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Transfer of land re Enclosure at Isley Walton - National Archives, Kew: MAF 11/94 Ref 359 (1853 Oct 24)

A document held at the National Archives at Kew, which came from the records of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, records an Order of Exchange relating to Isley Walton between the two largest property owners in the parish, namely the Bowyers Company and the Rector of Kegworth cum Isley Walton. This records the transfer of parcels of land, under the supervision of the Inclosure Commissioners of England and Wales, in order to create fields of a more economic size. Others mentioned in the document are the Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge, who were the patrons of the Rector, and the Bishop of Peterborough within whose diocese the church lands were situated. The document is stored in a box with dozens of similar orders of exchange relating to the County of Leicestershire which indicates that a number of local parishes were being enclosed about the same time. A full transcription is set out below.

Whereas the Reverend Joseph Clark Rector of the united Rectory of Kegworth cum Isley Walton in the County of Leicester the person interested under the provisions of the Acts for the Inclosure Exchange and Improvement of the Land in the land and hereditaments specified in the First Schedule hereunder written situate in the Parish of Isley Walton in the said County of Leicester and the Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers in the City of London the persons interested under the provisions of the said Acts in the land and hereditaments specified in the second schedule here underwritten also situate in the said Parish of Isley Walton which said lands respectively are as to part thereof not subject to be inclosed under the said Acts and as to the remaining part thereof are subject to be inclosed under the said Acts but as to which no proceedings for an Inclosure are pending being desirous of affecting an Exchange of the same land and hereditaments made due application to the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales to direct inquiries whether such proposed Exchange would be beneficial to the owners of such respective land and hereditaments and in case they should be of opinion that such Exchnage would be beneficial and the terms thereof just and reasonable to proceed with the same under the provisions of the said Acts.

        And whereas due Notice of Advertisement in three successive weeks of the said proposed Exchange has been given as required by the said Acts.

        And whereas three calendar months have elapsed from the publication of the last of such Advertisements and no notice of dissent from such proposed Exchange has been given to the said Commissioners.

        And whereas the said Commissioners having duly made enquiries are of opinion that such Exchange would be beneficial to the owners of such respective lands and that the terms thereof are just and reasonable.

        And whereas the Right Reverend George Bishop of Peterborough within whose Diocese the said united Rectory of Kegworth cum Isley Walton is situate and the Master and Fellows of Christ's College in the University of Cambridge the patrons to present to the said united Rectory in the case the same were vacant have respectively given their consent in writing to the said proposed Exchange.

Now therefore we the undersigned Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales for giving effect to the proposed Exchange by virtue of the power given to us in that behalf by the said Acts by the order of Exchange under our hands and seal order and declare that the land and hereditaments specified in the First Schedule hereunder written and sworn on the plan hereunto annexed with the rights, easements and appurtenances thereto belonging shall be taken by and henceforward because the land and hereditaments of the said Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers in the City of London in Exchange for the land and hereditaments specified in the Second schedule hereunder written and also shown in the said plan which shall be given by the said Master Wardens and Court of Assistants.

        And that the said land and hereditaments specified in the said Second Schedule and shown in the said plans with the rights easements and appurtenances thereto belonging shall be taken by and hence forward become and be the land and hereditaments of the said Reverend Joseph Clark as such Rector as aforesaid in Exchange for the said land and hereditaments specified in the said First Schedule and shown on the said Plan as aforesaid which shall be given by the said Joseph Clark as such Rector as aforesaid.

The First Schedule above referred to land and hereditaments within the parish of Isley Walton in the County of Leicester given in Exchange to and taken by the said Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers of the City of London.

Extent
No of plan Description a r p
1G Part of Harding Leys and Church Nook furlong 2 3 25
2G Part of Long Meadow 37
3G Ditto 21
Do Netherfield 5
4G Do Big Meadow 36
5G Do 1 29
6G Do Netherfield 3 17
7G Do Orchard Flats South Church Nook and Lodge Hedge Furlong 3 1 35
8G Ditto Ditto 2 12
9G Do Church Close 2 19

Also all right of common of pasture for five cows and twenty sheep to which the said Rector is entitled over certain lands belonging to the said Bowyers Company or over some part thereof and all which Lands are designated by the following reference numbers in the plans No 11, 29 both inclusive 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67.

The Second Schedule above referred to land and hereditaments within the parish of Isley Walton in the County of Leicester given in Exchange to and taken by the said Reverend Joseph Clark as such Rector as aforesaid.

Extent
No of plan Description a r p
47 Horses Park and Further Park 36
48 Part of Hither Park 17
49a Part of Duck Garden 2 38
50a Part of Moor 3 36
51 Part of Moor 5 1 21
52 Moor Close 5 1 13
53a Part of Eighteens Furlong 7 1 21
54a Part of Eighteens Furlong Meadow 1 2 8

In witness and confirmation whereof we have hereunto subscribed our respective names and caused an official seal to be affixed this twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.

Notes
There are 40 perches to 1 rood and 4 roods to 1 acre.

Simon Leach
September 2014

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