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Baddesley Clinton


Lease from William Rody of Warr' to Thomas Smyth of Rowynton of a close in Baddesley Clynton' called Chetewyns lying in length from le Geg grove under le Haywode as it is bounded on all sides. To hold the said close with all woods and undergrowth from the day of the lease for the term of 6 years, rendering annually 23s. rent at the three terms of the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, St. Michael the Archangel and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in equal portions, with the condition that if the said rent was in arrears beyond fifteen days the said William would have the right of distraint, and if it was in arrears for half a year, he would have the right to re-enter the said property. The said Thomas to have the right to sell and carry away the said woods and undergrowth during the said term, with free entry and exit for carts, beasts and servants through the gates of the said close, with the exception of one place called `the Homplace'. The said Thomas was to erect a fence `realles competentes' in le Hegge extending from the corner of Dodgroue as far as the pit at the end of the same grove, and also from the highway beneath the hedge for a distance of half a perch `dimidi perticati'. The said William was to make a close of land for himself between Haywode and Chetewyns through the length of his wood during the said term, and he also reserved entrance and exit for himself, his beasts and carriages for a space of thirty feet between gate and gate. The said Thomas was to pay all royal and other dues during the said term, and not to enter the said close after the said term, without the permission of the said William. Warranty clause. Sealing clause. Witnesses: Roger Broyles, Master of the Gild of Warr'; William Hopkyns of the same; John Fox; William Notyng de Rowynton'; Walter Goodman de Baddesley Clynton and others. Given at Warr' on the feast of St. Blasius the Bishop 1 Henry VI [3 February 1422/3]. [Memorandum in the same hand] The said Thomas was to be allowed to stand all rails standing in the pit and upon `legges' of the same pit. Tag for seal with traces of red wax. Endorsed: 1. [In a late 16th century hand] Lease Ruddye to Smythe of grounde in Badesleye 2. [In a 19th century hand c. 1839 as yet unidentified] Feast of St. Blaise Bishop 1st. Hen: 6th. Demise of a close in Baddisley called Chetwyns - rent 23 shillings - adjoining Geggrove - [33]