Dugdale, Warwickshire (Folio p. 374–5).
"One of the Ardens enfeoffed the Canons of Trentham in ½ kt's. fee in
Fenny Compton, and they passed it to Richard Peche, lord of Wormleighton (fn. 1) ,
to hold by the same service, as may be inferred from an Inquisition of 7 Ed.
I.: though in 20 H. 3 (1236), (but see deed preceding) no mention is made
of this interpolated tenure of the Canons of Trentham, for at that date R.
Peche held it immediately of the Earl of Warwick: but, about the beginning of Ed. I. time, upon an agreement made (W. Burton's coll.) betwixt
Richard Prior of Trentham, and the Lady Hawisia, widow of R. Peche, the
title of the Canons of Trentham begins to appear: For the said canons, at
the request of Wm. Bishop, of Norwich (Wm. de Middleton, 1278–1288), Sir
Hugh de Arden, Kt., (fn. 2) and others, granted to the said Hawise, the wardship
of this part of Fenny Compton, with the relief of her son John, when he
should come of age, which John in 7 Ed. (1279) was certified to hold this
lordship of the Prior of Trentham, and he of Tho de Arderne, who held it of
the Earl of Warwick, by the service of ½ kts. fee, having one carucate in
demesne, and five villeins holding three yardlands, for which they paid
severall rents, and did suit at his court."
Add MSS., B. M. (Original Deed).
Pateat universis per presentes nos Fratrem Nicholaum, (fn. 3) Priorem de
Trentham, (fn. 4) et ejusdem loci conventum, recepisse a dilecto nobis in Xto
domino Johanne Peche milite viginti solidos sterlingorum in quibus nobis
tenebatur nomine cujusdam annui redditus pro tenementis que de nobis
tenet in Fennikumton de termino Sancti Michaelis, anno domini mccclxix.
(43 Ed. III.) De quibus quidem denariis dictum dominum Johannem
quietum, et nos plene fore pacatos. fatemur per presentes. In cujus rei
testimonium sigillum nostrum presentibus est appensum. Dat' apud Trentham
VII., id' Oct' anni domini sup'dicto. [Small seal, vescica shape, 1½ inches
long, green wax, design, the virgin bearing the Holy child on her lap, a
figure kneeling in prayer beneath.] (fn. 5)