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1794 Lease of Corporation Property
The 1794 lease of a Corporation Property in Quedam Street
This is a lease in my collection, dated 4 September 1794, for the lease of a Quedam Street (later Vicarage Street) "ruinous and decayed" property (see Maps below) owned by the Corporation. The lease is between the Portreeve (book seller John King) and Burgesses of Yeovil on the one part and carpenter John Nossiter on the other part. The annual rent was 4d.
This indenture made the fourth day of September in the thirty fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and Soforth and in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and ninety four Between John King of Yeovill in the County of Somerset Book-Seller Portreeve of the Burrough of Yeovill aforesaid and the Burgesses of the same Burrough of the one part and John Nossiter of Yeovill aforesaid Carpenter of the other part Witnesseth that the said Portreeve and Burgesses for and in Consideration of the Sum of ten pounds and ten shillings of lawful Money of great Britain to them the said Portreeve and Burgesses or some or one of them in hand Paid by the said John Nossiter at or before the Sealing and delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge Have devised granted and to Farm [letten?] and by these presents they the said Portreeve and Burgesses Do devise grant and Farm let unto the said John Nossiter All that Ruinous and decayed Burgage or Tenement with the Garden thereunto adjoining and belonging with the Appurtenances situate lying and being in Yeovill aforesaid in a certain Street there called Quedam Street Between the Lands belonging to the Almshouse of Yeovill aforesaid on the West Part and the Lands of [wide space] on the East part which said Burgage or Tenement and Prem[is]es are now in the possession of of the said Burgesses and Portreeve To have and to hold the said Burgage or Tenement and promise hereby devised or mentioned or intended so to be and every part and parcell thereof with the Appurtenances unto the said John Nossiter his Executors Administrators and Assigns for and during and unto the full end and Term of fourscore and nineteen Years fully to be compleat and ended If he the said John Nossiter aged twenty one years Mary his wife aged twenty six years and Charles Nossiter his Brother aged nineteen years or any or either of them shall happen so long to live Yielding and Paying therefore yearly and every year unto the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors Portreeve and Burgesses of the said Burrough for the time being the Rent or Sum of fourpence of lawful Money of great Britain on the four most usual Feasts or Days for payment of Rent in the year (that is to Say) the Feast of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary Saint John the Baptist Saint Michael the Archangell and the birth of our Lord Christ by even and equal portions And also bearing paying and discharging all other Charges Dutys and Services therefore due and of right accustomed to be paid and discharged And if it shall happen the said Yearly Rent or Sum of fourpence or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid by the space of eight and twenty days next after any or either of the said Feasts or Days of Payment on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid being lawfully demanded and no Sufficient Distress or Distresses can or may be found on the said Premises whereby to levy the same with the arrearages (if any be) that then and in such case it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors Portreeve and Burgesses of the said Burrough for the time being into the said Burgage or Tenement and Prem[is]es with the Appurtenances wholly to reenter and the same to have again repossess and enjoy as in their former Estate any thing therein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding And the said John Nossiter for himself his Ex[ecut]ors Adm[inistrat]ors and Assigns and for every of them doth covenant promise grant and agree to and with the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors Portreeve and Burgesses of the said Burrough for the time being by these presents in manner and form following (that is to say) that he the said John Nossiter his Ex[ecut]ors Adm[inistrat]ors and Assigns shall and will yearly and every year during the said term hereby granted well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors Portreeve and Burgesses of the said Burrough for the time being the said Yearly Rent or Sum of four pence at the said Feasts and Days above appointed for Payment thereof by even and equal Portions as aforesaid and also shall and will at his and their own proper cost and charges keep the said Burgage or Tenement and Premises hereby devised or mentioned or intended so to be and every part and parcell thereof with the Appurtenances in all and all manner of needfull and Necessary Reparations when and so often as need shall require and the same so well and Sufficiently Repaired at the End Expiration or other sooner Delemanation of the said Term shall and will peaceably and quietly leave and yield up And the said Portreeve and Burgesses do for themselves and their Successors Covenant Promise and Agree to and with the said John Nossiter his Ex[ecut]ors Adm[inistrat]ors and Assigns that he the said John Nossiter his Ex[ecut]ors Adm[inistrat]ors and Assigns shall and may by and under the yearly Rent Covenant and Agreement above mentioned and Resolved peaceably and quietly have hold use Occupy Posses and enjoy the said Burgage or Tenement and Premises hereby devised or mentioned or intended so to be and every Part and Parcell thereof with the Appurtenances during the said Term hereby granted according to the true Intent and meaning of these presents without the Let Interruption or Denyal of them the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors Portreeve and Burgesses or of any other person or persons whatsoever claiming or to claim from by or under them or any or either of them In Witness whereof to one part of these Presents remaining in the Hands of the said John Nossiter the said Portreeve and Burgesses have set their Hands and the Common Seal of the said Town and Burrough and to the other part remaining in the Hands of the said Portreeve and Burgesses and their Successors the said John Nossiter hath set his Hand and Seal the day and year first above written
The Mark X of John Nossiter
Transcribed by Bob Osborn
This is John Martin's 1813 map of properties owned by the Yeovil Corporation. The premises concerned with here, lies at top right and is enlarged below.
An enlarged section of Martin's map of Corporation Properties of 1813 shows most of the eastern end of Quedam Street / Vicarage Street with the almshouse land at centre right. Since the lease states that the adjoining premises are "the Lands belonging to the Almshouse of Yeovill aforesaid on the West Part", the property referred to in the lease is that shaded at far right labelled '20' and lying on the southern bank of the RRackel Brook opposite the lands of Samuel Dyer. For reference (since this whole area has now changed), the land to the immediate right of premises '20' is now the site of the Methodist church.
From my collection
The indenture, dated 4 September 1794, for the Quedam Street property rented for 4d a year.