of MR GEORGE KENT DATED 16TH JUNE 1896
George Kent of Bow Brickhill in the County of Buckinghamshire
Laborer do solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:
I believe I am now about 65 years of age and that I was born at
Bow Brickhill aforesaid where I have lived all my life.
I am the absolute owner of a freehold Dwelling House garden and
orchard situate near the Green and Parish Pound in Bow Brickhill
containing rather less than half an acre.
The greater part of it formerly belonged to my grandfather William
Kent of Bow Brickhill a Tailor who died at Bow Brickhill upwards of
Sixty years ago.
I believe he left a will by which he left all his property to his
wife Charlotte Kent for her life and then to all his children
He left seven children namely John Kent his eldest son who
was my father (and he married my late mother Mary Nicholls), Joseph
Kent, Robert Kent, Ann Kent (who married William Parrott), Mary
Kent and Charlotte Kent.
When my grandfather William Kent died the property consisted of
three Cottages with the gardens and Orchard and his widow my grandmother
Charlotte Kent took possession of it.
A few years after my grandfatherís death my grandmother and her
seven children above named sold part of the garden with a right of way
to it to Hugh Jackson Esq of Wisbeach in Cambridgeshire
the father of the late Revd Joseph Marshall Jackson the Rector of
Bow Brickhill on which he built the Stables (burnt down in the 1930s)
and Cowhouse now belonging to Miss Julia Jackson.
My grandmother kept the remainder of the property till her death
which took place upwards of 40 years ago.
My grandmother lived in one Cottage with
her son Joseph Kent.
She let one Cottage to a man named Whitney and my father John
Kent lived in the other.
He died in April about 36 years ago without a will and my mother
died in August in the same year.
I was then living in one of the Cottages and I remember the date
of my father and motherís death as the late Colonel Delap had
My brother John had lived with my father but left for
London the year our father and mother died.
I was my fatherís eldest son and heir and I then took
possession of the whole property (except a Cottage and garden where my
uncle Joseph Kent lived).
He died in it about twenty years ago and his daughter Isabella
to whom he left it by will kept possession of it.
She sold it to William Hartwell about eighteen years ago
and went to America.
With respect to my fatherís other brothers and sisters Abraham
died about forty years ago in London leaving some children Robert
died about twenty years ago leaving some children Ann married
William Parrott and died upwards of thirty years ago leaving
Mary and Charlotte died upwards of forty years ago
None of my grandfatherís children except Joseph Kent have
ever made any claim to any part of the property.
They all met and they said that so long as my uncle Joseph and
my father were satisfied to keep the property none of them wanted it.
The Cottage in which I lived was burnt down about seventeen years
Hartwell who had bought of Isabella Kent her father Josephís
Cottage pulled it down and about seventeen years ago I gave him six
pounds for the site of the old Cottage and he kept part of the garden on
which he built a new Cottage where he now lives.
About seventeen years ago after I had settled with William Hartwell I
built the House in which I lately lived and which with the garden and
orchard I have sold to Miss Julian Jackson (now Cheverals, 4
Woburn Sands Road).
My new house stands on a piece of land my father enclosed from
the waste when I was about six years old.
I saw him do it (now
Hopi Lodge, 2 Woburn Sands Road)
I have held the whole of the property which I have sold to Miss
Julia Jackson for upwards of thirty six years and the small piece of
garden I bought of William Hartwell I have held for upwards of
I have held the whole as my own absolute freehold property during
those periods without paying rent to any one or acknowledging any other
person to have any right to it.
And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the
same to be true and by virtue of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835.
at Leighton Bussard
in the County of Bedford this
16th day of June 1896 the same
having been previously read
over to the said George Kent
who properly understood the
Commissioner to administer oaths
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