Heritage Lottery Fund Estates Records Project
Alice Druel's Quitclaim
Estate: Barton, Cambridgeshire
Category: Early Charters and Deeds
Reference code: KCAR/6/2/13/8 BAR/8
Quitclaim from Alice, wife of Ralph Druel, to Geoffrey de Hedfelt, of lands in Barton.
The lady's seal (brown, oval-shaped and inscribed with her name) is attached.
A lady's seal would be slightly more oval than a man's - 'vessica-shaped', ladies' seals were fairly rare owing to the infrequency with which women were in a position to exchange land or property.
In this case, Alice Druel only had possession of the land following the death of her husband, although it was unusual for a wife to be bequeathed more than a life interest in a husband's property.