The Inventory of Thomas Innevor 1675 of Nayland



An inventory can be a valuable source of information on the material condition of the life of our ancestors. An inventory had three objectives, firstly to work out the value of an estate, secondly to decide the court fee to be paid for granting probate, and thirdly to protect against fraud those who would benefit from gifts given under a will.

Between the 1530's and the 1850's it became the custom of the church courts who had the jurisdiction to prove wills and letters of administration to ask the executors to appoint a few local men normally friends or neighbours of the deceased, their task was to make 'a true and perfect' inventory of the 'goods, chattels, rights and credits' of the deceased to file with the probate court.


A true & perfect inventory of all and singular the goods & chattels of Thomas Innever late of Nayland in the County of Suffolk yeoman (deceased) apprised by John Cole & John Gray of Nayland in the county aforesd the ninth day of December Anno Domini: 1675:

:In the Hall: s. d.
Impes: one long table, 1 forme, 1 joyned stoole, 1 press cubbard,6 chaires, three cushons, 1 little table, one old chest,
1 jack, 2 spitts, 1 latten dripping pan, 1 basting saddle, one payer of tongs, 1 trammel, a payer of bellowes
and other small implements 2 5 0
:In the Parlor:
It: one posted bedstedle, one feather bed & feather bolster, 2 pillowes, a payer of blanketts, a rug &
a payer of curtaines & valence with malt line & curtaine rods 3 3 6
It: the household linnen 2 0 0
It: one trundle bedsteadle & a flocke bed & bolster & a payer of old blankets 15 6
It: one long table & forme and 4 stooles, one chest, 6 huches, 1 box, one deske, one boarded chaire
1 wicker chaire, 1 glass keepe, 1 payer of cobirons, a payer of tongs, a trammell, 1 warming pan &
other small implements 2 3 6
:In the Corn Chamber:
It: one load of oates, 4 busshell of peas and other small implements 3 0 0
:In the Cheese Chamber:
It: seaventie cheeses 7 0 0
It: one bussell & a halfe of wheate 6 0
:In the Servants lodging Chamber:
It: two halfe headed bedstedles, 2 flocke beds, 2 bolsters, 2 payers of blanketts, 2 coverlitts, one table 2 4 6
:In the Kitchen:
It 4 brasse kettles, 2 brasse pots, and 1 iron pot, 3 brasse skilletts, 9 pewter dishes, 6 porringers,
three pewter candle stickes, 2 iron driping pans and some trenchers & dishes with other small implements 2 6 6
:In the Backe House:
It: One litill copper, 3 tubs, 3 kellers, 1 gutter troofe, 1 hogshead, 1 barrell, 2 small vessels, 1 beere stall,
1 kneading troofe, 3 fines and other small implements 1 6 6
:In the Diary:
It: one cheese press & one churne, 6 cheese moates and one cheese bread, 1 cheese tub,
seaven milk vessells & one standing keller, 1 salt box & dressere, one pot of butter &
other small implements 1 14 6
:In the home Barne:
It: ten seame of Rie 12 0 0
It: one load of wheate 8 0 0
It: two load of Barly 9 0 0
It: the Hay 5 0 0
:In the further Barne:
It: the Rie valued 15 seame 18 0 0
It: ten seame of wheate 16 0 0
It: twentie seame of oates 10 0 0
It: 27 bussells of Rie on the floore 4 4 0
It: the Hay 10 0 0
:In the feilds:
It: a 11 milch cowes & 3 calves, two yeare old bullockes 33 0 0
It: ffiftie acres of Rie in ye grasse 75 0 0
It: thirtie & two sheepe and lambes 8 0 0
It: seaven horses & a colt with their harness 20 0 0
It: seaven hogs shoates 6 0 0
:In the Cart Lodge:
It: one Cart, one tumbrell and a tumbrell coope & a cart bucke, one plow, 2 payer of harrows 8 0 0
It: wood & brum 4 0 0
It: his wearing Apparrell and money in his purse 3 0 0
It: In debts good & bad 10 0 0
Totall sum is: 287 9 6

This was signed by John Coale & John Gray


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