by Wendy Snarey

(15) Feoffment – William Walker and wife to Joseph Smith – 14th November 1750

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On Cover: Feoffment – William Walker and wife to Joseph Smith


This Indenture dated 14th November – 24th year of the reign of George II – 1750

  1. William Walker of Tewkesbury cordwainer and Sarah his wife 
  2. Joseph Smith of same place stocking framework knitter

Witness that said William Walker and Sarah his wife in consideration of one annuity of a yearly rent charge of £3-10s-0d payable to said William Walker for and during the term of his life by said Joseph Smith and his heirs out of the Messuage or Tenement and Premises hereinafter granted as for divers other good causes – them the said William Walker and Sarah his wife hereunto moving have and each of them hath granted bargained aliened enfeoffed and confirmed 

All that Messuage or Tenement or Half Burgage late in the occupation of said William Walker but now of Thomas Walker cooper with the garden and backside adjoining and belonging situate in Tewkesbury in the High Street otherwise Oldbury Street having
A Messuage or Tenement in tenure of John Kingsbury on North
A Messuage or Tenement in tenure of Joseph [blank] Heath on South 
Together with all the houses etc etc to the said first mentioned Messuage or Tenement or Half Burgage and premises belonging or appertaining
And all estate right and title  of said William Walker and Sarah hi wife or either of them in or out of the premises and all deeds and writings now in the custody of William Walker and Sarah his wife 

To hold said Messuage Tenement or Half Burgage granted unto said Joseph Smith his heirs and assigns forever – yielding and paying and said Joseph smith his heirs and assigns for himself and his heirs give and grant unto said William Walker – One annuity or yearly rent of £3-10s-0d issuing and payable to said William Walker for and during the term of his natural life out of the hereby bargained Messuage or tenement hereditaments and premises at the two usual days of payment (that is to say) – 25th March and 29th September by even and equal portion  - 1st payment to be made 25th March next ensuing the date thereof

Provided that if payment is behind by 21 days it shall be lawful for William walker to enter distrain and distress to carry away and impound and sell as the law directs until yearly rent and arrears thereof  (if any) together with charges and expenses of such distress is fully paid and satisfied 

And said Joseph Smith doth promise and agree with said William walker that he the said Joseph Smith shall truly cause to be paid said annuity

William Walker covenants that he was rightfully seized of the premises and has good right and title to convey to Joseph Smith in manner aforesaid

Joseph Smith acquitted from all charges etc except 

“the rents and services due and payable to the Chief Lord of Lords of the fee or fees of the said premises for and in respect of his or their Seigniory or Seigniorys and the Chief Rent of 4½d payable to Minister of Tewkesbury for time being and also one Indenture of 3 parts dated 12th September 1748 between

  1. Elizabeth Godsell of Tewkesbury widow and executor of William Godsell late of Tewkesbury tanner deceased
  2. William Walker
  3. Joseph Peace of Tewksbury baker

Granted remainder of term of 1000 years for securing payment of £70 and interest only excepted and foreprized”

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