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Knight of Barrells


Copy of the will of that date of Christopher Baker of Henley-in-Arden in the parish of Wootton Wawen malster, whereby he made devises as follows: To his brother Francis Baker of the same place maltster his messuage and premises in Henley near the Chapel which were purchased by his father Francis Baker of one Mr. Lander; To his kinsman Thomas Baker lands in the common fields of Henley called Great Back-field and Little Back-field, then inclosed and called the Over New close, Nether New close, Cley piece and Watt close, also one ridge or land in Wootton (`Wotten') field adjoining Gallowes slade, all which said lands he formerly purchased of John Horsely mercer and George Haines glover, also all his interest in a piece of land called Howses pleck in Henley Back-field lately purchased of one John House, and two lands in Little Back-field; To his kinsman Francis Manton of Rowington yeoman his messuage and premises in Henley then in his own occupation, four lands lying in Windmill field and two leyes or lands in Little Blackford meadow in Wootton Wawen, subject to the payment of certain legacies; To his brother Francis Baker and kinsman Thomas Baker all his lands and closes in a certain field known by the several names of Whitley field alias Windmill field, Perryford field and Sandy field in Wootton Wawen lately purchased of one John Morris, charged with the payment of an annuity of £5 per annum and of certain legacies; To the same Francis Baker and Thomas Baker his two tenements and reversion of a third in Henley-in-Arden, charged with annual payments of 20s. to the parson of Henley and of 5s. on the purchase of such good and pious books as the said parson should choose for distributing to poor children of Henley yearly at Easter, the remainder of the rents of the said three tenements to be distributed, with the advice and direction of the Bailiff of Henley for the time being, among poor people of Henley at Easter and St. Thomas; Testator made bequests of sums of money and of beds, tables and other household stuff to many of his kinsmen and friends, and left the residue of his possessions to his brother Francis Baker, whom he made sole executor, desiring his kinsman Thomas Baker to be overseer. Signed: Christopher Baker. Witnesses: Ra: Knight, Thomas Ballord, Wm. Horsely. [Purchase No. 17]