Five Leases Relating To Agricultural Property, Including Hop Lands, 1870-1880..
Folded legal property deeds, on parchment, with red borders on prepared legal stationery. Complete with stamps and seals. Some age related stains and foxing on exteriors but generally clean interiors.
1. counterpart lease of hop oast at oaten hill and hop land called monken dane canterbury. george ash to thomas ash. 1870.
2. lease of a hop oast at oaten hill and hop land called monken dane canterbury. george ash to henry cooper. 1874.
3.counterpart lease of a hop oast at oaten hill and hop land called monken dane canterbury. george ash to henry cooper. 1874.
4. counterpart lease of calcot farm in the parish of sturry, kent. george ash to james cooper. 1874.
5. lease of a piece of arable land at lower hardres kent. george ash to robert collard. 1880.
5 LEGAL MANUSCRIPTS.
Five leases of arable land, principally for the purposes of hop growing, in Canterbury and the nearby villages of Sturry (hamlet of Calcott) and Lower Hardres. All the leases are granted by George Ash, 'of the City of Canterbury, Gentleman.' who probably resided at Barton Fields (Kelly's 1878). The Tithe Award Schedule of some thirty years earlier shows George Ash, Henry Cooper and Henry Collard (who may have been a relative of Robert Collard), all to be substantial landowners and occupiers in the Parish of St Mary Bredin, which stretched from just south of the centre centre to the south west of the city. It is now largely occupied by suburbs, but there is still a street called Oaten Hill (where the oast house was located) off the Old Dover Road. Thomas Ash, described as a brewer in the lease, may have been a relative of George and Henry Cooper is also stated to be a gentleman of the City. James Hooper, farmer of the parish of Sturry leases ' Calcot Farm,' Calcott being a hamlet within the parish to the north. Hooper is obliged by the lease to 'keep in full plant not less than Twenty five acres of Hops.' and to 'leave upon the said premises the Hop poles necessary for the said Twenty five acres.' Robert Collard, who leases the arable land at Lower Hardres, was a farmer of Nackington parish, just south east of Canterbury, and also a large hop grower (Kelly's), although in this case there is no reference to hop cultivation in the document itself.
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