|Content Description||First Party: Thomas Levis of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, and Samuel Smalley, clerk of Blore, Staffordshire.|
Second Party: William Smalley, stockingframe worker of Beeston, and Richard Strey, gentleman of Beeston.
Lease and release from (1) to (2) of a cottage in Beeston with appurtenances in the possession of Thomas Austen [also Austin], one beastgate in the possession of John Barker, and Peirson's Farm with all appurtenances (excepting one house, 1 croft, 2 beastgates and 1 oxgang of land), all of which premises Thomas Levis lately purchased from Thomas and Mary Sharpe and from Richard Levis in moieties.
Premises to be held by (2) upon trust, whilst allowing Thomas Levis to receive all rents and profits until any part of the property is sold by (1), the proceeds of any sale to be used to discharge the debts of Thomas Levis (not exceeding £250); any remaining property after the sale to be held by (2) for the use of Thomas Levis and Mary his wife for the rest of their lives, and after their deaths to the use of their heirs; if Thomas Levis dies before the sale, then (2) are empowered to sell part of the estate to discharge the debts of Thomas Levis.
Signature: Thomas Levis, Samuel Smalley, William Smalley, Richard Strey.
Witnesses: Joseph Hayne, William [Barkwill].
Documents are dated 1 and 2 April, 10 William III 1698.
Note that the release [Bn 57] is a photocopy of the original deed; original deed returned to owner.