Common Rights? Yes (Sanden Fee) for 42 Church Street. (Frontage 16ft + 4ft passage; 1 horse or 2 cows)
42 Church Street:
Among Norman Hidden's papers was the following collection of notes on 37-42 Church Street and the Hidden Family:
Although the numbering 37-42 inclusive allows for six terrace cottages there are in fact only four dwellings today (1986), the four small cottages 39-42 having been converted into two larger dwellings; the two eastern-most cottages (nos.37 and 38) remain as they were in 1875.
From the outside, on the east side of no. 37, portions of an earlier wall may be observed and also the chimney; and on the street front of nos. 39-42, two filled in doorways are noticeable.
This terrace of cottages was owned by Norman and Dudley James and in 1987 I was able to consult certain of the deeds relating to the property by the kindness of Mr. Robert W. James of 29 The Croft, Hungerford, in particular those which related by name to members of the Hidden family.
The earliest of these was dated 7 January 1808: Matthew Loder Smith esq surgeon and John Hunt Watts esq leased to James Woodham of Hungerford for one year, "all that messuage on the south side of Church Lane [present day Church Street] now in the tenure of John Hidden, all which premises were and are part of and belonging to the manor of Hungerford Ingleford, at a yearly rent of 1 peppercorn". This enabled him to take release of the freehold the following day. John Hidden is described as button-maker and James Woodham as a watchmaker.
On the next day, 8 January 1808. a release or mortgage of a messuage in Hungerford was granted by Matthew Loder Smith and John Hunt Watts esq to Mr John Hidden and his mortgagee Mr James Woodham. Woodham provided £100 to enable John Hidden to complete his purchase and the sum of £160 ( = total purchase price?) was to be paid to John Hunt Watts.
Matthew Loder Smith was lord of the manor of Hungerford Ingleford. John Hunt Watts appears because Loder Smith had mortgaged the manor to him and thereby owed him some £5450.
The property was described as "all that messuage + stable, fuel house, outbuildings and large garden thereunto adjoining in Great Church Lane now in the tenure or occupation of John Hidden.
These deeds reveal that Loder Smith, financed by Hunt Watts, had purchased the manor in 1798 from John Pearce of Standen Hussey, Wilts, gent who was the nephew and heir-at- law and sole executor of the will of Stephen Pearce of Standen Hussey.
In an earlier transaction in 1777 Loder Smith had granted the manor and lordship of Hungerford Ingleford to Stephen Pearce.
One of the deeds refers to the existence of "evidences" concerning the Church Street property dated 1747.
By deed dated 4 February 1820: Thomas Hidden of Walham Green, Middlesex, cordwainer, eldest son and heir-at-law of John Hidden, late of Hungerford Berks, button maker deceased [he died 10 June 1819, intestate] (1); James Woodham of Hungerford watchmaker, only son and heir-at-law of James Woodham late of Hungerford Berks watchmaker deceased [he died 2 January 1809. P.C.C. will, probate November 1809] (2); Elizabeth Woodham of Hungerford spinster, executor in the will of John Woodham deceased (3); and George Hidden of Hungerford, carpenter another of the sons of John Hidden deceased (4) George Hidden contracted to purchase the messuage for £190, £120 to be paid to Woodham and £70 to Thomas Hidden. The premises were then in the occupation of (a) George Hidden and (b) Mary Hidden his mother; and belonged to the manor of Hungerford Engleford.
Signatures of Thomas Hidden and seal, James Woodham and Elizabeth Woodham.
4 April 1820: George Hidden mortgaged the premises to Elizabeth Woodham for £200. The deed refers to the messuage + 2 (additional) cottages lately erected, in part of a garden ground previously untenanted.
5 January 1822: Elizabeth Woodham spinster assigns mortgage of the premises to William Marchment for securing £260.
3 February 1822: Thomas Hidden and James Woodham grant lease for 1 year to George Hidden. Signed and sealed: Thomas Hidden.
5 April 1824: George Hidden carpenter, mortgages to WilliamMarchment, glover, in consideration of £260, paid £200 to Elizabeth Woodham and £60 to George Hidden. and whereas by deed poll dated 5 October 1825 had erected and built 2 other tenements in consideration of the sum of £60 paid to George Hidden by William Marchnient.
The 6 tenements were in the separate occupation of William Hidden, George Hidden, John Smith, —Woodham, Robert Hoare and Mary Russ. Signature of George Hidden.
11 October 1828: George Hidden carpenter, and Amey his wife (1); William Milles of Hungerford yeoman (2); William Robert Hall of Hungerford gent (3) refers to an indenture of 1820 whereby all the (original) messuage now converted into 2 messuages and adds "shop" to the list of accompanying buildings; these two messuages were in the occupation of (a) George Hidden and Amey, (b) Mary Hidden his mother; also two cottages lately erected by George Hidden on part of the garden belonging to the original (divided) tenement as then (1820) and the newly erected cottages as then untenanted, the sum of £200 due to Elizabeth Woodham not having been paid to repurchase the property the term for this option had expired and so Elizabeth Woodham's title became absolute. Then in January 1822 the hereditaments were made over to William Marchment by Elizabeth Woodham. On 19th September 1828 the premises were put to auction and purchased for £450 by William Milliswho contracted to sell to W.R.Hall at £450 (a balance of £70 to go to George Hidden). The deed states that there were 6 messuages and 6 gardens with common of pasture in Freeman's Marsh and part of a pew in Hungerford Church belonging to the premises, heretofore awarded to John Hidden.
Signatures of George and Amey Hidden, also William Millis. It seems clear that in 1828 the premises had passed to W.R.Hall — a final concord between Hall Q. and George & Amey deforciants was issued in 9 Geo.IV (=1828). This refers to 8 houses & 8 gardens. Purchase price £520. A memo of Oct. 1828 states that William Marchment has received of W.R.Hall £380.
Signatures: 4 Sept. 1820 Thomas Hidden ( with seal); also in 3 Feb. 1822.
5 April 1824 George Hidden; 11 Oct. 1828 Geo & Amey Hidden.
1902 (T&M Register) William Lambourne (owner)
Undated (T&M Register) Widow Mason
Undated (T&M Register) Miss M E Lambourne (owner)
Undated (T&M Reguister) F Hopkins (occupier)
<1968 (T&M Register) James & Co (Hungerford) Ltd (owners until 1972)
<1968-70 (T&M Register) Void
1971 (T&M Register) David Pym (occupier until 1972)
1973 (T&M Register) Norman Ernest James & Dudley George Walker James (owners); Margaret Clarissa Perdue (occupier)
2005 (CL) Timothy Abbott
2011 (CL) William Simms
2016 (CL) Nicholas Soper
- Extracts of deeds relating to 37-42 Church Street
- Sale particulars of 37-42 Church Street, 9 Nov 1945