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Rent Book for the Fulford Estate

Transcribed by Fay Sampson Priestley

The properties are in Dunsford, in mid-Devon, and neighbouring parishes.
The column headed 'Lives and Ages in 1776' relates to the system of three-life leases. In his near-contemporary Rural Economy of the West of England (1796) William Marshall describes it thus:
'POSSESSORY RIGHT, or LANDED PROPERTY, puts on an appearance here, very different from that which it wears in other parts of the kingdom'. Instead of letting out their lands to tenants, at an annual rent equivalent to their value, they are sold, in small parcels or farms, generally for THREE LIVES named by the purchaser, or ninetynine years, provided any one of the parties, named, survives that period: reserving, however, a small annual rent, together with a heriot or other forfeiture, on the death of each nominee, similar to those attached to the copyhold tenure, which this species of tenancy, or tenure, very much resembles: it being usual to put in fresh lives, as the preceding ones drop off; receiving a fine or adequate purchase, for the addition of a fresh life, or lives.'
Where a Capon or Harvest Day could be substituted for the rent, this is sometimes abbreviated as 'C.' or 'H.D.'

Fay Sampson Priestley, June 2002

 

Manor of Dunsford
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
1 The Great Tithes   In Hand         £ s d   £ s d
                     
        Jas. Cornish Wills 48 )   1..2..2 )  
2 Lewishill   Jas. Cornish Wills Jas. C. Wills 26 ) Capon or ..2..0 ) 55 0 0
        Jacob Wills 22 ) H. Day ..2..0 )  
                     
3 (North and )   dead in 1777            
  ( ) Edwd. Mitchell William Floud       1..0..0   48 0 0
  (South Upton )   d. Edwd. Mitchell 49          
                     
        (Mary Newberry   )   0..13..0 )  
4 Oak   Sampn. Newberry (   ) C: or 0..2..0 ) 32 12 6
        (Jane Newberry   ) H: Day 0..2..0 )  
                     
        James Esworthy on   )        
  (Coridge & )   both and - 64 )        
5 ( ) Ann Esworthy Ann Esworthy 48 )   0..13..0   40 0 0
  (Goatlake )   Wm. Esworthy 24 )        
        On Coridge only   )        
                     
        (Nathl. Berry 46 )   0.16..0 )  
6 West Upton   Thos. Berry (Mary Berry 48 ) C: or 0..2..0 ) 45 0 0
        (Thos. Berry 36 ) H: Day or 0..2..0 )  
                     
        (Betty Harris 60 )   0..10..0 )  
7 Staddon   Nichs. Williams (and Nichs. Williams )   C:or 0..1..6 ) 30 0 0
        (Junr. 46 ) H:Day or 0..0..6 )  
                     
        (Mary Connet 34 )   0..14..0 )  
8 Townsend   Elizth. Connet (   )     ) 35 10 0
        (Ben: Esworthy 23 ) C:or 0..2..0 )  
                     
        (Lessee 52 )   0..9..0 )  
9 Small lake   Saml. Dingle (Susanna his Wife 50 ) Cap: or 0..2..0 ) 27 0 0
        (Saml. their Son 22 )        
                     
        Mary Woodley 60 )   0..9..8 )  
10 South zeal   Jno. Norrish Mary Woodley 30 ) Ca: or 0..2..0 ) 28 12 6
        Mary Norrish 10 )        
                     
11 The Wills   Richd. Mortimore Jno. Mortimore 70 )   2..0..2 ) 22 0 0
        George Mortimore dead ) Cap: or 0..2..0 )  
                     
12 Westlands   Robt. Preston Thos. Petherbridge 56 )   0..8..1   24 0 0
            ) Cap: or 0..2..0    
                     
Mr. Batton the Occupier wishes to have a Lease for a Term as he may put in Dressing, at £24 a Year. Mr. Wills is to settle this as the Yearly Rent and Term shod. it be thought proper to grant a Term.    
                     
        (John Connett 50 )   0..8.10   29 17 0
13 Leate & Circombe   Geo: Connett (John Heugoe   ) Cap:or 0..2..0    
        (Changd. for Mary   )        
        (Connett 42 )        
                     
14 Kellond   Chas. Browning (Nichs. Browning dead     0..3..0   15 0 0
        (Wm. Browning 52   Cap: or 0..2..0    
                     
        (Winifred Smerdon dead )        
15 Warnscombe   Wm. Woodly (Jacob Wills 24 )   0..6..0   12 17 6
        (Joseph Wills 22 )        
                     
        John Dingle 60     0..10..4    
16 Collabridge   Jno. Dingle Saml. Dingle 52   H:Day or 0..2..0   26 0 0
        Susanna Addems 26          
                     
        (Joan Dining 60 )   0..5..8    
17 Chubbs Tenemt.   Jno. Taverner (John Taverner   ) Cap: or 0..2..0   10 16 0
        (Joan Taverner 26 ) H:D: or 0..2..0    
                     
        James Connett 46 )        
18 Broadmeads   James Connett Mary Connett 44 )   0..5..0   6 0 0
        on the whole   )        
                     
Note these three Broadmeads were lately leased by three      
Separate Leases (viz:)      
  The Easter for the Life of .... Wm. Connett           8 0 0
  The Wester ........... Alice Roberts            
  The Middle ............ Joseph Wills            
                     
19 North zeal   Josh. Harris (William Harris 50 )   0..10..0   11 11 0
                     
            )   0..13..6    
20 Moore   Francis Headon Lessee 50 ) Cap. or 0..1..6   24 0 0
            ) H:D: or 0..2..0    
                     
21 Porch House   Wm. Woodley (Thos. Woodley 48 )   0..7..0   8 0 0
        (Wm. Woodley 46 )        
                     
  Part of     (Ann his Wife   )   0..4..0 )  
22     Richd. Mortimore (George his Son dead )   Ca:or 0..2..0 )  
  Lower Court     (included in the Mills )   H:D:or 0..2..0 )  
                     
  Lower     (Wm. Legg 25 ) In hand from May 1770      
23     Ann Russell (Ann Legg 36 )   0..5..0   3 0 0
  Butts Cott's     (Sarah Tozer 34 )        
                     
        Lessee            
24 Butts Cott's   Thos. Tozer Jane Tozer 20     0..2..0   3 0 0
        Mary Tozer 15          
                     
25 Symonds Cott   Michl. Woodley (James Esworthy 60 )   0..3..4   8 0 0
        (Jas. Esworthy 24 ) H. D:or 0..2..0    
                     
            )   0..2..0    
26 Haydon's Cott   Sebasn. Radmore Elizth. Haydon 46 ) H:D. 0..2..0   2 0 0
                     
        Jas. Connett 46 )        
27 Brownings's Cott   Jas. Connett Mary Connett 44 )   0..3..4   2 10 0
          (38 )        
        John Connett 20 )        
                     
28 Langa Parks   Wm. Connett (Lessee 50 )   0..5..0   4 0 0
        (Mary Connett 39 )        
                     
  (Brimblecombe )   (Margery Connett   )        
29 ( ) Jonn. Roberts (Alice Roberts 26 )   0..3..0   2 0 0
  (Cottage )   (Joseph Wills 21 )        
                     
        (Mary Shute   )        
30 Wester Steps   Francis Shute (Wm. Shute   )   0..2..0   4 0 0
        (Jane Shute   )        
                     
  (part of )   Thomazine his Wife   )   0..3..4    
31 ( ) Jas. Woodley     ) Cap:or 0..2..0   5 0 0
  (Lower Court )   Jas. Woodley Junr. 31 ) H:D:or 0..2..0    
          30 )        
                     
  (part of )   (Lessee   )       0..4..6
32 ( ) Wm. Handcock (Elizth. Scottman   ) H.D. 0..2..0   4 0 0
  (Lower Court )   (Susanna Curtis   )        
                     
33 Higher Court   Wm. Woodley (Michl. Woodley) 56     0..3..4   8 10 0
        (Elizth. Woodley) 21   Cap:or 0..2..0    
                     
        (John Dingle   )        
34 Broom Parks   Jno. Taverner (Joan Taverner 33 )   0..1..9 ½   4 0 0
        (Thos. Taverner   )        
                     
35 Gendals Cott.   Jas. Woodley James Esery       0..2..0   1 10 0
                     
36 Dymonds Cott   Jas. Cornish Wills (Nathl: Berry   )   0..1..0   3 0 0
        (Mary Wills 28 )        
                     
37 Joyces Cott   Jas. Cornish Wills (John Shilston   )   0..2..0   2 10 0
        (Jas. Cornish Wills 27 )        
                     
        (Margaret Ley   )        
38 Pullings Cott   Jonn. Roberts (Jonn. Roberts 46 )   0..2..0   2 10 0
        (Mary Roberts 44 )        
                     
        (Jerah. Connett dead )        
39 Dunsford Woods   Ditto (John Connett   )   0..13..4   6 0 0
        (Alice Roberts 26 )        
                     
40 Boyland   Wm. Taverner (Wm. Taverner 27 )   0..6..8   3 3 0
  Bear Wood's     (Mally Taverner 20 )        
                     
41 Taverners Cott   Wm. Taverner (Mary Taverner   )   0..2..0    
        (Elizth. Taverner 15 )        
                     
  (Stoney )   (Elizth. Esworthy   )        
42 ( ) Grace Shutt (Mary Esworthy 26 )   0..1..0   2 10 0
  (Stairs Cott )   (Elizth. Shilstone 20 )        
                     
43 Part of Court   Elizth. Connett (Mary Connett   )        
        (Jerah. Esworthy   )   0..3..0   2 10 0
        (Mary Esworthy   )        
                     
        (Ann Colderidge   )        
44 Haye's Cott   Simon Mounsdon (John Caseley Junr.   )   0..2..0   2 0 0
        (Joseph Wills   )        
                     
45 Connetts Cott   Entd. by mistake the same as No./27            
                     
        (Ann Wills   )        
46 Crispins Cott   Wm. Wills (Wm. Wills Junr. 30 )   0..2..0   2 10 0
        (John Wills 27 )        
                     
        (Lessee 56 )        
47 Arnells Cott   Richd. Arnell (Mary his Wife 55 )   0..3..4   3 0 0
        (John his Son 28 )        
                     
48 Reedy Cott   Moses Simms Mary Furse       0..2..0   2 0 0
                     
        (Saml. Shilston   )        
49 Widley   Saml. Shilston (Mary Shilston   )   0..6..0   14 0 0
        (Elizth. Shilston 24 )        
                     
        (Lessee   )        
50 Telford's Cott   Geo Sercombe (Geo: his Son 20 )   0..3..0   2 10 0
        (Elizth his Daur 18 )        
                     
        (Lessee   )        
51 Hole Gate Cott   Richd. Warren (Sarah Holman 29 )   0..4..0   2 10 0
        (Ann Milford 26 )        
                     
                     
52 (Reddaway's ) John Reddaway Charity Reddaway       0..2..0   1 10 0
  (Cottage )                
                     
53 Church House   Jno Mortimore & others 99 Yeares Absolute       0..0..4    
                     
        (Lessee   )        
54 Towman's Cott   Nichs. Tozer (Thos. his Son   )   0..2..0   1 10 0
        (Dorothy Tozer   )        
                     
55 (Higher )   (Sarah Connett 8 )        
  ( ) Jeremh. Connett (Wm. Towse 11 )   0..2..0   2 0 0
  (Butts Cott )   (Ann Towse 10 )        
                     
                     
                     
                     
      Chief Rents              
                     
  Names of the Estates   Owners Names   Yearly          
                     
1 Brooke   Thomas Berry   0..3..0          
                     
2 Ford Green   John Wheaton   0..6..0          
          0..9..0          
                     
                     
      Amount of Conventionary and Chief Rents £20 13 3 ½          
                     
                     
                     
Manor of Fulford
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
1 Higher Brooke   In Hand and lett to Mrs. Mary Lethbridge           36 0 0
                     
        (Taverner   )   1...6..10 )  
2 South Lendon   Sarah Grey (Lessee   ) H:D- 0..2..0 ) 23 10 0
        (Thos. her Son   )        
                     
        (Lessee   )        
3 Lower Langley   Francis Haydon (John Haydon 11 )   0..17..0   10 0 0
        (Thos. her Son ... )        
                     
4 Donn   John Pitts John Lambert   )   0..15..0 )  
        John Pitt 33 ) Cap:or 0..2..0 ) 25 0 0
              H:D. 0..2..0 )  
              No Capon or Harves day  
              From Michas 1778  
                     
5 (Lower ) John Payne (Mary Yendall   )   1..0..0   20 0 0
  (Boyland )   (Lessee   )        
                     
        (John List   )   0..15..4    
6 Hole Land   Saml. Walkey (Lessee 31 ) Cap:or 0..2..0   26 0 0
        (Sarah his Wife 30 ) H:D: 0..2..0    
                     
        (Lessee   )   1..4..0    
7 Lockhouse   Wm. Seward (Elizth. his Wife   ) 2H:Ds     16 0 0
        (Mary his Sister 21 )   0..4..0    
                     
        (John Jervice   )        
8 Owlhole   John Jervis (Robt. Taverner   )   0..10..0   13 13 0
        (John Jervice 38 )        
                     
        (Robt. Connett   )   0..12..0    
9 North Lendon   Thos. Taverner (Jane Taverner 22 ) C:or 0..2..0   10 14 0
            ) H:D: 0..2..0    
                     
10 Coombridge   Jas. Bennett (Lessee 30 )   0..14..0    
        (John Bennett 30 ) C:or 0..2..0   10 0 0
        (John Mardon 16 ) H.D:or) 0..2..0    
                     
11 Part of Hole     (Lessee   )        
      Wm. Crispin (Elizth his Wife       0..2..0   2 0 0
  Acre Cott     (Mary his Daur 20 )        
                     
12 The other     (Richd. Warren 24 )        
      Nichs. Warren (Nichs. Warren 20 )   0..1..0   1 0 0
  Part of Ditto     (Wm. Warren 14 )        
        Son of the Lessee            
                     
13 Hole Land Cott   Thos. Taverner (Thos. Taverner 60 yrs )   0..3..4   3 0 0
        (John Taverner dead )        
                     
14 Reedy Cott   Jas. Woodley (Thamazine his Wife   )   0..2..0   2 0 0
        (James their Son 31 )                        
                0..5..4   5 0 0
                     
                     
      Amount of Conventionary Rents £9..4..6          
                     
                     
                     
                     
Manor of Melhuish
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
        (Wm. Mortimore   )   1..0..0    
1 Cockleford   Jno. Westcott (Lessee 45 )       30 0 0
        (Mary his Wife 46 ) H:d:or 0..2..0    
                     
2 Lower Town   Henry Blachford Simon Allen 50     0..18..0   16 0 0
                     
        (Chas. Browning   )   0..8..0    
3 Little Berry   Wm. Browning (Elizth Do.   ) C:or 0..2..0   20 0 0
        (Susanna Endicott   )        
                     
        (Richd. Kimmell 50 )   0..13..4    
4 Middle Town   Elizth. Kimmell (Elizth. Kimmell 70 ) H:D: 0..2..0   16 0 0
              Cap: 0..2..0    
                     
        (Mary Carpenter 35 )   1..0..0    
5 Middle Hill   Jno. Gregory (Elizth. Woodman 31 ) C:or 0..2..0   24 0 0
        (Ann Woodman 27 ) H:D:or 0..2..0    
                     
        (Lessee   )   0..12..0    
6 Higher Town   Chas. Browning (Grace Hollowcombe   )       14 0 0
        (Betty his Daur 13 ) H:D: 0..2..0    
                     
        (John Gidley   )   0..6..8    
7 Higher Rubby   Jno. Lethbridge (Lessee   ) C:or 0..2..0   14 0 0
        (Jane Guscott 27 ) H.D:or 0..2..0    
                0..10..0    
                0..10..8    
                £1..1..4    
                     
8 Melhuish Down   In Hand Lett to Danl. Laskey           10 0 0
                     
  (Taphouse. Ales )   Eliz: Upton       0..3..4   8 0 0
9 ( ) Ponsford              
  (Vinney Mill )   now called Timewell            
                     
10 (Part of ) Nichs. Lake Lessee   )   0..3..0   3 0 0
  ( )   Mary his Wife 30 ) H:D or 0..2..0    
  (Vinney Mill )   Wm. his Son 6 )        
                     
        (John Bussell 29 )        
11 Part of Ditto   John Bussell (Margt. Bussell 34 )   0..5..0   3 0 0
        (Elizth. Bussell 33 )        
                     
12 Trigg's Cott   Saml. Triggs Lessee   )   0..1..4   3 10 0
        Henry Triggs   )        
                     
        (Grace his Wife 41 )        
13 Beer Cott   Wm. Saffin (Hannah 15 )   0..3..0   2 10 0
        (Mary his Daur 12 )        
                     
14 Middle Hill Cott   Mary Jervis Wido. Lethbridge       0..4..0   2 0 0
                     
        (Lessee 39 )        
15 Two Plotts   Wm. Hexter (Ann his Wife 36 )   0..7..0   3 0 0
        (John his Son 13 )        
                     
16 Browns Cott   Robt. Milford Lessee       0..2..0   2 0 0
        Elizth. his Wife            
                     
                     
                     
                     
      Chief Rents              
                     
                     
  Names of the Estates   Owners Names   Yearly          
                     
          £ s d   Landtax alld 2..6  
                     
1 Hackworthy   Sr. Thomas Ackland   1..0..0          
                     
2 Hole Rush   Waldo Calmady Esqr.   0..0..6   Arrs. 6d recd. at 1776  
                     
3 Gorril   Hrs. of Davy now Foulkes Esqr.   Pound of Pepper    
                     
4 ..........   Christopher Harris Esqr. 0..1..0          
                     
5 (West Water and ) Samuel Allen   0..1..0          
  (Brown's Cott )     1..2..6          
        Landtax 0..2..6          
          1..0..0          
                     
                     
                     
      Amount of Conventionary and Chief Rents £8 6 0          
                     
                     
                     
                     
Manor of Lampford
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
                     
1 Wisedon   The Revd.Mr.Mundy Mrs. Mundy 58     0..19..0   42 0 0
                     
2 Honiford   John Strong (Wm. Strong 55 )   0..9..0    
        (   ) C:or 0..2..0    
        (Son of Lessee   ) H:D: 0..2..0    
        in hand     Half year     38 0 0
                     
3 Treble   John Smale John Smale   )   0..11..0   40 0 0
            ) Ca:or 0..2..0    
                     
        (Elizth. Gale   )        
4 Faulcon   Elizth. Gale (Mary Cross   )   0..18..0    
        (Sarah Gale 30 )        
                     
5 (Moiety of )                
  ( ) Sold to Mr. John Frost            
  (Jordaines )                
                     
6 Eastwood   Mary Dodridge John Brook 42 )   1..0..4    
        Sold to Manly   ) H:D.or 0..2..0    
                     
Note the Tenemt. is allowed a Chief Rent of 6d per Ann
Payable out of this Estate to a Mr. Cary
                     
                     
7 (Moiety of )                
  ( ) Sold to Mr. John Frost            
  (Partridge )                
                     
8 Snows Cott   Sold to Mrs. Amy Murch            
                     
                     
                     
                     
      Chief Rents              
                     
  Names of the Estates   Owners Names   Yearly          
                     
1 Pitten   Mark Cann   0.10..0          
                     
2 Tuckers Tenemt.   Richard Stoneman   0..1..4          
                     
3 ..........   John Stabback   0..2..0          
                     
4 ..........   Heirs of Furze   0..0..0 ½          
                     
5 ..........   Heirs of Oxenham   0..0..0 ½          
                     
6 Treble Tenemt.   John Ponsford   0..0..1          
                     
7 Grennon   William Grendon   0..7..0          
                     
      Chief Rent              
                     
8 West Pitten   Maydon   0..1..0          
                     
      Arrear   0..1..0          
          ..2..          
          1..1..6          
9 Spicers Lake   John Gorwyn   0..1..0          
                     
10 Meadlake &ca.   Jno. Frost   0..1..0          
                     
11 Chappell &ca.   Wm. Ponsford   0..1..0          
                     
12 The Inn & Chapples Cott   William Upton   0..1..6          
                     
13 North Bowrton &c   Mary Lambert   0..1..0          
                     
14 Greens als Gribbin's Cott   George Wreyford   0..1..0          
                     
15 South Beer &c   Mark Cann   0..0..6          
                     
16 Higher Vinney Bridge   Amy Murch   0..1..0          
                     
17 Water Land   Elizabeth Gale   0..1..0          
                     
18 Milland   William Pedler   0..1..0          
                     
19 Jordains & Partridge   John Frost Junr.   0..1..0          
                     
          0..11..0          
                     
                     
  £   s   d          
      Amount of Conventionary and Chief Rents 4..3..2          
                     
                     
                     
                     
Manor of Coombhall
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
                     
1 Narracott   Thos. Moon (Edmd. Moon   )   1..11..0   80 0 0
        (Thos. Moon 11 )        
                     
2 Part of                  
      late Flouds In Hand Lett to John Coombs     43 0 0
  Coomhall                  
                     
3 Ditto   John Snell (John Searle   )   1..18..0   58 0 0
        (Margt. Cory 43 ) C:or 0..2..0    
                     
4 Were Mill   Revd. Mr. Mundy Mrs. Mundy       1..3..0   20 0 0
                     
5 Honidon   Mary Lambert Richd. Lambert 20 )   0..13..4   20 0 0
        Mary Lambert   ) Cap:or 0..2..0    
        Wm. Lambert 25 )        
                     
                     
                     
                     
      Chief Rents              
                     
  Names of the Estates   Owners Names   Yearly          
                     
1 Trows &ca.   Mr. Wm. Ponsford   0..2..0          
                     
2 Heathfields &ca.   Mr. Wm. Ponsford   0..2..0          
                     
3 Walland   Mrs. Mary Lambert   0..7..0          
                     
4 Preston   Mr. George Ponsford   0..6..8          
                     
5 Greystone   Mrs. Mary Lambert   0..1..0          
                     
          0..18..8          
                     
                     
  £   s   d          
      Amount of Conventionary and Chief Rents 6..8..0          
                     
                     
                     
                     
Manor of Eggbear
                     
Nos Tenements   Lessees Lives and Ages in 1776       High Rent   Yearly Value
                     
1 Liston Downs   In Hand Lett to John Service     12 0 0      
                     
2 Eggbear   In Hand Lett to George Wreyford     60 0 0      
                     
3 Orchard Lake   Thos. Byrdall (Thos. Byrdall   )   0..18..0   30 0 0
        (Wm. Wreyford 20 ) Cap or 0..2..0    
                     
4 Haylake Cott   Jas. Cornish Elizth. Cornish       0..6..8    
        Jacob Wills     H:D: 0..2..0   4 0 0
                     
                     
                     
                     
      Chief Rents              
                     
  Names of the Estates   Owners Names   Yearly          
                     
1 Eastwood Brooke   Mr. John Jervis   0..5..0          
                     
2 Gorwyn   Heirs of Davey   0..4..0          
                     
3 Westwood Brooke   Mr. George Wreyford   0..0..6          
                     
4 Gervis   Mr. William Davy   0..4..0          
                     
5 Middle Eggbear   Mr. Richard Stephens   0..5..0          
                     
6 Higher Do.   Mr. Hall   0..4..0                   
                     
          £2..11..2 106 0 0      
                     
                     
  £   s   d          
      Amount of Conventionary and Chief Rents 2..11..2