Diane Harris has transcribed the will of John Hewett who owned Holbrook Farm, Burlescombe in the early years of the 19th century and who died in 1851.
The transcription is interesting because it shows how farms could be greatly reduced in acreage through a natural desire to treat each of one's children the same - John did not name his eldest son as sole heir but divided the land evenly between his sons as well as making generous provision for his wife and daughters. These arrangements would have placed burdens on the family's resources over a period of years.
Even more interesting is the transcription of the will of Stephen Hewett (to be found through the same link) who was John's father and who bequeathed his own property to his sons in the same manner. John Hewett inherited from his father a farm known as Town Tenement while his brother James had Wippalls Farm at Holcombe Rogus, both with similar charges on them relating to the women of the family. John appears to have prospered but James did not do so well - in John's will there is mention of a promissory note for £150 which James had yet to redeem.
Many local fields are named in both wills which can be read by following the link below: