BART, William, of Bletchingley, Surr.
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m. by 1407, Isabel.
Bart leased land in the manor of Bletchingley both from the earls of Stafford and the ancestors of William Uvedale†, who, in 1451, was lord of the manor of Pendell in Surrey. The dates of his tenancies are not known, although he appears to have farmed on a fairly extensive scale. During the Hilary term of 1407, he and his wife (both being described as ‘of Bletchingley’) were among the defendants in an assize of novel disseisin held at Croydon, Surrey, to determine the ownership of a toft and 20 acres of land in Bletchingley. They and John Bart, who was probably a kinsman, were evidently acting as trustees for Richard Tonbridge, another local man: together they claimed to have held the property in common with one William Bart of London, but despite frequent postponements and the presentation of quantities of evidence, the outcome remains unknown.1
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
- 1. Staffs. RO, D641/1/2/233C; U. Lambert, Blechingley, i. 290; JUST 1/1521, rot. 37-37v, 47v.