"Ten Acres", The Avenue (1899 - 1951)
1951 Abstract Relating to "Ten Acres", formerly part of the Wivenhoe Hall Estate
Added by Pat Marsden
Abstract of Title of Dr. Walter Radcliffe to land part of “Ten Acres” in Wivenhoe, Essex, 1951
This Abstract, dated 1951, was found in deeds relating to ‘Nutwood’ on De Vere Lane, which was once part of the “Ten Acres” parcel of land identified as Parcel 202 on the 1897 Ordnance Survey Map (2nd edition). “Ten Acres” itself was originally part of the Wivenhoe Hall Estate. The Abstract itemises all the conveyances of property from 1899 – 1951.
16 March 1899
By the late nineteenth century, the Lord of the Manor, Nicholas Caesar Corsellis Lawton (The Younger) was no longer living at the Hall, but with his mother at Ballast Quay House. The Hall therefore was occupied by a successive number of tenants and was falling into a state of disrepair. In the Spring of 1899 the manorial estate began to be dismantled and on 16 March, the Lord of the Manor, sold 1,257 acres to Ernest Stanley Beard, a Colchester estate agent and auctioneer. This mainly comprised land to the East of the Avenue above what is now Belle Vue Road.
At the time Wivenhoe Hall itself was occupied by Alexander Kay Barlow (the first and longest-serving Chairman of Wivenhoe Urban District Council) who had taken over the tenancy for £84 a year in 1896. On the same date as the previous sale, on 16 March 1899, Nicholas Caesar Corsellis Lawton sold the Hall itself and other property to Alexander Kay Barlow, who a day later entered into a mortgage agreement to secure the sum of £3,550.
19 May 1919
On this date the property was sold again as part of a more significant purchase of 96 acres by Mary Ellen Morgan. As the Purchaser she paid £8,000 (£3,550 to the Mortgagees and £4,450 to Vendor). This property, which would become later known as the Wivenhoe Hall Estate, comprised many freehold properties in the lower town and further parcels of land to the West of the High Street and Avenue and it was described as:
ALL AND SINGULAR the lands hereditaments and premises situate in the parish of Wivenhoe aforesaid and containing in the whole 96.134 acres or thereabouts the boundaries abuttals and lateral dimensions whereof are more particularly delineated and described in plan drawn thereon and edged with pink and the particulars whereof were comprised in the Schedule thereto the numbers in such Schedule referring to the numbers in the Map of the Ordnance Survey 1897 (2nd Edn)
AND ALSO ALL THAT messuage dwelling house outbuildings and premises erected and standing upon said land or some part thereof and known as Wivenhoe Hall and all other buildings and erections erected and standing upon said land or any part thereof
[Map 1 which accompanies the 19 May 1919 deed shows the parcel which later became known as “Ten Acres” marked as parcel 202]
In a further Indenture dated 2 June 1919 Mary Morgan (as the Mortgagor) appears to release property back to Alexander Barlow (the Mortgagee) free from incumbrances on payment of £5,000. [Nicholas Butler in The Story of Wivenhoe, p218 refers to Mr. and Mrs. Roland Morgan as ‘the new tenants at the Hall’]
On 3rd January 1927 Alexander Barlow (now again referred to as the Vendor) conveys the property to George Charles Gooday of Sudbury, Suffolk, Gentleman, Bertram Purr of Sudbury, Motor Engineer, and John Adams of Sudbury, Nurseryman (thereinafter called the Purchasers) for £4,600.
The Conveyance indicates that the Purchasers (described as joint tenants) may sell the same with the power at discretion to postpone the sale and to stand possessed of the net profits (after paying relevant commitments) and this should be held in trust for the Purchasers in equal shares as tenants in common
2 May 1927
On this date the above named purchasers sell the particular parcel of land later referred to as “Ten Acres” to Stacey Wood, Grocer, therein described as of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex.
FIRSTLY ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate in and having a footage to The Avenue in Wivenhoe aforesaid of 200ft with a depth from the said road on the Southern side of 176ft or thereabouts and and on the Northern side of 180ft or thereabout AND SECONDLY ALL THAT enclosure of land situate at Wivenhoe aforesaid on the Western side of the land 1stly thereinbefore described upon which in part it abutted and containing an area of 8a.1r. 20.p or thereabouts
TOGETHER with all the timber and or trees growing or standing thereon All which land and hereditaments thereinbefore 1stly and 2ndly described were more particularly delineated and described in the plan drawn thereon and thereon coloured pink TOGETHER with a right of way for all purposes over the 40 foot strip of land coloured yellow on the said plan TO HOLD the same unto the Purchaser in fee simple
[Map 2 which accompanies the 2 May 1927 deed shows the above parcel of land as described]
31st August 1938
Stacey Wood therein described as of Ten Acres The Avenue Wivenhoe Essex Grocer sells the property to Hugh Wake Pawsey of Ballast Quay Wivenhoe at a price of £1,850. It is described as:
FIRSTLY ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate in and having a frontage to The Avenue Wivenhoe aforesaid of 200 feet with a depth from the said road on the Southern side of 176 feet or thereabouts and on the Northern side of 180 feet or thereabouts
SECONDLY ALL THAT piece of parcel of land situate at Wivenhoe aforesaid on the Western side of the piece of land firstly thereinbefore described upon which in part it abutted containing an area of 8 acres 25 perches or thereabouts Together with the messuage or tenement garage and premises erected on part thereof known as Ten Acres
Which said pieces or parcels of land thereinbefore described were more particularly delineated and described in the plan drawn thereon and thereon edged with pink Together with a right of way for the Purchaser and his successors in title for all purposes over the 40 feet strip of land coloured yellow on said plan and over the strip of land coloured brown on the said plan.
[Map 3 which accompanies the 31 August 1938 deed shows the above parcel of land as described]
16 August 1946
Following the death of Hugh Wake Pawsey on 13 November 1943 his heir Owen Stewart Pawsey of The Limes, the Avenue, Wivenhoe, the freehold premises situate and known as “Tenacres” (sic), Wivenhoe were conveyed to Walter Radcliffe of 7 High Street, Wivenhoe, at the price of £5,500. Dr Radcliffe was the local doctor and also a keen yachtsman, who produced the ‘Wivenhoe One’ dinghy with Lewis Worsp.
The complete abstract can be viewed here. [Some supplementary details have been added from Nicholas Butler’s ‘The Story of Wivenhoe’].