News from Leigh – 9 November 1343!!
Sir John Pulteney – owner of Penshurst, Ensfield and North Park (Leigh Park) manors – has accused local men Laurence ate Hale, Thomas de Mordenn (Moorden), William de Mordenn and John de Chercot (Charcott) of breaking into his close at Leigh and taking 6 herons from his aviary. He also claims that they have poached numerous hares, rabbits, pheasants and partridges from his woodland.
Sir John also charges the four men with attacking his servants who attempted to prevent the theft of his game. Several of the servants were injured, some so badly that they have been off work for some time. Sir John has taken his case to the King who has sent out officials to investigate.
No further details of these case are available at his time, but local heron fanciers are advised to keep a close watch on their birds.
(Parish Magazine September 1994: no author, assume Lawrence Biddle)