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In 1767, James Hoyle of Great Harwood left Tottleworth Lee farm to his family in his will. It read something like the section below.

I Give and devise unto John Hoyle my son his Heirs and Assigns all my Messuage and Tenement with the Appurtenances thereto belonging Situate and lying and being in the Township of Rishton within said County Commonly called Tottleworth Lee, with a Cubbard in the House, a Table in the dining Room, with an Ark in the Barn together with all Subject to the payment of six pounds yearly and every year during the Continuance of the said Lease by which the said Tottleworth Lee is held by in manner and form as follows, that is to say six pounds yearly and every year to be paid to my three Daughters Rebecca Hoyle Forty Shillings a year Mary Wife of Oliver Houlden Forty Shillings a year and Jennet Wife of Lawrance Clark Widow forty Shillings a year by even and equal Portion first upon the Twenty Second day of November and the Twenty Fifth day of March to them and their Heirs and Assigns except Jennet after her death her share to be divided equally among her Daughters so long as the said Lease continue, and it is my Will and mind that if John Hoyle my son die without Lawfull Issue and if there is any Estate or Interest in the said Tottleworth Lee by virtue of the Lease now in being I give and devise the same to James Hoyle my son his Heirs and Assigns subject to the Payment of Twelve pounds yearly and every year to be paid to my said Daughters in manner and form as before written.

Nevertheless if it happens that any one of the said Legacy happen to commence any suit at law against one another and is not content with what is above written I only give them two shilling and sixpence in full bar and Satisfaction Whatsoever.


Will of James Hoyle of Great Harwood 1767, Lancashire Record Office, WCW/1767/Hoyle, James.