VICE-CHANCELLORS' COURT - Friday, November 25 1853
(Before Vice-Chancellor Sir R. T. Kindersley)
This suite was to administer the estate of the late Mr Jermy, of Wymondham Hall, Norfolk. In the decree which had been made there was the usual inquiry directed as to the death of the parties, and the Master had reported that Mr Jermy, sen., died before his son, the time at which they were both shot by Rush being almost identically the same that age created the balance in favour of the son. Mrs Jermy therefore became dowable out of the property, upon which the only question was now made more especially with respect to certain timber growing on the estates and fines of copyholds, and this question came on in the nature of exceptions to the report.
Mr Prenderghast and Mr Prior appeared for several parties.
There was a difficulty which had occurred of rather a novel character. Since the lamentable event which had taken place the mansion had been untenanted, and, although many persons were willing to take it, they could not procure any servants who would live in the house, so great was the superstitious feeling which still existed in persons' minds with reference to a place which had been the scene of so dreadful a tragedy. The parties were willing to let it for nothing for two years to do away with the prejudice.
The VICE-CHANCELLOR thought that Mrs Jermy was entitled to a third of the timber and fines. With respect to letting the house, it was very surprising in these times that such a prejudice should exist, but he felt assured that the liberal offer of parties as to letting only need to be made known to produce persons willing to take advantage of it.
Ref: The Times, 26 November 1853, Page 8, Column e