Inquisition Post Mortem of John Feldwick 1592
Delivered to the court 14th day of June in the said year by the hand of the Escheator.
An indented inquisition taken in the city of Chichester in the said county on the 3rd day of April in the 34th year of the reign of the Lady Elizabeth, by grace of God Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc, before John Comber, esquire, Escheator of our Lady the Queen, in the aforesaid county, by virtue of a writ, of our Lady the Queen, of Mandamus sent after the death of John Feldwyke to the said Escheator and annexed to this Inquisition, by the oaths of Robert Sherlock, Henry Butler, Anthony Mory, Richard Stronge, George Sergent, Thomas Collyns, Thomas Smythe, Thomas Mason, John Goobet, John Judd, John Page, John Awcoke, Edward Hull, John Gunwyn, Robert Jemmand, who say on their said oaths that the said John Feldwike named in the writ, on the day he died was seised in his demesne as of a fee, of and in one messuage, one barn and certain acres of land, with appurtenances, containing by estimation forty acres called Feldwyks, lying and being in the Parishes of Westhothlye and Ardinglighe in the aforesaid county and of and in one other parcel of land with appurtenances in Westhothlyeh aforesaid, containing by estimation thirty acres of land, called Nichols or Homewoods and being thus seised, died seised of such estate. And futhermore the jurors say on their said oaths, that the said messuage, barn, lands and tenements aforesaid, with appurtenances called Feldwyks are held, and on the day the said John Feldwik died were held of a certain Francis Carew, Knight, as of his mannor of Plomton Buskage, in the said county by fealty, but by what other service the said jurors know not. And are worth annually from all profits, less deductions 27s 4d. And that the said other parcel of land with appurtances called Nichols or Homewoods, are held, and on the day the said John Feldwyke died were held of our Lady the Queen, aforesaid, in free socage in chief only but not by knight's service and they are worth annually from all profits, less deductions, 16s 8d, and that the said John Feldwike named in the said writ died on the first day of January in the thirty third year of the reign of our said Lady the Queen*. And that William Feldwyke, on the day of the taking of this inquisition, aged thirty years and more, is the son and next heir of the said John Feldwyke and that the said William Feldwyke has taken and received the profits and perquisites of two parts of the said tenements, in three parts devided as the son and next heir of the said John Feldwike, from the time of the death of the said John, until the day of the taking of this inquisition. And that Thomasine Chalonor, widow late the wife and relict of the said John Feldwyk, still surviving and living, has received the profits and perquisites of one third part of the said tenements with appurtenances, remaining from the said tenements, from the time of the death of the said John Feldwyk until the day of the taking of this inquisition as her dower by endowment from the said John Feldwyk, late her husband. And furthermore the said jurors say upon their oaths that the said John Feldwyk, on the day he died, held no other or futher lands or tenements of the Queen or of any other person or persons, in his demesne or in tenant service as far as they know. In witness of which to one part of this inquisition, remaining in the keeping of the said Escheator, both the Escheator and the jurors have put their seals and to the other part remaining in the keeping of the said jurors, the Escheator has put his seal on the day and year first above mentioned.
John Comber, Escheator. Robert Sherlock, Henry Butler, the marks of the other jurors
Translated from the original Latin document (National Archives C/142/ 233/ 46)
*The date given here as the date of death is incorrect. John Feldwick died in 1560/61 (see will) his wife Thomasine, married Thomas Challoner in 1562 and was again widowed in 1587.