|~~ Your FamilyChest Document ~~|
|Date:||15 May 1819|
|Good consistent with age|
|Parchment : 1 sheet 49cm x 53cm with pendant seal and revenue stamp|
|Summary of contents:|
Amy BOTTELL of Plymouth, Devon. Widow.
John KEEN of Plymouth, Devon. Grocer.
Lucretia HAVILAND (deceased) of Plymouth Devon. Widow.
Lucretia COCK (deceased) of Plymouth, Devon. Widow.
The document tells a long story relating to the BELL INN on the West side of Old Town Street, Plymouth.
In 1741 this was mortgaged to Lucretia Haviland for £100. She died leaving her property to her daughter, Lucretia Cock, who in turn left it to her son, John Cock. Then John Cock died intestate and without ever having obtained probate on his mother's will.
Meanwhile, the Bell Inn changed hands many times and we are told that the mortgage was repaid to John Cock in 1759.
By 1819 the owners of the Bell Inn are Amy Bottell and John Keen and they are trying to regularise their title to the property. Accordingly, the Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury is placing this property in the hands of an administrator who will sort it out.