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Consearninge the repayre of the Castle, the Constable of the Castle doth by undertakinge keepe all that is covered wth slates, the mud walls and teayreing (?) walls in sufficient repayre and find all the Lockes and keyes belonging to the Castle for woh hee hath payd him out of the fines 15li yearly; all woh hee doth well performe.

For any other repayre that is thought necessary it is by the Lord President and Counsill appointed, the Constable overseeinge the same, and the Charge to be payd out the fines. It seemes my Lord is informed of the danger the Castle is in for fallinge one that part where his honor is to be Lodg'd it is trew theire is a Cracke goes through part of that end of the Castle, by the appointment of the Late Lord President and Counsill, theire hath bin many times workmen that have survay'd it, and they have bine of different opinions; it hath bine as now it is this many yeares, so sone as the Counsill come together, wch wilbe wthin 14 dayes, I will intreat them to take a view of it wth the best workmen wee have, and to Certifie theire opinions; and if it wilbe mended in any short time it shalbe done, but I thinke it is in no danger of fallinge. For the order of howshold, accordinge to your demands wee made an abstracte thereof and sent you as allso the warrant dormant for forests, Chases and Parkes.

It seemes my Lord is informed of some abuses wch hath bine or is in the feedinge grounds for the howse. Hee that hath done so hath bine more busie than honest. I esteme my creditt more than my worth and do assure you there shall not be the lest wrong done. I remember I told you I had as heretofore at Culmington one hundred pounds a yeare for the howse 6oli in pasture and 40li in meadow ground, wch I do stock wth cattle in May for the whole yeare, I mean for oxen, heyfers and runts and feed weathers amongst them. Allso I have a ground not farr from the Castle at roli 108. p. Ann. wch I keepe killinge shepe, and what horses there be are put into that ground if the Cheefe Justis put any out hee shall give allowance accord

ingly towards the rest of the ground weh I thinke will not be above 3 att the most, for I wilbe sure to keepe good store of grasse there. I will assure you uppon my perrill there shalbe no uniust thing done. Consearning the Chambers that are unfurnish'd I have inclosed a note thereof, all the Kinges goods as of late, but all thinges ells I referr to the Inventory. If theire be any thinge forgotten if you please to wright I shalbe readie to aunswere your expectation. I thinke it were a good course if my........to send downe some understanding man that may see the Chambers, then hee may know how to furnish them accordingly and fitt for those that shalbe lodged in them, the times being uncertain and necglected bruinge of March beere. I ever heeretofore put 30ti strick of mault into ten hodgseerdgs (sic) of ordinary beere, and for one head of alle (sic) 4 stricke more; these deere times it pleasd thir Justis to lessen 5 stricke of the 30ti, wch is somethinge smalle and not so fitt to keep stalle as before; of all weh I shalbe glad to know my lord's pleasure, for Beere must be bru'd beforehand and the Caskes kept full.

For the manner of my accounts I cannot well express them unless you see the bookes for your understandinge; so wth my loving respects I rest

Yours to be Commanded,

Ludlow Castle the

GEORGE BETTS.

Last of Aprill, 1631.

Postscript. You shall receave by Henry Hold Carrier a long black Box wth the Inventory, warrant dormant and all other things wch is directed to you. G.B.

Encl: A note of Chambers unfurnished in Ludlow Castle.

The Great Chamber above stares.

The Drawing Chamber to that.

The Countesses Chamber next to that.

The Inner Chambr to that.

The Gentlewomens Chamber one stares higher.
One Chamber over that.

The Chamb under the Lower Drawing Chambr weh Mr.

Goodwyn lay in.

The Inner Chambr to that.

The Gentle Ushers Chambr at ye hall stares.

The Chamb where my Lord Compton did lye at the comeing in of the gate neere Mr. Justice Wayties Chambr.

The Gentlemen of the Horses Chambr over the Rydeing

howse.

The Saddlehowse next to that.

Hanginges wanting

To furnishe the Countesses Chambr 30 yards about 12 foote high.

To furnishe the drawing Chambr next to that 32 yards about 12 foote high.

To furnishe the great Chambr next to that 36 yards about 12 foote high.

To furnishe the Clossett at the end of that, 16 yards about 9 foote high.

INQUISITION POST MORTEM SIR ROGER OWEN, OF CONDOVER, KNIGHT, 3 APRIL, 17 JAMES I, 1619.

The following Inquisition is extracted from Additional MS. 30,319, fo. 163, in the British Museum. Sir Roger Owen was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Owen, Judge of Common Pleas. He was M.P. for Shrewsbury 1597, and for Shropshire, 1601, and Sheriff, 1604. By Ursula his wife, daughter and heir of Alderman William Elkyn, he had two daughters, Alice and Ursula. He died in London 29 May, and was buried at Condover 5 June 1617.

INQUISITION taken at Salop 3 April 17 James I, after the death of Sir Roger Owen of Condover, Knight. The Jury find that he was seised of the Manors of Condover and Cantlop in Co. Salop, the Manor and Advowson of Church Pulverbatch, the Manor Grange or farm of Hencott with all its rights members and appurtenances in the said Co. of Salop, half the water-course and fishery in Hencott poole only excepted, a meadow called Hencott Moore or the King's Moore now or late in the occupation of Geoffrey Baugh, a pasture called Oateleyes meadow or Oateleyes moore, and a pasture called Cote furlonge in the said Co. of Salop, and of all tithes of wheat, grain and barley, and small tithes annually increasing and growing within the Manor Grange or farm of Hencott aforesaid. That the said Sir Roger Owen died 29 May 15 James at London, without heirs male; and that Ursula his wife was living. That the Manor of Condover was held of the King &c. And the Manor and Advowson of Church Pulverbatch were held, &c, And that the Manor of Hencott and Hencott Moore was held of the King as of his Manor of East Greenwich, and was worth one grain of pepper during the term of 72 years; and Oateleyes was held of the Bailiffs and Burgesses of Salop at the rent of 33s. 4d. per annum, and was worth 3s. 4d. besides; and Cotes furlong was held of the said Bailiffs and Burgesses; and the tithes of Hencott were held of the King as of his Manor of East Greenwich, in free and common socage, and were worth nothing during the life of Thomas Burton, esq., of Seaven's Longnor.

[The full Inquisition post mortem may be seen at the Public Record Office: Chancery Inq., Series II, 17 Jac. I., vol. 373, no. 1, and vol. 374, no. 86. Court of Wards, vol. 59, nos. 51 and 145.] W.G.D.F.

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