|There are two seals, each attached by a parchment tag. While they are badly damaged, it is clear that they are of very simple type. Next to each seal tag there is a cross written on the lower fold of the document, each slightly different to the other.|
|In the document itself it says that on the part of the indenture remaining with William Hall and his wife Johan the said Sir William Marshe hath put his name and seal, while on the part remaining with Sir William Marshe the said William Hall and Johan his wife hath put their seals and mark. This, then is clearly the part of the document held by Sir William Marshe, as it has two seals and marks. It is intriguing that even at this date a literate priest would be expected to write his name, while lay people simply entered a mark, a sign of the cross as a form of oath before Christ. The man and his wife each have their own seal.|
|Indenture of 1546, Nottinghamshire Archives DDFJ 7/80/11. All images by permission of Nottinghamshire Archives.|
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