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William Battcock 1720

The following is from “Storrington in Georgian and Victorian Times”


William Battcock, bricklayer and manor copyholder became the new lord of the manor, for which he paid £7000. Whitebreads (now Smuggler’s Hut) was leased to Rev. Thomas Raddish, Battcock having held it by copy of court roll and subsequently selling it to Mr Raddish for £32.10s. Raddish sold it to the Rev. Edmund Cartnright for £70 in 1805.


In 1803, William Battcock, then described as a builder, was engaged in a bargain and sale with Rev. Roger Clough and two commissioners for Land Tax Redemption, for £200, of 4.73 acres known as Sperrbridge, which John Butler bought from Elizabeth Wheeler in 1752. Henry Postlethwaite leased a tenement and one acre croft from Battcock near the West Common, with seat room in the second box pew on the left of the south aisle in Storrington Church. The property had come to Battcock in 1777 as a forfeited mortgage, held by copy of court roll. The following year he enfranchised to Thomas and Edward Fuller a messuage and land called Bonsiers. Hills and Willshaws, a Cootham barn and land.


In 1801. a long indenture between the Rt. Hon. Thomas Steele (a trustee) and Edward Michell recites interesting manor history from the time of William Wheeler II. Thomas Steele was assigned the remainder of 1000 year lease in trust for the legitimate heirs. A tripartite indenture of 1754 between Abraham Holford, John Butler and Thomas Steele recited that in 1730, Holford paid £200 to William Wheeler, in return for which Wheeler had granted and demised to Hoi ford,


“… his messuage or tenement and garden … in Storrinqton, and also all that piece of meadowland called the Woodpiece 60 acres … and the Taints 6 acres for 1000 years at a yearly rent of a peppercorn to be void on repayment of £200 and interest”.


A deed poll endorsed on this document noticed the death in 1742 of William Wheeler, who devised the premises to his wife Elizabeth, for her to sell and redeem the mortgage. There was £200 + £65 interest due; Elizabeth Wheeler could not pay it| they agreed to make the £65 a capital sum at 5% interest. The document recalled that in 1752, the messuage and premises (with others) ware conveved and assured to Thomas Morgan to the uses in trust. Abraham HoHord, by direction of John Butler, bargained and sold the properties to Thomas Steele for the residue of the 1000 year term. Indentures of lease and release of 1801 between Patty Clough and Edward Michell confirmed to Michell parcels of land all over the parish, including


“All those several closes or parcels of land … heretofore in the tenure possession or occupation of Francis Sandham late of John Ingram but now of Francis Bennett (that is to say) All these three pieces or parcels of land … The Marshes … Underhill field … Brown and Wiltons … Virgoes … West Clays … Taverners … Oat Crofts … Hawkesfield … East Clays … Middle Clays … Champions Butts … Edward Simmonds Butts … The Mood Head … Maiden Acre … Tenants Holt … Holt Copoice … The West Farme otherwise Kithurst Fare … tte Town Fan and Maidens Croft and coppice … to hold the same unto the said Edward Michell, his heirs and assigns for ever.”


An important Iease was drawn up in 1830 between George Battcock of Brighthelmstone, surgeon, eldest son and heir of William Battcock (deceased intestate) and William Battcock of Storrington, gent., his brother. It cites various properties including the messuage near the West Common, a malthouse which had become two cottages. Stable field, Speerbridge field, Back lane field, The Knells. Clay Pit Mead, The Slip and some hill property all of which belonged to William Battcock I and descended to George Battcockin 1828. The transaction transaction was “…in consideration of natural love and affection”.


William Battccck II, unlike his father, made a Mill, leaving his household furniture to his wife Mary Anne and daughter Lydia, together with hit real estate, jointly with trustees. He devised one third to Lydia, one third to his dauqhter Elizabeth Smeaton and her children and the remaining third to his three other grandchildren, his son (their father) being dead. Between 1788 and 1841, William Battcock acquired from Mr Pelham, half-a-dozen fields mentioned in the deed cf 1830 between the two brothers. They stretched from the northernmost, Ryecroft, to the southern Underhill field beside today’s Greyfriars farm.


August 30, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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