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About Friday 23 August 1667

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"all the Exchequer officers, of one side and t’other,"

I..e. of the Upper and Lower sides of the office: the Exchequer of Account and of Receipt, respectively. (L&M note)

About Wednesday 21 August 1667

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"two of Captain Cooke’s boys, whose voices are broke, and are gone from the Chapel...; their names were Blaewl and Loggings;"

L&M say (footnote) John Blow and John Loggins had received their leaving present of clothes ('retirement liveries') from the Great Wardrobe on 17 May 1665 and 4 December 1666 respectively (record in the National Archives), Blow (now about age 19) was the composer
In 1674 he became Master of the Children at the Chapel Royal.

About Wednesday 16 September 1663

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What Pepys -- keen observer of other courts -- is to see in Brampton:

The order of keeping a court leete, and court baron with the charges appertayning to the same: truely and playnly deliuered in the English tongue, for the profite of all men, and most commodious for young students of the lawes, and all others within the iurisdiction of those courtes. By Ionas Adames.
Adames, Jonas.
Imprinted at London: ByThomas Orwin & William Kirckham, and are to be sold at the little North doore of Saint Paules Church, at the signe of the Blacke boy, 1593.

About Wednesday 16 September 1663

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Courts Baron and Leete

Thanks for the very helpful post, Nix!

Wikipedia's take:

At a very early time in medieval England the Lord of the Manor exercised or claimed certain jurisdictional rights over his tenants and bondsmen concerning the administration of his manor and exercised those rights through his court baron. However this court had no power to deal with criminal acts.

Criminal jurisdiction could, however, be granted to a trusted lord by the Crown by means of an additional franchise to give him the prerogative rights he owed feudally to the king. The most important of these was the "view of frankpledge", by which tenants were held responsible for the actions of others within a grouping of ten households.[2] In the later Middle Ages the lord, when exercising these powers, gained the name of leet which was a jurisdiction of a part of a county, hence the franchise was of court leet.

The quo warranto proceedings of Edward I established a sharp distinction between the court baron, exercising strictly manorial rights, and the court leet, depending for its jurisdiction upon royal franchise. However in many areas it became customary for the two courts to meet together.

About Roads and Routes

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Roman roads in Britain are highways - mainly designed for military use - created by the Roman Army during the four centuries (43 – 410 AD) that Britain was a province of the Roman Empire. ... A considerable number of Roman roads remained in daily use as core trunk roads for centuries after the Romans withdrew from Britain in 410 A.D.. Some are now part of the UK's national road network in modern times....

About Tuesday 15 September 1663

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" still in the earl of Sandwich's family."

Alas, no more: The Ninth Earl died in 1962. By 1963 there was no alternative. The house would have to be sold... from Houseful at Hinchingbrooke - Mary Stuart

The House

By the 1960's The House had fallen into decay and the Montagu family could not afford its upkeep. It was sold to the Local Authority where there was great discussion about the re-use of the house and its extensive grounds