Shingay Manor Quit Rentals 1737-1797
In respect of Merry’s Farmstead, 78, 80 and 82 Hay Street part copyhold of Manor of Shingay cum Wendy
Extracted from Rental Book 1737-1768 and Quit Rental Receipt Book 1760-1797
1737 onwards William Warboys with 1s quit rent
1737 William Warboys now Wilson
1743-54 William Warboys
1749 William Warboys paid 1s. Messuage and half an acre of land late Revells or Rowells. Paid for 5 years leaving 2 years in arrears
1754 William Warboys late Wilson now Kirbyshire
1755 Sarah Kirbashire wife of Benjamin late William Warboys
A messuage and close adjoining with ye appurtenances containing half an acre in Steeple Morden
1768 Sarah Kirbashire wife of Benjamin late William Warboys of Steeple Morden sometime Wilsons
Steeple Morden copy messuage & close containing ½ acre.
1761 Sarah wife of Benjamin Kirbyshire paid 14 years rent 14s
1772 Sarah Kirbashire paid 11 years 11s
1779 Sarah wife of John Bellamy paid 2 years 2s
1782 John Bellamy paid 3 years 3s
1785 Chandler Merry late Bellamy paid 3 years 3s
1787 Chandler Merry paid 2 years 2s
1788 Chandler Merry paid 1 year 1s
1790 Chandler Merry paid 2 years 2s
1792 Chandler Merry paid 2 years 2s
1794 Chandler Merry late Warboys paid 2 years 2s
1796 Chandler Merry paid 2 years 2s
1797 Chandler Merry paid 1 year 1s
Explanation of Quit Rent
Quit rent is a payment imposed on occupants of freehold or leased land in substitution for performing services for a higher landowning authority, in feudal times a Lord and ultimately the Sovereign.
Under feudal law, the payment of quit rent freed the tenant of a holding from the obligation to perform services, such as ploughing and other agricultural activity. Or it freed the occupier of the land from the burden of having others exercising rights that would affect the land. For example, by hunting across it, to the detriment of farming.
You were “quit” of carrying out the feudal services, having paid money in lieu.
Last Updated on September 8, 2020