This information was given to the Helmdon branch WEA by Dorothy
Cernik. She was part of a group studying the history of the village,
probably in the 1980s, and these were the notes that the group made.
Helmdon inclosure - from the Inrolled Awards - Book A.P 133
et seq. (Northampton Record Office).
Inrolled - Act 31 G II
Award - 30th May 1759
Inrolled - 15th July 1760
Inrolled by Timothy Rogers, Gent. Clerk of the Peace of Northamptonshire.
1. Persons, Officials involved in the Award
William Bradley, Lower Heyford - Clerk
Francis Burton, Aynho - Gent.
Thomas Baseley, Pryors Marston - Gent. (Warcs.)
Job. Baseley, Pryors Marston - Gent. (Warcs.)
John Deeley, Luanton - Gent. (Oxon.)
John Collis, Harpole. * (later replaced - see below).
James Collingridge, Brackley
Richard Lidington, Silverstone.
Qualitymen: (to assess yearly value per acre).
William Gibbins, Adstone (Northants).
John Watts, Sulgrave
John Hanwell, Mixbury - Gent.
* John Collis refused to serve, therefore a meeting of commissioners
was held at which a new surveyor was appointed i.e. Henry Mayer.
This meeting was held at "The House of Timothy Bull being the
sign of the George in Helmdon" on 17th June, 1758.
2. Time Table of Commissioners, etc. Work
1. 5th June, 1758: First meeting of the commissioners.
After notices were displayed at the Church, the meeting was held
at the Parsonage House.
2. 1st August, 1758: Surveyors to present their survey before the
Commissioners by this date.
3. 1st September, 1758: Qualitymen's report to be at the Commissioners
by this time.
4. 12th November, 1758: Commissioners to divide and allot the land.
5. 30th May, 1759: Commissioners declare their Award.
3. State of Helmdon Agriculture in 1758
1. The Fields: East Field, North Field (otherwise Middle Field),
South Field consisting of c. 70 Yardlands.
2. A Common Piece or Parcel of Pasture, known as Gateridge, plus
other pieces of pasture.
Total Area c.1550 Acres
1. Provost and Fellows of Worcester College, Oxford.
Lord s of the Manor 8yd. lands.
2. President and Scholars of Corpus College, Oxford - who own the
advowson and right of Presentation of the Rectory.
3. John Samwell, Clerk, Rector of Helmdon, gets Tithes and Ecclesiastical
4. Edward Emily - Gent, Edward Harriott - Clerk, John Fairbrother,
Richard Fairbrother, Richard Shortland, John Adkins, William Thomas,
the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of Sulgrave, the Vicar
of All Saints, Northampton (Paul Agutter and Charles Stratford -
Gent. Trustees for the time being of All Saints) - and divers other
5. Reasons for Inclosure
1. The parcels of land owned by individuals, "Were most of
them inconveniently situated with respect to their several houses
2. "By reason thereof a sufficient quantity of Manure and Compost
could not without great difficulty and expense by conveyed to the
same, not infrequently trespasses and disputes among the several
proprietors be prevented."
6. Conditions Governing the Commissioners' Award
1. People owning Cottage Common Rights are to be compensated in
2. Provost and Fellows of Worcester College own Allithorne Wood,
and they are to receive same in Award.
3. Rector's Allotment (J. Samwell)
(1) Compensation for Glebe to be as near as possible to the Parsonage
(2) Several old messuages owed tithes to rector, but 'for several
years past' they have paid £7 p.a. In the Award J Samwell
is to get a piece of land worth £7 p.a.
(3) Rector to get £160 p.a. from 29th September, 1759, in
lieu of tithes.
(4) Nothing mentioned above shall prejudice the Rector's right to
tithes from certain ancient inclosures called Helmdon Stockings
or Mores Stockings.
4. Commissioners must assign Roads and Paths. Roads are to be 40
foot between ditches.
5. The hedging and ditching of the new fields is to be done within
12 months of the Award.
6. Exchange of property between owners is allowed with the consent
of the Commissioners.