Original Indenture Of Outwood Mill


The Original Indenture (Deed Of Sale) For Outwood Mill

Amazingly the original indenture for the sale of Outwood Windmill to Thomas Budgen, from the Lord of the Manor of Burstowe is still held in the Archives today. This fascinating document gives us an incredible insight into how Outwood Windmill came into existence.

Outwood Mill - Original Indenture

The Indenture is worded as follows:-

This indenture made the eleventh day of October in the seventeenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the Faith Anno Domini 1665 Between Richard Paine of Westhoathley in the County of Sussex Lord of the Manor of Burstowe in the County of Surrey of the one part and Thomas Budgen of Nutfield in the County of Surrey Miller of the other part WITNESSETH that the said Richard Paine for divers good causes and considerations him thereunto . . . enabling. . . Hath demised granted and farme letten and by these presents doth demise grant and to farme lett unto the said Thomas Budgen that peece or parcell of land and a windmill thereupon newly erected and built by the said Thomas Budgen containing by estimation halfe an acre situate lying and being in the parish of Burstowe aforsaid neere the Lane there called Bletchingly lane and being part of the wastground belonging to the said Mannor of Burstowe to HAVE AND TO HOLD the said peece or parcell of land and Mill with the appurtenances unto the said Thomas Budgen his Executors Administrators andAssigns from the Feast of St Michaell the Archangell last past before the date hereof unto the full end and terme of Five hundred yeares from thence next ensueing and fully to be compleat and ended YIELDING AND PAYING therefore yearely and every yeare during the said terme unto the said Richard Paine his Executors and Assigns the yearely rent or sume of five shillings of lawful money of England at the two most usuall Feasts or termes in the yeare that is to say the Feasts of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary and of St Michaell the Archangell by equall portions.

There are some interesting things that we can glean from this indenture, namely:-

  • The land upon which the mill was built was considered to be waste land.
  • The term of the lease for the land was for 500 years.
  • The yearly rent was “five shillings” x 2 (around 50p in todays coins)


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