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messuage

A house and the surrounding land and buildings used by it;the term is encountered in older laws granting a widow the right of quarantine after her husband's death, being the ability to use the mansion and messuage for a certain period of time until her other rights are settled.

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78) The Court Of Husting Roll at the CLRO records, however, a deed dated 22 January 10 Elizabeth, in which "William Tolley" appears--together with William Powell--as one of four men who ceded "a messuage called 'le George,' in par.
records that the four men were ceding "a messuage called 'le George,' in par.
The labour of children might not be relied upon if they could purchase or lease a holding without being obliged to wait for the devolution of the parental messuage.
One William Heygarth of Sedbergh, having decided to sell a messuage and four acres in Dent, and acknowledging the custom we have already described, went first to James Heygarth and Matthew Heygarth, both of Dent, "being the next of his blood and kindred and gave notice unto them and either of them of his intent and purpose and offered unto them the first bargain and sale", which they refused, saying that they were "contented that he should seek his best chapman acording to the custom".
50) The bill of complaint in TNA C1/992/48 describes the Green Dragon as being 'in Cowe lane in the parysshe of [Seynt] Sepulchre [wi]thout Newgate', immediately followed by an 'other messuage with ffowre[?
So too when John and Agnes Petyt acquired a messuage and garden next to the cemetery in the town of Battle, they agreed to pay the sellers 13s.