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Document Number:0512102
Date:20 October 1797
Good for its age. (There is possibly a tear in the left-hand margin, but I suspect this is a natural defect in the parchment - the written area is not affected).
Physical description:
Parchment : 1 sheet 54cm x 67cm with 1 wax seal, signature and revenue stamp
Summary of contents
The Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral
William JOHNSON of Chichester, Sussex. Gentleman.
John SMART (deceased) of Chichester, Sussex. Gentleman.

We are told that John Smart held a lease on property in Chichester that was owned by the Cathedral. In his Will, he left this property to William Johnson as a Trustee (but we are not told what we was to do with it!).

The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral are now granting a new 30 year lease to William Johnson at a rent of 7 shillings per annum and subject to the provisions of the Will of John Smart (which are not specified).

The property is a messuage with garden on the North side of West Street, Chichester, formerly known as The Boot. It has a frontage of 40 feet on Wet Street and a depth of 214 feet.
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