In the name of God Amen
I Jacob Arlidge of Kenilworth
in the County of Warwick Carpenter being weak in body but of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding (praise be therefore given to almighty God for the same) yet calling to mind the uncertainty of human life do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament and as touching such temporal estate where with it have pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as followeth (that is to say)
First I give devise and bequeath a fifth part of twelves messuages or tenements adjoining to each other with their appurtenances scituate and being on the East side of Union Court in the parish of Saint Andrew Holborn In the County of Middlesex which said premises were given to me in and by the last will and testament of my uncle Abraham Arlidge deceased, unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Arlidge for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her deceased then I give and devise the said fifth part of the said 12 messuages or tenements and premises with their appurtenances unto my well respected friend and acquaintance Robert Draper of Kenilworth aforesaid tanner his hairs and assigns upon trust and confidence nevertheless that he my said trustee and his heirs do and should at his own heir's and discretion either pay over unto all permit and suffer my daughter Sarah Greathead the now wife of Thomas Greathead of the parish of Saint George Bloomsbury in the said County of Middlesex vintner to have receive and take from time to time the rent and the rents issues and profits there of full taxes repairs and charges relating thereto being first deducted for her sole separate and peculiar use and disposal exclusive of her present husband the said Thomas Greathead or any other husband that she may hereafter intermarry with and so as the same may not be subject or liable to the debts control engagements or encumbrances of any such husband or husbands and her receipt alone without any such husband or husbands to be good and sufficient discharges from time to time to every of the several tenants that shall occupy the said twelve messuages or any part there of full paying her the said fifth part of the rents issues and profits of the said premises and from and immediately after the decease of my said daughter Sarah Greathead it gives devises limit and the points the said fifth part of the said twelve messuages and premises and every part there of unto my grandchildren William Elizabeth Jacob Jonas Sarah and Beata children of William and Elizabeth
Turvill their heirs and assigns forever equally to be divided between them share and share alike to take as tenants In common and not as joint tenants
I also give devise and bequeath all that message or tenement garden and premises wherein I now dwell in Kenilworth aforesaid and the three half acres in the three common fields to the said message belonging and also those three acres of land lying in the three common fields of Kenilworth aforesaid which I purchased of Richard Haycock and the piece of ground I bought of Edward Parker unto my said wife Elizabeth Arledge for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife then I give and devise the same premises and every part there of unto my said trustee that said Robert Draper and his as upon trust and confidence nevertheless that he may my said trustee and his heirs do and shao at his own choice and direction either pay over unto or permit and suffer my said daughter Sarah Greathead to have receive and take from time to time the rent and clear rents issues and profits there of old taxes repairs and charges relating thereto being first deducted for her soul separate and peculiar use and disposal exclusive of her present husband the said Thomas Greathead or any other husband that she may hereafter intermarry with and so as the same may not be subject or liable to the debts control engagements or encumbrances of any such husband or husbands and her receipt alone without discharges from time to time to any tenant or tenants that shall occupy the said last mentioned premises or any part thereof full paying her the rents issues and profits of the said premises and from and immediately after the decease of my said daughter Sarah Greathead I give device limit and appoint the said premises and every part there of unto my said grandchildren William Elizabeth Sarah Jacob Jonas Sarah and Beata children of William and Elizabeth Turvill there as Anderson's forever equally between and amongst them share and share alike to take as tenants in common and not as joint tenants
I also give device and bequeath all that messuage full tenement and backside thereunto belonging situate and being in a place called Pepper Alley in Kenilworth aforesaid noun in the occupation of my son in law William Turvill unto him the said William Turvill and Elizabeth his wife my daughter their heirs and assigns forever
I also give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Arlidge of Kenilworth the sum of 1 Guinea to be paid him by my executrix hereinafter named when he arrives to the age of 21 years
And all the rest and residue of my money goods chattels and personal a state of what kind quantity or quality soever after the payment of all my just debts funeral expenses and the legacy by me here in before given give and bequeath to my said wife whom I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made
In witness of I have to this my last will and testament written on two sheets of paper at the bottom of the first sheet I have set my hand and to this have put my hand and seal the nineteenth day of October in the twenty fifth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty one - Jacob Arlidge his mark
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the testator Jacob Arlidge to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed names as witnesses Elizabeth Lord, Joshua Harborne, Jno Sprason.
This Will was proved at London before the Right honorable Sire George See Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty two by the Oath of Elizabeth Arlidge Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix in the same will named to whom was granted administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn by Commission duly to administer.
"Union Court, situated over against St. Andrew's Church, was originally called Scroop's Court. It derived this name from the noble family of Scrope of Bolton, who had a town house here, which was afterwards let to the serjeants-at-law. It ceased, it is said, to be a serjeants' inn about the year 1498." Taylor in the beginning of his "Travels from London to the Isle of Wight."
Union Court was on the north side of Holborn Hill, "where a narrow passage crawled between beetling tenements"