Wolverton, Whichford Snitterfield
Attested Copies of Indentures of Lease and Release, the Release dated 12th April 1692 between Sturch Walford of Wolverton gentleman and Anne his wife of the 1st part, John Walford of Wolverton gentleman (son and heir apparent of the said Sturch Walford) of the 2nd part, Thomas Seymour of Inchdene in the Parish of Lambourne, Berkshire esquire and John Marriott of Alscott, Gloucestershire esquire of the 3rd part and John Kent of Barford clerk of the 4th part whereby in consideration of the Marriage to be had between John Walford and Frances Seymour (one of the daughters of the said Thomas Seymour) and of £1000 paid by Thomas Seymour to Sturch Walford and John Walford as the Marriage Portion of the said Frances, and for providing a jointure for her and Anne Walford and her making provision for the children of the said intended marriage, they the said Sturch Walford and John Walford conveyed to Thomas Seymour and John Marriott several closes in Wolverton called Ash Close, The Furlongs, The Upper Innage, The Nether Innage, The Nether Close, The Two Little Meadows, The Snitterfield Piece, The Sheepe Pasture, The Redhill, the Close lying next to ????? Stanton's Grounds on the North part, 30 acres of meadow lying in the Common or Towne Meadow of Wolverton, Long Hay and Blacon, all which hereditaments were in the occupation of Humphrey Field, also a messuage in the occupation of Sturch Walford, also houses, barns, stables, gardens, orchards and appurtenances belonging to and used with the said messuage, also several closes called The Old divided into parts called The Furr or Further Close, The Middle Field, Baggage and Redwould Such, all which ;last mentioned premises were in the occupation of Sturch Walford, also all other lands and hereditaments of Sturch Walford and John Walford in Wolverton, also a messuage and seven yard lands and a half, and half a quarter yard land of arable, meadow and pasture with appurtenances in the Parish of Whichford, also a capital messuage with stables, barns, gardens, foldyard, Brickkilns Close, crofts, meadows, pastures and appurtenances occupied therewith lying in The Old, Snitterfield, also several leasowes, closes, pastures etc. in the Old aforesaid called Lupton's Leasowe, Poole Leasowe, Plaine Leasowe, Brickkiln Close, Gilbert's Leasowe, The Broome Close and one meadow adjoining the said messuage, all which premises were then in the occupation of Sturch Walford, also a toft or messuage place situate in the Old theretofore in the tenure of Anne Mylles widow, with garden and appurtenances therewith and all other hereditaments of Sturch Walford and John Walford in Wolverton, Whichford and Snitterfield to the use, as for and concerning all the premises in Wolverton (except a parcel of ground called Blacon and a close called Long Hay and the 30 acres of land lying in the Towne Meadow until the solemnisation of the intended marriage, remainder to the use of John Walford for life, remainder to the use of Thomas Seymour and John Marriott to preserve contingent remainders, remainder to the use of Frances Seymour for her life for jointure in bar dower, remainder to the use of the first and other sons of their intended marriage successively in tail male, and in default of such issue to daughters etc., remainder to the use of heirs male of the body of John Walford, remainder to the use of heirs male of Sturch Walford, remainder to heirs of John Walford for ever, and as and concerning the parcels of ground called Blacon, Long Hay and the 30 acres lying in the Towne Meadow of Wolverton to the use of John Walford and his heirs for ever and as and concerning the hereditaments in Whichford to the use of Thomas Seymour and John Marriott until the solemnisation of the said intended marriage in trust for Sturch Walford and his heirs and thereafter to the use of Sturch Walford for life, remainder to the use of Anne his wife for her life for jointure and in lieu dower, remainder to the user of John Walford and his heirs for ever, and as and concerning the premises in Snitterfield to the use of John Walford for ever. Covenant by Sturch Walford and John Walford with Thomas Seymour and John Marriott to levy a Fine upon the premises in Wolverton (except as excepted) to enure to the use and benefit of Thomas Seymour John Marriott and their heirs for purposes of making them Tenants in an act for Recovery which should enure to the uses aforesaid. Signed by the parties. Witnessed by Francis Capell, Francis Marriott, Hugh Walford junior, John Sheasby, Thomas Seymour junior, Charles Bint, Elizabeth King, Jane Seymour, John Combe and John Mansell. Attested 1st April 1826 by John Wheeler and Josiah Gill, clerks to Messrs. Greenway Shipton. Lease dated 11th April 1692 for one year of the same property by Sturch Walford and John Walford to Thomas Seymour and John Marriott. Witnessed ands attested as before.