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1734: Leicester Chronicle 25th September 1869
Westly’s Gift: Joseph Westly, by will, dated 23rd April 1734, and proved at Melton Mowbray, devised to his nephew John Daft, and his heirs, a close of pasture ground in Hickling, called Case Lane Close, charged, amongst other payments, with one of £10 to the minister and churchwardens of Stathern, the interest of which the testator directed should be applied at their discretion towards the maintenance of a schoolmaster in that parish. The £10 has never been raised, but the owner for the time being of the close charged which contains 2a.2r., has paid 10s yearly to the parish schoolmaster, in augmentation of his stipend. John Corner is the present owner of the close.