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ther; I having by me an old Register, belonging to
the Place here undermentioned.
SIR Philip de Somervile held the Manors of Whichemovre, Scirescot, Ridware, Netherton, and Cowlee, all in Com. Stafford, of the Earls of Lancaster, by this memorable Service. The said Sir Philip shall find, maintain, and sustain, one Bacon-Flitch, hanging in his Hall at Whichenovre, ready arrayed all times of the Year, but in Lent, to be given to every. Man or Woman married, after the Day and the Year of their Marriage be past, in
. Form following.
WHENSOEVER that any one such before-named will come to enquire for the Bacon, in their own Perfon, they shall come to the Bailiff, or to the Porter of the Lordship of Whichenovre, and shall say to them in the manner as ensueth ; “BAY LIFF, or Porter, I doo you to know, that * I am come for my self, to demand one Bacon Flyke " hanging in the Hall of the Lord of Whichenavre, after “ the Form thereunto belonging. A FTER which Relation, the Bailiff or Porter shall assign a Day to him, upon Promise by his Faith to return, and with him to bring Twain of his Neighbours. And in the mean time the said Bailiff shall take with him Twain of the Freeholders of the Lordship of Whichenovre, and they three shall go to the Manor of Rudlow, belonging to Robert Knightleye, and there shall fummon the aforesaid Knightleye, or his Bailiff, commanding him to be ready at Whichenovre the Day appointed, at Prime of Day, with his Carriage, that is to say, a Horse and a Saddle, a Sack and a Prike, for to convey the said Bacon and Corn a Journey out of the County of Stafford, at his Costages. And then the said Bailiff shall, with the said Freeholders, sumnon all the Tenants of the said Manor, to be ready at the Day appointed, at Whichenowre, for to do and perform the Services which they owe to the Bacon. And at the Day assigned, all such as owe Services to the Bacon, shall be ready at the Gate of the Manor of Whichencvre, from the Sun-rifing to Noon, attending and awaiting for the coming of him who fetcheth the Bacon. And when he is come, there shall be delivered to him and his Fellows, Chapelets; and to all those which shall be there, to do their Services due to the Bacon. And they shall lead the said Demandant with Trumps and Tabours, and other manner of Minstrels, to the Hall-Door, where he shall find the Lord of Whichenovre, or his Steward, ready to deliver the Bacon in this manner. HE shall enquire of him, which demandeth the Bacon, if he have brought twain of his Neighbours with him: Which must answer, They be here ready. And