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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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Ethelburga parish, purchased of Matthew Piggott, and was leasing a messuage called the Jackanapes in St.
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.
of wood and half of a messuage in Walsham, and that the lord had as heriot a cow, worth 10s.
The company had purchased the property, consisting of two messuages and a garden, from the grocers in 1531 and had converted it into their hall by 1535, though the site also contained four tenements that the company let out for a total rent of 3 [pounds sterling] 0s 8d.
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".
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.
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.
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.
A large handsome messuage with convenient outbuildings and garden, pleasantly situated in the High Street', reads one advert from 1792.
The existence of an indenture dated 30 June 1609 also indicates Beaumont's financial travails: 'ffrauncis Beaumont of the Inner Temple london, gentleman' agreed to sell to James Riche 'All and singuler the messuages landes tenements and hereditamentes whatsoever in Osgathorpe and Swannington or any of them in the County of Leicester Shere of or wherein the said ffrauncis Beaumont hath any estate of inheritaunce in fee simple or fee taile in possession reversion or remainder' for 'the some of ten shillinges of good and lawfull money of England'.
John Colleshull, John Goldsmyth, and William atte Slowe were allowed to assign to the proposed Gild 18 messuages (houses), three tofts (plots at the back of buildings), six acres of land, and 40 shillings of rents, in Birmingham and Edgbaston.