The main part of the Deeds, presumably with the present owners, have not been consulted. The following documents were once part of the deeds to Firbank but were retained in a box by the late Mrs Sylvia Barr when she sold the property in 1979. When Mrs Barr died the box was passed on to her daughter Ann. Images have now (2016) been made of them and they are here available to the public.
Transcribed by Bryant Bayliffe and Julian Rawes, October 2016.
Fir001:         Schedule of documents relating to Firbank, 1902. Note that the deeds referred to here are not available.
[Cover page (fir001a):]
The Equitable Reversionary
Interest Society Ltd.
Mr W. H. Adams.
Of deeds & documents
handed over to
C. W. F. Clinton
Received this 29th September 1902 of The
Equitable Reversionary Interest Society Limited the
Following deeds and documents
24 Janry 1843 Indenture of Settlement of this date made between
Amelia Meads of the 1st part Edmund Thomas
Husbands of the 2nd part and the Reverend Frederick
William Hohler and William Hill of the 3rd part.
27 Decr 1872 Indenture of this date made between Robert Evan
Meads Husbands of the one part and Samuel
Wood Fisher of the other part.
12 March 1873 Indenture of this date made between the said
S. W. Fisher of the 1st part the said R. E. M. Husbands
Of the 2nd part and The Equitable Reversionary
Interest Society Registered and Incorporated under
The Joint Stock Companies Act 1856 of the 3rd part
18 January 1873 Indenture of this date made between Edmund
Thomas Tibbetts Husbands of the one part and
The said S. W. Fisher of the other part.
19 April 1873 Indenture of this date made between the said
S. W. Fisher of the 1st part the said E. T. T.
Husbands of the 2nd part and The Equitable Reversionary
Interest Society Registered and Incorporated under
the Joint Stock companies Act 1856 of the 3rd
15 March 1873 Indenture of this date made between John
Frederick Husbands of the one part and the
Equitable Reversionary Interest Society Registered and
Incorporated under the Joint Stock Companies Act.
1856 of the other part.
1 Octr 1875 Indenture of this date made between the said
J. F. Husbands of the one part and the said
Society of the other part.
25 Augt 1902 Receipt for Succession duty on the death of
the said E. T. Husbands
2nd May 1902 Indenture of this date made between William
Alexander Hill of the one part and the Equitable
Reversionary Interest Society Limited of the other part
1902 Abstract of Title
-- Augt 1902 Particulars of Sale & Original Contract
[29th] Septr 1902 Conveyance The Equitable Reversionary Interest Society
Limited to Mr W. H. Adams.
th June 1816 Conveyance Frederick Haines & James Hill Trustees of W. H. Adams
deceased to Anne St William Dunning (with Memo thereon)
I acknowledge to have received the before
Enumerated Title deeds and Writings from
Mr. C. W. F. Clinton.
Dated the 4th day of October 1903
Received the above deeds & documents
of Title including the Conveyance of the 24th
June 1916 on completion by me of purchase
of property known as “The Orchard” Harvington
this 24th June 1916
E. W. Bunting [signed]
Fir002:         1904. Repairs to the house.
January Mr W. H. Adams
23rd 1904 D’r to William Davis
For repairs to House at Harvington £ s d
as per estimate 35 10 6
Taking up paving and refixing round
pump and fixing trough 4 6
Mortar and bricks 1 6
1 Rim lock for front door 2 6
1 new Pleated Stock lock for Celler 2 0
Carpenters time repairing front door
Putting on new locks fixing
New mene window 4 4
Span of glass & fixing for ditto 3
& front for Oven Grates 6 0
Repairing stairs 3 11
Whitewashing rooms 1 0 0
£37 15 6
Deduct for one flight of steps 1 0 0
36 15 6
Paid March 17th 1904
Two Halfpenny Stamps [overwritten] Wm Davis £36-15-6.
Specification and Estimates of cost for repairing farm house at Harvington
for Mr W. H. Adams
Clean off the walls and ceilings stop
up and repair the plastering distemper ceiling
size and paper walls. Cash Price 6d per piece
Paint the door and windows with two coats of paint.
Provide and fix a wood partition on
one side of room for new rafter over window sash
and plaster same. Clean off ceiling and walls
stop up and repair ceiling and walls distemper
same paint the door and window with two coats
of oil paint repair the floor glight[?].
Brick up panes for new rafters lath and
plaster same to ceiling & clean off ceiling and
walls and distemper same.
Clean off repair walls and ceilings and
distemper same provide and fix new hand
rail to stair.
Clean off walls and ceilings and repair the plaster
Size the walls and paper same price at 6d per piece
distemper ceiling take out the grate and reset
Provide and fix a new oven grate
complete price £24. Cut out beam over
and make good. Clean off plaster to walls and
ceilings repair and make good same distemper
ceiling size and paper walls price per piece 6d
Paint the doors and window with two coats of
Oil paint provide and fix a wood support under
beam Clean off the stone floor and point up in cement.
Clean off the walls repair the plaster distemper
the ceiling and center walls clean off the stone floor
and point up in cement paint the door in two coats
Passage to Celler
Repair the plaster and whitewash out
side celler door and repair the step.
Repair the plaster to walls and ceilings clean
off the walls and ceiling & whitewash and Center out
Paint the doors windows and ceiling with
two coats of paint.
Provide and set a 12 gallon furnace complete
Provide a fix a stone where sink and connect
The same into drain outside and repair
take down part of ceiling for new joist
lath and plaster same and whitewash out
for one new set of 11 x 1 deal shelves as arranged
take down the old stairs and fix a pair of deal
Build a new wood closet in the shed with door
seat and riser Complete board top of same
and supply pan cut out and form door
out of Washhouse and make good.
Outside of House
repair the Kitchin Chimney
and fix top courses with blue bricks in cement
examine the Parlor chimney and stop the
smoke from coming out refix front step and
and make good repair the whole of the old plaster
and make good [------] whitewash and black
the timber framing point up the woodwork in Cu[—-]
Clean off and paint with two coats of oil
paint all woodwork to the windows and
doors the front door to be burnt off and to
have No.2 Coats and repair glass in windows.
I estimate the above mentioned work
to cost the sum of £35 - 10s - 6d
Work not mentioned in the specification
not included in the Contract
price sent in to Mr Adams
Pave the Closet floor with
bricks grouted in and form
step from the washhouse for at
back of the Closet perferated open
to form Ventilation The timber
for support in Living room
to be 3 x 5½ red deal.
January 20th 1904
Estimate of Cash for pathway
in open Fire Place in Kitchin
fixing new boarding the whole
length of shed and the one
end of above Brick Wall brick
up to No 2 Panes in the Cart Shed and
repair the remainder whitewash
and black the timbers on the
east side of the shed for new
Manger in Cow Shed for the
Sum of £5 10s 0d.
Feb 26th 1904
Paid March 17th 1904
One Penny Stamp
[overwritten] W Davis
Received from Mr W. H. Adams
of “The Cottage” Swan Lane, Evesham
the sum of Forty two pounds
five shillings and six pence,
on account of the repairs to two
cottages and two sheds and putting
in and fixing a manger in another
shed. The said cottages and sheds
being situated at the lower end of
Harvington near Evesham.
Dated this 17th day of
March one thousand nine
hundred and four.
Paid March 17th 1904
One Penny Stamp
[overwritten] Wm Davis.
Fir003:         Abstract of title dated 6th March 1916. This document has been extremely difficult to transcribe due to the hand writing and constant unusual abbreviation. Normally we would transcribe as is but to enable the reader's understanding of the document we have normallised many words. Due to above stated difficulties mistakes in our transcription will be found.
1916 - draft
Abstract of the Title
Of Messres Fred’k Haines & James
Gill Trustees of the Will of William
Hurd Adams late of Harvington
in the Coy of Worcs Fruit
Grower dec’d to a freehold house
land & leases situated at Harvington afsd
G Allis Garrard
[reverse on side:]
of that his Will & Testa’s deceased & beq’d all his real & p’sonal est’s
not thereby or otherwise disposed of unto his trustees Upon trust as to his
real estate site at Harvington aforesd that his trustees should sell
call in & convert into money the same & apply the proceeds as
1916 March 6. The sd W. H. Adams the Trustee died
1916 Will proved in District Probate Reg’y at Worcs by both
Abstract of Title of Messres Frederick Haines & James
Gill Trustees of the Will of William Hurd Adams
late of Harvington in the Coy of Worcs Fruit Grower dec’d
to a freehold house land & hereditaments situate
at Stogton in the Coy of Worcs.
1902 Septr 29
By Indenture of this date made between The Equitable Reversionary
Interest Society Ltd whose registered address was at No. 10 Lancaster Place Strand
in the Coy of London (hereinafter called “the Socy”) of the one part & the sd
William Hurd Adams herein described as of Hill View, Badsey in the Coy of
Worcs afsd Farmer of the other part.
Reciting that the Indenture dated 24th Jany 1843 and made between Amelia Meads of
1st part Edmund Thomas Husbands of the 2nd part & The Rev’d Frederick
William Hohler & William Hill of said pt After reciting that sd
Amelia Meads was seized of a freehold messuage lands & premises
at Harvington afsd therein dec’d & free from incumbrances And that a
marriage was intended to be solemnized between the sd E. T. Husbands
& A. Meads & in conson contemplation thereof it had been agreed that
the several freehold estates messuages & lands & premises of the sd A. Meads should
be settled in manner hereinafter contained. It was ---ued[?] that in p'ense[?]
of pre---[?] & in edu---[?] & contemplation of sd intended manner the sd
Meads (with consent & concurrence of sd E. T. Husbands) Did grant
bargain sell & release unto sd F. William Hohler & Wm Hill & their
heirs (inter alia) All that messuage & tenement & farmhouse cottage farm held as
closes pieces as parcels of arable meadow & pasture land or ground
& orcharding containing in the whole by ad-------[?] 63a 2r 10p or
thereabouts like at Harvington in the Coy of Worcs & thereas the respective
occupation of John Ingram & Benjamin Bomford in tenancy thereof To hold
the same unto sd F. W. Hohler & Wm Hill their heirs & assigns for ever
upon trust for sd A. Mead during her life & after decease of the sd A.
Meads upon trust for sd E. T. Husbands for his life with rent to
All & every such one or more children or child afsd manner who
should attain the age of 21 yrs as tenants in common.
And reciting sd intended marriage before sd Amelia Meads & E. T. Husbands
was duly solemnized & there were 3 children only namely Robert Evans
Meads Husbands, Edmund Thomas Tibbetts Husbands & John Frederick
Husbands who attained 21
And reciting sd A Husbands (formerly A. Meads) died 19th Janry 1858
without ever being made any appt’mt under power reserved in
And reciting by Indenture of Conveyance dated 27th Decr 1843 & made before
sd C. E. M. Husbands of the one part & Samuel Wood Fisher of or if in
consideration of £125 pd by sd S. W. Fisher to sd A. J. T. Husbands to
sd T. E. M. Husbands conveyed unto sd S. W. Fisher. All the reversionary
1 /3 pd of the sd messuage building land & leases subject to a previso
For redemption upon repayment of sd £125 with interest.
And reciting by Indenture dated 12th March 1873 made between sd S. W. Fisher
of 1st part & A. E. M. Husbands of 2nd part & sd Socy (taken to a --- --- )
of 3d part In consideration of £125 paid by [the] Society to sd S. W. Fisher & of
£390 pd by the Society to sd T. A. M, Husbands They sd S. W. Fisher & T. E. M.
Husbands according to the respective trusts & wills conveyed unto the Society their
heirs? & assigns absolutely All the reversionary 1/3 part afsd R. E. M. Husbands
of & a the sd messuages leases lands hereditaments
And reciting by Indenture of 18th January 1843 & made between sd E. T. Tibbetts
Husbands of one part & sd S. W. Fisher of one part in consideration of £150 paid
by sd S. W. Fisher to sd E. T. T. Husbands sd E. T. T. Husbands did
convey unto sd S. W. Fisher All the reversionary 1/3 part of & in the sd
messuages buildings land & hereditaments subject to a proviso for redemption
upon repayment of £150 & interest.
And reciting by Indenture dated 19th April 1873 & made between sd
S. W. fisher of 1st part sd E. T. T. Husbands of the 2nd part & the Society of
3rd part. In consideration of the £50 pd by the Society to sd S. W. Fisher & £365
paid by [the] Society to sd E. T. T. Husbands Sd S. W. Fisher & E. T. T. Husbands
According to the respective estates & which conveyed unto [the] Society the
successors & assigns absolutely All the reversionary 1/3 part of him[?] sd E. T. T.
Husbands of & in sd buildings lands & hereditaments.
And reciting by Indenture dated 15th March 1873 & made between
said J. F. Husbands of one part & Socy of other part In consideration of £2076?
paid by [the] Socy to said J. F. Husbands said J. F. Husbands conveyed
unto Socy the successors & assignes All the reversionary 1/3rd part afsd J. F.
Husbands of & in sd Messuages buildings lands & hereditaments subject to a
proviso for repurchase as then stated
And reciting by Indenture dated 1st Octr 1875 & made between J. F.
Husbands of one part & the socy of other part the conson of £100
paid by Socy to said J. F. Husbands said J. F. Husbands released unto
[the] Socy their successors & assigns the power reserved of repurchasing the
reversionary 1/3 part of the sd Messuages & hereditaments granted & conveyed to
the Society & it was decided [decreed?] that sd reversionary 1/3rd part of said presents?
who'd remain vested in [the] Society their successors & assigns absolutely
And reciting sd F. W. Hohler died 17th July 1871 & sd S. W. Fisher
died 23rd January 1882.
And reciting sd W. S. Hill by his Will dated 28th August 1855 &
proved in District Registry at Gloucester on 13th May 1882 applied
to son William Slack Hill his sole Executor.
And reciting sd E. F. Husbands died 4th February 1902
And reciting by Indenture dated 3rd May 1902 made between sd W. S.
Hill of one part & the Society on [the] other part afsd reciting that sd W. S.
Hill as per usual rep--- of sd W. Hill who at date of his death
as the sole surviving heir of the herebefore recited settlement had at the
request of the Socy agreed to execute a Conveyance to them In consideration of
promises[?] sd W. A. Hill thereby conveyed unto the Socy in fee
simple All the hereditaments & premises mentioned & referred to in the before
recited Indenture of Settlement of the 24th January 1843.
And reciting [the] Socy was incorporated on 28th May 1879 as a
And reciting a portion of sd hereditaments & premises comprised in sd
Settlement dated 24th January 1843 namely 40 acres 2 roods 34 perches or thereabouts was
on 21st July 1902 sold to sd B. Bomford.
And reciting the Messuages & premises thereafter mentioned & intended
to be thereby conveyed were with said lands[?] containing 12acres 2 roods 16 perches.
put up for sale by Auction on 11th August 1902 & sd W H. Adams
was declared highest bidder for and became purchaser thereof being Lot 1
at such sale at £1010.
It was witnessed that in consideration of £1010 then paid by sd W. H. Adams
to the Society (the reel[?] a----)
The Society as beneficial owners thereby conveyed unto sd A. H. Adams
& his heirs
All that messuage buildings yard garden & premises situated &
being in parish of Harvington in Coy of Worcester & being
Lot 1 at said Sale & containing in all 10 acres 3 roods 3 perches or
thereabouts (which to go with Lot 2 formed residue of Land
& Tenements & referred to in above recited Indenture
of Settlement of 24th January 1843) all which said residue
hereditaments & premises were described in Schedule hereunder had
& were more particulary delineated in the plan drawn
in fold of abstracting presents & thereon coloured pink.
To hold said unto & to the afsd W. H. Adams in fee simple
The Schedule above referred to
As on Map Description A R P
Parcel 135 Houses Buildings Yard
& Garden 0 1 23
151 Pasture Orchard 3 0 23
150 The Meadow 1 3 35
149 Garden land with Fruit
Plantation 5 1 26
10 3 27
Executed by Equitable Reversionary Interest
Society Ltd by aff---- Common Seal
In presence of ------- & Sec.
1916 Feby 16th. By his Will of this date said W. H. Adams appointed sd
Frederick Haines of Queenhill Evesham in the Coy of Worcs, Fruit
Merchant & James Gill of the parish of Norton & Lenchwick in the Coy of
Worcs afsd Farmer (hereinafter called his Trustees) to be executors & trustees
Mr W. H. Adams
--- with ---
Mr G. Ellis Garrard
for tenancy of a small strip
of land situate at Harvington
in the County of Worcester
as an addition to a Fowl run
[embossed stamp] six pence. Evesham 29 Dec 1904 [in pencil]
Memorandum of Agreement
Made and entered into this twenty third day of
December one thousand nine hundred and
four. Between William Hurd Adams of
Harvington in the County of Worcester Market
Gardener of the one part and George Ellis
Garrard of the same place Solicitor of the
The said William Hurd Adams agrees to let
unto the said George Ellis Garrard who hereby agrees
to take as Tenant thereof All that piece of land
situate at Harvington aforesaid forming a ditch and
bounded upon one side by a messuage and
premises belonging to the said William Hurd Adams
and the greater portion of which are now in the occupation
of Thomas Driver as tenant thereof and bounded on
the other side by the garden in the occupation of
the said George Ellis Garrard at the yearly rent
one shilling payable upon the twenty ninth day
of September in every year the first payment
of one shilling to be due and payable upon the
twenty ninth day of September one thousand nine
hundred and five.
And the said William Hurd Adams agrees
to allow the said George Ellis Garrard to use the
said piece of land as an addition to his the said
George Ellis Garrard’s Fowl run, and the said
William Hurd Adams agrees to allow the said Geoge
Ellis Garrard to enclose the said piece of land
with Wire Netting but no nails Pegs or Staples
are to be driven into the Walls of the said messuage
and premises belonging to the said William Hurd
[1st line missing due to copying error]
Six calendar months notice of his wish or intention
to terminate the same such notice to expire upon the
Twenty ninth day of September in any year.
As witness the hands of the parties
Wirness to the Signature )
of the said William Hurd ) W. H. Adams [signed]
Chas H Martin
Clerk to Mr G Ellis Garrard
Witness to the Signature )
of the said George Ellis ) G. Ellis Garrard [signed]
Chas H Martin
Fir005:         Letter from Mr Towers dated 1907.
The Porch of rough oak
and thatch, created by me
at my own expense, over
the door of the above
premises, shall hereafter
be considered as part of
the said premises, and the
property of the landlord
and I hereby undertake
not to disturb or remove
the same in the event
of my tenancy being
determined either by
myself or the landlord
Samuel Towers [Signed]
Fir006:         Letter from Mr Towers dated 1909.
August 6th 1909
The three years lease of
the above premises which
I now hold of you, and
which expires this day. I
will continue to occupy the
said premises at the same
rental my tenancy to be
determined by six months
notice expiring on the
6th day of August 1910, or on
the same day of any following
year such notice being
given either by you as landlord
or by me as tenant.
W. H. Adams, Esq. Sam’l Towers
Fir007:         Schedule of property dated 1916.
William Hurd Adams, deceased who died on the 6th day of March 1916.
Dwelling house known
as 'The Orchard' with
garden and meadow
land belonging thereto
10a 2r 32p situate at
Sold by Public Auction 15th May 1916 for 2325.
Cottage known as
'The Bank' & garden
about quarter of an acre
(Cottage occupied by
Mr S Towers at £10 10
p a landlold paying rates.
Sold by Public Auction 15th May 1916 for 260
Cottage & tenements in
South View Terrace
Tenant & sp[---]ous
Fir010:         Sale advertisement dated 1916.
Fir011:         Sale advertisement dated 1916.
Fir012:         Conditions of sale dated 1916.
Messres Frederick Haines and
----- to -----
Conditions of Sale
(Including the Common Form Conditions
of the Birmingham Law Society)
of Freehold Dwelling house and
land known as “The Orchard” and
Cottage and Garden known as “Fir
Bank” at Harvington in the County
Entered at Stationers’ Hall
Printed by Hudson & Son,
and Published for the Birmingham Law Society, by
Parsons and Son, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham
G. Ellis Garrard
PARTICULARS AND CODITIONS OF SALE
of Freehold Property (Lots 1 and 2) to be
sold by Auction at The Kings Head Hotel Evesham
On Monday the 15th day of May 1916
[Mostly printed material concerning Special Conditions. Hand written is:-]
Messrs E. G. Righton & Son of Evesham
Mr. G Ellis Garrard
Deposit of £10.
purchase to be completed on 24th June 1916
at the vendors solicitors in Evesham
Abstract to be delivered on 22nd May 1916
Objections within 5 days
Replies within 3 days
Draft assurance by 14 days
Engrossment within 7 days
The title shall commence as to both lots with an Indenture dated the 29th day of
September 1902 and made between The Equitable
Reversionary Interest Society Limited of the one part
and William Hurd Adams of the other part being a
Conveyance on sale to the said W. H. Adams in fee simple free from
encumbrances, and all recitals or statements therein contained shall be
accepted and taken as conclusive evidence of every fact matter or thing
therein recited stated or implied.
11. The portion of the occupation cart road which runs over Lot 2, as shown
on the plan, shall be conveyed to and vested in the Purchaser of Lot 1 for the
joint use of the owners and occupiers for the time being of Lots 1 and 2. The
varying widths and direction of the said road shall be as at present used
and set out, and the Purchaser of Lot 2 shall not at any time hereinafter
erect a fence on either side within 6 feet of the centre of the said Road,
except upon the site of a now existing fence. The cost of
maintaining such portion of the said occupation cart road as aforesaid
shall fall as to three fourths thereof on Lot 1, and as to one fourth
thereof on Lot 2.
12. The Purchaser of Lot 1 shall pay in addition to his purchaser
money for the tenant’s fixtures in and about the Dwellinghouse
comprised therein the sum of £5 : 14 : 6 and the Purchaser of Lot 2
shall pay in addition to his purchase money for the crops and
produce in the garden comprised therein the sum of £1 according
to the respective valuations made by the Auctioneers and produced at
the time of sale.
13. Each purchaser shall with his deposit, and in addition to his
purchase money, pay the following fees, namely In respect of Lot 1 an
Auction fee of Three guineas and a Contrast fee of Three guineas, and
in respect of Lot 2 an Auction fee of One guinea and a Contract fee of
[Only the right hand page has been transcribed here] THE CONTRACT
This agreement made the 16th day of May 1916 Between Frederick Haines of Greenhill Evesham in the
County of Worcester Fruit Grower and James Hill of the
parish of Norton and Lenchwick in the County of Worecester
(the vendors) of the one part, and Ernest William Bunting
of Norton and Lenchwick aforesaid Gentleman
(the purchaser) of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Ernest William
[printed material with] Three hundred and twenty pounds
As witness the hands of the parties [stamp with signature overwritten:] E.D. Autry[?]
Purchase money £2325
Deposit paid 232 10
Balance payable £2083 10 and
£5 14 6 as per valuation of fixtures
[More printed material plus totals etc.]
This agreement made the 16th day of May
1916 Between Frederick Haines of Greenhill Evesham in
the County of Worcester Fruit Grower and James Hill of the
parish of Norton and Lenchwick in the County of Worcester
aforesaid Farmer (the Vendors) of the one part and
Herbert Mason of Edgbaston in the City of
(Purchaser) of the other part Witnesseth that the said
is the highest bidder for and the purchaser of the property
described (as Lot 2) in the Particulars above appearing at
the price of Two hundred and sixty Pounds
on the terms of the special and common form condition
And the above named parties agree to complete the said
sale and Purchase according to the said conditions
As Witness the hands of the parties
Purchase money £260
Deposit paid 26
Balance payable £234 and £1 as per
valuation of crops and produce
Received on the above mentioned date from the above
named purchaser the sum of Twenty six pounds the deposit on the
said purchase and two guineas fees.
Smith & Roberts [signed above stamp]
agents for & on behalf
of the Purchaser
Abstract of Title to be sent to
Vendors Solicitors (as stakeholder)
The Firs Harvington
Valuation of Pototoes in Garden to be taken to
by the purchaser of Lot 2. May 15th 1916
Potatoes We value the above at the Sum of One Pound
£1 0 0
E.M. Righton & Son
Auctioneers & Valuers
Inventory of Fixtures to be taken by the Purchaser
of Lot One May 15th 1916
Dining Room Shaped brass curtain pole and rings 16ft
Brass do 6ft
Five spring roller blinds and fittings
Drawing Room Three spring roller blinds & fittings
A 9ft 6in white enamelled cornice pole rings &
A 4ft ditto
Breakfast Room Spring roller blind & fittings
Bamboo cornice pole rings & brackets.
Front Bedroom 8ft white enamelled cornice pole rings & brackets
4ft do do
Three spring roller blinds & fittings
Bedroom No.2 A 9ft white enamelled cornice pole rings &
Five spring roller blinds & fittings
Landing Spring roller blind & fittings. Bamboo curtain pole
Bedroom No.3 Spring roller blind. Bamboo curtain pole
Bedroom No.4 Spring roller blind & fittings. Bamboo curtain pole
We estimate the value of the foregoing
Items at the Sum of Five Pounds, Fourteen
Shillings and six pence
1. A certificate that all Estate and
other duties payable in respect of
the property on the death of William
Hurd Adams deceased must be
produced and the same on a copy
thereof handed over to the Purchaser
on completion of the Purchaser
2. We presume that the abstracted
Indenture of September 29th 1902
will be retained as it relates to other
property. Who will give the usual
acknowledgement for production and
delivery of copies and undertaking
for safe custody thereof? All deeds
and documents relating solely to
this Lot should be handed over to
the Purchaser on completion. Are
there any such deeds and documents?
All Deeds & documents relating to
both Lots 1 & 2 which will not be
handed over to the Purchaser of Lot
2 should be included in any such
acknowledgement as aforesaid. Please
give list of any such deeds.
2. The abstracted Indenture of 29th Sept
1902 will be handed to the Purshaser of
Lot 1 after completion of purshaser of Lot 2
The Vendors will give the usual
acknowledge, but no undertaking for
safe custody. There are no deeds or
docs relating solely to Lot 2. The
Purchaser cannot call for an acknmt
in respect of any other deeds or docs.
3. We understand that there is a written
agreement with the tenant. If there is
so a copy thereof should be supplied
and the Counterpart thereof handed
over on completion.
3. The Vendors are not aware of any
written Agreement with the tenant.
4. Probate of the Will of the said W. H.
Adams must be produced on completion
of the the purchase.
4. This shall be done.
5. Is there any tithe land tax tithe
rent charge or any other periodical
payment payable in respect of the
property other than the usual rates
and taxes? If so please give full
5. None that the Vendors are aware of
but see special condition 4.
6. All rent sales and taxes must be
discharged or apportioned up to the
date of completion.
7. Have any notices been served by
the Local Sanitary Authority in respect
of any nuisance or nuisances on the
premises within the Public Health Acts
and not yet complied with? Has the
village water scheme been yet connected?
7. None that the Vendors are aware
8. To whom do the walls and fences
adjoining the property belong? Are
any of them party walls or fences?
8. The fences separating Lots 1 and 2
belong to Lot 1 see plan attached to
Conditions of sale. The Vendors cannot
say as to the other boundary walls or
9. Are there any rights of way air water
light drainage or any other rights or
easements affecting the property not
disclosed by the Abstract or Condition
9. Not that the Vendors are aware of; but
see special Condition 4.
10. Is the property insured against loss
or damage by fire? If so in what
office and for what sum and will
the Vendors hold the policy of such
Insurance as Trustees for the purchaser
pending completion? If the property is
also insured against loss or damage
by aircraft please give full particulars.
10. The property is insured with other
the Purchaser should insure
11. The Vendors will of course obtain
the Conveyance to the Purchaser
impressed with one of the Stamps
mentioned in Sec.4 (3) of the Finance
(1909 10) Act 1910 prior to completion.
12. Has any claim been made
against the property for Undeveloped
Land Duty? The Vendors should
give an undertaking to discharge
any such duty if and when
demanded and a sum should be
retained out of the purchase money
12. No. This undertaking is
unecessary & will not be given. The
Purchaser cannot call for a sum to be
retained as suggested.
13. Please give full particulars of the
Provisional valuation of the property
contracted to be sold.
13. Lot 2, was not separately valued; but
was including in the same Provional
valuation with Lot 1.
14. The Purchaser reserves the right of
making such further Reequisitions
and objections as may arise on the
examination of the Abstract or as
may arise after making the usual
14. Admitted, only so far as allowed
by the Conditions of sale.
Smith & Roberts
G Ellis Garrard
24th May 1916.
Fir015:         Trustee letter dated 25th May 1916.
Fir016:         Tenancy letter dated 30th May 1916.
Fir017:         Conveyance dated 24th June 1916.
Dated 24th June 1916
Messres Frederick Haines and
James Gill (Trustees of the Will
of William Hurd Adams dec’d
Mrs Winifred Mason
A messe Cotte or tenement & garden
known as “Fir Bank” situate at
Harvington in the Coy of Worcester
Smith & Roberts
G. Ellis Garrard
This Indenture made the 24th day of June 1916 Between Frederick
Haines of Greenhill in the Borough of Evesham in the Coy of Worcester Fruit Grower
and James Hill of the Parish of Norton & Lenchwick in the same Coy Farmer
(hereinafter called “the Vendors”) of the one part and Winifred Mason the wife of
Herbert John Mason of 12 & 14 Bath Row in the City of Birmingham Manufacturer
(hereinafter called ”the Purchaser”) of the one part. Whereas William Hurd Adams late of
Harvington in the Coy of Worcester Fruit Grower being at the respective dates of making
his Will and his death hereinafter next seised of the unencumbered fee simple
in possession of or in (inter alia) the messuage cottage or tenement tenements &
premises hereinafter described & intended to be hereby conveyed duly made and executed his last
Will & testament dated the 16th day of February 1916 he appointed the Vendor
(hereinafter called “his trustees”) to be Executors & trustees of that his Will And the Testator
thereby gave devised and bequeathed all his real & personal estate not thereby otherwise
disposed of unto his Trustees upon trust as to his Real Estate situate at Harvington
aforesaid that his trustees should sell call in & convert into money the same & apply the
proceeds as therein mentioned. And whereas the said William Hurd Adams the Testator
died on the 6th day of March at Harvington aforesaid without having in any
Way altered or revoked his said recited Will which was duly proved in the
Worcester District Probate Registry of His Majesty’s High Court of Justice on the
[space] day of [space] 1816 by the Vendors the Executors & Trustees
named therein. And whereas the Vendors have through the medium of a Sale
by Public Auction held at the King’s Head Hotel Evesham on the 15th day of May
1916 agreed with the then Purchaser for the sale to here of the said messuage hereditaments & premises
hereafter described & intended to be hereby conveyed (being Lot 2 at the sd Auction sale) at
the price or for the money of £260. Now this Indenture witnesseth that in pursuance of the sd
recited agreement and in consideration of the sum of £260 now paid by the Purchaser to
the Vendors (the ---- whereof the Vendors do & each of them do --- thereby re----ply
acknowledge) They Vendors as Personal Representatives of the sd W. H. Adams dec'd & each
of them and hereby convey unto the purchaser All That messuage hereditament[?] & tenement
with the cottage that adjoining & belonging known as “Fir Bank” at Harvington
in the County of Worcester now occupied by Samuel Towers as tenant thereof Together with the garden thereto belonging & separated therefrom by the roadway
hereof mentioned partly occupied by the sd S. Towers as tenant the remainer
being occupied by the sd Wm. H. Adams up to the date of his death. All which sd
lands & premises above described contain in the whole 1 Rood or thereabouts and one
together with the abuttals & boundaries thereof for the purpose of identification only
and not by way of extension[?] or reextention[?] more particularly delineated & described[?] upon the
map or plan ---- upon these presents & are thereon coloured pink. Together with the full
& free right & liberty for the Purchaser her heirs executors administrators & assigns in common
with Ernest Willliam Bunting (the Purchaser of Lot 1 from the Vendors at the sd Auction
Sale) or other the owner or owners occupier or occupiers for the time being of
Lot 1 aforesaid & all persons having a like right thereto to go pass & repass with
or without horses carts & carriages over & along such portion of the occupation
road forming part of Lot 1 leading from the main street of the village of Harvington
aforesaid to the messuage or dwellinghouse standing on Lot 1 afsd as
[part of the line has been crossed out and 'separates' added in red] separates the sd messuage Cottage or
tenement from the sd garden as afsd (& which sd portion of the sd roadway is
coloured brown on the sd plan) but subject to the liability of the Purshaser [the following has been added in red]
as other the duties or a------ for the time being at the --------- & -------- intended to be hereby conveyed to here pay
& discharge one equal fourth part or share of the cost of keeping such portion
Afsd of the sd roadway in repair. To hold the same unto & to the use of
Purchaser in fee simple [the following has been added in red] And the Purchaser ---- covenant
with the Vendor that --- the Purchaser by being of -------- shall not at any time hereinafter erect a fence in
either place subject to 6 feet of the centre of the said road
except upon the site of a now existing fence And the Vendors hereby acknowledge the right of the
Purchaser to production of a certain Indenture of Conveyance on Sale dated the 29th
day of September 1902 & made between the Equitable Reversionary Interest Society
Ltd of one part and the sd Wm. H. Adams of the other part & delivery of expenses thereof
And in pursuance of Section 73 of the finance (1909-10) Act 1910 it is hereby
certified that the Conveyance & transfer hereby effected is a separate transaction &
document forming part of a larger transaction or a series of transactions in
respect of which the amount or value on the aggregate amount or value of
The consideration exceeds the sum of £500. In witness whereof the sd parties
to these presents have hereunto set their hands & seals the day & year first before
Subject to my alterations and additions in
Red ink I approve of the Draft
Upon behalf of the Purchaser
G. Ellis Garrard
Evesham 27th May 1916
Agreed Sealed & Delivered by the sd
Frederick Haines in the presence of
Harvey F Burton
Clerk to Mr G. Ellis Garrard
Signed Sealed and Delivered by
The before said James Gill in the
Geo A Meades
Clerk to Mr G. Ellis Garrard
[Fir018a] Messrs Frederick Haines & James Hill Executors and
Trustees of the Will of William Hurd Adams deceased
Mr. G. Ellis Garrad Evesham
1916 March - June
To my professional costs with regard to the sale of the above
property including Attendances upon the Executors
and others' Attending inspecting property taking
particulars Examining and Perusing Deeds Deducing
Title to property (Lots 1 and 2) Preparing contracts and
conditions of Sale Attending in Saleroom reading
conditions when Lot 1 was sold to Mr E. Bunting for
£2325 and Lot 2 was sold to Mrs Winifred Mason for
£260. Perusing and furnishing the necessary
particulars to Government for I.V.D. purchaser, and
as to the Proof of Will and carrying out the
To my professional costs of and in connection with
proving the Will and carrying out the Executors
including Instructions for and Preparing Inland
Revenue Affidavit Schedule and Summaries
Executors Oath and other papers to lead to Grant
of Probate journey to Worcester Attending Probate
Registry passing papers Making necessary fair
copies of same Attending you both on your being
sworn to papers Engrossing Probate and obtaining
Grant Also preparing Agreement between
Beneficiaries and Executors authorising Executors
to bid at Auction to improve competition for the
property Attendance and correspondence throughout
the Executorship Generally advising the Executors
carried Forward £55 4 10.
Brought Forward £55 4 10
and Beneficiaries. Preparing Executorship account
and copies and perusing same and paying over the
respective shares in the Real and personal Estate of
Testator (excepting the Badsey property) as directed
by Will. £68 7 10 = £123 12 8.
To paid out of pocket expenses including journey to
Worcester, Commissioners fees, stamp on Agreement,
postages registrations and incidentals £2 12 8 = £126 5 4
Evesham 9th November 1916
Received my cash & payments
[Stamp, over signed] G Ellis Garrard
Fir019:         A note relating to the Will of Mr Adams dated circa 1916.
Memorandum that by an Indue bearing date the
24th May of June 1916 and made before Frederick
Haines & James Gill (Executor & Trustees under the
Will of the within named William Hurd Adams, decd)
of the one part
& Winifred Mason the wife of Hubert John Mason
of the other part a portion of the dues conveyed
by the within written Indue comprising a Cottage
& prems known as "Fir Bank" with garden thto
containing I rood or thereabouts was conveyed
by the said F Haines & J Gill unto & to the use
of the said Wininfred Mason in fee simple And
by the same Indue the said F Haines & J Gill
ackned the right of the sd Mr Mason to
sudden & dely of copies of the within writ
Inclosed an Indue
of Conveyance of
29th Septr 1902 The Equitable
Reversionary Ints Socy Ltd
to W H Adams.
Fir020:         Fire insurance letter dated 8th October 1916.
Fir021:         Increment value duty dated 20th October 1916.
Fir022:         A letter relating to the death of G. Ellis dated 10 May 1919.
Fir023:         A list of payments dated 1921. This note is dated 1921, five years after Firbank was sold, which begs the question, why is it here.
Miss Adams paid to Mr. Meades
£17 . 10 . 0 out of which
£7 in cash to be deducted
out of the March a/c
Miss Adams 1/3rd share
1st Oct 1921
Miss Adams paid to Mr
Meades Michaelmas rnts
amounting to £20 0 8
1921 June 9 F2 advanced
to Miss A out of petty
cash paid back by her
7th Sept 1921 18/10 paid
to Miss Adams should be
paid by the trees out of
Frank Adams' Cheque.
Fir024:         A bill from J. C. Meades, builder, dated December 1923, paid 15 January 1924.
Fir025:         Sale particulars of the house when it was sold in 1979, there are two copies in the box.
Frederick William Hohler, died in the Dartford area in Kent in 1871 aged 66.
Edmund Thomas Tibbetts Husbands, died at Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire in 1902 aged 80. His son Edmund Thomas by wife Sarah Anne, was born in Lewisham in Kent in 1871.
Robert Evans Meads Husband, was born in Much Marcle, Herefordshire in 1848, son of Edmund Thomas and Amelia Husbands.
William Hurd Adams, was born in Wedmore in Somerset in 1858. He owned land in Badsey and Harvington and was living in Firbank in 1911. His wife was Lydia, whom he married as Lydia Underwood at Upton on Severn in 1886. They had three children, Elsie May, William Edward & Frank. He died in 1916 aged 57.