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Document Number:0505010
Date:24 July 1834
For Sale:65.00
Very good
Parchment : 1 sheet 60cm x 76cm with 4 seals, 2 signatures and revenue stamps.
Summary of contents:
Henry HUGHES of the town of Northampton. Gentleman.
Daniel BOSWORTH late of Soldenby, Northamptonshire and now of Great Seaton, Northamptonshire. Gentleman.
William SMITH of Little Greaton(?), Parish of Spratton, Northamptonshire. Grazier.
Christopher MARKHAM Northampton, Northamptonshire. Gentleman.

Thomas Bosworth is selling property in Spratton to William Smith for 525. It consists of about 10 acres of newly enclosed land.

The document summarises the history of this piece of land beginning with an Indenture of 1742 which involved a mortgage for 150 and which specified a term of 1000 years. In every subsequent transaction it seems necessary to appoint a Trustee whose function relates in the same way to the residue of this term. It seems that Henry Hughes was this trustee when Thomas Bosworth bought the land and Christopher Markham performs the same function for William Smith. In other respects neither of them plays any real part.

In 1742 the plot of land is described as a "Half Quarter of Yard Land". A "Yard Land" seems to be a term fairly local to Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, and is much the same as a Virgate (about 30 acres).
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