The beauty of old documents
If I were a more devoted historian I would do a much longer post on this, but this is a quick skim sort of post. Recently I was shown this conveyance, in which Richard Goodwin, yeoman, appears to be selling most of the village of Irchester to Thomas Ekins, of Chester (which in this case I think refers to nearby Chester House, not Chester in Cheshire).
Whether or not this conveyance includes our house and the land that was once associated with it is debatable. The document mentions "All that messuage or tenement lying next the churchyard in Irchester..." We do know that the farm once stretched down to the Wellingborough Road, which would certainly include the land mentioned above. We haven't traced the ownership of the house as far back as 1698, which is when the document is dated, but Richard Goodwin and Thomas Ekins look like possible owners, though it's more likely that Thomas Ekins owned the house rather than lived in it himself.
Besides the historical interest, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the document (which is either on vellum or parchment: I don't know enough to tell). It's a wonderfully exuberant piece of lettering. I hope whoever did it enjoyed it.