The Manor of Boughton
Malherbe, from the original MS Book in the hands of C.V. Hinds of Goudhurst.
Extracted in brief and Englished by me Gordon Ward 1936.
The account of Sapherie Kennet
of Bocton M. (Boughton Malherbe) collector, &c. 1580. Rents - Land called Stockinges alias Stockhammes, 2 acres, sometime John Spice, in
Stonehouse Street in B.(Boughton Malherbe) Of the heirs of Robert son of Xpofer (Christopher)
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to Egerton Members & others
7d half a hen
Jenetmeade & Thommescombe, 6 acres, late John Spice, in Stonehouse
Street, Of same heirs
21d 1½ hens 4 eggs
Westfeelde at Stonehouse Street, Of Robt. Cheeseman
9d 1 cock 2 eggs
Glovers tenement, 1 acre, late Robt. Turnoure, in B. Of Rd. Elviston
clerk, in right of wife Johane, daur & heir of said Robt. T.
4d 7½ eggs
Rogerscrofte and Holmeade alias Crokemeade alias Litlemeade, 5 acres, late
Robt. Turnour, in B. Of last
14d ½ hen 5 eggs
Wooddes alias Barlingeslande, 4½ acres 28 perches, Of last in right of wife
2 eggs and for part of a hen 2d
Pirton and Southefeelde, 4 acres, late John Barlinge, in B., Of Rd. Elviston
in right of his wife
7½d 1 hen 10 eggs
or "A messuage or tenement called a kitchin and a garden
called Hooker" late George Hudsonne at Grasteghe in B. Of Hy a
son of Geo. Hudsonne 8d, and for part of a hen 2d
(Here a note is inserted "This messuage or tenement as the saide Thomas
Wotton supposeth was somtyme the kitchin of one John Edendenne " )
Rabbetteslande, 5 acres, late Geo. Hudsonne in B. Of Henry Hudsonne
Reynolds feelde and Colbredge lande, 7 acres, late Geo. Hudsonne,in B., of
14d 1 hen, and for part of a hen ½d
Tenne acres, in three pieces, 10 acres, of Hy. son of Geo. Hudsonne
20d 1 hen 5 eggs
Two pieces called Pope hole, 3 acres 1 roode, in B., late Geo. Hudsonne, of
Thomas Tonge in right of wife Julyan relict of Geo. Hudsonne, yeoman,
3¼d half of ¼d, & part hen for l½d
Rabbetteslande, 2½ acres in B, , Of Paule Reader, Stephen Lambyn, Calvyn
Lambyn & Daniell Lambyn, sons and co-heirs of Anne, only daur and heir
of Wm. Stonehouse, late the wife of Thomas Reader and of Wm. Lambyn
Colmanscrofte, 4 acres in B., of Xpofer (Christopher) Badnore
8d ½hen 5 eggs
Woocrofte, 10 acres, in B.of Xpofer (Christopher) Badnore
15d l¼ hen 6 eggs
2 pieces called Halmans alias Millandes, 3½ acres, in B., of last
Messuage, or orchard and garden called Shredde, and one piece called
Popelande, 1 acre, of last
2¾d 2½ hens 12 eggs
Messuage garden and 5 peices called Fowlarstowne, Salterslande, Barne feild,
Strake & Midle feelde, 16 acres in B. (Boughton Malherbe) Of
2s 1 cock 1 hen 9½
"Landebye easte" a piece of land, 3 acres, in B. of last
4½d, and for part of a hen 1d
Messuage, barn and 2 peices, 6 acres, late Thos Ellet and his wife Susan,
daur and heir of Rd. Swetherndenne yeoman decd, in B. (Boughton Malherbe), & for 2 other
parcels, 8 acres, also called Landebye easte, Of last
15½d 1 cock 1 hen 6 eggs
Messuage and 2 peices, Homefeelde & Rabbetslande, at Grasteghe in B., of
John & Edw Alleyne
Boucherscrofte, 3 acres at Grasteghe, of John & Edw. Alleyne
4½d ½ hen 2½ eggs
(Bouchers croft is by deed holden by fealtie, sute, rent, relief and heriot.
The relief is 4½d)
Birehet & Sawestage crofte, 4 acres, Of John & Christopher Hayherste
7d 1 hen 4 eggs
Longeham and Southe feelde, 7 acres, of the heirs of Geoffrey Badnore
12d 1 hen
Messuage called Wooddesdenne and 7 peices, 18 acres, late Rd. Wilkin, of
Walther Covert Esq
The Denne of Saltkendenne
Land undescribed in the denne of Saltkendenne alias Sawkendenne in (parish
not stated) in the county of Kent. Of Henry Gibbon
23d Five bushells of white salt (this salt is
payable on August 1st at Bocton)
A messuage and 14 parcels in the denne of Saltkendenne in Tenterdenne (Tenterden)
and Biddendenne (Biddenden). Of Peter Shorte
23d Five bushels of white salt
The Denne of Ringeshill
Flexelande and 5 pieces called Petlandes, 27 acres, in the D. of R. in
Hedcrone (Headcorn), and 4 peices called Ringeshill in same, 15
acres, in Hedcrone (Headcorn), Of Sir Warham Sentleger
Messuage and 33 acres in same denne in Hedcrone (Headcorn). Of - - -
- - Silcocke
41 acres in same denne in Hedcrone (Headcorn). Of - - - - - Braunche,
widow, of London
5 peices called Ringeshill and Howletts, 20 acres, late Eliz. Bordenne
sister and heir of - - - - -Brdenne, in same denne. Of John Robyns in right
of wife Thomasine, relict of John Idleye, yeinan, decd.
4 peices called Tyrryesfeelds and Longe meadowes 9 acres, in same, of Xpofer
3 acres at Motegate in D. of R. in Hedcrone (Headcorn). Of last in
right of wife Amye only heir of Tho. Little
4 peices called Clayhammes, 11 acres,in same. Of Arthur Reynold
1 acre, late John Hommersham, in same. Of heirs of Xpofer (Christopher)
Little croft, Long crofte and Gibbeshill, 8 acres, late Alex. Fishcocke, in
same. Of Walther Tryce
2 pieces called Ringeshills, 5 acres, in same. Of the heirs of Xpofer (Christopher)
The Denne of Warlesdenne
Six pieces called Peers ashe, 25 acres in a denne called the denne of
Warlesdenne in Hedcrone (Headcorn). Of Xpofer (Christopher)
2s 1d l½ hens
Five peices called Gloversbridge,10 acres, in same Of same
4 peices, 14 acres, in same. Of Roberte Hudsonne
14d 1 hen
7 peices called Sowthetownes and Smithenhammes, 14 acres in same, of Xpofer
14d ½ hen
2 peices called Chittendenneslande, 8 acres, late Walther Maynee Esq., in
same. Of Alex. Hommersham
8d ½ hen
2 pieces,8 acres, in same in Hedcron (Headcorn) and Bocton (Boughton
Malherbe). Of John Sacreye
8d ½ hen
N.B. The last is the only part of Warlesdenne which is said to be partly in
Bocton (Boughton Malherbe) . Gordon Ward.
Sute of Courte
The following pay 4d each unless otherwise stated -
Walther Cobert Esq
heirs of Geoffrey Badnore
Tenants of the denne of Ringeshill - 18d
Tenants of the denne of Tarlesdenne - 10d
Henry e Gibbon as of the tenants of Saltkendenne - 4d
Peter Shorte, clothier, as of one other of the tenants of Saltkendenne ¾ 4d
A double releefe of a messuage and 2 parcells, 6 acres, late Thomas Ellet
and Susanne his wife, daughter and heir of Rd. Swetherendenne: and of 2
other peeces called Landbye easte 8 acres, late Thos. Ellet and Susanne, Of
Xpofer (Christopher) Effle
Double releefe for Silcock lande in Hedcrone (Headcorn) 5s 6d
Double for Braunche land in Ringeshill 6s l0d
One releefe for Hy. Gibbon's land at Saltkendenne
All above acknowledged and paid at a court holden 2 Oct 1579 at Bocton (Boughton
TOTAL CHARGE of the accomptaunt - £4. 15. 4¾d
This meade of 6 acres in B.ought (Boughton Malherbe) to be the site
of hay-making services by the tenants but this has been discontinued.
All lands are held by heriot service. If there are several heirs each
holding a portion of an old tenement, then each owes heriot for his portion.
But it is not said what the heriot service consists in.
For a messuage called the Inne or Churchegate, and a litle yarde or courts
and a little gardeyne ,part of the demesnes, beinge beside the Churche of
Bocton (Boughton Malherbe). Of Xpofer (Christopher) Gates -
Of Thomas Porter, smythe, for a messuage called Smythes forge,yard, garden,
part of demesnes, in B. (Boughton Malherbe)
Of Thomas Smythe of B. (Boughton Malherbe) yeoman for a tenement
called Millers tenement, garden, yard and two pieces of meadow, 5 acres 1
roode 3 perches, called Poolemeade oe Pondemeade:anf for Highe combe, 5
acres 20 perches, part of the demesnes
12 chickens at 1d each
A Myll (Mill)
Of Alexander Northwoodde of B. (Boughton Malherbe) miller in
grindinge of wheat for one years rent of a water mill in B. (Boughton
Malherbe), the carrying and re-carryinge from the mill. 36 bushells are
due as toll from the grinding of 72 quarters. They are charged 10d a bushel
In grinding of rye. Three quarters 6½ bushells ought to be ground free. On
these the toll is ½ bushel per quarter. Thus 1½ bushels 6 gallons and one
pottle are due, at 8d per bushel -
In grinding of "beere corne", 14½ bushels. The toll as for rye.
At 3d the bushel
In grinding malte. 95 quarters 2 gallons. Toll as for rye. At 3s 4d the
In grindinge barley e. 5 quarters. Toll as for rye. At 5d the bushel -
In grindinge otes. 44 quarters. Toll as for rye At 3d the bushel
Of Edw. Stonehouse of B. (Boughton Malherbe) yeoman. for 2 pieces
called Epcelande, 7 acres 3 roodes 18 perches, part of demesnes
A hemp plat. The meadowe. The risshet. Woodcrofte. Busshie feelde. Parke
Contain 56½ acres 18 perches. Demesne. Together lying in a parke called
Southparke. In Lords hands. Valued at 2s per acre.
Gossiefeelde. Hames. Little wooddesdenne. Gonnildeland. Middle feelde.The
Contain respectively 6 acre 20 perches, 6 acres 1 roode, 11 pieces in 23½
acres 6 perches, 5 acres 16 perches, 3 acres 3 roodes 10 perches and The
Hill 2 acres 20 perches. Demesnes. All in Southeparke. In Lords hands.Valued
at 2s each acre.
8 pieces so called. 41½ acres 15 perches.
Demesne. In Lords hands. Valued at 2s each acre.
Hooker meade. Humfrey meade. Gavell meade. Halmans. Brookemeade.
These measure in order - 1½ acre 24 perches, 9 acres 1 roode 16 perrhes,
5½ acres 4 perches, 4 acres 1 roode, 5 acres 25 perches,5 acres 3 roodes 10
perches,15 acres. All demesnes. Valued at 2s 6d per acre. In Lords hands.
(At this point the scribe gets tired of putting words (as underlined above)
both in margin and in text and so puts them in text only)
Little combe 1.1.0
Pisinge combe -2.0.5
All demesne. worth 2s per acre, In Lords hand.
The Helde 0.3.28
All demesne. worth 2s per acre.In Lords hands.
The Scite. rated at 20s . In hand.
An Orcharde. 3.1.16 worth 2s per acre. In hand.
A Strake 2.3.34
Great Milfeelde 14.0.28
Little Milfeelde. 7.1.0
All demesne. at 2s per acre.In hand.
Hemmynge Dane 10.0.36
The following lands are also listed at great length as part of the demesnes
now in the hands of the Lord. It is clear that the scribe is making the very
most of particulars which could be compressed into a page or two. He takes
30 pages. (Gordon Ward).
Preston croft alias Personnes crofte 2.2.36
Longe Crofte 2.3.0 22.0.10
Personage lande, both late part of rectory of Bocton (Boughton Malherbe)
& now demesne
Cheryelles 5.0.24 of pasture
Easte hill 18.3.0
Tilehoste leaze 21.3.24
Greate Newlande 28.2.7
Longe crofte 1.3.12 138 acres together in the
Little Newlande 9.0.0 Olde deere Parke
Lower leaze 14.1.0
Upper leaze 15.2.0
West Hill 28.2.0
A hoppe gardeyne 1.2.12
Another hoppe gardeyne 1.3.26 at 2s per acre
2 acres lying beside the hoppe gardeyne aforesaid
The Vineyarde 1.2.12. at 2s per acre.
TOTAL VALUE to this point, including values assessed on demesnes -
£66. 19. 5¾
Paid to the Queen by the hands of Thos. Sondes of Throwleghe (Throwley),
as by the hands of the Lord of the Manor of Throwleghe (Throwley),
for Castle ward due from Bocton (Boughton Malherbe)
Paid to the Highe Sherife by the hands of P,icharde Saunders baylee of the
Hundred of Ayhorne, for one years rent of Blaunche rennt issuing out of
Bocton (Boughton Malherbe)
To same by the hands of John Bassocke of Hedcrone (Headcorn),
husbandman, Borsholder of the borough of Bocton (Boughton Malherbe),
for Smoke silver alias Homestawle silver, is suing out of 2 messuages of old
time standing upon the demesnes
To same for same by same,out of 2 other messuages called Make fayres now
To churchwardens of Bocton (Boughton Malherbe) out of same Make
To same out of Little Woodesdenne
To Richard Elvison clerke, person of Bocton (Boughton Malherbe), for
rent of six pieces of water and woode called Preston crofte, Longecrofte, a
cliffe, a pond or poole of water, personage woodde and personage lande, in
all 23.1.16, all rectory glebe
THE WHOLE RENT RESOLUTE £3. 7. 5½
THE CLEERE TOTALL SOMME £59.12.0¼
A tenement named Gibbes is not included because of very mean value for lack
of a tenant.
A LIBERTY of free-warren was granted to William Dene, in the 9th year of
King Edward II ( ) a record whereof did remain
in the tower of London on the 7th March 1576.
The lands are holden at will of the Lord and not for any number of years
(Now a few payments occur)
28 Julye1579. To Thomas Johnson of St. Marye Craye (St Mary Cray),
bricklayer, for making the walled gable heads and tilings the roof and
finishinge a fair large barn (the hedds and ends whereof stood towards the
east and west beside the mansion house) 17s 5d
To Nicholas Reader of Loddenton in Maidstone, freemason, for making and
setting of stones expressinge the yere in which the same barn was made, sett
in the afte hedd or ende of the said barn at 8d the daye beside meate and
More to him for the toppe stones of 20 vynealls
£3. 6 8.
To Alleyne Clerke of Lenham carpenter for taking down and old roofe and
making a new roofe for the barn. £10
More to him as a rewarde 6s 3d
THE WHOLE CHARGE OF THE BARN £39. 15. 3.
In B. (Boughton Malherbe) alias Woodde crofte. Anthony Edendenne pays
13s 4d rent for it. Thomas Wotton holds it of Robert Parkhurst of B. (Boughton
Malherbe) as of his manor of Chilneston alias Childestone in B. (Boughton
Malherbe) at -¼d for all services, if demanded.
12 pieces called as above, 42. 2.31., in hands of the Lord; and 2.3.8.of
woodland shaves; and Chapmansfolde woodde, 2.0.26.,all in Southe Parke.
Because one part of the 12 peeces of land was holden of Warham St. Leger
knight as of his manor of Sturreye in Lenham at 4s 9d six hens and 30 eggs;
And because Thomas Wotton is lawfully seised of the said manor of Sturrye,
So now the rent is extinguished.
But one other part is held of Roberte Parihurste as of his manor of
Childestone alias Chilvestone at ¼d for all services, if demanded, and it
has not been demanded.
So nothing atall has to be paid out of Chapmansfolde or woodde.
Seven pieces of pasture generally called Powcynes and severally called the
Bredgemeade 38.3. 1 in all
Stowrecrofte woodde 1.2.14.
All now in South Park; These are holden of Sir Fowlande Clerke knighte and
Joyce his wife, daughter and heir of Robert Atwater late of Lenham, gent,
deed, as of his manor of Bouleghe in Bocton (Boughton Malherbe)
aforesaid by fealty only.
So there is nothing to be paid out.
Seven pieces of pasture called Gowpers, 16.3.11., with 5 shaves of wood.
0.3. 0., all in Southpark.
They were holden of manor of Sturrye in Lenham at 18d one hen 20 eggs. But
Thos, Wotton is now Lord of Sturrye. So the rent is extinguished.
Humfreyes alias Wyvelherste.
Five pieces of pasture called as above, 16.1.24., with 3 shaves or springs
of wood, 0.1.30., all in Southpark. Worth 2s per acre. Total 32s 9d.
Edw. Stonehouse rents 2 other peices called the same.
4.3.34., he has paid in 15s 4d
Whole worth is thus 48s 1d. But the land is held of manor of Sturrye in
Lenham; so ,as aforesaid, the rent is now extinct.
A pasture called Frithe crofte 1.1. 0., in B. (Boughton Malherbe) in
hand but valued at 3s 4d. The land is held of William Isleye Esq. as of his
manor of Kingesnothe in Ulcombe, including also 21.0.24 of woods called
Frythes, all in South Park, 2s 11¼d.
So the cleere total sum is 4¾d
Whereas the Barnehaghe and Alderetts and another peice called Welmeade
2.0.28 in Lenham, and Bramblecombe 3.2.14 , late John Gibbe, are now part of
Robins Tenement at Liffleton Street in Lenham, some time holden of the manor
of Sturrye in Lenham at 6s 2d, 5 hens, 25 eggs,
So nothing is payable therefor
Note. Gibbes tenement was in Bocton (Boughton Malherbe) although
lands held of it were in Lenham
Goldehoordefeelde 9.2. 8 sometimes three peices called Upper feelde, Garret
feelde & Little Acre, in Lenham, all in hands of Thos. Wotton as before.
"Paide unto William Tonge gentleman as unto his yoke or Menaltie of
Luerstone alias Luistone in Lenham aforesaide for one yers rennt of the
peece of lands aforesaide called Goldehoordefeelde, and of one peece of
lande called Lee Woodde conteyninge by estimation 3 acres halfe an acre of
woodlande togeither lyinge in Lenham aforesaide ended in the saide feaste
Little Grovetts. Greate Grovetts. The Hill. Little Ewe well
They contain 15. 3.20, with shaves or springs part of then, lying at "a
hothe or common called Liffleton hothe alias Formansleaze in Lenham".
In hands of Thos.Wotton. He pays manor rents for them as below-
Frauncis Prat, gent, lord of Ronham. in Lenham, 11d for the two Grovetts
Manor of Lenham 2s l½d for The Hill and Little Ewell (sic) and 3s
3¾d for plow services
Abraham Burton of Liffleton, Kent, yeman, pays £4 rent for Mayes tenement
and five peeces called Homefeelde, Foure acre, Greate Nashe, little Nashe
and Breeche alias Sommerffeelde; and four other parcells called Doddesdane
Martinesdane, Swattlemeare, and Coppernettescrofte,at Liffleton street and
Liffleton Hothe in Lenham.
The first group pay 3s 1½d to M. of Lenham with 20¼d for ploughing
services. The others pay 15¼d plus 6¼d whole
The amount to 24.0.25½ with 4.3. 9 of wood
A tenement so called and 2 orchards therewith at Liffleton Street in Lenham;
and 4 peeces called Sarefeelde, Threemardenne/, alias Damyardes, Upper Dane
, Nether Dane; 2 others called Greenewaye and little Combe, all belonging to
same tenement. These were bequeathed by Sir Edward, father of Tho. Wotton,
to John Buckenham for his life, and he still holds them.
There is due to the manor of Lenham for Wryhalfeyoke 12¾d plus half of ¼d
and for plow service 6d.
Little Greenewaye and Little Coombe were anciently held with Robins Tenement
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