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Document Number:0502104
Date:02 July 1823
For Sale:85.00
Good, consistent with age
Parchment : 4 sheets 57cm x 71cm with 3 wax seals and escutcheoned revenue stamps.
Summary of contents:
Sir William Lewis George Thomas of Dale, part of the parish of Madehurst, Sussex, Baronet.
William Parlett of Madehurst, Sussex, Yeoman.
George Hoper of Lewes, Sussex, Gentleman.

This is a long and complex document which begins by reciting the following:

i. Indentures of Lease and Release of 1810 relating to 43 acres in the parishes of Yapton and Walberton with a farmhouse, together with a cottage and 180 acres in Madehurst. George Thomas, the father of William Thomas, acquired the property from William Parlett, apparently as part of an exchange with other property.

ii. George Thomas wrote his will in 1810 (which also refers to a marriage settlement for his wife Dame Sophia Thomas, relating to income from property in Antigua). George Thomas died in 1815, leaving his son William Thomas as heir.

iii. Indentures of Lease and Release of 1820 - 1823 by which the property in (i) was conveyed to George Hoper (who appears to be a mortgagee).

iv. Doubts were later raised about the validity of the 1810 sale in (i) above.

v. A private Act of Parliament was obtained in 1822, presumably with a view to resolving those doubts. (Sorry - this bit goes on for one and a half pages - and then it gets worse with an action in the Court of Common Pleas and an action of Common Recovery.)

So what does this indenture actually achieve? It seems that all the relevant land is first sold back to William Parlett for 10 shillings (so as to get back to the situation pre-1810). Then for another 10 shillings, William Parlett sells it to Sir William Thomas and George Hoper, so as to achieve the same result as the earlier indentures.

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