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1848 sale

Hampshire archive  archivr record 19M61/991 is a copy of an advertisment for the sale of a number of properties in Chewton Mendip owned by the Kingsmills or held on 8th December 1848. This event did not end the Kingsmills’ involvement with Chewton Mendip which started in 1591/2. Thomas Melhuish bought a significant tranche of proprieties in 1854. The Rev David Drakeford bought the Old Vicarage at about the same time and Rev Richard Philpott bought the Old Rectory c1858. William Kingsmill was still describing himself as ‘rector’ in 1890 but the 1848 is a pivotal  event when balance of influence in Chewton Mendip moved from the Kingsmills to the Waldegrave family. Chewton Priory had been sold to the Jenkins family. Chewton House was sold by private contract to the Scobell family in 1848 and the Habgoods probably transformed themselves from tenants to landowners as a result of this sale.  Most of the properties were in Town  tithing but the Kingsmills still owned properties  East EndWest End , Middlesex  and Widcombe tithings.
1848 is also the approximate ‘high water’ mark for Chewton Mendip. The population started to fall about this time as people were attracted to the cities and abroad in search or a better life. Coal mining  became more significant as a source of employment which the Kingsmills were involved with indirectly via marriage to the Mogg family. Whether or not coal mining meant an improvement to its workers compared with farming is a moot point.
 The advertisement is also significant because it refers to the Waldegrave Arms which is assumed to have been the building demolished in the 1930s. The 1794 map is not clear what was standing on the site of either the current  or ‘old’ Waldegrave arms but the photographs of the old Waldegrave arms are consistent with it being the building that was used to host the auction.
 The Kingsmills still owned a number of farms which were sold at the auction. The names of the farms used may not tie up with the lot numbers but some of the properties  may have been involved in the auction were Cutlers GreenDouble Farm, Eakers Hill, Franklyns Farm, Shooters Bottom and Veal Farm
 There are references to a Schoolroom which could apply to the former Methodist chapel on Chew Hll or what was Veal Farm in Lower Street. Some of the lots refer to cottages that an only b placed to parts of the village rather than be identified precisely.
 The legal right to collect tithes and appoint the vicar, called the advowson, was also offered for sale. This carried the obligation to pay the Dean & Chapter of Wells £20:6s:8d or twenty three pounds, six shillings and eight pence or approximatly £20 33p in modern money. The first record of the requirement to make this payment was in 1327 when the sum was £23:6s:8d. The odd ammount shows it may have been calulated in Marks which were two thirds of a pound. The sum remained constant for hundreds of years but three pounds had been taken off by 1848 and it had lost most of its value in real terms but the obligation to pay the amount stretched back to the medeival period if not earlier.
 The following table is a composite transcription of the original printed text and handwritten additions on the original document with hypertext links to other sources and research conducted by the author of this website.
  The Tithe column lists the number from the tithe apportionment map. The ‘A’, ‘R’, and ‘P’ columns appear to define the values used to calculate values for paying tithes and taxes whilst the ‘Value’ column lists the amount achieved at the auction which was added later in pencil.
?  Tithe Description Tenant  State  A R P  Value
Lot 1
524 A Commodious an new built Dwelling J Habgood 2 0 8
750 house with large garden and all convenient offices and outbuildings
518 Two substantial Cottages and Gardens Sarah Grace 0 0 33
523 Lot 2 2 1 11
60 519 Paddock adjoining Lot 1 J Habgood Pasture 0 2 34 £110
Lot 3
80 525 Three substantial Cottages and Gardens John Curtis 0 1 14 £120
Near lot 1 and others
Lot 4
60 526 Three substantial Cottages and Gardens Mary Curtis 0 1 3 £100
Near lot 1 J Edwards
George Sage
Lot 5
848 Mendip J Habgood Arable 7 0 17
900 849 Ditto ditto ditto 6 1 0
850 Ditto ditto Pasture 8 1 12 £910
852 Ditto ditto 65 2 28
This lot is bound by Public Roads, and Lands of the Countess Walgrave, 87 1 17 240
W. B. Naish, Esq, Henry Davis, Esq and Mr Selway
Lot 6
[Page break/Total] 1240
443 Shooters Bottom J Habgood Pasture 17 2 21 1160
1000 444 Ditto ditto ditto 16 3 24
446 Ditto ditto ditto 36 3 33
445 Cottage, Barn, and Yard ditto 0 2 38
This lot is bounded by Lands of the Countess Waldegrave, J Hippisley, Esq, H Davis., and Mr Selway 72 0 36
Lot 7
300 454 Newlands ditto Arable 16 0 4 320
This lot is bounded by Lands of the Countess Waldegrave and Mr Selway
Lot 8
750 195 Malt Mead ditto Pasture 3 2 38
196 Chewton Close ditto ditto 6 2 0 780
197 Webb’s Paddock ditto ditto 3 3 24
This lot is surrounded by Lands of the Countess of Waldegrave 14 0 22
and the Turnpike Road leading from Bristol to Wells
Lot 9
500 190 Malt Mead ditto Arable 10 1 15 500
This lot is surrounded by Lands of the Countess of Waldegrave
Lot 10
70 31 Holly Marsh John Cox ditto 2 3 13 95
Lot 11
280 In Dudwell Field Geo. Collins ditto 0 3 10
120 282 Arable J. Habgood ditto 1 0 27 120
314 Pasture ditto Pasture 0 1 30
This lot is surrounded by Lands of the Countess of Waldegrave and No 280 lives in common therewith 2 1 27
Lot 12
30 119 In Litton Field T. Keeling Arable 2 36 31
Lot 13
200 147 Two substantial houses, with Garden and Orchard adjoining thereto 1 0 18 320
Lot 14
20 331 Three substantial Cottages and Gardens R Millard 0 1 5 105
This lot will be sold subject to lease granted thereof, and now determinable on the death of Two Lives aged respectively 70 and 62 and the yearly Quit Rent of 5s payable during these lives will be sold therewith and others
Lot 15
50 332 Cottage and Garden 0 3 4 110
Lot 16
80 162 Three convenient Cottages, with the Gardens , Schoolroom and stabling belonging thereto Jospeh House 0 0 20 81
Miss Giblet
Abigl. Walter
Lot 17
50 162 Two convenient Cottages and Gardens Ann Gould 0 0 10 62
John Smith
Lot 18
90 162 Three convenient Cottages and Gardens Amos Middle 0 0 37 97
Jas Gardiner
H Keeling
Lot 19
70 162 Three convenient Cottages and Gardens P. Edyvine 0 0 35 84
John Clark
James Clavey
Lot 20
40 162 A convenient Cottages and Garden Robert Pearce 0 0 17 58
Lot 21
Two convenient Cottages and Gardens with Thos Keeling 22 82
Page break/Total D. Sheppard 5245
80 162 butchers shop and stable adjoining W. Edyvine 0 0 16 63
Lot 22
10 162 A convenient Cottages and Garden Wm. Ridley 0 1 32 117
Lot 23
10 299 Cottage and Garden at the Folly
Lot 24
150 279 Five Cottages and Gardens John Curtis 0 3 37 150
This lot will be sold subject to lease granted thereof, and now determinable with one life aged about 70 years; and the yearly Quit Rent of _s payable during these lives will be sold therewith and others
In Ston Easton
Lot 25
400 42 Greenfield 5 2 22 430
43 Ditto 1 1 25
This lot is bound by Lands of John Hippisley Esq, and the Turn Pike Raod leading to Shepton Mallet 7 0 7
Lot 26
100 98 A piece of Arable Land 1 2 7 115
This lot is bound by Lands of John Hippisley Esq,
Lot 27
150 107 House,Yard, Barn and Cottage 0 1 23 200
106 Close Adjoining 2 1 39
This lot is bound by Lands of John Hippisley Esq., and the Lane leading from Chewton Mendip to Emborow 2 3 22
Lot 28
111 New Chewton Field 5 1 18
112 Ditto 4 1 35 800
800 110 In Chewton Fild 2 1 1
219 In Chewton Parish 1 0 36
This lot is bounded by lands of the Countess of Waldegrave and W. B Naish Esq.; and Nos 110 and 219 lie in the common with Lands of the aid Countess 13 1 10
In Emboroww
Lot 29  Not Sold
Close of Land Saml. Loxton 2 3 24
This lot is bound by Lands of John Hippisley Esq,
Lot 30
Coppice in Holly Marsh 31
Lot 31  Not Sold
The Advowson, or right of Presentation to the Vicarage of Chewton Mendip,Together with the Chapalries of Emborow, Ston Easton, Farrington Gurney and Widcombe,the Tithes of which have been commuted, the Rent Charge upon which ammount to £518 viz
£ s d
Chewton Mendip 235 4 0
Emborrow 74 8 0
Ston Easton 85 15 0
Farrington Gurney 88 0 0
Widcombe 35 0 0
Page Break 518 7 0 7151
Together with the following Vicarial Glebe Lands a r p
In Chewton Mendip 4 3 1
In Ston Easton 2 0 20
In Emboroww 1 2 37
In Widcombe 0 1 4
The Vicarage of Chewton Mendip is a handsome Villa Residence, with Coach-House, Stabling,Yard and Garden 8 3 22
The present incumbent [William Groves] is aged about 42.
Lot 32
The Impropriate Tithes arising from the Parish of Chewton Mendip (Except the state of Wlliam Kingsmill esq) which are commuted at a Rent Charge of £334
This lot is subject to an Annual Payment of £20:6:8 to the Dean and Chapter of Wells.
Lot 33
The Impropriate Tithes arising from the Parish of Ston Easton which are commuted at a Rent Charge of £40:5:0.
Lot 34
The Impropriate Tithes arising from the Parish of Emborow which are commuted at a Rent Charge of £141:3:0.
Lot 35
The Impropriate Tithes arising from the Tithing of Noth Widcombe which are commuted at a Rent Charge of £30
 The Whole of the before dscribed ESTATES are easily accesspible to the PUBLIC ROADS. The Land are of excelent quality, and Building in good repair and well tenanted.
The DW|ELLING HOUSE on Lot 1 has ben reently erreted without regard to expense, and would make an excellent RESIDENCE for a Country GENTLEMAN.
 Sold to Scobell by private contract  5568
 Sold by auction  7151
12719
 To
 Scobells  5568
 Sold by auction  5575
 Chewton  £11,143
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