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Conveyance 8 April 1555 (British Library Add Ch 36666)
This is writ of praecipe, which relates to a fictitious court case. The reason for doing this was to record the existence of a conveyance. The 50 acres being sold roughly equates to where Northfield (between Ash Road and Church Road) is today.
Philip and Mary, by the grace of God, king and queen of England, France, Naples, Jerusalem and Ireland, defenders of the faith, Princes of Spain and Sicily, Archdukes of Austria, Dukes of Milan, Burgundy and Brabant, Counts of Habsburg, Flanders and Tirol, to the sheriff of Kent, greeting. Order Thomas Cappars and Joan his wife, the daughter and heir of William Swytcher, that justly and without delay, they be held to the agreement made between them and John Overay, concerning 50 acres of land with the appurtenances in Hartley. And if they don't do it, and the said John has given you security for prosecuting his claim, then summon by good summoners, the said Thomas and Joan, that they be before our justices at Westminster 15 days after Easter, or show why they have not done this. And have there the summoners and write. Given at Westminster 8 April in the 1st and 2nd year of our reigns.