Clopton Charters ER 3/281 19 May 1582
Release by John Skeffington, or Skevington, of Fyssherwicke, co. Stafford, esq., to George Carewe, junior, of the parish of St. Giles in the Fields, co. Middx., esq. and Joyce his wife, of the manors of Ryen Clifford and Bridgtowne, with four messuages, gardens and orchards, 2000 acres of land, 200 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 1000 acres of heath and furze, free fishing in the Avon, and 8d of rent; of which premises, in the 'utas' [octave] of St. Michael, 2 Elizabeth  William Clopton and the said John Skeffington levied a fine to William Kempson and William Bott, who thereupon granted the same to the said John Skeffington for 80 years at a yearly rent of £60 and the reversion, together with the said rent, to the said William Clopton, which lease for 80 years the said John Skeffington, on 12 September 5 Elizabeth , assigned for £600 to Lodowick Grevill of Mylcote, by indenture now lost.
Dated 19 May 24 Elizabeth.
Witnesses: Edmund Wingfeilde, T... Harvy, and Walter Wood, servant, to Emanuell Maunsell, Scrivener.