Hartley Wills - Charrington family

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George Charrington (d 1795) was the freehold owner of the King's Arms, the pub that was closed in 1872 and later became Hartley Bottom Farm. He acquired it after his marriage to Mary Hayward in 1760. In those days married women were not allowed to own property in their own name, but the husband did not own the inheritance of it, which still belonged to the wife.

Peter Mayer, 2002

PRO PROB 11/1261
Will of George Charrington of Beddington, Surrey, yeoman (1795)

To wife Mary: 99.19.0 and annuity of 15 payable out of his properties in Croydon and his "new built messuage" or tenement being the westernmost house of two new erected messuages or tenements now standing and being in Church Lane in the said parish of Beddington...". And another annuity of 15 out of his other lands at Beddington. Various associated provisions; includes statement that this is instead of dower etc., and on condition she release all estates to his eldest son George Charrington (that is all those in Croydon and the main house in Beddington).

To son William: other lands in Beddington.

To John Hassell, son of his wife by her former husband: all his lands in the parish of Streatham in Surrey for life with reversion to his son William Charrington.

"Also I give and devise all that my freehold messuage or tenement, lands and hereditaments with their appurtenances situate, lying and being in the parish of Hartley in the county of Kent, unto my said wife for and during the term of her natural life; and from and after her decease, I give and devise the same unto the said John Hassell, his heirs and assigns forever."

To said John Hassell: 200

Remainder of personal estate to go to sons George and William Charrington.

Executors to be John Williamson of Beddington and Robert Linton of Merton, Surrey.

Dated 6 March 1795

Witnesses John Carter of Norwood, Surrey; Richard Howard; John Williamson sen.

Proved at London, 5 June 1795.