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Letter to the Editor

Jane AUSTEN and indenture between HARRYS, SHERWOOD and BATEMAN

Bridget Duckenfield, Epsom, Surrey

In the December issue of the Berkshire Family Historian (my first since joining) I found, to my delight, an article on Jane AUSTEN and also a mention of a Walter BATEMAN. Joan Dils' article on archdeaconry records mentioned a wealthy Reading clothier who I believe was mayor at the time. I have an indenture, dated 1601, which I have not completely deciphered yet, between Robert HARRYS, William SHERWOOD, and Walter BATEMAN all of Reading:

'The Indenture made the 14th daye of June in the fortyeth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereign ladye Elizabeth by the grace of God of England, France and Scotland, Queen defender of the faythe between Robert Harrys of Reding in the Countye of Barke gent and William Sherwood sonne and heir of Ruben Sherwood of the one side and Walter Bateman of Reddinge aforesaid in the sayd county of Barke clother and Ursula his wife of the other side wittneseth that the sayd Robert Harrys and William Sherwood for the consideration of some money to them repayd and for diverse other considerations there has granted bargained and sold and by these so granted bargained and sold unto the sayd Walter Bateman and Ursula his wife the Mansion House

The document came with some family papers but none of the names have shewn up in the family history - although Jane AUSTEN has - via the BRIDGES family.

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