(56) George Henshawe had married Dorothy Villers, daughter of a gentry family, and Robert's arrangements of his copyhold lands in the early seventeenth century were concerned partly with appropriate provision for her: a cottage and garden in Fishpool Head, a messuage
and virgate, three cottages in Churchgate, and a messuage
or tenement in Baxtergate with the appurtenant bovate of land.
The jointure deed of February 11, 1568, was to be enforced "without the lawful lett impediment or deniall of the said Robarte Laystone his heires or assignes," meaning that Alice was to "have houlde and enioye All that messuage
called the crosse keyes ...
the Bishop of Worcester has nine messuages
...the Abbot of Coventry 36, and four are waste on account of the site of the castle."
This included "two messuages
(a home, its outbuildings and connected land) or dwelling houses built by William Mead.
In 1781, the 1st Marquess purchased the lease of the adjoining house and 'laid the said two Messuages
The singular "meassuage" is strange, since the will refers above to "meassuages," and these were undoubtedly the several messuages
included in the HR transactions examined later in this essay.