St John's College S.40 (James 430)

Extent and rental of the manor of Monewden cum Solyards, 15 Henry VIII. Latin and English, 1612

Extent and rental of the manor of Monewden cum Solyards, Suffolk, 15 Henry VIII, copied in March 1612 'by Baylife Atherton att the assignement of Robert Atherton his Father and by them truly examined, which extent and rentals did come to the hands of the saide Robert Atherton by the delivery of Nathaniel Mawle Esqr Steward of the saide mannor beinge deliverd to the saide Steward by the Lady of the same Mannor therby to lay oute the Coppie lands from the free late George Starlings, which Coppie land was Francis Robertson's duringe the life of Katherine his wife the late wife of John Starling sonne of the saide George who devised the same to her for her life together with the freehoulde which Freehoulde was intayled by the Will of the saide George, by force wherof Harrison Starlinge the Sonne of John Starlinge recovered the same Freelande from his Mother by law, whereupon it was ordered by the Judges at Westminster that fower of the Jury which were for the triall of the action which was an (Ejectione Firmae) should set out the saide Freelande, from the Coppie land if they could or els Sergeante to doe the same, which thing was performed by the helpe of the saide Robert Atherton accordinge to the direction of the saide Extent', in the words of a later prefatory note dated 1669 (p. iii). The date of the rental is found at p. 37. The extent details holdings in Soham [Earl or Monk Soham], Framsden [Framlingham], Cretingham and Brandeston as well as Monewden; the dispositions of these lands in 1612 are given in the margin. An index nominum is at pp. 48-9.

Manuscript extra information

206x160 mm. iv+50 pp. Numbered 1-47 in a contemporary hand and 48-50 in recent times. Autograph on the flyleaf: 'Tho: Baker Coll: Jo: Socius ejectus'. On the cover in a large hand: 'Ld Gorge / Ld of the Mr of Mon[ewden]', presumably Richard Gorges, second Baron Gorges of Dundalk (1620-1712). '9' on the back cover.

A single hand throughout the extent and rental, presumably that of Atherton junior. A clean copy. Paper, the first two leaves significantly worn at the edges. Limp vellum binding with the remains of ties top and bottom, the front cover extensively damaged and defective.