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Westbourne Cottage


Extract of letter dated 1967

The Lease mentioned above is dated 6th July 1859 and is made between Robert Stayner Holford and Charles Hawker. By that lease Mr. Holford demised to Mr. Hawker the land shown coloured green and brown on the said plan together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements and appurtenances belonging thereto for the term of 1000 years from 6th January 1859. The lease contains a proviso enabling the lessee to determine the term in respect of the land coloured brown, in which event this option was not exercised as the land in question was incorporated in subsequent assignments and the full rent of £11. 15s. 0d under the lease remained payable.

Under the title emanates include the “piece or parcel of Dover and Mud Land extending to low water mark situate in the Parish of Wootton aforesaid and containing the several admeasurements and bounded in manner specified in and by that part of the said plan … which is coloured brown”.

We are not of course able to investigate the Lessor’s title but it is clear that Mr Holford (who owned the Manor of Wootton) could not have included the foreshore down to low water mark in the Lease of the 6th July 1859 had he not been entitled thereto.

In these circumstances we would observe that the suggestion that the Mud Land between high water mark and low water mark in that section of the river belong to the Crown is open to serious doubt.

Source: Roach, Pittis & Co.

This page was last edited on: 26th January, 2022 17:50:51

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