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Terrier of 1612.-Wednesbury, October 4th, A.D. 1612.

The Terrier of the Glebe Land and other Tythe belonging to the Vicarage


Imprimis. One cottage with a cartilage and garden adjoining to it, containing by estimation half an acre of ground or thereabouts, and also one barn, together, situate, lying, and being between the King's highway there, leading from Walsall toward the town of Wednesbury and Churchgate Bridge, and by one other highway leading from Walsall aforesaid towards the church of Wednesbury, the land of Richard Watson, in the tenure of William Babbe, and a common field there, called the Gill Church Field, on all part.

Item. Tithe hay in kind. Wool and lamb, and also tithe of all other titheable thing within the parish of Wednesbury. The tithe of corn only excepted and foreprized.

Item. The Easter Book, viz., of every householder, fivepence; of servant that takes wages, fourpence; of every other labourer, fourpence; and of every other communicant, twopence.

Item. Mortuaries and churchwailes of weddings, christenings, and burials there.

Item. Five shillings and eightpence grave money for every one that is buried in the high chancel of the same church. Per me, RICHARD DOLPHINE, cler. vicar, ibm. RICHARD BROWN, x his mark,)

\ Churchwardens. GEORGE HOULDIN, X

Terrier of 1726.—July 8th, 1726.

A true and perfect Terrier, shewing all lands, houses, tithes, and other

profits, belonging to the vicarage of Wednesbury. Impris. The Vicarage House, consisting of 4 bays of building, being 2 stories high, with a little study and a closet over it, the same at the west end thereof, with one shiard and washouse adjoining to the said house, and also one bay of building, called the brewhouse, adjoining to the aforesaid house.

One barn and stable, consisting of 2 bays of building, adjoining to the said brewhouse, with a pigstye adjoining to the said stable, all which are in good repaire, and are butted and bounded on the north side by the lane that leads from the church towds. Wood Green, and on the south side to the vicarige garden and fold-yard, butted on the east to the lane which leads from a place call’d Oaks Well to Wood Green, and on the west to a certain garden, in the occupation of Thos. Browne, with a small foldyard and garden, consisting of about a quar. of an acre of ground, butting on the east to the lane which leads from Oaks Well to Wood Green, and on the west to the garden of the aforesd. Thos. Browne; and on the north, bounded to the said house and barn; and on the south, by a certain garden of Joseph Freemans, of Walsall, and now in the occupation of Tho. Hall, of Wednesbury. A large churchyard, with a stone wall round about it.

A married couple

. . . .06
A young single person . . . 0 4
An apprentice, aged 16 years . . .0 4
A milking cow . . . . 0 1
A barren cow . . . . . 0 14
An year old heifer . . . . 0 1




For an hen two, and a cock three.
For a duck two, and a drake three.

Pro Horto and Fumo, 2d, which the minister gives to the clarke for attendance of him.

TYTHE OF SHEEP AND LAMBS. For every individual sheep, 1d., and for every individual lamb, 3d. For summering or wintering of sheep, if sold or taken out of the parish, for every score for each month, 4d. payable to the vicar; for all fforeigners lambs which are fallen in his parish, for each lamb, 3d.; and if their sheep are sheard in the parish, 1d., and a lamb, a Calves—if seven, one is due to the vicar, without any deduction to the owner; if under seven, nothing payable to the vicar; if fourteen, two, without deduction.

For each colt foled in the parish, payable to the vicar, 15. Od. ; and for each pack horse, annually, 1s. Od.


If seven, one to the vicar, without deduction.

If two sows happen to farry near the same time together and have fourteen pigs, the vicar takes two, without deduction, and if twenty no more.


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If seven, one to the vicar; if fourteen, two, without deduction, and if twenty no more.

Fish, if sold out of the ponds, the 10th value thereof is payable to the vicar.

Honey, payable to the vicar, the 10th pound.
Apples and peares, due to the vicar, the 10th peck and half peck.

For every peck of hemp sowed in garden or backside, Os. 6d.
For every peck of flax sowed in garden or backside, 08.74d.

For flax or hemp sowed in the fields or inclosures, payable in kind ; · tythe of plants, if sold, ye 10th thereof payable to the vicar.

Turnips and carrots, the 10th thereof payable to the vicar.
Herbage of forreigners, 28 in ye pound, if required by the minister.

For churching of a woman . . . õ ö
For the publication of the banns is freely given

to the vicar . . . . 0 2 6
For marrying by banns . . . 0 2 6
For marraige by licence . . . 0 5 0
For the burial of a person in the church 0 1 0
For a burial in the communion chancel . 0 1 0
And for breaking up the ground in the said

chancel . . . . . 0 10 0
Paid to the vicar (Mr. Ward's and Mr. Hoo's

families being exempted) for preaching a

funeral sermon. ; . . 0 10 0
If a text be chose for the minister . . 1 0 0
For a burial in the churchyard . . 0 0 8
For breaking open the ground for a still-born
child . .

. 0 0 4


If the goods of the deceased are worth ten marks, 3s. 4d. is payable to the vicar.

If the goods of the deceased are worth £30, to the vicar, 68: 8d.; if worth £40, payable to the vicar, 10s. Od.


The tythe thereof payable to the vicar in kind, excepting one meadow, belonging to Mr, Thos. Addes, of Barr Maggney, lyeing at the Delves, and adjoining to Barr parish, which meadow pays to the vicar 18. pr. annum.

There is no other modus for hay belonging to any of the parishioners or any other person. One close of land lately divided into two, lyeing at Shelfield Butts, in the parish of Walsall, belonging to the vicar and poor of Wednesbury, containing four or five acres, lately in the possession of John Row, and now let of a lease by Edwd. Best, late vicar, and Willm. Nickin and Henry Wood, late churchwardens, to William House, of Shelfield Butts, for the space of 21 years, the lease being kept in the chest of the parish church of Wednesbury. The rent thereof is £2 pr. annum, £1 whereof is payable to the vicar on the feast of S. Michael the Archangel, annually, for preaching four lecture sermons on four festival or fast days, the other £1 to be paid to the churchwardens for the use of the poor, on Good Friday, for ever.


Are £3 per annum, paid to him by the church wardens-£1 109. upon the Festival of S. John the Baptist, and the other £l 10s. upon the Festival of S. Thomas; and for a grave in the churchyard, payable to the clerk, 1S.; and for ringing the passing bell, 18.; and for ringing after the funeral, 18. each hour.

SIMEON ROBINSON y Churchwardens.

In a terrier taken in 1730, it states that,

There is a very great coal mine in the parish, which is prejudicial to the vicar, by destroying a great deal of ground otherways profitable to him. The most learned in the law allow that if tithe is not due (which is a query), yet satisfaction ought to be made for the land rendered useless. Mr. Sergeant Hoo was of that opinion, who was Lord of the Manor and master of a considerable part of the mine, and yearly during his life gave two guineas towards damages, as likewise did the Honourable Mr. Ward, another of the proprietors, and Mr. Sparrow the same, as he rented the mines ; but now it is wholly fallen into the hands of Quakers.

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