In 1815 the Churchwardens at Falmer borrowed £300 to rebuild the church at Falmer from the Earl of Chichester. The document is dated 3rd August 1815, although the front cover has the date as the 5th August 1815.
Dated 5 August 1815
The Churchwardens of the parish of Falmer to the Earl of Chichester.
Bond for securing the payment of £300 and interest.
Text relating to the bond
Know all men by these presents that we Richard Hart of Falmer in the County of Sussex Gentlemen and Robert Hendley of the same place Farmer Churchwardens of the Parish of Falmer aforesaid are held and firmly bound to the Right Honourable Thomas Earl of Chichester in the penal sum of Six Hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to the said Thomas Earl of Chichester or his certain Attorney Executors Administrators or Assigns for which payment to be well and faithfully made we bind ourselves and our Successors Churchwardens for the time being of the Parish of Falmer aforesaid firmly by these presents sealed with our Seals Dated the Third day of August in the Fifty Fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifteen.
Whereas at a Vestry holden in and for the parish of Falmer aforesaid on the eighth day of May now last past it was ordered that the sum of Three Hundred Pounds should be borrowed by the said Churchwardens for the use of the said parish and to be applied towards defraying the expense of rebuilding the parish church of Falmer aforesaid and whereas the above bounden Richard Hart and Robert Hendley have in pursuance of the aforesaid order of the vestry this day borrowed and received of the above named Thomas Earl of Chichester the sum of Three Hundred Pounds for the use of the said parish to be applied for the purposes of force said and to be paid in the manner hereinafter mentioned now the condition of the above written obligation is such that if the said Richard Hart and Robert Hendley or their successors Churchwardens for the time being of the said parish shall and do well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Thomas Earl of Chichester his executors administrators or assigns the sum of Three Hundred Pounds of lawful money of Great Britain together with interest for the same after the rate of Five Pounds for One Hundred Pounds for a year of like lawful money by Fourteen equal annual instalments on the Fifth day of April in every year so that the whole of the said principal sum of £300 and the interest thereof shall be paid off and discharged within the period of 14 years from the date of the date of these presents without any deduction or abatement whatsoever and without fraud or further delay then the above written obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue of.
Tho. Baker Vicar of Falmer