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The story of a gentleman’s house in the English revolution

Christopher O’Riordan

During the Civil Wars, the Parliamentarians took upon themselves the power to ‘sequester’ the estates of Royalists, Catholics or indeed anyone who evaded war taxes or moved house without permission. Most offenders were subsequently allowed to ‘compound’ – to have their estates back on payment of a fine.

Documents in the Public Record Office describe the sequestration of a house in Brentford belonging to one Humphrey Noye. It was let out to a variety of tenants and allowed to fall into disrepair.

[Transactions 38 (1987), pp 165 – 7; abstract by Francis Grew, 18-Oct-1997]

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