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196                    HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
its pretty old-world character amid surroundings which have probably altered little since the days of Queen Elizabeth, when the Sheriff's ancestors at Plawhatch and Monkshill added Legsheath to their modest landed possessions.
THE PAYNES OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
It is impossible to write much concerning East Grin-stead without making constant reference to one branch or another of the numerous families of Paynes. The origin of the name is by no means certain. The theory generally accepted is that it is derived from the French pain—bread, and that the earliest owners of it in this county were those who came from Normandy many centuries ago and settled in the neighbourhood of Rye and Winchelsea. The Paynes of Pixtons are referred to in earlier chapters and the following additional particu­lars are of interest. The will of George Payne was proved November 7th, 1538, and is here subjoined:—
In dei nomine Amen, the xxix. day of August in the yere of our lord god a Thousande fyve hundreth xxxvij. I Greorge Payne of Estgrensted in the eountie of Sussex being hole in mynde and wth good remembraunce make this my last wille and testamente in fourme following, in primis I bequeth my soule to almighty god our lad}r Saint Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the Churchyearde of Saint Swythvne in Grensted aforsaid. Item I bequeth to the high awter there for my tithes and offeryngs forgotten 3" 4d. Item I bequeth to Agnes my wife a bedde with all the things apperteyning therto. Item I will to hir twoe kyne and a mare. Item I will to Joane my doughter twenty pounds of lawfull money. Item I will to Clemens my doughter twentie poundes. Item yf my wife be with childe w* a doughter I will to it twentie poundes, yf any of the said doughters to dye or she be maried that then I wille every of them to be others heires equally to be devided among them. Item to Johnne my sonne all my freeholds to him and his heires. Item all suche lands as I have in morgage as doth appere by Indentures that John my sonne shall have them, yf my wife be with childe w4 a man childe that then I will that Edward my sonne shal have the money of the said morgage landes yf the money be paid agayn or ells the lands whether it be. Item yf my wife have no man childe then I will that the money that comyth agayn in payment shall be equally devided amonge all my children. Item I will to John my sonne my fferme of Brestowe parte w' all goods and catalls being uppon the said grounde at the making of this p'sent testamente. . . . Item I will to Roger my servant shal have his mendyng of wayes betwene fforest Rowe and
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