13. Undated, Delves Family, Sir Roger Wilbraham


I’ve got to be honest: I don’t actually know that this is the start of a new document. It MIGHT be a continuation of the last document. But there are some new names and so I am going to call it. It was time.

Note how it’s begun on the bottom strip of the page containing the previous document. ff 40v

This indenture mentions Doddington Hall in Cheshire, which included the ruins of Delves Hall, also known as “Delves Castle”, which would have at it’s grandest during the time of the writing of the indenture. It was built by the Delves family in the 14th century, first as a tower, then expanded into several buildings. It was used by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War and demolished (save the tower) in the 18th century. 


Delves Hall, Cheshire, 2010 (2) 


Delves Hall, Cheshire, 2010 (3) 

























72 (40v)
\A deede of Covenmts to severall uses/
Between Sir Thomas Delves of [er] and Henry Delves
[elgz] sonne and heirs apparent of the said Sir Thomas
of thone parte and [.] E Thomas Leigh of [er] and [.]:W:
R:S: and Ff:B: of thother parte witnesseth that the
said S:T:D: and H:D for and in consideracon of
a marriage heretofore had and solemonized betwixt
the said Henry Delves and Catheren Delves his now wife
73 (41r)
one of the daugthers and coheires of Sir Roger Wil-
braham knight deceased and for the estatinge and –
setling of the mannors messuages land tents and other
the hereditaments in these puts mencioned in the name
and blood of the said Sir Tho: D and H:D and of either
of them soe longe as may stand with the will and
pleasure of god and for divers other good and valuable
consideracoms the said Sir Tho: D: and H:D: heare unto
moveinge doe for them selves and either of the their 
and either of their heires exer Ad: and assignes and
every of them Covenant permise and graunt to and
with the said SrTD [er] their heires exer and Ad:
and every of them by these puts That they the said
SrTD and H D and their heires shall and will before
the feaste of all Saints next ensueing the date heareof
att the personal costs and charges in the lawe of the
SrTD: and H:D: or thone of the them make doe seale
deliver levy acknowledge suffer performe and execute
to the said SrT:D [er] and their heires a good perfect and
sufficient coveyance and coveyances assurance
and assurances in the lawe Be it or they by ffeoffment
ffynes or ffynes recovery or recoveres with single doub
double or treble vocher or vouchers deed or deeds
inrolled or not inrolled the inrollment of theses puts
release confirmacion or other wise with warranty
or with out warrenty or by any other lawfull act or acts
thing or things whatsoever of all and singular the mannors
messuages lands tenents rents revercions services and
hereditaments whatsoever with their appurtenances
scituate lyinge or being in DW:C:B: and E in the said
County of Chester Soe as the said SrT:D: and H D
nor either of them be not required to travell out of
the said county of C: for the levyinge making knowledge
inge suffuringe or executeinge any the conveyances or
assurances aforesaid.
\The first use lymited/
And it is mutually covenanted graunted condiscended
concluded and fully agreed by and betwixt the said parties
to theis presents and it is the true intent purpose
and meaneinge heareof and of all the parties heare unto
That all and sinuler the said fynes Recoveryes—
Conveyances and assurances of the said premisses and
every parte there of to be had made and executed aforesaid
74 (41v)
Shallbe had enure and shall be construed and adjudged
and taken to be and envure to the sole end intente and
purpose that the said SrTD: [e] and their heires
and Assignes And the survivor and Survivors of
them and his and their heires and Assignes and
every of them immediately for and after such . –
Conveyances and assurances soe to be had made
and executed of the said premisses as aforesaid
shall may and will by vertue there of stand and be
siesed of and ^\in/ all and sinuler the said Mannors
Messuages Milles Lands Tenents rents revercions
services and hereditaments and other the premisses
afore said with their appurtenances and of and in
every parte and parcell there of to the serverall behoofes
intents and purposes and with by uppon and under
 the severall Condicions provisions libertyes lymittacions
intencions and agreements heareafter in these puts
touchinge the same and every part there of expressed
sett forth lymitted appoynted and declared and to
and for none other use intent and purpose or meaninge
in any wise That is to saie of and in all and singuler
the said mannors messuages milles land s tents and
other the before mencioned premisses with their
appurtenances to the use and behoofe of the said
SrTD and his assignes for and dureinge the
terme of his naturall life without impeachments
of any manner of wast with full liberty like wise
and power to and for the said SrTD and his assignes
to sell cutt downe Carrye away [pr] All or any of the
trees growinge or beinge or with heareafter shall –
grow or be in or uppon the premisses or any parte
there of and the same to sell give or otherwise
dispose of at his free will and pleasure and from
and after the decease of the said SrTD: then of and
in the Capitall messuage or demesurehouse of weston
with all buildings Orchards gardens yords and other
appurtenances there unto belonginge together
with the severall Closes pastures and parcell
of lands and milles hearein mencioned That is
to say Barne croft the bromme feild [er] and the –
severall milles called Crosha mill and Weston mill
with their appurtenances to the use and behoofe

Two water mills are known to have existed in the past, one near Weston Hall, and another at Crotia (Crowshall) Mill.”- Charles E S Fairey, “A Short History of Weston” (4) 

ff 41v
75 (42r)
of the said H:D: and K: his wife and their assignes
for and dureinge the terme of their naturall lifes
and of the life naturall of the longer liver of them
for and in the name of her joynture and in liew and
full recompence and satisfaccion of such dower as the
said K: may have or clayme to have of in or to all or
any of the said mannors messuage milles lands tenents
rents and other hereditaments and premisses afore said
And of and in all the rest and residue of the said Mannor
messuage miles lands tenants and other the hereditaments
and premisses aforesaid with th appurtenances from
and imediately after the decease of the said SrTD
to the use and behoofe of the saide H:D:  and his assignes
for and dureinge the term of his naturall life with out
impeachment of any manner of wast with free libertye
and power to and for the said H:D: and his assignes
to fell cutt downe and carry away any trees growing
or beinge in or uppon all the premisses or any parte there
of and the same or any part there of to give seel or
otherwise to dispose of at his and their free wills
and pleasure and  ^ \after/ the decease of the said H:D: then
aswell of all the premisses not assigned in joynture
to the said K: as alsoe of the imedyate revercion of the
said lands and premisses soe assigned ot the said K: to
the use and behoofe of the first sonne of the said H:D:
begotten and to be begotten of the body of the said
K: and of the heires males of the boyd of the said first
borne lawfully begotten and to be begotten and for
default of  such issue then to the use and behoofe of the
second sonne and soe and soe to the tenth sonne and
for default of such issue then to th use and behoofe
of the heires males of the body of the said H:D: lawfully
begotten and to be begotten and for default of such
issue then to the use and behoofe of the heires males
of the said SrTD: lawfully begotten and to be-
begotten and for default of the such issue then to the
use and behoofe of the right heires of the said Henry
\for levyinge 1500/                Delves for ever provided all waise and it is the true
intent and meaneinge of all the parties to these puts
that it shall and may be lawfull to and for the said SrT
D or either by his deeds in writinges executed in his life
tyme or by his last will and testament in writinge  to will
78 (42v) (should be page76)
lymitt and appoynt and to charge all or any part
of the said premisses except the lands tents
hereditamnets lymitted to be for the joynture of the
said Katheren onely duringe the terme of her
naturall lifefor the levyinge raisinge and
receiveinge out of the issues and proffitts of the
same the full and entyre somme of Mdl pound
of lawfull money of England to and for the
use benefitt and behoofe of such person and persons
and for and dureinge such tyme terme and estate
and in such manner and forme and the said SrTD
either by his said deed executed in his lifetyme
or by his said last will and testament in writeinge
shall lymitt eppresse appoynt or declare.
\A power to raise 1500l to be imployed as SrTD should appoynt either by his deed or by his will/
And it is futher Covenanted graunted and agreed by and
betweene all the said parties to these presents for them and
their heires That there uppon the said SrTD [er] and the
survivor and survivors of them and his and their heires and
assignes and every of them shall stand and be seised of all
the said premisses (except the joynture of the said [louly]
dureinge the term of her life) imediate from and after
the decease of the said SrTD: for soe longe tyme and
untill they have have had and levied out of the issues
and profitts of the same the full some of 1500l to be payed
to such person or persons and to such use and uses and in such
manner and forme as shall be appoynted and declared
either in the said deed executed in the life tyme of
the said SrTD or by his last will and testament in writing
and afterward that they the said SrTD [er] and the
survivor and survivors of them and every of them and
his and their heires and assignes shall stand and be siesed
of all and singular the premisses aforesaid and every
part and parcell there of to the severall uses intents
lymittacion and purposes and in such manner and
forme as is limitted and expressed in these presents any
thinge ^\hearin/ contayned to the contrary in any wise not with standing
\A provisoe to make leases for 21 yeares or 3 lines in possession/
Provided likewise all the said parties to these puts That
it shall and may be lawfull to and for the said Sr:T:D
dureinge his naturall life att his free will and pleasure
and after his decease to and for the said H:D: dureinge
his naturall life att his free will and pleasure

Doddington Hall, Chester 2007. (1) 
ff 43r


77 (43r)
to make any lease or leases by deed or deeds indenture
of all or nay parte of the said mannor messuages lands
tenants and other the premises with thappurtenances Except
the Captiall messuages called the Hall of Doddington
and the demesue lands tents hereditamnets there unto
belonginge and the Capitall messuage called the Hall 
of Weston and the demesue lands tenents and hereditaments

there unto belongine And the lands tenents hereditaments
Assigned and lymitted to and for the said R D dureinge her
naturall life onely To any person or persons for the terme
of XXI yeares or under or for three lives or fewer from
 the makinge of such lease or leases in possession and
not in revertion or [rend] And soe as there be reserved
in and uppon every such lease and leases the amity ut
yearely rent and other services boones [adages] and dutyes
or more for every of the said messuages lands tents and
premisses as shall be soe demised or leased as aforesaid
and soe as the lease or leases soe to be made noe any
of them be not dispunishable of wast.

\That the grantees shall stand seised to the use of the lessees/
And it is covenantted and agreed by and betweene all the
the said parties to these puts and their heires that from and
imediately after the makeing and executinge of every
such lease and leases as aforesaid the said SrTL: [er] and
the survivor and survivors of them and his and their heires
shall stand and be seised and possessed of such parte and
soemuch of the said premisses as shall be soe demised
leased as aforesaid to the use and behoofe of every such
lessee and lessees and his and their exer Ad: and assignes
for and dureing the terme and estate of every such lease
and leases to be made in manner and forme aforesaid
and the revercon and recercions remaynder and remaynders
thereof together with the severall rents and services
there uppon reserved dureing the contynewance of the
same lease and leases to the uses intents and purposes
formerly in these puts expressed and under such con-
dicions lymittacons and provisoes as is or are hearein like
wise mentoned and declared any thinge hearin contayned
to the contrary not withstandinge
Provided like wise and it is alsoe graunted covenanted
and agreed by and betweene all the said parties to these
puts for them selves and their heires that it shall and may be lawfull

(in progress) 


 




    1. KittyBrewster. Doddington31. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., 25 Sept. 2007. Web. 31 July 2014.
    2. Huguet, Simon. “Castle” in the Park. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., 9 Feb. 2010. Web. 31 July 2014.
    3. Huguet, Simon. “Castle” in the Park. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., 9 Feb. 2010. Web. 31 July 2014.
    4. Fairey, Charles. “A Short History of Weston.” History – Weston – Weston & Basford Online. N.p., Sept. 2008. Web. 31 July 2014.
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