This indenture made between John Spenser, mayor of the town of Congulton, with all the common counsel of burgesses of the same town of the one part, and John Barker, barker, of Congulton of the other part. Witnesseth that the aforesaid John Spenser with the common counsel of burgesses has given, granted, and to farm demised to the said John Barker, barker, half an acre of land lying near Horslyppe in the territory of Congulton. To have and to hold the said half acre with appurtenances to the said John, his heirs, and assigns of the chief lords of the fee by the service thence due and of right accustomed forever. Paying thence annually to the said John Spenser then mayor and to his successors annually elected at the two annual terms of the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist [24 June] and St. Martin in the Winter [11 November] 2s by equal portions. In case of default for 15 days it shall be lawful for the said mayor and his successors to distrain, and the distresses so taken to retain until the said rent of 2s be fully paid. And the said John Spenser mayor of the said town and his successors with the common counsel of burgesses of the said town will warrant and forever defend the said half acre of land with appurtenances to the said John, his heirs, and assigns against all men.
Witnesses:- John Spenser then mayor of the said town, Randall Moreton then bailiff of the said town, Hugh Grene mercer, Hugh Grene draper, and others. Dated the Friday next after the feast of St Alphage, 37 Henry V1 [20 April 1459].