Watford Churchyard and Workhouse. Act 1772

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1772 c. 28
Anno Regni GEORGII III. duodecimo. An Act to enlarge the Coemetery or Churchyard, of the Parish ofWatford , in the County of Hertford , and to make an additional Building to the present Workhouse, for the Reception of the Poor of the said Parish; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.

(12 Geo. 3) C A P. XXVIII.

'WHEREAS the Church-yard of the Parish ofWatford , in the County of Hertford , is of very little Extent, and for a long Time past has been, and continues to be, too small for the convenient and decent Interment of the Dead: And whereas the said Parish of Watford is a large extensive Parish, and the Inhabitants thereof are become very numerous, and by the great Increase of the Poor of the said Parish of Watford , the present Workhouse belonging thereto is become insufficient to contain them, whereby an additional Building to the present Workhouse is now very much wanted, for the better Reception and Employment of the said Poor: And whereas by an ancient Deed of Feoffment, bearing Date on or about the Twenty-first Day of February , in the Year of our Lord One thousand five hundred and eighty, perfected by Livery of Seisin, Francis then Earl of Bedford , Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and Brigette Countess of Bedford , his Wife, gave, granted, and confirmed a certain Piece of Land lying land being in Watford , in the County of Hertford , containing by Estimation Three Roods and Two Perches, be the same more or less, as it lay inclosed with Hedges and Ditches, in a certain Place there called The Parsonage Barn Yard , and lying between a Lane called New Street , of the South and East Parts; and the Parsonage Barn of the North and West, and upon a certain Close called New Barn Close , on the South and West, and upon the said Lane cal-New Street , towards the North and West: And all those Eight Tenements, Houses, or Messuages, and the Appurtenances, by the Appointment of the said Brigette Countess of Bedford , erected upon Part of the said Piece of Ground, with Eight Crofts adjoining to the said Eight Messuages or Houses, unto Arthur Lord Graye , Sir Henry Nevell Knight, Sir John Souche Knight, Anthony Tarrall Esquire, Miles Sans Esquire, John Busshye Esquire, Charles Husey the elder, Esquire, Charles Husey the younger, Esquire, and John Husey Gentleman, their Heirs and Assigns, to the Use of them, their Heirs and Assigns for ever; to the Intent nevertheless, that they and their Heirs and Assigns, and all other Persons who should thereafter be enfeoffed of and in the Premises, or any Part thereof, should, (amongst other Things), from Time to Time for ever thereafter, permit such Eight poore Almes-women, as, by a Writing thereto annext, should be appointed or declared to inhabit or dwell in the said Eight Messuages or Tenements, during the Life of each poore Woman: And to the further Intent and Purpose, that when the said Feoffees, or any other Persons who should thereafter be enfeoffed in the Premises, or any Part or Parcel thereof, should be reduced to Two or One, that the Survivors or Survivor should enfeoff Six, Five, or Four other Persons, and their Heirs, to the Use of them and their Heirs; upon Trust nevertheless, and to the Intent that they who should thereafter be enfeoffed in the Premises, their Heirs and Assigns should permit and act in all Things as therein before is mentioned: And whereas by the said Writings so annexed to the said Deed of Feoffment, and bearing equal Date therewith, the said Earl and Countess of Bedford , did appoynte, notefie, and declare, that the said Eight poore Women, and every of them, during the Lyffe of the said Countesse, should be thereunto appointed, elected, and chosen by the said Countesse onlye; and that after her Death, the Nomination and Appointment of such poore Women, should for ever apertayne to the Heirs of the Countesse, in Manner therein expressed And whereas by Indentures of Lease and Release, bearing Date respectively the Fourth and Fifth Days of September , One thousand seven hundred and sixty, the Release being Tripartite, and made, or mentioned to be made, between the Right Honourable Ann Holles Earl of Essex , Viscount Malden , and Baron Capel of Hadham , only Son and Heir of the Right Honourable William late Earl of Essex , deceased, by the Right Honourable Elizabeth Countess of Essex , his Wife, (then Countess Dowager of Essex ) of the First Parr; the Right Honourable the Lady Frances Hanbury Williams , Widow, and the Right Honourable the Lady Mary Forbes , the Wife of the Honourable John Forbes , then One of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, of the Second Part; and the most Noble John Duke of Bedford , the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Oxford and Mortimer , and the said Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Essex , of the Third Part; in consideration of a Marriage had and solemnized between the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , and Frances late Countess of Essex , his Wife; and in pursuance of certain Articles of Agreement, bearing Date on or about the Thirty-first Day of July , One thousand seven hundred and fifty-four, (and therein recited), so far as the Uses and Trusts thereof were then subsisting, and could be carried into Execution, and for other the Considerations therein mentioned, the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex did grant and convey all that Rectory or Parsonage of Watford , and the Advowson of the Vicarage of the Church of Watford , in the said County of Hertford , together with all and singular other the Manors, Lands, Rectories, Tythes, Tenements, and Hereditaments whatsoever, of him the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , in the said County of Hertford , and in the County of Middlesex , (except a certain Messuage or Tenement and Farm, and all and singular the Lands and Appurtenances thereto belonging, at Leavesden, in the Parish of Watford aforesaid, formerly a Wood, and known by the Name of Leavesden Wood ), and also except a certain other Messuage, Tenement, or Farm, with all and singular the Lands and Appurtenances thereto belonging, situate at or near Barnet , in the said County of Hertford , (therein particularly mentioned and described), unto the said Lady Frances Hanbury Williams , and Lady Mary Forbes , and their Heirs, to the Uses therein after limited; (that is to say), To the Use of the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , for his Life, without Impeachment of Waste; Remainder to the Use of the said Lady Frances Hanbury Williams , and Lady Mary Forbes , and their Heirs, to preserve contingent Uses and Estates; Remainder to the Use of the said John Duke of Bedford, Edward Earl of Oxford and Mortimer , and Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Essex , their Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, for the Term of One thousand Years, without Impeachment of Waste; in Trust by Sale or Mortgage of the Premises so limited to them, for the said Term of One thousand Years, or of a competent Part thereof, for all or any Part of the said Term, or by the Rents and Profits thereof, or by Sale of Timber thereupon growing, to raise the Sum therein mentioned, for the Portion of Lady Elizabeth Capel , the Daughter of the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , by the said Frances late Counters of Essex , his Wife, to be paid to her at such Age or Time, in such Manner, and with such Maintenance, as therein is mentioned; with a Declaration, that after the Performance of the said Trusts therein mentioned, the said Term of One thousand Years should cease, determine, and be absolutely void; and after the End, or other sooner Determination of the said Term of One Thousand Years, to the Use of the Right Honourable George Lord Viscount Malden , the only Son of the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , by the said Lady Frances his late Wife, and the Heirs Male of his Body; Remainder to the right Heirs of the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , for ever: And whereas the said Rectory and Parsonage of Watford , and the Advowson of the Vicarage of the Church of Watford , together with divers Manors, Lands, and Hereditaments, is also charged with, and now remains subject and liable to the Payment of a large Annuity or yearly Rent Charge to the said Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Essex , (Mother of the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex ) for her Life: And whereas the most convenient and contiguous Pieces of Ground for the Enlargement of the Coemetery or Church-yard of the Parish of Watford , and for making a Road in the Place and Stead of the present Road, which lieth between and separateth the present Coemetery or Church-yard from the Court or Alms-yard belonging to the said Alms-houses, consist of the whole of the said Alms-yard or Court-yard belonging to the said Alms-houses, and of a small Part of a Garden belonging to One of the said Alms-houses, and also of a Nook, or small Parcel of Land, being Part of a certain Close or Yard, called Almonwick Yard , and which said last-mentioned Close or Yard is Part or Parcel of the Rectory or Parsonage of Watford , in the said County of Hertford ; which said Pieces of Ground, together with the present Road, so lying contiguous to, and being convenient for the Enlargement of the said Church-yard, and for making such new Road, as aforesaid, contain in the whole about Half an Acre, little more or less: And whereas the said Ann Holles Earl of Essex , hath, from Time to Time, as the Heir and Descendent of the said Brigette Countess of Bedford , appointed poor Women to inhabit and dwell in the said Alms-houses, but no Feoffment appeals to have been made by the surviving Trustees or Trustee named in the said Deed of Feoffment, bearing Date the said Twenty-first Day of February , One thousand five hundred and eighty, of the said Messuages, Lands, and Premises, thereby settled and assured to such charitable Uses as are herein before mentioned, and at this very remote Period of Time, it is apprehended that it would be very difficult, if not impracticable, to discover which of them the said Arthur Lord Gr...

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