which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

Will of William Radford dated 1575

Transcribed by Terry Radford and reproduced with his permission

Married to Margaret.  Children William Jnr,  Robert, and Godfrey

In the name of God, Amen, the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1575 (and in the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France and Ireland Queen, defender of the faith, 18th) I William Radford of Crich, Senior, being of good perfect mind and remembrance, laud and praise be unto Almighty god, being most sure and certain to depart and pass forth of this transitory world and fearing the same, do make and ordain this my present last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I do give and bequeath my soul to almighty god my maker and redeemer of the same, and my body to be buried and interred within my parish church yard of Crich.

Also I will that in the day of my burial that I be honestly brought home of the whole of my goods, according to my power and ability, also I give and bequeath to Margaret my wife her thirds parts of all my goods, also I give and bequeath to William my son a foal that goeth in Heart Hey one ewe and 2 lambs, my hack that I payle with and the one half of my small tools and Robert my son to have the other half, also I give to Robert my son my pied heifer,  and she to be wintered at my house, one ewe and a lamb and my best jacket.

Item to James Cheetor my son in law one ewe, and to his Child a lamb, also I bequeath to the said James my blue jacket and my ox that I hid in Winfelde Parke.

Item to Laurence Cheetor my son in law one ewe and a lamb for his child, and one pair of red hose, also I give to each of my children one pocker dish, also I charge all my children of my daily blessed that they do lovingly agree together , also it is my last will and mind that after I be brought home, my body buried, all legacies and bequests justly done and fulfilled, I freely give and bequeath the residue of all my goods unbequeathed to Margaret my wife and Godfrey my son equally betwixt them two.

And for a true fulfilling of this my present last will and testament I ordain make and constitute Margaret my wife and Godfrey my son my faithful executors to see that this my present last will and testament be justly done & fulfilled in every part and article hereof.

Also it is my last will and mind that if any of my Children be not contented satisfied and pleased with their parts of goods as I have paid and delivered heretofore unto them then I will that they shall bring in all such goods again and then let them deal all together

These being witness Christopher Knotte,  William Wylde, and  Henry Lenney with other more the day and year above written
by me Richard Bankes Vicar of Crich Testator

An Inventory of all the goods and cattle of William Radford of Crich made the 28th day of September in the year of the lord 1575 and in the 17th year of our sovereign lady Elizabeth, appraised by four honest men, that is to wit, George Radford ,  William Gregson,  William Wyld and Francis Phepaunde

In primis 2 kye praised £3
Item one heifer 20s
Item one old mare 6s 8d
Item sows 6 lambs and one little foal 5 nobles
item corn and hay 15s
item  8 little pewter dishes and one saucer 17d
item one old pan and one old pot and little skillet 20d
Item one aumbrey 3s 4d
Item the bedding and his apparel  5s
Item one little iron spit and a pair of pot hooks and one little landiron 8d
Item one axe with other tools thereto belonging  2s
Item  one kit one loom with all other trumpery ware appraised altogether 6d
Item one old harrow 4d
Sum total £7 9s 5d

Will of William Radford 1575

will of William Radford 1575
Reproduced by kind permission of the Lichfield Record Office

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