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1812 Lease of Chequers
The 1812 lease of the Chequers alehouse in Huish
This is a lease in my collection, dated 10 July 1812 for the Chequers alehouse in Huish, made between the three brothers Joseph Watts, Samuel Watts the Younger and Edward Watts of the fist part and Thomas Bullock and James Glyde of the second part.
This indenture made the tenth day of July in the fifty second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third By the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Twelve Between Joseph Watts of Yeovil in the county of Somerset Gentleman Samuel Watts the Younger of the same place Gentleman and Edward Watts of the same place Land-surveyor of the one part and Thomas Bullock also of the same place Gentleman and James Glyde of Yeovil Marsh within the Parish of Yeovil aforesaid Gentleman of the other part
Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings a piece of good and lawful British money of English currency and value in hand at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents well and truly paid to the said Joseph Watts Samuel Watts & Edward Watts by the said Thomas Bullock and James Glyde the receipts whereof respectively are hereby acknowledged They the said Joseph Watts Samuel Watts & Edward Watts to Have and each of them Hath bargained and sold and by these presents Do and each of them Doth bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Bullock and James Glyde their executors administrators and assigns All that messuage and Tenement or Dwellinghouse situate standing and being in Yeovil aforesaid near the Angel Inn there which said premises were formerly in the possession of Samuel Watts the Elder but now of him the said Joseph Watts Together with all Buildings Houses and erections thereon lately built by the said Joseph Watts And also all that Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse formerly a Barn Flax Shop and drying house but long since converted into a Public House called or known by the name or sign of the Chequers situate standing or being within the parish of Yeovil aforesaid in the road or way leading into Hewish Field and also the Backside & such part of the Garden as is now divided or allotted to the said Messuage or Dwellinghouse thereto adjoining & belonging all which said premises were heretofore in the tenure or possession of one Henry Wills deceased but now of him the said Joseph Watts his Tenant or Tenants And also all that plot for enclosed piece of Ground containing by estimation Eighty feet in length and forty six feet in breadth situate lying and being next adjoining to the last mentioned Messuage or Dwellinghouse called the Chequers which said Garden Plott is bounded on the East by the said last mentioned Messuage & Garden on the South by the said Road on the North by the land of John Goodford Esq & on the West by the Dissenting burying plott & was with the said last mentioned Messuage & other premises heretofore in the tenure or possession of the said Henry Wills deceased but was of him the said Joseph Watts his Tenant or Tenants And also all & singular the Yards Backsides Courts Gardens Stables Cellars Outhouses Edifices Buildings ways paths passages waters watercourses easements profits commodities advantages privileges Heredit[ament]s Appurt[enance]s whatsoever to the said [two words illegible] Messuages Gardens [word illegible] & premises belonging or in [anywise ?] appertaining And the Reversion and Reversions Remainder & Remainders yearly & other rents issues & profits thereof respectively & and of every part thereof
To have and to hold the said several Messuages Tenements or Dwellinghouse Garden plots and all and singular other the premises above bargained and sold or mentioned and intended so to be with their Appurtenances unto the said Thomas Bullock and James Glyde their executors administrators and assigns from the day next before the day of the date hereof for and during and unto the full end and term of one whole year thence next coming and fully to be complete and ended Yielding and Paying thereof unto the said Joseph Watts Samuel Watts & Edward Watts their heirs or assigns the rent of a pepper corn on the last day of the said term if the same be lawfully demanded To the intent and purpose that by virtue hereof and by force of the Statute made for transferring uses into possession they the said Thomas Bullock and James Glyde may be in the actual possession of all and singular the said premises hereby bargained and sold or intended so to be with their appurtenances and be thereby enabled to accept and take a grant and release of the same and of the reversion and inheritance thereof to them the said Thomas Bullock and James Glyde their heirs and assigns To the uses upon the truste and for the ends intents and purposes mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same in a certain indenture already prepared and intended to bear date the day next after the day of the date hereof and made or mentioned to be made between the same parties as are to these present In Witness whereof the said parties first above named to these presents their hands and seals here set the day and year first above written.
Joseph Watts Samuel Watts Edward Watts
Transcribed by Bob Osborn
This is a section of E Watts' map of Yeovil of 1806, with Cattle Market (today's Princes Street) running down the right side with Hendford at bottom, right of centre. Running across the centre of the map to centre left is Hewish Lane, little more than a track leading to Hewish Field. At centre, below the area labelled Mr Goodford's Garden is written the word 'Hewish' which almost part-obscures a building shaded pink - the Chequers Inn - and to its immediate west was the plot of land also included in the lease and next again was the Calvinist Burial Ground - all now under Tesco's car park.
From my collection
The indenture, dated 10 July 1812, in which the Chequers Inn and an adjoining piece of land were leased for a year for the sum of five shillings.