Survey of London Monograph 7, East Acton Manor House. Originally published by Guild & School of Handicraft, London, 1921.
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EXTRACT FROM THE WILL OF ALDERMAN JOHN PERRYN, DATED 18th DECEMBER, 1656, WITH THE TERMS OF HIS GIFT TO THE GOLDSMITHS' COMPANY.
"WHEREAS I have lately purchased to me and my heirs for ever of & from Sir Richd. Ashfeild Knt. A Mansion House Messuage or Tenement with five several farmes messuages tenemts. barnes stables outhouses orchds. yards gardens and several pcells. of land with their apptences. lying & being in East Acton aforesaid in the County of Middx. part whereof is freehold and part copyhold, held of the Manor of Ealing & Acton in the sd. County of Middlesex AND WHEREAS I have surrendered all my said Copyhold or Customary messs lands & tenemts. in East Acton aforesd. into the hands of the Lord of the sd. Mannor of Ealing accordg. to the Custom of the said Mannor TO & for the use & behoof of such person & persons & for such intents & purposes as I should by my last Will & Testamt. in writing give limit & appoint, NOW I DO GIVE AND BEQUEATH ALL my sd. Mansion house messuage or tenement, five several farms messuages tenemts. barns stables outhouses yards orchards gardens & all my sd. several parcells of land both freehold & copyhold in East Acton aforesaid as foll. (that is to say) I GIVE ALL the freehold messs farmes lands tenemts. and hereditamts. in Acton aforesaid with the appurtences TO the Wardens & Comonalty of the Mistery of Goldsmiths of the City of London (whereof I am a Member) & to their Successors for ever AND for as much as I am informed by Councell that I cannot give my sd. Copyhold Estate unto the said Wardens & Comonalty as they are a Corporacon (who cannot be Copyholdrs. by the Laws of the Land) I DOE THEREFORE GIVE AND BEQUEATH ALL my sd. Copyhold messuages farmes lands tenemts. & heredits. in East Acton aforesd. with their and every of their appurtences unto Thomas Smithies, William Gibbins, Wm. Scarborough, John Gellibrand, Henry Pinckney, John Austin, Richard Moore, & Anthony Ficketts, Members of the said Company of Goldsmiths or to any two or more of them by the consent direccon & appointmt. of the sd. Wardens & Assistts. of the said Compy. of Goldsmiths for ye time being or to such other person or psons. as the sd. Wardens & Assistants of the sd. Company shall in yt. behalfe nominate & appoint who shall be admitted Tennants to them & their heires for ever Of all my said Copyhold Estate by the Lord of the sd. Mannor of Eling or his Steward according to the Custom of the same Mannor At and for the usual fines rents & services according to the custom of the sd. Mannr."