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Congregational (later United Reformed) Church, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon


Conveyance by lease and release from William Oldaker of Old Stratford, mealman, to William Wesson of Stratford-upon-Avon, maltster, for £290 (£40 to William Oldaker and £250 to John Reason of Shottery, yeoman, and Jane his wife, in discharge of a mortgage: see below), of a messuage and malthouse in Rother Street, late in the tenure of Francis James, deceased, father of Benjamin James, deceased, and now of John Prue, and built by the said Francis James on land bought by him of John Payton. With the following recitals: i) 3 November 1766: mortgage from Francis James of Stratford-upon-Avon, maltster, to Ann Loggin of Swalecliffe, co. Oxon., spinster, to secure £140. ii) death of Ann Loggin, leaving Elizabeth Loggin of Williamscott, co. Oxon., widow, sole executrix. c. 1770 iii) will of Francis James leaving the mortgaged premises to his wife, Joanna James, for life, with remainder to his sons, Benjamin James and John James. c. 1770 iv) 10 11 November 1773: conveyance from John James to Benjamin James of his moiety of the premises. v) 1 April 1779: assignment from Elizabeth Loggin to John Smith of Stratford-upon-Avon, gent. (with the consent of Joanna James, widow, and Benjamin James of Stratford-upon-Avon, baker) for £140, of the mortgage of 3 November 1766; with further advance from John Smith to Benjamin James of £110. vi) 4 5 May 1784: conveyance by lease and release from Benjamin James to William Oldaker, for £50, the premises to remain subject to the mortgage to John Smith of £250. vii) January 1789: death of John Smith, naming Jane Lea, later Jane Reason, sole executrix.