Case for Opinion

Scope and Content

Reciting that King James I was seized of the manor of Leeds Mainriding as parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster and of Leeds Kirkgate as ancient demesne; a grant by King James c.1610 to E.F. and F.P. Leeds mills for £13.8s.8d. a year; an extract of the covenants of this grant concerning mill-soke; a grant in 1612 to Sir Arthur Ingram of the manor of Leeds Kirkgate `with all soke'. Quare: has the Lord of Leeds Kirkgate the right to erect a mill of his own and withdraw the soke of Kirkgate tenants from the King's mills. Position complicated by the claim of the tenants of Leeds Kirkgate to have free soke to any mill they choose. The questions imply newly erected horsemill in Leeds Kirkgate. The tone implies that this was drawn up by the farmers of Leeds Mill to restrain Lord Irwin from such action.