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Indenture 1

Indenture 2

Indenture 3

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THE INDENTURE DOCUMENTS DATED 19th AND 20th OCTOBER 1711

BETWEEN RICHARD BRAY OF LONDON (distiller)

and

JOHN ROWLEY of STANSTEAD ABBOTTS (malter)


  An INDENTURE is a legally binding contract between two parties in relation to business or real estate or even a contract of employment.

  The name comes from the medieval English "indenture of retainer"—a legal contract that was written in duplicate on the same sheet, the copies were then separated leaving a rough edge (uneven and indentured line, thus the name). The two parts could be fitted together to show that they were originally the same document.

 These copies dating from the early 18th century were sent to us by Sarah Walker who's father was a solicitor and had them in his possession. The vellum originals are in the safe-keeping of the Hertfordshire Association of Local Societies.


Brian Johnson (May 2022)