Compton Verney: early deeds, Kingston and Compton Murdak, an inquisition post mortem
Inquisition post mortem held before Andrew Tusser, esquire, as to the lands of Sir Thomas Verney deceased.
John Combes, esquire,
John Clopton, gent.,
Henry ?Agers and Robert Grey, who say on their oath that Thomas Verney, the day before he died, was seised in demense and of fee in:
The manors of Kingston and Compton Mordak alias Compton Verney 1 messuage, 100 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 4000 acres of pasture, 4 acres of woodland, 100 acres of waste and heath with appurtenances in Kingston and Chesterton 1 messuage, 200 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 10 acres of woodland, 100 acres of waste and heath with appurtenances in Compton Mordak alias Compton Verney 2 messuages 60 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 60 acres of pasture, 20 acres of waste and heath with appurtenances in Lighthorne 5 messuages, 1 windmill, 200 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 200 acres of pasture, 40 acres of waste and heath with appurtenances in Kineton, Combroke and Brookhampton Reciting settlement dated 5 and 21 May 31 Henry VIII [DR98/140]; a recovery of the manor of Kingston suffered Michaelmas 4 Edward VI and the last will and testament of Thomas Verney, dated 1 September 1557, in which he left the manor of Kingston with appurtenances to his wife Ann for life; Separate closes to sons Peter and Stephen Verney and any wives they might have, for lives, with reversion to senior heirs. Stephen and Peter are alive at time of inquisition;
Thomas Verney died 26 October 1557, leaving Sir Richard Verney his son and heir, aged 30 and above.
Finally the jurors swear that the manor of Kingston and lands were formerly parcel of the lands of the monastery of Abingdon in Berkshire, held of the Crown for fealty ad 20s p.a.; the closes settled by DR98/140 are worth £25 p.a.;
the manor of Compton and appurtences are held of the Crown for service of half a knight's fee and are worth £13 6s 8d per annum;
the closes left to sons Stephen and Peter are worth £16; premises in Lighthorne held of Sir Thomas Pope for 4s 2d and fealty;
Kineton, Combrook and Brookhampton premises held of Henry, Lord Berkley for fealty and £4 2s 6d per annum.
Other manorial rights, including windmill are worth 33s 4d per annum.
Dated at Warwick, 15 July 4 6 Philip and Mary signed 'per me Andrew Tusser'
Note: This inquisition refers to Thomas Verney's wife second wife Ann, the widow of William Gostwick of Bedfordshire. [See DR98/141b and DR98/142]