Summary of Family Properties as at 1455
It is rather difficult to ascertain the true extent of the families property holdings, as I have already mentioned a great number of families did not state the full extent of their estate in official documents, and even though our ancestors were in a position of authority, I don't see why they should be any different from the rest of the population,
As rough estimate I have estimated that their total holdings would have been in excess of more six hundred acres in properties that they did declare, with probably another three hundred which they probably didn't being in apposition to fiddle the books.
On top of the above should added probably a considerable amount of land which they did not actually own. But was granted to them during the recipients, lifetime for which he could collect rents. Although these lands were usually passed on their heirs and successors for a period of numerous generations, on payment of a peppercorn rent.
One such transaction was recorded in the Feet of Fines for Dorset Henry V. 1413. in a transcript of a somewhat convoluted document, an agreement by William Chaldecott and Robert Rempston agreeing that they would pay to a Walter Dernford a Brian Jerrad. The price of 40 marks of silver, and thereafter a rent of one pound of pepper per year.
This was for a twenty acre meadow and various other pieces of land at Langton and Swanage. This rent to be paid to Walter and Brian and their heirs and successors forever.
Land which was declared in official documents
1. A large house with fields and Mooreland grazing rights in excess of approximately 120 acres this was over the years referred to as Chaldecotts,
2 .East Creech a house and lands of approximately 50 acres or more,
3. East and West Orchard house and land probably about 130 acres,
Quarleston near Winterborne Stickland a large farm house with approximately50acres
Elsewhere in Dorset
A house and farmland in Wareham known as North Hungerhill With land of an area of about 50 acres.
On top of these listed above they also owned land and properties in Shaftesbury and Dorchester Also Hilton, Buckland Newton and Sherborn also land and properties in Somerset some of these were initially held under grant.
After this period when William and Richard became of age these holdings would be divided and then over the next few generations. Each of these heirs descendents would add to these over a period, but after the early 1600,s family holdings would dwindle as the days of vast land acquisition faded. The main reason for this was that the largest proportion of descendants of one particular branch of the family were female. therefore a great deal, of this property went to them and their husbands,
and would disappear from the family ownership forever.
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