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1816 Lease of 1&3 Princes Street

The 1816 lease of (today's) 1&3 Princes Street


This is a lease from my collection, dated 14 August 1816 and made between Surgeon Markes Lambe of the first part and Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett of the second part, for the premises today known as 1&3 Princes Street but in 1816 being in Hendford, also known as Cattle Market.

This Indenture made the fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen Between Markes Lamb of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Surgeon of the one part and Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett both of Crewkerne in the said County Gentlemen of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of five Shillings of good and lawful Money or this Realm to the said Markes Lamb in hand well and truly paid by the said Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett at or before the sealing and delivery of these Presents the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged He the said Markes Lamb Hath bargained and sold by these Presents Doth bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett their Exec(utor)s Admin(istrator)s and Assigns All that Messuage or Dwelling house situate at Hendford in the Town of Yeovil aforesaid together with the underground Kitchen Cellars and several Offices adjoining and attached thereto And also All that Hall now used as a Kitchen lying behind the said Dwellinghouse which said Dwellinghouse Offices Hall Garden and Premises are bounded on the north by the Dwellinghouse and Premises late in the occupation of Charles Geard but now of Joseph Male and by a Malthouse now in the occupation of the said Samuel Watts or his Tenants on the east by Hendford Street in Yeovil aforesaid on the south by a Lane leading from Yeovil aforesaid to Hewish Common Fields and on the west by a newly erected Wall extending from the side of the said Malthouse and forming a right angle therewith until it meets the boundary Wall on the South against the Lane leading to Hewish Common Field aforesaid and by the partition wall dividing the said Hall or Kitchen Room from the Malthouse which said partition Wall forms part of the premises hereby bargained and sold and which said Messuage or Dwellinghouse Offices Hall Curtilage Garden Plot and Premises were formerly in the possession or occupation of one John Rooks Sadler deceased and John Rooks Clerk his Son or one of them afterwards of Thomas Rooks Sadler another Son of the said John Rooks deceased since of Samuel Toms then of Samuel Watts the elder late of Joseph Watts of Yeovil aforesaid Gentleman who considerably altered and improved the same and now in the tenure possession or occupation of the said Markes Lamb And all Houses Outhouses Edifices Buildings Ways Paths Passages Waters Watercourses Easements Profits Commodities Advantages and Appurt(enance)s whatsoever to the said Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse Offices Curtilage Garden Heredit(ament)s and Premises hereby bargained and sold belonging or in anywise appertaining or to or with the same or any part thereof now held used let occupied possessed or enjoyed or accepted reputed taken or known as or to be part parcel or member thereof or of any part parcel thereof To have and To hold the same Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse Offices Hall Curtilage Garden Heredit(ament)s and premises hereinbefore more particularly mentioned and described and hereby bargained and sold or intended to be unto the said Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett their Ex(excuto)rs Adm(inistrat)ors and Assigns from the day next after the day of the date of these Presents for and during and unto the full end and term of one whole year from thence next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended Yielding and Paying therefore unto the said Markes Lamb his Heirs and Assigns the rent of a Pepper Corn on the last day of the said term if lawfully demanded To the Intent that by virtue of these Presents and by force of the Statute made for transferring of uses into possession the said Thomas Phelps and Robert Fitchett may be in the actual possession of all and singular the said Premises mentioned to be hereby bargained and sold with the Appurt(enance)s and may thereby be enabled to accept and take a Grant and Release of the Freehold and Inheritance thereof in such Grant and Release mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same In Witness whereof, the aid Parties to these Presents have hereunto set their Hands and Seals the day and year first above written

Markes Lambe


Transcribed by Bob Osborn




E Watts' map of Yeovil of 1806. To put its location into context, today's 1 & 2 Princes Street is seen here at centre, to the immediate left of the "l" in "Cattle" (see enlargement below). Cattle Market is today's Princes Street, while Borough is today's High Street. The lane leading to Hewish Common Field, today's Huish, is at bottom left with Waterloo Lane leading down to centre bottom and what would later become Clarence Street running up to top left of centre, between Mr Goodford's garden and the Congregational Chapel. The very narrow lane that would become known as Porter's Lane, eventually widening to become today's Westminster Street runs left from Cattle Market.


The 1816 indenture from my collection.