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Friday, 12 February 2010

15th Century Surrey Wellbelove reference

On a recent trip to the British Library I transcribed the following. It is from 1462, and the earliest Surrey area reference to date, for the Wellbeloves. The document is witnessed by one Thomas Welebeloved.

Alice Thorpe, daughter and heir of John Thorpe, to Thomas Beleter citizen and mercer of London, his heirs and assigns. Charter with warranty of all her lands, rents and services, woods, stanks, paths etc in the towns and parishes of Thorp, Chertesey, Egham, and Stanes, or elsewhere in Surrey, and all the lands, rents and services acknowledged to be hers in New Wyndesore, Old Wyndesore, Henton Pippard and Wyratesbury cos. Berkshire, Buckingham and Wiltshire or elsewhere in those counties or within the realm.
Witnesses: Henry Fitz John, William Manery, Nicholas Walton, Thomas Steell, William Wattes, Nicholas Bedell, John Wayte, Thomas Welebeloved, William Holmer.

Dated 30 January 1 Edward IV

Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward IV: volume 1, 1461-1468

Note I retained the original spellings from the document. Few 15th century records survive, earlier and later centuries are generally better covered,  so this is indeed a rare Wellbelove reference.

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