Tenantry Lands; the 1822 Deeds
Firstly I’m sorry that the quality of these maps are not too good, they are old, creased and fragile. The maps are from my book Brighton Tenantry Downs, the full title being “Copies of the Deeds, relating to the Division of the Tenantry Lands in the Parish of Brighthelmston in the year 1822″ The book was printed by “Sussex Daily News” by order of the Town Council in 1878, so it appears to be a retrospective public record of the deeds.
The Eight Landowners
The book is very difficult to understand as its written in old legal jargon. The best I can establish is that on 17th April 1822 it was agreed by the landowners, (1) Thomas Read Kemp and his wife Frances, (2) Charles Scrase Dickins the elder, his wife Elizabeth and Charles Scrase Dickins the younger, (3) John Wichelo, (4) Nathaniel Kemp, (5) Philip Mighell, (6) Tomas Atree, (7) Isaac Tree Rich and his wife Mary, and (8) George Hoper, to divide the downland in proportion to their holdings for easier disposal.
Extracts of Minutes
The deeds run to 41 pages, which are followed by another 73 pages of “extracts of the minutes of the proceedings of, and copies of the reports to the late town commissioners and the town council, with reference to the portions of the above mentioned lands dedicated to public use”. Images 3 and 4 show extracts of the deeds and the minutes.