Lease of Evercreech Park and Neighbouring Estates by Richard Newman of Fifehead - 1675


Below is a copy of a lease (itself a copy made in 1779) that was given to me by the current owners of Evercreech Park Farm. I have made a transcription of the text as best I can (but will be grateful for corrections of any errors that I've made).


Transcription of the text by Chris Newman

This Indenture made the four and twentieth day of August in the seven and twentieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith etc Anno Dmi 1675 Between Richard Newman of Fifehead Magd in the County of Dorset Esq of the one part, and The Hon. Sir Francis Hollis1 of Winterborne St Martin in the County of Dorset Knt and Bart., the Hon. William Harbord2 of Perry Park in the County of Northampton Esq., Sir William Pargiler of Greelworth in the County of Northampton Knt., and William Tate of De La Pre in the said County of Northampton Esq. of the other part Witnesseth that the said Richard Newman for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful English money to him in hand paid by the said Sir Francis Hollis William Harbord Sir William Pargiler and William Tate before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said Richard Newman doth hereby acknowledge hath bargained and sold by these presents doth bargain and sell unto them the said Sir Francis Hollis William Harbord Sir William Pargiler and William Tate their Executors Administrators and Assigns All that capital messuage or mansion house commonly called or known by the name of Evercreech House and all those grounds or closes thereunto belonging or therewithal usually enjoyed called Evercreech Park situated lying and being in the parish of Evercreech in the County of Somerset and all those grounds and closes adjoining thereto called by the name of portions situated and lying in the Parish of East Pennard in the said County of Somerset all of which said premises are now in '- -' the tenure or possession of the said Richard Newman or his undertenants and do contain in the whole two hundred and twenty acres more or less And also all those messuages farms closes lands tenements and hereditaments of the said Richard Newman which he lately purchased off Stanton Esq. situated lying and being in the Parish of Glaston in the said County of Somerset now in the possession of the said Richard Newman or his undertenants and also all those Closes Lands Pastures and Tenements called Oxen Lease situated lying and being in the Parish of Wincanton in the said County of Somerset now in the possession of Roger Greene containing in the whole sixty acres more or less and also all that fee farm rent of forty pounds per annum lately purchased by the said Richard Newman of his now …. Commissioners and trustees for the sale of fee farm rents which is offering(?) and payable out of the Manor of Ditcheat in the said County of Somerset lately likewise purchased by the said Richard Newman of his said Ma??? Commissioners and Trustees for the sale of the fee farm rents and all other the messuages farms closes lands tenements rents and hereditaments whatsoever of him the said Richard Newman the Elder lying in and being on or to be had to taken in Evercreech East Pennard Glaston Wincanton Ditcheat aforesaid or any of them or elsewhere in the said County of Somerset whereof of wherein the said Richard Newman now hath any manner of Estate of Inheritance or freehold or otherwise in the possession revercon remainder or expectancy And also all the messuages or farm called Cole Street Farm with the appurtenances And all closed arable ground meadows pastures lands tenements commons and hereditaments therewithal usually occupied or enjoyed situate lying and being in the parish of Easlower in the said County of Dorset All which said messuages and farm last mentioned contains three hundred acres more or less and is now in the possession of William Rake And all that fee farm rent of twenty eight pounds three shillings and seven pence and more or less issuing and payable out of the manor of Stallridge in the said County of Dorset lately likewise purchased by the said Richard Newman of his said Maties Commissioners and Trustees for the sale of Fee Farm Rents aforesaid and all that the manor of Weslower alias Lower Weslower with the Rights Members and appurtenances thereto belonging situate and being in the said County of Dorset and also all that pasture and Meadows Ground called Popes Ham and Salt Mead And also all that meadow and pasture called Newmans Ham alias Ham Wood and the Meadow thereunto adjoining And also all that pasture Ground called Hill Close and the parcel of Meadow thereunto adjoining All which parcels of Meadow and pasture ground last mentioned are situate and being in the Parish of Stallbridge in the said County of Dorset and all other the mansions …………...
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or to be had and taken in the said parishes of Easlower Weslower and Stallbridge or either of them with their and Either of their Rights Members and appurtenances whereof or wherein the said Richard Newman now hath any manner of Estate of Inheritance or freehold otherwise in possession revercon remainder or Expectancy And all Messuages Farms cottages houses outhouses Edifices buildings Yards Orchards Gardens Arable Lands Meadows pastures seedings Commons and Common of pasture Enclosed Woods Underwoods Wastes Waste grounds Courts Court Seals Court Barons liquifiles(?) and profits of Courts and Seals Rents Rents Charges Rents Services Rent secke(?) Quit Rents and other Rents waifs strays Heriots releases Escheats Royalties Liberties franchises Rights Jurisdictions privileges immunities profits commodities advantages Easements Hereditaments and appurtenances it......to the said Manor Messuages Farms Parks Closes Lands Rents Hereditaments and Premises or any of them respectively belonging or appertaining or therewithal usually left set demised occupied or enjoyed or accepted reputed taken or known as part parcel of or member thereof or as belonging thereunto and the revercon and Reversions Remainder and Remainders thereof and all Rents and Services and profits thereunto incident or belonging and all Rents and reservations reserved and payable by or upon any Lease demise or grant Leases demises or Grants had made or granted or mentioned to be granted of the said premises hereby bargained sold or mentioned to be bargained and sold or of any of them or of any part or parcel thereof. To have and to hold the said Manor Messuages Farms …. Closes Lands Rents Heritaments and all and singular other (than?) the said premises … before mentioned or intended to be hereby bargained and sold with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Sir Francis Hollis William Harbord Sir William Pargiler and William Tate their Executors Administrators and Assigns from the first day of this Instant Month of August for and during and unto the full end and Term of One Whole Year from thence next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended yielding and paying therefore the rent of one pepper corn only at the feast of St Michael of the Archangel if it shall be then lawfully demanded to the intent and purpose that by virtue hereof and of the Statute for transferring of uses into possession they the said Sir Francis Hollis William Harbord Sir William Pargiler and William Tate may be said to be in the actual possession of the said Manor Messuages farms Park Closes Lands Rents Hereditaments and premises and be thereby enabled to take and accept a grant and release of the Revercon and Inheritance thereof to them and their Heirs to uses In Witness whereof the parties abovesaid to these ? indentures interchangeably have set their Hands and Seals the day and year first above written R Newman - Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us Mary Shuckburg Jasper Stampe Sam Manning.

A true copy examined with the original deed March 17 1779 by L Benn Jas Boyles; Clerks to M&W Prichards, Wyche St, London.

Footnotes:

1: Col Richard Newman of Fifehead's youngest son was named Francis Holles Newman. I deduce that the name must have come from The Hon. Sir Francis Hollis of Winterborne St Martin.

2: Ann Harbord was the wife of Col Richard Newman of Fifehead. Her father was Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor General to King Charles I and King Charles II. I would speculate that William Harbord was Ann's brother.


Last modified: 7 Sep 2005 - transcription error correction, thanks to Bruce Ellison in Australia.