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Originally I hadn't seen this one in any research, but did hear mention of a "Leather Bottle" in Shepherdswell by Jenny Bushell, landlady of the "Bell" in Shepherdswell from an article that appeared in the Dover Express in 1999.
Some time later I luckily found a snippet from a 1919 local paper.
Unfortunately, the new licence granted in 1919 was short lived as the pub closed at the end of the year due to redundancy.
The premises was then owned my a man named Frank Belsey. He died on the 16th April 1922, and his will has recently been seen for sale on Ebay. Details given are as follows:-
This will was extracted by The Solicitors Emmerson and Co of Potter Street Sandwich.
The outer cover, folded in the fashion of a legal document says “PROBATE OF THE WILL AND 2 CODICILS OF FRANKLIN BELSEY DECEASED DATED 9TH JUNE 1922.
This document measures 13 inches by 8 inches and has 12 pages or six leaves
THE WILL (This is just a short précis)
This is in clerk’s copy hand- hand written in black ink over 6 full pages- including the two codicils.
Franklin Belsey of Updown Farm in the Parish of Ham in the County of Kent Farmer hereby revoke all Wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last will. I appoint my friends Thomas Medgett of the Parish of Eastry …Kent, retired farmer and Charles Davison of the parish of Whitfield in the same county… to be Executors and trustees:
To my daughter Catherine Belsey £100
To my daughter Grace Catherine Richards £100
To Thomas MEDGETT £50
To Charles Davison £25
To my wife Christian Belsey all house hold goods, furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, books, pictures, prints and other chattels…
My freehold dwelling house with stables, outbuildings, land 3 acres 1 rood and 24 perches in Shepherdswell- in the occupation of F Prebble- and also two cottages in Shepherdswell now occupied by Mr Pierce- to the use of my wife, and after her death to my daughter Catherine Belsey.
All the residue of my rural estate shall be converted into money by the trustees- to pay funeral, debts, expenses, the legates. And this to be put in a trust and the interest paid to my wife, and on her death to my four children: Catherine Belsey, Jabez Belsey, Christian Richards and William Smith Belsey. And a fifth part to be paid to my son Richard Belsey- if he shall be living- but if dead- other conditions apply.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND THIS SEVENTEENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1918.
I give to my son William Smith Belsey the option of purchasing the freehold of the premises formerly used as a beer house and known as the leather bottle in Shepherdswell which I bought last month from Flint and Company for £550. He has 3 months to decide and if he neglects so to do and the property becomes part of the former will.
Witnessed by George W Grigg Printer of Dover
R W Wilson of 123 Alderney Street, Warwick Square London, pianoforte manufacturer.
I REVOKE THE BEQUEST MADE IN MY WILL IN FAVOUR OF MY WIFE and bequeath the same (household goods and chattels) to my trustees who shall give her use of the same during her life and then on trust to Catherine Belsey. I bequeath to my grand daughters Elizabeth Kitty Richards £50
Now witnessed by R E Norris a retired farmer of Sheperdswell
Thomas Medgett a retired farmer of Eastry
In his Majesty’s High Court of Justice Franklin Belsey of Moonshill Shepherdswell in Kent- formerly of Updown Farm Ham died 16th April 1922 at Moonshill and the estate is given as £12608 in an IR affidavit and £624 9/- are taken in duty.
Seal of the High Court, probate division at bottom left, signed off by the registrar Mr Quiteville.
Mr Belsey lives at Moonshill Sheperdswell but was a farmer at Ham
He has two cottages, a farm, now tenanted (as is a cottage), a dwelling house and a disused pub at Shepherdswll called the leather Bottle. Which he buys circa 1917.
His son Richard Belsey has a provisional bequest different from the other 4 with the words “If he is living”. This cannot be because he is in the Great War because no codicil is written after 1918. Is he missing? Is he a prisoner of war not known to be missing or dead? Is he estranged from the family?
The effect of the codicil taking the chattels from his with Christian and giving them to the trustees is negligible if she wished to remain living with them but it effectively prevents her from disposing of them in her life time for her own needs. Perhaps she did not care to write her own will and preferred this simple arrangement.
He has a grand child only by one daughter and they have the surname Richards. Catherine Belsey, being unmarried gets preferential treatment.
Jabez Belsey (a son) gets no special provision or option on property.
Interesting witnesses, local farmers of Shepherdswell, a Dover printer and a London Piano maker.
STONE family 1860s+
COLTHUP J 1901+
STONE Harvey 1909-19
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Dover Express
If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-