Below is the opening portion of a document, an Indenture, which detailed the buyer, the seller and the previous occupants of what were originally 2 cottages in Dovecote Street, the original document ran to around 2000 words! The punctuation or lack of it, and repetition are typical of Indentures of the time. 

An indenture is so-called because originally two copies of a contract would be written on the same piece of paper, or vellum, and then torn in two, one for each party to the bargain - If the torn edges, the indentations, matched then the document was genuine.

“This Indenture made the twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two Between Elizabeth Hatton of Hathern in the county of Leicester Widow of the one part and William Blount of Rempstone in the County of Nottingham Farmer of the other part Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of Eighty Pounds Sterling to the said Elizabeth Hatton in hand paid by the said William Blount on the execution hereof the receipt whereof the said Elizabeth Hatton doth hereby admit and acknowledge and thereof and therefrom Doth hereby acquit release and forever discharge the said William Blount his heirs executors administrators and assigns She the said Elizabeth Hatton Hath granted bargained sold and released And by these presents Doth grant bargain sell and release unto the said William Blount his heirs executors administrators and assigns All those two cottages or tenements situate and being in Hathern aforesaid with the Cowhouse Dung Cistern and little piece or parcel of ground lying and being adjoining to the said cottages or tenements shooting from the Town Street to an Orchard heretofore belonging to Jonathan Kirk and now to William Watts with a small piece of land taken out of the adjoining Orchard being sixteen yards long and six yards wide or thereabouts as the same is fenced out and now in the occupation of John Spencer and William Bowley and which said two cottages or tenements were formerly occupied as one cottage or tenement by Henry Cooper since by William Bosworth afterwards by William Blatherwick subsequently by Daniel Leeson and since by the said Elizabeth Hatton and the said small piece of land was heretofore occupied by the said William Bosworth since by the said William Blatherwick afterwards by the said Daniel Leeson and since by the said EH Together with the use of the pump and necessary house belonging to another Cottage formerly of one William Callis and now occupied by William Follows”

Below is the only picture in the gallery of what is now 27 Dovecote Street - the last house in the distance. 





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