XLII.—VENCOURT, Nos. 267 and 269 KING STREET WEST
Ground landlord, leaseholder, etc.
Copyholder and occupier, Sir William Bull, M.P.
General description and date of structure.
At the time of the admission of the present copyholder these premises
were described in the Court Rolls as "all that cottage or tenement situate
and being in Hammersmith on the South Side of the Great Road there and
holden of the said Manor with the stableyard and garden thereto belonging
containing in front at the north end next the common footpath 45 feet
and in depth from North to South in the west side thereof 166 feet. At
the south end next the orchard of Ann Wilson 37 feet and on the east side
thereof 160 feet as the same was enclosed with fences and were formerly in
the occupation of William Pilton and afterwards of Ann Pilton." In the
same admission a further description is given of the premises, viz. "all
that piece of copyhold land situate and being on the south side of the turnpike road leading from Hammersmith to Brentford and near to Beavor Lane
together with the messuages erected thereon known as Claremont House
and George Place respectively and formerly in the occupations of Mr. Skeels
and Mr. M. Cooke and now known as 267 and 269 King Street West."
There is no difficulty in tracing back the property under the first
of the two descriptions given above. It is referred to in 1842, 1823, and again
in 1809 and 1808. A William Pilton was admitted 18th April, 1808, on the
surrender of the trustees of the will of William Pilton, deceased (presumably
his father), dated 20th July, 1793, the said William Pilton having been himself admitted on 22nd March, 1788, to "all that piece or parcel of meadow
land containing one acre 27 perches lying and being in Chiswick Field theretofore in the occupation of Samuel Bever and then of Daniel Springthorpe
upon which piece of land two messuages and also one cottage or tenement
have since been erected late in the several occupations of the said William
Pilton and John Clark and now of the said John Clarke, Anne Wilson and
William Pilton." One more reference to the property should be quoted,
viz. the admission of William Pilton in 1788 when Richard Eaton and
Thomas Palser surrendered: "the meadow land formerly in the tenure of
William Fletcher, since of Samuel Bever (fn. 1) and then of Daniel Springthorpe."
In this admission no reference is made to any buildings at all, consequently
the date of the houses numbered 267 and 269 King Street West can be
confidently ascribed to approximately the year 1790.
The house is a pleasant example of its date without any features of
outstanding interest. It retains its old wrought-iron railings.
|| Samuel Bever was in possession of the property south of Vencourt in 1757–58 (see pp. 89