This Indenture made third day of December in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord and Lady William and Mary, by the grace of God King and Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, Defender of the Faith. Between Dorothy Smaleridge of the Parish of Bosbury and County of Hereford, Widow, and Henry Smaleridge of the same Parish and County aforesaid, Yeoman, Son and heir apparent unto Henry Smaleridge, late husband of the said Dorothy Smaleridge and father of the said Henry Smaleridge, party to those being both parties and the one part. And Elizabeth Went of the same Parish of Bosbury, Widow, on the other part.
Witnesseth that the said Dorothy Smaleridge and Henry Smaleridge her said son and heir apparent as well for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England to them, or one of them, in hand paid by the said Elizabeth Went, whereof they do hereby acknowledge the receipt and thereof do acquit and discharge the said Elizabeth Went, her heirs and assigns by these parties.
And for other good considerations the said Dorothy Smaleridge and Henry Smaleridge hereunto moving, Have granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, released and confirmed and by these do grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, release and confirm unto the said Elizabeth Went, her heirs and assigns forever, All that piece or parcel of arable land (being four ridges, three butts and two head ridges) containing about one acre and a half, lying within the Manor or Lordship of Upleadon also Temple Court in the Parish of Bosbury aforesaid, in a common field there called the Lea, between the several lands now in the possession of John Bough and Thomas Bridges on the east side, and lands in the possession of Richard Wood westward, and all ways, commons and hereditaments whatsoever thereunto belonging and the reversion and reversions of the said premises.
To Have and To Hold the said parcel of arable land and premises hereby granted with the appurtenances unto the said Elizabeth Went her heirs and assigns forever. And the said Dorothy Smaleridge and Henry Smaleridge do hereby for themselves, their heirs execute and administer, consent and grant to and with the said Elizabeth Went, her heirs and assigns, that her and they shall and may at all times hereafter peaceably and quietly have, hold and enjoy the said arable land and premises with the appurtenances without any let, denial or interruption of or by the said Dorothy Smaleridge or Henry Smaleridge or their heirs , and without any lawful let, denial or interruption of or by any other person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim from, by or under them or any of them.
And that clearly acquitted freely and discharged of and from all former other grants, leases, estates, jointures, dowers, jutoiles (?), statutes, judgements, charges and encumbrances whatsoever had done or made by the said Dorothy Smaleridge or Henry Smaleridge or either of them.
And that also the said Dorothy Smaleridge and Henry Smaleridge and the heirs of the said Dorothy and Henry Smaleridge and all other persons anything in the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof, lawfully having or claiming or which shall or may hereafter lawfully have or claim from, by or under them, or by, or under the said Henry Smaleridge, deceased, shall and will at all times hereafter during the space of ten years next ensuing the date hereof, at the request, cost and charges in the law of the said Elizabeth Went, her heirs and assigns or some of them, made, do and execute, all and every such further and other lawful acts and assurances in the law whatsoever for the better and more perfect granting, conveying, selling and assuring of the said arable land and premises hereby granted to the several uses before mentioned.
Be it by fine to be levied by and between the said parties to these or any of them, or by or between or by or between them, or any of them, and any other person or persons of the said arable land hereby granted, either alone or jointly with any other lands or covenants, or by any other ways or means. As by the said Elizabeth Went, her heirs or assigns, or their or any of their counsell shall be reasonably devised or advised and required so as the said parties, by whom such further acts or assurances are, or is to be, made, be not compelled to travel for doing thereof further than the Cities Worcester and Hereford or one of them.
In witness whereof the said parties to these presents have interchangeably put their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Dorothy Smaleridge, Widow
Transcribed by Edward and Linda Sinker from Parish Records