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 Sale of part of Fairby, 1657

This document is the sale of land in Hartley and Fawkham that belonged to the Walter family.

The Walters had purchased this land in 1571, and they lived at Pennis House, but by 1657 the estate was heavily indebted and Bennett Walter, the widow of John Walter, was forced to sell under the terms of his will.

The purchaser was Thomas Young of Southfleet.  The family had lived there for many years, but in 1663 they made a rebuilt Fairby their home.  It is clear from the list of adjoining landowners in this deed that he had already bought the central Fairby holding by 1657.  The purchase from Bennett Walter was added to this to create the Fairby farm that existed up to the early 20th century.

The map shows the approximate location of the fields listed in the 1657 deed.  It is not possible to be sure in every case, as the boundaries of the fields had clearly changed in the two centuries before the tithe map of 1844, which this plan is based upon.  The numbers relate to the list of fields in the 1657 deed, the land conveyed is tinted yellow.

Conveyance 17 August 1657

Made between

(1) Bennett Walter of Fawkham, widow
(2) Thomas Young of Southfleet

Sale of estate under the will of John Walter for £665, of land in Ash and Hartley

1.      Chapel Wood Field (4a): bounded by Chapelwood (S); Ash to Dartford highway (E); lands of said John Walter (W); Lower Chapel Wood Field (N)
2.      Lower Chapel Wood Field (3a): bounded by Upper Chapel Wood Field (S); Ash to Dartford highway (E); Limekillcroft and Spring (N); lands of John Walter (W)
3.      Lymekillcroft (3a): bounded by Chapel Field (S); Highway (E); Limekillspring (W); Neither Field (N)
4.      Lymekill Spring (3a): bounded by lands of John Walter and lower end of Chaple Field (S); Lymekillcroft (E); Neither Field and The Valley (N)
5.      Sprimpling Spring (2a): bounded by the highway (E & W); Neither Field (S); Rye Croft (N).

Occupied by John Dawlton or his assignees.

6.      Neither Field (10a): bounded by the highway (W); Killcroft & Spring (S); Rye Croft (N)
7.      The Other Neither Field (7a): bounded by Neither Field (E); Lymekillspring (S); The Valley (W)
8.      Neitherfield Hill (8a): bounded by Neither Field (S); lands of John Walter (W); Pennis Valley Wood (N)
9.      The Valley (7a): bounded by Neither Field (E); Lymekillspring (S); Northlands Wood (W); lands of John Walter (N)

In Hartley and Fawkham, occupied by Edward Best or his assigns.

10.     Rye Croft (12a): bounded by highway (E); Shrimplings Spring (S); Neitherfield Hill (W); lands of said Thomas Young (N)
11.     Chalkefield (9a): bounded by lands of Thomas Edwards and Thomas Young (E); Pinnace Valley Wood and Spring (S & W); Platfield Spring (N)
12.     Grubb Piece (3a): bounded by Platfield Spring (E); Pinnace Valley Wood and Chalken Field (S); highway from Fawkham to Hartley (N)

In Hartley in the tenure of Widow Crowhurst

13.     Great Old Downe (20a): bounded by Fawkham to Hartley road (S); land from Fawkham to Greensted Greene (W); Old Downes (N)
14.     The Downs (12a): bounded by the said Fawkham to Hartley road (S); Parsonage Croft belonging to Longfield (N)
15.     Little Old Downs (4a): bounded by Upper Old Downs Wood (E); Hartley Laine (S)
16.     Hartelee Hold (4a): bounded by Gleabeland Wood (N); Upper Old Downs Wood (E); Lower Old Downs Wood (S)
17.     Great Old Downe Wood (10a): bounded by Hartley to Fawkham road (S); Old Downs Wood (W); Gleabeland Wood (N)
18.     Westlands (7a): bounded by Ash to Dartford road (E); Great Old Downs Wood (W); Morrice Croft (S); Gleabelands of Hartley (N)
19.     Westlands Spring (1a): bounded by the foresaid field (N); Hartley Laine (E)

In Fawkham and Hartley, in the occupation of Leonard Carrier.