Customs of copyholders, Sir John Ferrers vs. Richard Creswell, ca.1620, L.e.967
This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, Customs of copyholders, Sir John Ferrers v. Richard Creswell, L.e.967, (ca.1620) featured in the Age of Lawyers Exhibition, September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016.
More manuscripts from this collection can be found in Guide to the Papers of the Ferrers Family of Tamworth Castle
Produced for a lawsuit, this document explains how the manorial records of Tettenhall Regis were supposed to be kept: in a locked chest in the parish church. Churches were often the only stone public building, and thus the safest from fire. One of two keys was held by the lord and the other by someone representing the tenants. The reality, it notes, was rather different. Most of this manor's records were held by the steward, an attorney who worked for the lord.
Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of Folger manuscript L.e.967. The transcription below was created by the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. To access an image of the original leaf, click on each transcription's heading.
In libro ordinat, sive decret de Termi[n]o
sancti Michaelmis Anno decimo tercio Regis Iacobi
in Scaccario remaneum ac in custodis Rememorat
Regis ibidem existeum inter alia contineum
inter alia continetur ut sequitur singulis suis
Suffolk Whereas in the matter dependinge in this
Cort by English bill betweene Sir John fferrers
Knight plaintiff and Richard Creswell and Richard
Wilkes defendentes being for and concerninge the
Customes of the Copie hould ten[a]ntes of the mannor
Of Tetnall Regis in the County of Staffordshire
at yssue and ready for hearinge forasmuch as
Mr Weston of Councell which the defendentes hath
this day informed the Cort that there bee divers
Cort Rolls of the said mannor remayninge in
a Chest in the parish Church of Tetnall and
that to the same Chest doe belonge two keys