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Abstract of the Title dated - 22nd December 1895 of Messrs Gregg, Adamson, and others to the Old Wesleyan Chapel situate at Woodborough in the County of Nottingham.


By Indenture of this date made between Henry Oxband of the Town of Nottingham worsted spinner of the first part and John Lee joiner, Mordecai Glover farmer, David Scothern Seardison [Sardison] farmer, Charles Donelly [Donnelly] yeoman, William Wylde chandler, Samuel Flinders farmer, John Rose wheelwright, William Duke farmer, Joseph Hind tailor and John Marriott framework knitter all of Woodborough in the County of Nottingham of the 2nd part.


It was witnessed that in consideration of £10 sterling (being money collected by public subscriptions and contributions) upon the executors thereof paid by the said several persons parties thereto of the 2nd part to the said Henry Ozband  ??

etc. The said H Ozband did thereby bargain and sell unto said J Lee, M Glover, D S Seardison [Sardison], C Donelly [Donnelly], W Wyld, S Flinders, J Rose, W Duke, J Hind, J Marriott and their heirs.

All that plot of ground situate at Woodborough aforesaid part of the Homestead of Bryon Oxband and bounded by the remainder thereof on the north & east on the south by land of John Bainbridge Story Esq and west by an occupation road being in length on the north and south sides 11 yards each and at the east and west ends 9 yards each and containing an area of 100 square yards.

Together with all ways etc.

And the reversion etc.

And all the estate etc.


To hold the same/ Unto and to the use of the said J Lee, M Glover, D S Seardison [Sardison]. C Donelly [Donnelly], W Wylde, S Flinders, J Rose, W Duke, J Hind, J Marriott, their heirs & assigns for ever. But nevertheless In Trust for the use or benefit of the Society denominated Wesleyan Methodists in and near Woodborough and to permit the same Society to erect and complete a chapel or meeting house thereon and thereof when finished to stand seized thereof.        

Upon trust at all times thereafter to permit such persons as shall be appointed at and by the yearly conference of the people called Methodists to be held at London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester or elsewhere as established by certain Deed Poll dated 28th February 1784] under the hand and seal of the late Rev’d John Wesley and inrolled in Chancery to have the use and benefit of the said building or chapel for the purpose of preaching and expounding God’s Holy Words and for performing all other acts of religious worship therein without any such denial or intervention whatsoever.


Proviso as to doctrines to be preached.

Declaration as to application of income of said trust premises

Provisos and Declarations as to meetings of trustees.

Agreement that in case at any time thereafter it should be the opinion of the major part of the said Trustees and of the leaders of classes of the said Society at Woodborough and within 3 miles round and of the said Conference to be signified by a note in writing under the hand of their President for the time being that it would be advisable to sell and dispose of the said Chapel and premises it should be lawful for the said Trustees so to do and to sign and give receipts for the purchase money and to do all other acts requisite in the matter and the moneys arising by such sale should be applied in the first place in payment of all debts due and arising on account of the said trust premises the surplus (if any) to be applied in the purchase or erection of another more suitable Chapel in Woodborough aforesaid to be settled upon the like trusts as were therein declared or in such other manner as the trustees in conjunction with the Superintendent Preacher and leaders of Classes & Stewards of the said Society at Woodborough should direct and appoint.


Declaration that when and so often as the said trustees should by death or otherwise be reduced to the number of four the leader of the classes at Woodborough and within 3 miles thereof in conjunction with the Superintendent Preacher for the time being should with all convenient speed nominate 12 persons members of the Methodist Society at and near Woodborough aforesaid no others and the surviving trustees for the time being or the major part of them should within one month next after notice in writing should be given to them of such nomination proceed to elect from amongst the persons so nominated as aforesaid 6 persons to be trustees of the said Chapel and premises in the room of the trustees so dying or becoming incapable of acting. And shall forthwith cause the said Chapel and premises to be legally vested in such newly elected trustees together with such surviving or continuing trustees but upon the same trustees as were therein expressed.


Covenants by the said Henry Ozband and for himself and his heirs with said several parties thereto of 2nd part their heirs assignees that he was lawfully seized etc.

For quiet enjoyment

Free from incumbrances

For further Assurance

Executed by said Henry Ozband and attested by 2 witnesses

Memorandum of acknowledgement by said H Ozband before a Master Extraordinary in Chancery.

Receipt for £10 consideration money end signed by said H Ozband and witnessed.

Enrolled in High Court of Chancery 3rd February 1827   3.N.Y


May 1859 by Indenture so dated made between the said D S Seardison [Sardison], Samuel Flinders, and William Duke of the 1st part John Wevill of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham Wesleyan Minister Superintendent Preacher of the circuit in which the Chapel and premises therein are connected were situate of the 2nd part and John Smith hosier of Woodborough, Samuel Lee of Newark on Trent joiner, William Lee of Southwell joiner, Joseph Burgess Thurman of Oxton farmer, John Barratt of Oxton farmer, Thomas Morley of Oxton farmer, William Cook of Farnsfield butcher, Samuel Slaney of Annesley farmer, Thomas Wright of Southwell cordwainer and John Knowles of Southwell tailor, of the 3rd part.

Reciting lastly hereinbefore abstracted Indenture.

And reciting that of the said several persons of the second part in the lastly herein before abstracted Indenture mentioned the said D S Seardison [Sardison], S Flinders and W Duke alone survived.

And reciting power of appointing new trustees contained in said Indenture.

And reciting that in compliance with and according to the tenor of the said recited clauses for renewing the trust of the said premises the several persons parties thereto of the 3rd part (the surviving 3 trustees refusing longer to act in matters of the same trust) had been duly elected to the new trustees of such chapel and hereditaments.

And it was intended by those present to convey and vest the said trust hereditaments in them accordingly.


It was witnessed that in pursuance and execution of the said purposes the said D S Seardison [Sardison], S Flinders and W Duke did thereby grant unto the said several parties thereto of the 3rd part and their heirs.

All that piece of land comprised in the lastly hereinbefore abstracted Indenture and by the same description.

And also all that Chapel or meeting house erected thereon

Together with all ways etc

And the reversion etc

And all the estate etc

To hold the same

Unto and to the use of the said several persons parties

Thereto of the 3rd part their heirs and assignees for ever

Nevertheless upon the trusts and to and for the intent and purposes and with under and subject to the powers provisos and declarations in and by the hereinbefore recited Indenture of the 22nd December 1826 expired and continued ,of and concerning the same hereditaments or therein referred to and upon no other use Trust intent or purposes whatsoever.

Covenant by said D S Seardison [Sardison], S Flinders and W Duke each for himself only and his heirs executors and administrators And his acts deed and defaults only with said several persons, parties thereunto of 3rd part their heirs and assignees against incumbrances.

Executed by all said parties thereto of 1st and 3rd parts and duly attested.


15th June 1887 — Consent of Conference of people called Methodists holden at London in the County of Middlesex to sale of:                                                             

A piece or parcel of land situate lying and being at Woodborough in the parish of Woodborough in the County of Nottingham containing altogether 90 superfice sq yards or thereabouts together with the building erected thereon or on some parts thereof hitherto used as Wesleyan Methodist Chapel the said land and premises being no longer needed for Wesleyan Methodist Trust purposes.

Signed by Robert Newton Young DD President of the Conference.


29nd August 1889 - By Indenture of this date made between the said William Lee then of number 51 Aston Road, North Birmingham in the County of Warwick builder, the said Thomas Morley then of the City of Lincoln, the said Samuel Slaney and the said Thomas Wright then of Sherwood in the Borough of Nottingham cordwainer, of the one part and George Gregg of the town of Nottingham leather merchant, Frederick William Adamson of Epperstone in the said County of Nottingham Estate Agents clerk, James Statham of Woodborough in the same County insurance agent, George Foottit of the same place cottager, William Smith of the same place framework knitter and Richard Gammon of the same place framework knitter, of the other part.

Reciting the hereinbefore abstracted Indenture of 22nd December 1826 and 1859.

And reciting that of the said several persons parties to the lastly hereinbefore abstracted Indenture of the 3rd part the said William Lee, T Morley, S Slaney, T Wright alone survived and they were desirous of being discharged from the trusts of the said recited Indenture of 22nd December 1826.

And reciting that pursuant to and in accordance with the provision for that purpose contained in the said recited Indenture of 22nd December 1826 the said parties to abstracted Indenture of 2nd part had been duly elected to be trustees of such Indenture in the place of the said J Smith, S Lee, J B Thurman, J Barratt, W Cook and J Knowles deceased and the said W Lee, T Morley, S Slaney, Thomas Wright parties  thereto and it was intended by those present to vest the said hereditaments in there accordingly.


It was witnessed that in pursuance and execution of the said purposes the said W Lee, T Morley, S Slaney, T Wright, as trustees did thereby respectively convey unto the said parties thereto of the 2nd part.

The hereditaments and premises comprised in the lastly herein before abstracted Indenture and by the same description.

To hold the same:

Unto and to the use of the said parties thereto of the 2nd part in the fee simple

Nevertheless upon the trusts and to and for the intensions and purposes and with under and subject to the powers provisos and declaration in and by the said Indenture of 22nd December 1826 expired and declared of and concerning the same hereditaments or therein referred to.

Executed by all parties and attested.


23rd April 1895 Abstract Title Memo of Abstract made 23rd April 1895   G Gregg of Nottingham leather merchant, F W Adams of Epperstone surveyor, J Statham of Woodborough hawker,  G Foottit of Woodborough cottager,  


This Indenture – dated 18th October 1895

Made the eighteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety five between George Gregg of the town of Nottingham, leather merchant, Frederick William Adamson of Epperstone in the county of Nottingham, surveyor, James Statham of Woodborough in the same county, insurance agent, George Foottit of Woodborough aforesaid cottager, William Smith of the same place, gardener and Richard Gammon of the same place, framework knitter, (which said six persons are hereinafter called “the Vendors”) of the one part and John Burton, licensed victualler, John Clayton, framework knitter, Joseph Clayton, market gardener, James Leafe, framework knitter, William Orange, framework knitter, David Orange, framework knitter, Joseph Marriott, grocer, John Richardson, framework knitter, William Richardson, framework knitter, James Smith, framework knitter, William Small, framework knitter, William Smith, framework knitter, William Southern, framework knitter, John Thurman, farmer, and Elijah Wright, framework knitter, all of Woodborough aforesaid (which said mentioned fifteen persons are hereinafter called, “the Purchasers”) of the other part. Whereas by an Indenture of Conveyance (hereinafter called, “the said Trust Deed”) dated the twenty second day of December one thousand eight hundred and twenty six and made between Henry Oxband of the first part and John Lee, Mordecai Glover, David Scothern Seardison, Charles Donelly, William Wyld, Samuel Flinders, John Rose, William Duke, Joseph Hind and John Marriott of the second part for the consideration therein mentioned the piece of land hereinafter described and intended to be hereby conveyed was conveyed unto and to the use of the parties thereto of the second part their heirs and assigned for ever but nevertheless In Trust for the use or benefit of the Society denominated Wesleyan Methodists in and near Woodborough aforesaid in such manner as therein particularly mentioned and it was thereby agreed (inter alia) that in case of any time thereafter it should be the opinion of the major part of the said Trustees and of the leaders of classes of the said Society at Woodborough and within three miles round and of the yearly conference of the people called Methodists to be signified by a note in writing under the hand of their President for the time being that it would be advisable to sell and dispose of the said Chapel and premises to be erected on the said piece of land thereby conveyed as therein mentioned it should be lawful for the said Trustees so to do and to sign and give receipts for the purchase money and do all other acts requisite in the matter and the moneys arising by such sale should be applied in the manner therein mentioned and it was thereby declared that when an so often as the said Trustees should by death or otherwise be reduced to the number of four the leaders of classes at Woodborough and within three miles thereof in conjunction with the Superintendent Preacher for the time being should with all convenient speed nominate twelve persons members of the Methodist Society at and near Woodborough aforesaid and the surviving Trustees for the time being or the major part of them should within one month next after notice in writing of such nomination proceed to elect from amongst the persons so nominated six persons to be Trustees of the said Chapel and premises in the room of the Trustees so dying or becoming incapable of acting and should forthwith cause the said Chapel and premises to be legally vested in such newly elected Trustees together with such surviving or continuing Trustees but upon the same Trusts as were therein expressed. And Whereas by an Indenture the   [?]   day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine and made between the said David Scothern Seardison, Samuel Flinders and William Duke of the first part, John Wevill (Superintendent Preacher) of the second part and John Smith, Samuel Lee, William Lee, Joseph Burgess Thurman, John Barrett, Thomas Morley, William Cook, Samuel Slaney, Thomas Wright and John Knowles of the third part, after reciting. The said Trust Deed and that of the several persons parties to the said Trust Deed of the second part. The said David Scothern Seardison, Samuel Flinders and William Duke alone survived and that in compliance with and according to the tenor of the clauses contained in the said Trust Deed for renewing the Trust of the said premises the several persons parties thereto of the third part (The parties thereto of the first part refusing longer to act in matters of the same Trust) had been duly elected to be the new trustees of such Chapel and hereditaments, the said parties thereto of the first part thereby conveyed the piece of land building and premises hereinafter described and intended to be hereby conveyed unto and to the use of the said several persons parties thereto of the third part herein heirs and assigns for ever nevertheless upon the Trusts and to and for the intents and purposes and with under and subject to the powers, provisos and declarations in and by the said Trust Deed expressed and contained of and concerning the same hereditaments or therein referred to and upon no other use Trust intent or purpose whatsoever. And Whereas by an Indenture dated the twenty ninth day of August one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine and made between the said William Lee, Thomas Morley, Samuel Slaney and Thomas Wright of the on part and the Vendors (parties hereto of the first part) of the other part, after reciting the said Trust Deed and the lastly hereinbefore recited Indenture and that of the said several persons parties to the lastly hereinbefore recited Indenture of the third part, the said William Lee, Thomas Morley, Samuel Slaney and Thomas Wright alone survived and that they were desirous of being discharged from the Trusts of the said Trust Deed and that pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions for that purpose contained in the said Trust Deed the Vendors had been duly elected to be Trustees of such Indenture in the place of the said John Smith, Samuel Lee, Joseph Burgess Thurman, John Barrett, William Cook and John Knowles deceased and of the parties thereto of the first part, the said parties thereto of the first part did thereby convey the said piece of land, buildings and premises intended to be hereby conveyed unto and to the use of the Vendors in fee simple nevertheless upon the trusts and to and for the intends and purposes and with under and subject to the powers provisos and declarations in and by the said Trust Deed expressed and declared of and concerning the same hereditaments or therein referred to. And Whereas the Vendors, with the consent of the leaders of the classes of the said Society of Wesleyan Methodists at and within. Three miles of Woodborough aforesaid and of the yearly conference of the people called Methodists (such respective consents being respectively evidenced by two several memoranda in writing dated respectively the eighteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety five and the fifteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven and signed respectively by Thomas Shipside. Thomas Carnill, Isaac Richardson, John Thurman, F.W. Adamson, Sarah Jane Thurman, Caroline Amelia Towle, Robert Harrison, Annie Fisher & William Fisher and by the Reverend Robert Merton Young, D.D [Doctor of Divinity]., the president for the time being of the said Conference), and being of opinion that it is now desirable that the said piece of land buildings hereditaments and premises hereinafter described should be sold as the same are no longer needed for Wesleyan Methodists trust purposes have agreed with the Purchasers for the sale to them of the same hereditaments and premises and the inheritance thereof in fee simple in possession free from incumbrances for the price of Seventy five pounds. Now this Indenture Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of Seventy five pounds as purchase money to the Vendors paid by the Purchasers on or before the execution of these presents out of monies belonging to them on a joint account (the receipt of which sum of Seventy five pounds the Vendors do hereby acknowledge) the Vendors as Trustees by virtue and in exercise of the powers for this purpose given by or contained in the said Trust Deed and of all other powers if any them hereto enabling do hereby convey unto the Purchasers All that piece parcel or plot of land or ground situate at Woodborough aforesaid formerly part of the Homestead of Bryon Oxband and bounded by the remainder thereof on the north and east, on the south by land now or late of John Bainbridge Story Esq, and west by an occupation road called Roe Lane, which piece of land measures in length on the north and south sides eleven yards each and at the east and west ends nine yards each and contains in the whole an area of one hundred square yards or thereabouts. And also All that and those the building and buildings erected on the said piece of land or on some part of parts thereof formerly used as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel or Meeting House and called the “Old Wesleyan Chapel”, but now used as a Reading Room or Men’s Institute and called “The Reading Room”, with the appurtenances thereto belonging. To hold the same Unto and To The Use of the purchasers as joint tenants in fee simple freed and discharged from all the limitations uses trusts powers provisos and declarations by and in the said Trust Deed declared and contained or referred to and from all estates, interests and charges now subsisting or hereafter to arise thereunder. In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.



This Indenture – dated 19th October 1895

This Indenture - Made the nineteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety five. Between John Burton Licensed Victualler, John Clayton Framework Knitter, Joseph Clayton Market Gardner, James Leafe Framework Knitter, William Orange Framework Knitter, David Orange Framework Knitter, Joseph Marriott Grocer, John Richardson Framework Knitter, William Richardson Framework Knitter, James Small Framework Knitter, William Small Framework Knitter, William Smith Framework Knitter, William Southern Cottager, John Thurman Farmer and Elijah Wright Framework Knitter, all of Woodborough in the County of Nottingham and hereinafter called “The Mortgagors” of the one part and Frederick Allcock The Elder of number 11 Cumbria Grove in the Borough of Nottingham warehouse manager and Hannah Allcock wife of the said Frederick Allcock, of the other part. Whereas by an indenture of conveyance (thereinafter called the “the said conveyance”) dated the eighteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety five made between George Gregg, Frederick William Adamson, James Statham, George Footitt, William Smith and Richard Gammon of the one part and the Mortgagors of the other part, the hereditaments and premises hereinafter described were conveyed unto the use of the Mortgagors as joint tenants in fee simple. And whereas the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock have agreed at the request of the Mortgagors to lend to them the sum of sixty pounds upon having the repayment thereof with interest secured to them in the manner hereinafter expressed. Now this Indenture witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of sixty pounds paid to the Mortgagors by the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock on or before the execution of these presents out of monies belonging to them on a joint account (the receipt whereof the Mortgagors hereby acknowledge). The Mortgagors do and each of them doeth hereby covenant with the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock to pay to them on the nineteenth day of April next the sum of sixty pounds with interest thereon in the meantime after the rate of five pounds per annum per annum computed from the date of these presents. And also so long after that day as any principle money remains due under these presents to pay to them interest thereon after the same rate by equal half yearly payments on the nineteenth day of October and the nineteenth day of April. And this Indenture also witnesseth that for the consideration aforesaid the Mortgagors, (each as beneficial owner so far as regards one undivided fifteenth part of the hereditaments hereinafter described and as to all other (if any) his or their share each and infer of therein). Do and each of them doth hereby convey unto the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock all that piece parcel or plot of land or ground situate at Woodborough aforesaid formerly part of the Homestead of Bryan Oxband and bounded by the remainder thereof on the north and east, on the south by land now formerly of John Bainbridge Story, Esq, and west by an occupation road called Row Lane, which piece of land measures in length on the north and south sides eleven yards each and at the east and west ends nine yards and contains in the whole an area of one hundred square yards or thereabouts. And also all that and those the Building and Buildings erected on the said piece of land or on some part thereof formerly used as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel or Meeting House and called “the Old Wesleyan Chapel” but now used as a Reading Room or Men’s Institute and called “the Reading Room”, but now known as “The Village Hall” with the appurtenances thereto belonging. To hold the same unto and to the use of the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock in fee simple. Provided always that if the said sum of sixty pounds with interest thereon shall be paid on the nineteenth day of April next according to the foregoing covenant in that behalf the said premises shall at the request and cost of the Mortgagors or the survivors of survivor of them or the heirs or assigns of such survivor be reconveyed to him or them or as he or they shall direct. And the Mortgagors hereby covenant with the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock that they the Mortgagors the survivors of survivor of them and the heirs or assigns of such survivor will at all times during the continuance of the security keep the buildings comprised herein insured against loss or damage by fire in the sum of sixty pounds at least in the North British and Mercantile Insurance offices or in some other insurance office approved by the said Frederick Allcock and Hannah Allcock their executors administrators or assigns and will on demand produce to him her or them the policy of such insurance and the receipt for every premium payable in respect thereof. In witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.


Signed sealed and delivered by the above named

John Burton, Joseph Clayton, in the presence of

Frederick John Downes

Registration agent

39 Maples Street

Nottingham


Frederick Allcock

Solicitor

Nottingham


John Burton


John Clayton


Joseph Clayton


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Signed sealed and Delivered by the above named

James Leafe. William Orange, David Orange, Joseph Marriott, John Richardson, William Richardson, James Small, William Small, William Smith, William Southern, and Elijah Wright.


Frederick John Downes

Registration Agent

39 Maples Street

Nottingham


Frederick Allcock Junior

Solicitor

Nottingham


Signed sealed and Delivered by the above named

John Thurman, in the presence of


Frederick Allcock

Solicitor

Nottingham


Claude Calladine Cullen

Groom

Bagthorpe

Leicestershire

James Leafe


William Orange


David Orange


Joseph Marriott


John Richardson


William Richardson


James Small


William Small


William Southern


John Thurman


Elijah Wright

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