

Itm one rood on the same furlong, Stratton on

the one side Richd. Fitzhugh on the other.

Itm 3 half acres p'ish priest furlong, Willm. Watson
on the one side George Waddop on the other.

Itm one half acre on the same furlong, George
Waddop on the one side Robt. Woolmer on the other.



XII.

1601 April io. — William Dove senior of Eluestowe
labourer and William Dove junior son of the above, of the
same weaver in consideration of the sum of ,£i6 sells to
Antonye Manfeilde also of Eluestowe labourer a malt
house and other houses &c. now standing upon the south
side of the yard belonging to the dwelling house of W. D.
senior in Eluestowe, containing seven bays of housing and
also the moiety and half of all the yard belonging thereto
to be holden of the chief lord of the fee by service there-
fore due and accustomed.



The marks of W. D. senior and junior.



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XIII.

1601 April 16. — William Dove the younger of Elue-
stowe weaver reciting the foregoing deed and that since
the making hereof the yard had been set out and divided
releases to Antonye Manfeild all his estate in the said
premises and half yard &c.

The mark of William Dove, junior.

Witnesses : George Manffeld, Ric. Bowne,
scriptor.



XIV.

1602 June 9. — John Thody of Drydraton, co. Cambs.
tailor in consideration of the sum of 100 marks to him paid
by Edmund Thody of Eluestowe shoemaker sells to the
said Edmund Thody, William Thody, and Thomas Thody
sons of the said E. T. a messuage or tenement with a
pightel adjoining and 20^ acres of arable land lying dis-
persed in the fields of Eluestowe and Kempston and one
rood of meadow in Eluestowe and Kempston, &c. Here
follows a long description of boundaries.

Signed " John Thode."

Witnesses : — Thomas Cranfilde, Jhon

Thodye, junior, son of the within named

Jhon Thodye.



XV.

1603 December 26. — Bond by William Savage of
Clapham yeoman, Thomas Savage of Kempston black-
smith and Joanna Wakefield of Kempston widow . in
favour of Anthony Manfielde of Ellstowe yeoman in the
sum of £ 10 whereby they assure the said A. M. quiet and
peaceable possession of one acre of arable land in the



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1608-1609 21

Westfield of Ellstowe conveyed to the said A. M. by deed
poll of even date herewith from the above-named guaran-
tors, &c.

Signed : — William Savage, Thomas Savage,
Joanna Wakefield, by marks.

Witnesses : — William Dove, Henry Man-
field, Thomas Harvye, Morgan Lloyd.

XVI.

1608 April 28. — William Savage of Eluestowe mat-
maker in consideration of the sum of £^ 4s. od. to him
paid by William Dymocke of the same town yeoman sells
to the said W. D. i acre of arable land in Sharpefield in
Eluestowe.

The mark of Willm. Savage.

Witnesses : — Anthony Manffeld, Wm.

Emarson, Thorn. Prate, Thomas Smyth,

Edward Farar.

XVII.

1609 Dec. 26. — Indenture between Roger Helder
alias Barker of Ellstowe yeoman, and John Waldocke of
the same labourer. The said Roger for divers good causes
and considerations demises to the said John sufficient in-
gate and outgate with free ingress egress and regress at all
times for the said John to pass with horses carts and car-
riages &c. in out by and through the grounds and gates of
the said Roger to the yard and grounds of the said John in
Ellstowe lately purchased of the said Roger and next ad-
joining to the said ground of the said Roger where the pas-
sage way is and must be for the term of 60 years yielding
and paying therefor yearly in harvest time during the said
term one good and sufficient day's work of an " hable "
and sufficient man who shall find his own diet and main-
tenance. And it is agreed by & between the parties hereto



22 ELSTOW DEEDS : 1611

that for the new making of the gate between the ground of
the said Roger and the ground of the said John the said
Roger is to find all the material and the said John the
labour and further if the gate of the said Roger toward the
street be at any time broken or impaired through the de-
fault of the said John then he or they whose default it is
shall make good.

Signed " Roger Barker."

Witnesses : — Robert Ridge, Jhon Lane,
William Carpenter.



XVIII.

1611 August 1. — To all Christian people &c. Sir
Edward Radcliffe of Eluestowe knt. in consideration of
the sum of £32 to him paid by John Radwell of Kempston
plough wright sells to the said J. R. a messuage or tene-
ment with yard garden and orchard thereunto adjoining
situate in Eluestowe between the land of the King and a
lane called Lambes Lane otherwise Lambesyate on the
west and the highway leading from Eluestowe to Kemp-
ston on the north and the Common green there on the
south to be holden of the chief lord of the fee by the rents
and services therefore due &c.

Covenant of assurance against Dame Isabel Radcliffe
late of Eluestowe deceased his mother.

Signed " Edw : Radcliffe."

Witnesses : — Thomas Cater, William
Dimocke, John Power.



XIX.

161 1 August 1. — Bond of Edward Radcliffe of Elue-
stowe knight to John Radwell of Kempston ploughwright
in the sum of £60 to secure the observance of certain



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1611 23

articles clauses &c. contained in a deed poll of even date
herewith made by the said Sir E. R. unto the said J. R.
for the sale of a tenement in Eluestowe, &c.

Signed, " Edw. Radcliffe."

Witnesses : — Thomas Cater, William Dimocke,
John Power.



XX.

1611 August 1. — Bond of John Whitbread of Elue-
stowe husbandman in the sum of ^20 to John Radwell
assuring him quiet enjoyment of above premises as agains
Elner Whitbread of Eluestowe, widow, his mother.



XXI.

161 1 December 9.— Indenture between Sir Edward
Radcliffe of Eluestowe knight and Anne Dymocke one of
the daughters of William Dymocke of the same yeoman.
Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of ,£5 the said
Sir E. R. doth demise to A. D. a messuage or tenement in
Eluestowe between the land of Edmond Thody on the
south and the land of Thomas Hoddle on the north in the
tenure of Mary Bentley widow and her son William
Bentley, and also one land of arable land containing half
an acre on a furlong at the backside of John Ballard's close
called Saltes Corner & between the King's land on the
south and the land of William Dymocke on the north, and
one acre of arable land in Sharpe field on Gravellpitts fur-
long from Michaelmas 16 14 for the term of 21 years at the
yearly rent of 6s. 8d.

Signed " Anne Dimocke."

Witnesses : — Thorn. Prate, Jeames Wak-
field.



24 ELSTOW DEEDS : 1615

XXII.

1 615 August 8. — Indenture made between Sir George
Sandys of Enfield, co. Middlesex, Knt., and Dame Susan
his wife of the one part and Jacob Lawrence of Bedford
Mercer and Roger Elder alias Barker of Elvestowe yeo-
man of the other part. Witnesseth the said parties of the
one part in consideration of the sum of £jo sell to the
said Jacob and Roger all that pasture or enclosed ground

known by the name of ly m g and being in Eluestowe

containing about 6 or 7 acres abutting upon Gosse Green
and Mosse Close leading to Brampton field on the west
and upon Hornsend Lane on the east and upon Chaun-
tery pightel and land in the tenure of Thomas Cooper gent.
&c. And the said Sir G. S. and Dame Susan constitute
and appoint Thomas Parsons of Kempston Hardwicke
gent, and William Dymocke of Elvestowe yeoman their
true and lawful attornies to deliver quiet and peaceable
possession &c.

Signed " George Sandys, Susan Sandys."

Witnesses : — Rich : Taylor, Wm. Doughtie,
William Dymocke, Mich : Dymocke,
Thomas Cooke, George Watson, Edward
Power.

(Deed damaged and illegible in places).



XXIII.

161 5. — Final concord between James Lawrance and
Roger Helder alias Barker — and George Sandys knight
and Susanna his wife — of 8 acres of pasture, &c, in Elve-
stowe, the said George and Susanna recognized the said
premises to belong to the said James and Roger who had
paid to the said George and Susanna the sum of £^J for
same.



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1617-1618 25

XXIV.

1617 June 18. — To all Christian people &c. Roger
Helder alias Barker of Cardington yeoman in considera-
tion of the sum of ^48 13s. 46. sells to William Dymocke
of Elstowe yeoman a close of pasture called Chantry Cow
Close containing 6 or 7 acres abutting upon Gosse Green
and upon a common lane called Mossclose Lane leading
to a certain field called Brampton on the west side and
upon a lane called Hornsend Lane on the east and
abutting south on Chantry pightel and upon certain lands
now or late in the tenure of Thomas Cooper of Elstowe
gent, to be holden of the chief lord of the fee &c.

Signed " Roger Barker."

Witnesses : — John Ballard, Edward Power,
John Barker, Thomas Sugsden.

XXV.

161 7 June 18. — To all Christian people &c. Roger
Barker alias Helder of Cardington yeoman in considera-
tion of the sum of 20 marks sells to William Dymocke of
Elstowe yeoman a close or pightel of pasture containing
about 3 roods lying and being in Hornsend in Elstow next
to a close and to a pightel of the King's on the south and
west, the Common Lane on the east and Chantry Cow
Close on the north to hold of the chief lord of the fee by
rents and services due and of right accustomed, &c.

Signed " Roger Barker."

Witnesses : — John Ballard, Edward Power.

XXVI.

161 7-18 February 14. — To all Christian people, &c.
William Dymocke of Elstow yeoman in consideration of
the sum of ^5 sells to John Ballard of Elstowe yeoman a



t> J



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selion or half acre of arable land lying in a place known as
Bal lards Park (called every years land) between the land
of the king on both sides abutting south on Pyers Lane,
now in the tenure of the said J. B. to hold of the chief lord
of the fee by the rights and services therefore due and of
rieht accustomed &c.

Signed " William Dymocke."

Witnesses : — Mich : Dymock, Edward Power.



XXVII.

1620 August 17. — To all Christian people, &c. The
right hoble. Sr. John Mordaunt, knt, Lord Mordaunt,
Baron of Turvey sends greeting. Recites Indenture
tripartite dated 28 April 1620 made between the said John
Lord Mordaunt of the first part, Christopher Turner and
Richard Joye of Bedford gent, of the second part and
Thomas Hawes and William Abbis of the same town gent,
of the third part wherein are certain covenants. Also for
divers good causes he the said John Lord Mordaunt quit-
claims unto Thomas Vinson the elder of Elstoe yeoman
All that tenement, &c. and a close in Elstoe, a close of
pasture to the said tenement adjoining containing 2 acres
now or late in the tenure of William Hoddle, also a cottage,
&c. adjoining the said tenement and a close adjoining the
said cottage containing 1^ acres in the tenure of Thomas
Jacques, also one other cottage, &c. late in the tenure of
Edward Hockle, and also 13 acres and \\ roods of arable
land lying dispersedly in the Common fields of Elstoe now
or late in the tenure of the said William Hoddle whereof
12 acres 3^ roods lie in Motherfield and the other half
acre in Sharpe field behind west close between the land of
Thomas Hillersdon, Esq. on both sides. Together with all
and every, &c. Covenant of quiet assurance as against
him the said John, Lord Mordaunt, the heirs of Henry,
Lord Mordaunt his deceased father, of Lewes, Lord Mor-
daunt his deceased grandfather, of John, Lord Mordaunt



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1623-1625 27

his deceased great grandfather and of John, Lord Mor-
daunt deceased father of his great grandfather, &c.

Signed : " J. Mordaunt." [5th Baron].

Witnesses : — Tho : Neuill, Will. Farrer.

XXVIII.

1623 November 20. — Bond of Anthony Beachampe
of Elstowe cordwainer to Edmund Cranfield of same hus-
bandman in the sum of ^40 whereby the said A. B. assures
to the said E. C. and Marie his wife peaceable and quiet
enjoyment of part and parcel of a dwellinghouse, orchard,
one bay of a barn and 3 roods of arable land in Elstowe
set out in a deed of Articles indented made between the
above named of even date herewith, &c.

Signed : — The mark of Anthony Beachampe.

Witnesses : — Tho : Beech, sc, Thomas

Cranfield, William Waddopp, Michael

Pratte.

XXIX.

1625 May 19. — Indenture made between Wallton
Cooper of Elvestowe gent, administrator of the goods and
chattels of Thomas Cooper late of Elvestowe gent, late
father of the said Walton of the one part and Arnold
Spencer of Cople gent, of the other part. Witnesseth that
whereas William Wawton by his last will and testament
dated 16 July 1590 devised unto Bridgett Wawton his wife
for life divers lands &c. in Elvestowe and elsewhere. And
whereas the said Bridgett by Indenture dated 22 August
1590 made between her and the said Thomas Cooper de-
mised the said premises to the said T. C. for the term of
60 years at the yearly rent of is. And whereas the said
Bridgett afterwards took to husband Walter Luke, &c.
Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said W. C. for



28 ELSTOW DEEDS : 1626-1627

divers good causes hath sold unto the said A.S. All that
messuage cottage and closes of land in Elvestovve and 45
acres of arable land in the common fields of Elvestowe
and of Kempston, Kempston-Hardwicke, and Wilsham-
steed, &c, &c.

Signed " Walton [Cooper]."

Witnesses : — Edw : Gostwyk, Rich : God-
win, Nich'as Sandes, James Goddin, Giles
Thomas.

XXX.

1626 December 29. — Bond by Michael Dymocke of
Cranfield gent, in favour of George Watson of Elstowe
husbandman in the sum of £ 50. Whereas the said M. D.
by deed of Mortgage dated as above sold to the said G. W.
and Margerie his wife 4 acres of arable land and one rood
of sward ground in Elstowe as set forth in a Terrar or
Schedule to the said deed affixed, &c. Covenant for
further reasonable assurances of the said premises, and
that if default be made in the payment then this obligation
to be void and of none effect, &c.

Signed : Mich. Dymocke.

Witnesses :— Tho : Beeche sc, Mathew
Dymocke, Exam, per Robt. Farnell.

XXXI.

1627 July 26. — To all christian people, &c. Michael
Dymocke of Cranfeild gentleman in consideration of the
sum of £27 sells to George Watson of Elstowe, husband-
man, 4 acres of arable land and 1 rood of " swearde
grounde " in the parish of Elstowe specified in a " Terrar "
hereunto annexed to be holden of the chief lord of the fee
by the rents and services thereof due by the said G. W.
and Margerie his wife. Covenant of assurance by the said



ELSTOW DEEDS : 1627 29

M. D. against Elizabeth his wife and against Joan
Dymocke, widow, his mother.

Signed " Mich : Dymocke."

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Tho :
Beeche, sc., Jo : Bennett, Abraham White.

A True Terrar of the landes and grownds herein this
present mencioned to be bargained & sold as followeth.

One acre of arable lieth upon long Peslington fur-
long late purchased by the said M. D. and Willm. D. his
late father of Tho : Coop' of Harowden deceased.

One acre lieth upon Haroden Hill furlong the land
belonging to St. Leonard's of Bedford on the east.

Half an acre lieth upon Hird furlong from the Toune
between late Willm. Dynitts on the north & the land late
the said Willm. Dymocke's on the south.

Half an acre lieth upon a furlong on the east of Port-
way between the land late of Tho : Decones deceased on
the north and the King's land on the south.

One acre lieth in another field in Blackpits between
the land of the King on both sides.

The rood of swearde ground lieth in Quechfen be-
tween the Chantrie ground on the east and the grounde
sometimes p'Hable between Edmund Legg and Anthonie
Ballard deceased on the west.



XXXII.

1627 July 26. — Bond by Michael Dymock of Cran-
field gent, in favour of George Watson of Elstowe hus-
bandman in the sum of £ S°- Reciting above deed of
sale. Covenant for quiet assurance, &c.

Signed : Mich. Dymocke.

Witnesses : — Tho : Beeche Sc, John
Bennet, Abraham White.



30 ELSTOW DEEDS : 1627

XXXIII.

1627 October i. — Indenture between Thomas Vin-
son of Ampthill gent, and Thomas Hillersdon of Elue-
stow esquire Witnesseth that the said T. V. in con-
sideration of the sum of 5s. and also in execution and per-
formance of the trust reposed in Thomas Vinson of Elue-
stowe yeoman deceased father of the said T. V. by Sir
Thomas Hillersdon knight deceased father of the said T.
H. and also according to the direction of the said Sir
Thomas Hillersdon expressed by his last will and testa-
ment dated 3 June 1623 hath sold to the said T. H. all
that tenement with the appurtenances in Eluestowe and one
close of pasture adjoining containing about 2 acres now or
late in the tenure of William Hoddle. And also all that


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