Kingshill in Stoneleigh deeds and papers
Attested copy of letters patent, dated 13 February, 1 James [1603/4] to Humphrey Ferrers, knight, William Goodere, knight, Richard Repington, esq. and Edmund Gregorye, gent., feodary of the county of Warwick, directing them to hold an inquisition on the death of Arthur Gregory, esq. Annexed is a copy of the inquisition `post mortem' taken at Colleshill on 29 September, 2 James, in the presence of the said Humphrey Ferrers, William Goodere and Edmund Gregory and Theodore Sadler, escheator of the county of Warwick. The jurors say on oath that the said Arthur Gregory and Jane his wife, before the death of the said Arthur, were jointly seized in tail male of the manors of Kingeshull and Styvechale with twenty messuages, ten cottages, four water mills, two dovecots, five hundred acres of land, two hundred acres of meadow, three hundred acres of pasture, three hundred acres of wood, two hundred acres of heath and furze and 3 pounds in rents in Kingeshull, Styvechale, Helinhull, Fynham, Flechampsted, Meriden, Alspath and Stoneley with view of frankpledge in Styvechale: also the said Arthur Gregory was seized in tail male of the site of the manor or castle of Brinklowe, with four acres of pasture and £3. 16s. 0d. in rents in Brinklowe, a tenement in Sowe, a messuage and two closes of land and pasture in Corley, a close in Canley, 13 shillings in rents in Meriden and Alspath, the advowson of the parish church of Corley, a capital messuage in the city of Coventr' and three closes called les Duncrofts and Dunruydings in Asthall. They also say that the said Arthur Gregory died on 1 December last at Styvechale, and that John Gregory, esq., his son and heir was aged 25 on 1 May 1604: that Helinhull Grange with the appurtenances in Fynham and Stoneley is and was held in chief of the king for knight service, but for what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not, and that the annual profits of the same are £2. 13s. 4d.: that the manor of Kingeshull and the rest of the property in Kingeshull, Flechamsted, Stonly, Sowe, Corley, Canley, Meriden and Alspath are and were held of the king by fealty only in free socage and not in chief and that the annual profits of the same are 10 pounds: that the manor of Styvechale and the rest of the property in Styvechale, Asthull and Coventr' are and were held of the king as of his manor of East Grenewich, co. Kent, by fealty only in free socage and not in chief and that the annual profits of the same are 10 pounds: that the site of the manor of Brinklowe is and was held of the king as of his Duchy of Lancaster but by what service the jurors know not, and that the annual profits of the same are 4 pounds. The jurors also state that the said Jane Gregory is still living at Colleshill and that Arthur Gregory held no other manors or lands of the king. Signed: Humphrey Ferrers, William Goodere, Edmund Gregory, feodary. Attested by William Rooke, clerk of the chapel of the rolls.