According to the deed of sale, the property stood between a messuage
of William Layston (the Cross Keys) on the west, Gracechurch Street to the east, a messuage
of John Bendy to the north, and a messuage
of Thomas Sherman, citizen and grocer, to the south.
The interest formerly held by Lucy Peighen's sister Elizabeth in these properties is mentioned, but Alice Hilton's is not: "Witnesseth that wher Elizabeth Cholmeley late wife of Ranulphe Cholmeley late Recorder of London esquier was in her lif tyme by good conveyaunce in Law lawfully seased in her Demeane as of freehold for terme of her naturall lif of and in two ten[eme]nts and four messuages
with thappurtenances sett lyinge and being in the parish of St.
(47) A messuage
with appurtenances was a dwelling house with its surrounding lands.
of wood and half of a messuage
in Walsham, and that the lord had as heriot a cow, worth 10s.
He had a lawyer draw up "an ample and sufficient reassueravnce of the messuage
& lands" to Stowers and "Vppon the sodden broughte fourthe & deliueryd vnto" him "a great many of owld wrightinges" about it.
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[?] tenements A carpenters yard with thappurtenances to the same belongyng Sett & lyeing in Cowe [Lane] aforesaid'.
At Laughton in 1420-1, for example, John Cokkell and his wife surrendered a messuage
and eighteen acres with the intent that eight acres be sold and the money received given to the parish church; the remaining ten acres were to be given back to the Cokkells for life and then sold for the church.
(64) In 1711, a Thomas Gibson bequeathed the White Horse to his wife, describing the inn as All That Messuage
or Tenement lately used for a Common Inn & called or known by the name of the White Horse Scituate & being in the Parish of St Martin at the Palace or in any other Parish thereunto adjoining in Norwich aforesaid And all the Tenements Yards Gardens & Grounds thereunto belonging or appertaining with their appurtenances which I purchased of Mr William Crabbe'.
The Latin entry into the survey of the Abergavenny family's estates in 1587 reads: 'John Fullwood, gentleman, holding by copy dated 9th October 1567, 1 messuage
, 4 virgates and 4 acres, late in the tenure of Agnes Arden.'
'A large handsome messuage
with convenient outbuildings and garden, pleasantly situated in the High Street', reads one advert from 1792.
To his first son and namesake he left lands in Cheshire, including his other messuage
at Bromborough and his stone house in Chester, plus lands in Flintshire as well.