I assume that all parties took care to stay on the right side of the law. It is nevertheless clear from Lutt’s correspondence that his intent was to buy ecclesiastical preferment. both the solicitors involved appear to have regarded the transaction as entirely normal.
There is a description of Simony here. Cannot believe that this was practiced by any of my ancestors!
This new information was provided from the website above. I will dive into Ancestry and try to provide extra info from the censuses.
Here are the jpg's :
I am in the fortunate position of finding 4 pictures on the Flickr site that relate to the Clarks and the time they spent in Harmston. They are below. I am indebted to the photographer. A Mr Clark!