Great And Little Ayton Division

Great/Little Ayton boundary settlement, 1782
(ZLT Proctor papers)

Whereas before the Division of Great Ayton [all the] lands in that Parish were exempt from Hay Tithe, but upon that Division in or about the year One thousand six hundred and fifty eight the then inclosed lands within the Township of Great Ayton were made subject to the payment of Hay Tithe, the Lands lying within the Township of Little Ayton remained as before that Division

Whereas upon that Division a great part of the Lands in Great Ayton which were then allotted to the [several owners of the same were] adjoining upon other Lands of theirs lying within Little Ayton, by that means and by subsequent Inclosure [it became] a difficult Matter precisely to ascertain what part of said Lands belong to Great Ayton and what part therof to Little Ayton and to draw a line to distinguish the true Boundary between the said Townships which has occasioned various disputes in regard to which and what part or parts of said Lands as lying within Little Ayton and are exempt from Hay Tithe and what part or parts therof as lying within Great Ayton are liable to such Tithe.

Therefore in order to draw a line and to fix and ascertain the true Boundary between the said Townships of Great and Little Ayton several of the most antient freeholders and Occupiers of Lands within the said Townships ([have] with the Consent and Approbation of William Marwood Esquire owner of the Tithes of the said Parish) along with John Weatherell the present Farmer of the said Tithes under the said William Marwood taken a particular view and survey of the said Lands and grounds and from the best information and evidence that can now be produced [unanimously] agree in describing and ascertaining the true Boundary between the said Townships to be as herein after mentioned

(that is to say) That as to the Western Boundary between the said Townships that the Lands lying South of the North side Wall or front of Mr Richard Hill’s Dwellinghouse nearly in a direct Line East so far as said Hill’s Lands extend East, all South of that Line belongs [to] Little Ayton [and] from the said Wall or Front of said Dwellinghouse to the West end of a Close called the Carr do belong to and lie within the Township of Little Ayton and that the Lands lying North of the said Dwellinghouse and the Closes called Morley Closes do belong to and lie within the Township of Great Ayton.

That as to the Eastern Boundary between the said Townships That by nearly a direct Line to be drawn from the North West Corner of an Old Inclosure belonging to Little Ayton called Wath Close Westwards to an antient Stone distinguishing the High Roads between the said Townships in a Lane called Goat Lane is the proper Boundary and that the Lands lying South of such Line do belong to and are within the Township of Little Ayton.

That from the said last mentioned Stone so far as the late John Richardson’s Lands purchased of the late Augustine Skottowe extend Westwards the Lands lying South of a Line to be drawn from the said Stone to another Stone lately set up as a Bounder Stone marked on its South side Little Ayton Ground South and on the North side Great Ayton Ground North and three other Stones marked in the same manner and set in the same Line or direction do fully distinguish the Lands belonging to each Township.

That as to the said several Closes lying between the two Parts above described and which have been Chiefly in the Hands of the Owners it did not clearly appear whether [all] or any and what part or parts of such Closes was or were [within] the Township of Great Ayton or what part or parts thereof within the said Township of Little Ayton but it is apprehended that if the plans or Maps made use of upon the said Division could be produced the same might thereby be made appear.

Witness our Hands this Twenty … day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Eighty two.

Witnesses to the persons Wm Richardson aged between …
signing on the other side Mr Masterman, aged 74 Years
Wm Richardson Junr his
Chris Richardson Fr X Dixon Aged 79 Years
Richd Williamson mark
Henry Richardson
Thos Pennitt
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