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Indenture relating to Aston, 1728

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This Indenture was kindly given to this site by Bryan Shirley to be used as an example of the kind of information such legal documents contain. The aim is to transcribe the whole manuscript, adding comments about the people and places mentioned. Because of the size of the document I can only work on it when the table in my office is completely clear so it may take a little time to complete. 


The Document

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The Transcription

Like many other old legal documents the text is continuous, without any punctuation. The only markers are that certain key words and phrases, which indicate the start of a new section, are written in bold. All the formatting in the transcription is added by me to make it easier to read, I have tried to follow the original spelling and capitalization but do not vouch for its accuracy.

This Indenture tripartite made the twenty seventh day of March in the first year of the reigne of our soverign Lord George the second by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith Anno Domini 1728 Between

George Walbye of the parish of Ashton in the county of Hertford Yeoman of the first part

Jane Kent of the said parish of Ashton Widow and Relict and allsoe Administratrix of the goods and chattels rights and creditts of William Kent late of Aston aforesaid deced of the second part

Thomas Adams the younger of Walkern in the county of Hertford aforesaid Gent of the third part

Whereas in and by one indenture of demise or lease bearing date the twentieth day of October in the Sixth year of the Reigne of the late Queen Elizabeth made or memon'd  to be made between

Sir John Butler late of Woodhall in the parish of Watton at Stone in the county of Hertford Knight Dece'd of the one part and

George Taylor late of the parish of Aston aforesaid husbandman also dece'd of the other part

for the consideration therein mention'd the said Sir John Butler did grant and demise unto the said George Taylor

all that his close containing by estimation three acres one rood called Crispies

and also one other piece of arable land containing by estimation three acres one rood lying in Brookfield End

one other piece of arable land containing by estimation two acres one rood lying in Banley

and one acre and one rood by estimation in Farmers Field

and one other piece containing by estimation half an acre lying in Forkner Hill

To have and to hold all and singular the said lands and premises with their appertences unto the said George Taylor his executors, administrators and assignees from the day of the date of the said recited indenture of lease for and during and unto the full end and tenure of five hundred years from thereon to be continued


The People

King George II

Queen Elizabeth I

Thomas Adams

Sir John Butler

George Walbye

Jane Kent

William Kent

The Property

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