The History of Brittens Cottages, Loughton, Essex
Compiled by Matthew Geyman


Brittens Cottages
shown before their refurbishment in 1892 as referred to by WC Waller

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Research / Local Records
Pertinent info from Loughton Sessions Rolls & Deeds etc (source - Essex Records Office)
Research carried out
in 2005

Chronological Order:

Midsummer 1565 (Session Rolls 14/42)
Writ to the Sheriff witnessed by Sir William Petre, knight, to take ..... George Dawges and James Mylles, both of Loughton, labourers

Michaelmas 1565 (Session Rolls 16/63)
Writ witnessed by Sir William Petre, knight, at Chelmsford, to the Sheriff, to take.... George Dawges of Loughton, labourer

Epiphany 1566 (Session Rolls 17/31)
Writ to the Sheriff witnessed by Sir William Petre, knight, to have at the sessions at Chelmsford on Thursday after the Feast of Epiphany ..... George Dawges, labourer and James Mille, labourer of Laughton

Michaelmas 1568 (Session Rolls 27/23)
Constables and loyal men of the hundred of Ongar and the half-hundred of Harlow
....John Dawges sworn ....

Epiphany 1578 (Session Rolls 65/46)
Recognizances of persons licensed to keep Alehouses
John Trappes, John Wybard and Robert Dawges of Theydon Garnon, yeoman, for the said Trappes. Taken before John Stonard and Henrey Archer, esquires.

Michaelmas 1583 (Session Rolls 86/14)
Names of Jourors for the body of the county... Hundred of Ongar: Robert Dawges sworn.

Epiphany 1583 (Session Rolls 83/36)
Hundred of Ongar Petty Sessions
Held before Thomas Luther and John Collen, high constables.... Loughton. John Elimente and John Bretton, sworn.

Epiphany 1591 (Session Rolls 119/29)
Chigwell, The names of those that refuse to do their Stature work in the highways ofr this year of our Lord 1591 ....
John Dawges the elder and John Fuller, surveyors (note: presumably testament against to the men listed above them)

Epiphany 1595 (Session Rolls 129/22)
Presentment made to Robert Wrote, esquire, one of the next Justices to the paris[h] of Chigwell, by John Dawges and Henrey Syzer, surveyors for the highways chosen in "Easter Hollydayes" 1594, of all such persons as having had warning have not worked in the highways.

14 July 1602 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/38)
Admission (With translation) of William Britten, upon surrender of his father John Britten... Cottage and two pieces of land, copyhold Manor of Loughton.

19 July 1605 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/6)
Conveyance (Feoffment) for 300
Edmund Hunt of Hawley (co. Kent) to Roger Marshe of Aldenham (co. Herts.), yeoman. Messuage at Buckhurst Hill in Loughton

16 February 1609/10 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/7)
Conveyance (Bargain and Sale) for 395.
Roger Marshe [as in 194/6] to Robert Dawges of Loughton, yeoman and wife Mary Property as in 194/6, then in occupation of John Dawges of Loughton, husbandman; close called Haw Field (5a.) and pasutre called Grove Croft (6a.); all in Loughton

Easter 1610 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/8)
Final Concord.
Robert Dawges and wife Mary v. Roger Marshe and wife Margaret 1 Messuage, 1 barn, 16a. land, 3a. meadow, 9a. pasture, 2a. wood in loughton

6 March 1615 (Calendar of Essex Assize File held at Chelmsford 418/86/63)
Indictment of Thomas Britten of Loughton labourer,11 Sept, there stole "xij peeces of mitton" worth 20shillings, belonging to an unknown man. Pleads not guilty; acquitted. Witnesses: Richard Rogers, Thomas Kinge.

20 April 1615 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/41)
Admission (with translation) of Robert Dauges, upon surrender of John Britten Three closes (6a.), part of Ryddons land, abutting N. upon Lyngs Lane and S. And E. upon Loughton Street, copyhold of Manor of Loughton

20 June 1615 (Sessions Rolls 241/29)
Presentment by William Lucke surveyor of the Highways for Great Ilford, of the names of those who defaulted by carts and as labourers.
Assessed to find carts:- ....Thomas Dawges,6. Labourers by day:- Jeffrey Camms 6; William Dawges 6 ...

18 November 1615 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/42)
Admission of Robert Dawgs upon Surrender of William Bretton
Cottage and toft called Tylekill and land (2acres), abutting North and East Upon Lings Lane, Copyhold of Manor of Loughton

25 May 1619 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/43)
Admission of Thomas Dawgs upon Surrender of his father Robert Dawgs
Redden's tenement and adjoining land (9acres) and 1 arce meadow in Lucton Mead, copyhold of Manor of Loughton

25 May 1619 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/44)
Messuage called Tylekill, parcel of Meadow (1a.) in Lushons Mead, close called Clay Croft With two cottages built thereon, and tenement called Bench House and land called Burtons Field (5a.), all copyhold of Manor of Loughton

19 October 1619 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/26)
Lease (and counterpart) for 40 years; at peppercorn rent.  Mary Dawgs of Loughton, widow to Roger Marshe of Aldenham (co. Herts.), yeoman.
Property as in 194/12 and 194/13

19 October 1619 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/27)
Covenant to discharge William Staine of Norton Mandeville, yeoman (the intended husband of Mary Dawgs) from all legacies bequeathed by Robert Dawgs, the late husband of said Mary Parties as in 194/25,26 Covenant to lease property as in 194/25,26 to William Staine for 40 years if said Mary and William live so long in wedlock

Michaelmas 1623 (Sessions Rolls 242/40)
Presentment by the Grand Jury.  Tho. Bretton of Loughton for being a common drunkard and alwhouse haunter and for not coming to church, but is a nightwalker and lewd in all blaapheming,awearing and frinking out of all good order

9 October 1624 (194/11) Conveyance (Feoffment) for 40 Thomas Stocke of Waltham Holy Cross, tanner to Richard Stocke of Loughton, yeoman
Parcel of meadow (2acres) in the Common Mead in Loughton, abutting W. upon Richard Stocke's land, N. upon Robt.Dawges' land and E. upon land belonging to Manor of Loughton and the river there.

21 May 1628 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/12)
Mary Stane of Loughton, widow to Robert Dawges (her son) Messuage lying by Buckhurst Hill, adjoining meadow (7a.), then divided into two, Perry Field (9a.), also divided into two, Haw Field (5a.) and piece of meadow (2a.) in the Common Mead, all in Loughton

Michaelmas 1628 (Sessions Rolls 263/78)
Recognizance of Andrew Daugs, Thomas Daugs and John Daugs of "Lucton" carpenters; Andrew to appear.

13 October 1632 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/13)
Conveyance (Bargain and Sale enrolled) for 30.  Thomas Dawges of Chingford tanner, to Robert Dawges of loughton, yeoman.
Grove Croft (6acres) in loughton, bequeathed by Will (17 September 1617) of Robert Dawges (father of said thomas and Robert) to son Thomas.

22 July 1636 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/45)
Admission of Robert Dawgs, upon surrender of William Bird.  Two parcels of land (2a.) one in the Common Mead and another in Lushons Mead, copyhold of Manor of Loughton

Midsummer 1637 (Sessions Rolls 297/123)
Geo[rge?] England, Robert Dawges, both of loughton, and Thomas Everd of Walthamstow, yeoman; England to answer for begetting a male child of Margaret Ray singlewoman, which is non chargeable to Loughton and to do what the Court shall enjoin.

16 May 1640 (Sessions Rolls 310/9)
Indictment of William Nash of Waltham Abbey brewer, at loughton, sold and delivered to Alice Herrington of loughton, 18 barrels of beer who sold it without license. Witness: Robert Dawges. Confess. Fined 40s. Paid in Court.

10 September 1642 (Sessions Rolls 318/92)
Recognizance of Robert Dawgs carpenter and John Stocke yeoman, both of Loughton; Dawgs to appear.

19 September 1642 (Sessions Rolls 318/29)
Inquisition At Leyton, before William Conyers and Thomas Coks esqs., on the oaths of Thomas Wickes, William Ongly, John Stondon, all of Lambourne, yeomen, John Maultus, John Bell, Edward Trapps, all of Chigwell yeomen, Henry Serridge of East Ham, Daniel Wall of West Ham, John Sheppard of Great Ilford, Thomas Hunt of Wanstead, John Mynns and John Newman, both of Chingford, yeomen, who say that George Eves yeoman, John Bening jun., labourer, Robert Dawges and Thomas Meade labourer, all of loughton, together with 3 unknown malefactors, 5 Sept., about the hour of 3 in the afternoon, at Loughton, broke into Waltham Forest, and "did shoote off a handgunn charged with a bullett" at a doe

Midsummer 1644 (Sessions Rolls 321/41)
Presentments by Surveyors of Loughton, for this year 1644. Captain Robert Daugs (gent.) defaulter with his car and team, Mr. Geoffrey Lee (gent.) defaulter with his darught, Henry Osborne defaulter with his draught, Richard Shelly defaulter with his draught, John Warren and William Brown, for that they both hold a ploughland in pasture, defaulters with their carts, all for 6 days work

Easter 1646 (Sessions Rolls 328/24)
Indictment of William Nashe of Waltham Abbey beerbrewer, within 11 months before 7 april, being a common beerbrewer, sold and delivered to Richard smyth of Loughton keeper of an unlicensed alehouse, 3 barrels of beer. witness: Robert Dawges.

Midsummer / July 1647 (Sessions Rolls 333/12)
Presentment by highway surveyors of Loughton. Labourers that refuse to do their highway work this year 1647 "from Goldings Hill to Trapce hill" for one half of the Parish:- ...George England, .. Robert Dawgs carpenter, ..William Britten...  The cart cannot be returned because there is no gravel "digged".

Midsummer 1651 (Sessions Rolls 349/57)
Indictment of Francis Gramer of Chingford yeoman, 12 March 1650, erected a cottage for habitation at Loughton without assigning 4 acres of land thereto, and continued it until the date hereof, viz., 15 July. Witness: Robert Dawges.

16 November 1652 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/46)
Admission of Robert Dawgs of Loughton, gentleman, upon surrender of William Dawgs.  property as in 194/44, excepting Bench House and Burtons Field

19 October 1653 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/47)
Surrender of Thomas Dawges of Chigwell, tanner, to use of himself and w. Eliza. for their lives, then to use of his s. Bobt. and his heirs for ever Messuage at upper end of lings Lane and adjoining close (Part of Reddens lands), copyhold of Manor of Loughton Upon condition that said Robert should pay out specified legacies to brothers Thomas and Edward and sisters Eliza., Martha and Sarah

23 October 1654 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/48)
Admission of Thomas Dawges, wife Elizabeth and son Robert. Property as in 194/47

23 October 1654 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/50)
Admission of Joseph Dawges, upon surrender of Thomas, Elizabeth and Robert as in 194/48.
Messuage and three closes called Reddens, copyhold of Manor of Loughton

Easter 1659 (Sessions Rolls 379/33)
Presentments of hundreds of Ongar, Harlow and Waltham.... .. Thomas Dawges for selling of beer without license, dwelling in Chigwell

8 October / Michaelmas 1667 (Sessions Rolls 404/102)
Calendar of Prisoners in House of Correction at Barking. Eliz. Pitts was committed by Justice Mildmay as in idle disorderly person and one that Pilfers and steals from her master and dame their goods and then rangeth away, "rogeing' about the country, she being a "prentice" bound out by the parish to Robert Dauges, committed 25 September and discharged 5 October by Mr. Mildmay's order.

23 March 1668/9 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/30)
Admission of Joseph Lingwood by Richard Shelly, his guardian, upon surrender of John Bruce, potter Edwards Fields (5a.) and land (2a.) in the common mead, copyhold of Manor of Loughton alias luction

23 March 1668/9 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/51)
Admission of Robert Dawges, Jun., upon surrender of Nicholas Collard Parcel of Land in Alderton Mead (3a.) and anoterh parcel in Lushers Mead (1a.) Copyhold of Manor of Loughton

23 August 1671 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/18)
Conveyance (Feoffment) for 35. Bond to perform covenants. Richard Stock (Yeoman) to Robert Dawgs, senior, gentlemen both of Loughton
Waterforough Mead (3a.) in the Common Mead alias Alderton Mead in Loughton abutting N. and E. upon Robert Dawg's lands, and s. and W. upon lands belonging to Buckhurst Hill Farm

28 September 1677 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/19 &21)
Conveyance (Feoffment) for 50; Bond to perform covenants; receipt for purchase money
Joseph Lingwood (of Loughton, potter) to Robert Dawgs senior. Property as in 194/11

29 April 1678 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/52)
Copy Surrender of Joseph Lingwood to use of Robert Dawgs junior.
Piece of land (2acres) in Alderton Mead, late belonging to Richard Stock, copyhold of Manor of Loughton

25 January 1682/3 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/53)
Admission of Robert Dawgs, upon death of his father Robert Dawgs.
Messuage called Algars and land (18a.) Hardings land (18a), Five Acres Crof (5a.). Cottage and garden, then in occupation of William Lambert, Clarkes alias Hills Mead (12a.), Meadow called Bewers Acre (1a.), a1. meadow in lushers Mead and 1a. Meadow in Alderton Mead, all copyhold of Manor of Loughton

25 January 1682/3 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/32)
Admission of Elizabeth Dawges for life, under will of her late husband
Land called Baalands (3acres), copyhold of manor of Loughton

6 March 1682 (Calendar of Essex Assize File held of Chelmsford)
Indictment of roger Adams of Loughton labourer, 27 November 33 Charles II, there stole a dun horse worth 10, belonging to Robert Dawgs. Acquitted. Witnesses: Jon Alloway, John Stace, John Wandell, Robert Daugs.

12 December 1682 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/31)
Admission of Elizabeth Dawges, Widow Robert Dawges (deceased), upon surrender of Joseph Lingwood
Edwards Field (5acres), copyhold of manor of Loughton alias Lucton

17 May / Midsummer 1692 (Sessions Roll 473/17)
Recognizance of Robert Dawges of Loughton esq.; to answer for refusing to excecute the office of constable of "the parish of Loughton" for the year amusing being legally presented "at a COurts Losts for the said Manner".

12 April 1698 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/34)
Admission of John Eyre, Martha Eyre and Sarah Whayley (formerly Sarah Eyre wife of Peter W)
under will of Robert Dawges and upon death of his widow Elizabeth Reeve. - as 194/32 [Baalands]

13 December 1698 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/54)
Admission of John Eyres, upon death of his uncle Robert Dawgs
Messuage called Algars, land called Hardings (9a.), Home Thistle Field (14a), Long Field alias Long Croft (40.), New Mead (6a.), Grove Croft (7a.) Clerkes Field (5a), Clerkes Mead (10a.), land in the Common Mead (11a.), land in lushers Mead (5a.), little Grove Croft (5a.), Farther Thistley Field (12a.), messuage called  Brittens and land (7a.) and messuage called Slyders and land (3a.), all copyhold of Manor of Loughton
Also copy admission of John Eyres, upon surrender of John Bale, gent. Messuage called Pottkilne, copyhold of Manor of Loughton 

25 April 1715 (Miscellaneous docs deposited by the British Records Assoc)
Manor of Loughton alias Lucton. Grant to Henry Dawges after the death of his mother Sarah Dawges, Widow, of reversionary interest in Lease of lands at annual rent of 6d. A tenement, garden, orchard & hopland on kings Hill, in occ. of Hugh Bushfull & John Kirckham [no detaills].

27 April 1717 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/22)
Abstract of title, 1568-1717, of Samuel Remington to messuage called Buckhurst near Buckhurst Hill and lands (48a.) in Loughton Recites 194/1-21 and twelve further deeds; deed of 1717 also refers to mesuage called  Brittens, copyhold Manor of Loughton

29 April 1717 (Deeds of Loughton and North Weald Bassett 194/55)
Abstract of title, 1602-1698, of John Eyre to property copyhold of Manor of loughton; recites 194/28-54 Endorsed: sold and Surrendered by Mr. Eyre to Mr. Saml Remington, 29 April 1717 [194/38-55 formed one bundle]