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Petition of Gaven Bowe of Braithwaite for timber to repair his house, 1654
Source: Cumbria Record Office, Whitehaven, D/Lec/265/343
Petitions were formal and formulaic requests from tenants to the lord of the manor. As the lord frequently retained rights to all timber within the manor, a tenant requiring timber for building purposes had to approach the lord or his officers in order to obtain a warrant (see an example of a warrant among stewards' papers) to cut down a tree, even if it stood on his farm. In this case, where storm damage had made it necessary for Gawen Bowe to rebuild his house, he asked for timber from the lord of the manor's demesne wood at 'Fall parke' (Fawe Park, on the shore of Derwentwater) but the earl of Northumberland's officers granted him a warrant for a tree growing in Braithwaite instead, as noted in the memo written at the foot of the petition.
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