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High Halden and Bethersden, Kent

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Assignment of Lease from Henry Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton esq. to George Broome of Halton [Holton], co. Oxford esq., Stephen Whight of Oxford gent. and Ralph Hatton of Halton, co. Buckingham yeoman, nominees of Joan Bradshaugh of Noke, co. Oxford widow, reciting the settlement made on 28 September 24 Elizabeth [1582] previous to the marriage of the said Henry Ferrers and Jane Whight, the youngest of the three daughters and co-heirs of Henry Whight esq. deceased., between the said Henry Ferrers and the said Joan Bradshaugh, widow of Henry Bradshaugh, lord chief baron of the Exchequer deceased, whereby a capital messuage, park and lands in Halden and Bettersden in Kent, held by the said Henry Ferrers under two leases amounting to 117 years, was to be granted to nominees of the said Joan to the use of the said Jane for life. The said Henry now leased the said lands to the said George, Stephen and Ralph, excepting a lease to George Carter for 21 years, to hold from the death of the said Henry Ferrers for 60 years or during the life of the said Jane to the annual value of £40. 23 November 25 Elizabeth [1582]. Signed: Henry Ferrers Circular seal of red wax on tag. 3/4 in. On a shield seven mascles, the shield within a beaded border. Witnesses endorsed: Christopher Brome; George Brome; Francis Pare; George ?Lussher; Thomas Bowyer. Endorsed: [In a 19th century hand] 23d. November 25th. of Elizth. Assignment of Leases of Estates in Kent - Henry Ferrers Esq. to George Broome, Steven Whight and Ralph Hatton - for securing a Jointure to Mrs. Jane Ferrers his wife before marriage Jane Whight spinster - in pursuance of the Covenant in his Settlement 28 September 24th. Elizth. [273]