Mortgage by Thomas Smyth of Preston-upon-Stower, yeoman, to William Cowper of Ladbrooke, blacksmith, of all his messuages, lands, etc. in Preston for 41 years to secure the payment of £162 on 16 May 1648. Dated 15 May 23 Charles[I] . Endorsed as shown to W. Cowper at his examination 17 September 1656, 14 January 1658/9 (old style) , 13 April 1659. Witnesses: Thomas Roberts, John Rounde, Robert Harvy and Arnold Stone.