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Dugdale, William, Sir, 1605-1686.

Hampton in Arden.

BEing now past the precincts of Solihull I come next to Hampton in Arden (on the Western bank of Blithe) in which parish are these seve∣rall Villages and Hamlets, scil. Nuthurst, Knoll, Balshall, Kinwaldsey, Didington, and Chadles∣wick; but all of them, except Didington, situate on the other side the River. This, with divers o∣ther fair Lordships, being the inheritance m of one Luevinus, before the Norman Invasion, was dis∣posed of by the Conqueror, to Geffrey de Wirce (of whom in Monkskirby I have spoke) and by the generall Survey n rated at x. hides, there being then a Church, as also a Mill of xl d. and Woods extending to three miles in lenth, and as much in breadth, all valued at C s. In that Record it is written Hantone, which manifesteth that the name was originally occasioned from the situation, hean in the Saxon signifying high, though by con∣traction written Han, and through corrupt pronun∣ciation Ham. But by what I have said in Monks∣kirby, it will appear, that all Wirce his lands were conferred on Nigell de Albani; which Nigell had issue Roger sirnamed Moubray, by whom the Ardens, who were Lords of this Mannour, were afterwards enfeoft thereof.

  • Rad. de Hanto∣na 5. Steph.
    • Rog. de Ar∣dena 20 H. 2 - .... filia Alani filii Tur fini.
      • Will. de Ar∣dena 5 H. 3. - Amicia de Tra∣ci.
        • Hugo de Ardena miles 35 H. 3.
          • Will. de Ar∣dena defunctus 4 E. 1. ob. s. p. 1.
          • Ric. de Ardena frater & haeres, ideota 4 E. 1.
        • Oliva: - Rob. le Megre.
          • Will. le Megre 52 H. 3.
            • Amicia una filiarum & cohaer. - Joh. Lou (sive Lu∣pus) 13 E. 1.
            • Margeria al∣tera filiarum & cohaer. - Philippus le Lovet 13 E. 1.
        • Hawisia. - Ricardus Peche.
          • Joh. Peche de Wilmeleghton 49 H. 3.
      • Walt. de Ardena Cler.
      • Rog. de Arde∣na Cler.
    • Petrus de Ar∣dena Cleri∣cus.
    • Rob. de Ardena Lexov. Archi∣diac.
  • Will. de Ardena.

Of these the first that had to do here, was called Radulphus de Hamtona; but whether he were one of the sons to Turchill de Warwick (called also Turchill de Ardena) of whom I have spoke both in Warwick, and Curdworth, I dare not absolutely affirm, though his posterity assumed the sirname of Arden; but do conjecture that he was. Of wch Raphe, I find mention, first o in 5. Steph. and lastly, in 33 H. 2. where, being then a Justice Itinerant, he is termed Radulphus de Ardena.p But cleer enough it is, that though he took his sirname from hence, yet he was not absolute owner hereof, nor, in∣deed, of any more than certain lands called Chad∣leswie, then reputed as a Member of this Lordship; which lands he purchased q of Roger de Moubray before mentioned: for the Mannour-house, with the demesns, and advouson of the Church, were first given, by the said Roger de Moubray, to Raph de Haia, in exchange for certain lands lying in Yorkshire: Of which Raphe, did Rob. de Arden, one of the sons of the said Raphe, acquire r them, for L. marks of silver. This Robert, being s a Clergie∣man, and Archdeacon of Liseaux in Normandy, gave t all his estate, here, unto Peter and Roger his brothers. Which Peter (a Clerke also) having Chadleswic, before specified, by his Father's gift, disposed u of it, and all his share in the rest, unto the same Roger; who for confirmation w thereof, not only obtained the Charters of Roger de Mou∣brayPage  697 above mentioned, and of Nigel his son and heir, but of the Bishop of Liseaux, together with the Dean and Chapter of that Church, under their publique Seals.

To whom succeded William, and to William, Hugh de Arden. Which Hugh received that Christen name from Hugh fil. Willielmi, his God∣father (otherwise called Hugh de Hatton, of whom in Hatton I have spoke) and a kinde token, withall, of his said God-father's love; scil. the x Mill at Amington in this Countie, as also a yard land, lying in that place: in which grant his God-father calls him Filiolus, quem de sacro Fonte suscepit; whence it appears, that in times past the God-fathers received the Child out of the Priests hands, as soon as it had been dipt in the Water: which usage was very antient and per∣form'd by more than three persons, as it may seem by that constitution y of Hubert Archbishop of Canterbury, in the year 1151. the words whereof are these—Statuimus ne in Baptismate plures quam tres suscipiant puerum de sacro Fonte, mascu∣lum duo mares & una mulier, Faeminam duae faemi∣nae & unus mas.

Nor is it lesse observable, that alluding to that spirituall z illumination, whereof S. Paul cap. 6. vers. 4. ad Hebraeos & cap. 10. v. 32. maketh mention, conveyed unto those which were parta∣kers of this sacred rite, White garments were very antiently used thereat:a for within two hundred years after our Saviours Nativitie, Dionysius the Areopagite hath this expression,

〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉.

— Amiciunt initiatum vestimentis lucem imi∣tantibus, seu luminis instar resplendentibus: and a little after, thus,〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉.

Deformitas illius (viz. originaria) refingitur illu∣strata vitâ universis luminiferâ.

And so also Lights: for upon the baptizing of divers Jews at Arvern by S. Avitus Bishop of that Citie, in the year of Christ 579. I find it thus exprest by an approved Author b

—Flagrabant cerei, Lampades refulgebant, al∣bicabat tota Civitas de grege candido; nec minus fuit urbi gaudium, quam quando Spiritu Sancto descendente super Apostolos Hierusalem videre pro∣meruit.

And for further illustration of what I have said, take these ensuing testimonies c;

—Sacerdot•• Templum ingressus, induit se Sacer∣dotalibus vestibus albis & manipulis, accensis{que} om∣nibus luminibus, & accepto thuribulo in Natatorium pergit. And in his Prayer useth these words — Tibi quo{que} Domine complaceat, ut illuminatio vultus tui perpetuò luceat in corde ipsius &c. Indumentum in∣corruptionis quo amictus est, impollutum in eo at{que} purum ab omni inquinamento conserva. And more∣over—Ut illustremur splendore scientiae ac pietatis per adventum Spiritus Sancti, Dominum precemur Kyrie eleison. And again—Pro eo qui modò acce∣dit ad sanctam Illuminationem, ejus{que} salute Do∣minum precemur. Kyrie eleison. As also—Ut Filius Luis & haeres aeternorum bonorum renuntietur, Do∣minum precemur Kyrie eleison. And lastly,—Be∣nedictus Deus qui illumin & sanctificat omnem hominem venientem in hunc mundum, nunc & sem∣per, & in secula secularum, Amen.

Neither was that solemn Ceremonie of Lights, (thus antiently in use at the Sacrament of Ba∣ptisme) omitted till of late time: for not much more than 200. years since, the practise thereof did continue, as by this notable instance appea∣reth d; Probatio aetatis Johannis fratris & haeredis Ricardi de Holland, filii & haeredis Johannis de Holland Comitis Huntendoniae;

Thomas Coaling examinatus, dicit, quod bene constat ei de aetate &c. quia Abbas de Ta∣vestoke, fuit unus Compater dicti Johannis Hol∣land; & vidit quod dictus Abbas dedit praedicto Johanni Holland, statim post Baptismum, unum Ciphum aureum, cum circulo aureo, formatum ad modum Lilii, cum x lib. auri in eodem cipho; Et Nutrici xx s. Johannes Shaldon Prior de Plym∣ton, alter Compater, dedit ei xx li. auri. Johanna uxor Johannis Pomeray Chivalier portabat dictum Johannem versus Ecclesiam baptizandum; & Joh. Pomeray Chivalier, maritus dictae Johannae, & Joh. Dynham Chivalier, dictam Johannam inter se, in brachiis suis, versus dictam Ecclesiam con∣ducebant; Et xxiv. homines portabant xxiv Tor∣cheas, non illuminatas, ante dictum Johannem; quae quidem Torcheae immediatè post nomen dicti Jo∣hannis datum, illuninatae fuerunt.

And as this venerable and solemne order was antiently used in the baptizing of Children, so were the Fonts themselves, of old time (of which sort I have observed many) adorn'd with the Images of Saints, to the end that such as were baptized might afterwards have before their Eyes, those whose deeds they were to imitate, as Mr Cambden,* from Pontius Paulinus his Epistle to Severus, well ob∣serveth: For in the first plantation of Christianity amongst the Gentiles (saith he) such onely as were of full age, after they were instructed in the prin∣ciples of Christian Religion, were admitted to Ba∣ptisme, and that but twice in the year; scil. at Ea∣ster and Whitsontide, except upon urgent ne∣cessitie, at which time they were attired in white Garments, as is before exprest: Concerning which and all other Ceremonies heretofore used at that sacred rite, see Ioseph. Vicecom. de antiquis*Ba∣ptismi ritibus.

But I return. This Hugh underwent divers emi∣nent imployments. In 21 H. 3. he was a one of the Justices of Assize in this Countie; and from 22. to 24. inclusive, in b Commission for the Gaol de∣livery at Warwick. The Eschaetorship of this County, he also held c for divers years (an Office then of great reputation:) but being grown aged, as also a d Knight, in 34 H. 3. by the mediation of Walter de Cantilupe Bishop of Worcester, he pro∣cured the King to substitute e another in his roome: And the next year following, obtained a f Charter of Free warren in all his demesn lands here, as also in Knoll; together with the grant of a Mer∣cate at this his Mannour of Hampton, weekly every Tuesday, with an yearly Faire for three days; viz. on the Eve, day, and morrow after the Feast of S. Luke the Evangelist. This Hugh had issue g Sir William de Arden Knight h, of whom there is little memorable, other than his i adhering to the rebellious Barons, whose forces being at length scattered, he fled into the Ile of Axholme in 50 H. 3. with young Simon Mountfort; and there, discerning his case desperate, imployed Iames de Audley, a person of great honour, to undertake for his submission unto the Dictum de Kenilworth; whereupon he was received k again into the King's favour, and protection.

After which, viz. in 4 E. 1. he died l, slain, as 'twas suspected, by one Richard de L'isle, though Page  698 how, or upon what occasion appears not: which Richard being imprisoned at Shrewsbury for the fact, found sufficient baile m, of his neighbours in this Countie, to stand to a lawfull triall at the next Assizes to be held at Warwick; viz. Richard de Whitacre, Henry de Sheldon, William Fundu, Anketill de L'isle, Simon de Blagreve, Thomas Otheni, William de Sidenhale, Raphe de Culi, Roger de Buryate, Norman le Venour of Midleton, Robert de Longasse, and Nicholas Nigtingale of Wishaw. By the Inquis. n taken after his death it appears, that he had here a Mannour-House, two Gardens, 460. Acres of land, according to the large hundred, a Meadow valued at vii li. xii s. two Parks, one Pool, two Water-Mills, and Fi∣shing in the River of Blithe: as also xxxi. yard land held in Villenage, with vii li. xii s. v d. yearly Rent, due from severall Freeholders in Kinwoldeshey. Didington, Elmedon, Bikenhull, Sheldon, Hulverle, Honile, and Nuthurst: the value of all, excepting the advouson of the Vica∣idge, being Lii li. xvi s. iv d. Of which two Parks, one lay Northwestwards of Hampton-Church, wherein, on the outside, very neer to the Church-yard, stood a Mannour-House, as by the moat is still to be seen: but the other, almost a mile and a quarter distant from the same Church, Northwest, towards Elmedon, (antiently o called Bederichesley, in which was a Castle, where the intrenchements do appear, and are still called Castle-hills) lyeth in the Parish of Bikenhull, though it be a member of this Lordship.

But upon the death of the said William de Arden. without issue (Richard his brother being p heir to the estate, as also within age, and an Ideot q) the custodie of this Mannour was granted r by the King to Barth. de Sudlei (a person of great quality, as in Griffe appeareth) so that the inheritance resorted to the descendants s of Hawisia and Oliva, sisters of Hugh, and Aunts to the said Richard, as the Descent sheweth; of which, Amicia, grandchild to Oliva, with Sir Iohn le Lou Knight her husband, sold t all her right, not onely in this Lordship, but in the rest of the lands hereabouts, as also in Bur∣ton super Swale in Yorkshire, unto King Edw. 1. and Queen Elianore, in consideration of xxx li. per annum Rent, to be received out of the Man∣nour of Newton-Harcourt, by the said King's as∣signation, during their naturall lives, and the lon∣ger liver of them. Which part so purchased, being the full moytie (for Margerie the other sister had the u Mannour of Hund-Burton in Yorkshire allotted to her part) and assigned w for the said Queens immediate use, gave opportunitie to her Officers to possesse themselves of all the rest; so that Sir Iohn Peche Knight, son and heir to Hawise before specified, was constrained to sue for his right therein, which at length he recovered, and had liverie x thereof; and afterwards obtained y of the same Queen the other moytie. In whose Family it continued til Richard 2. time, and then, by a daughter and heir, came to the Mountforts of Colshill; by whom it was possest, till the attain∣der of Sir Simon Mountfort Knight, in 11 H. 7. that it eschaeted, with the rest of his lands, to the Crown, as in Colshill is shewed.

But before I descend to manifest the same in par∣ticulars, I shall here speak historically of Peches Family, in regard that this was their principall seat, after the before mentioned Sir Iohn Peche be∣came owner of it. This Sir Iohn Peche was great grandchild (out of doubt) to Rob. Peche Bishop of Coventre, in King Stephen's time; for cleer it is, by what I have manifested in Blakwell, that Ri∣chard Peche, son to Geffrey, was next heir to Ri∣chard Archdeacon of Coventre, and Richard son to that Bishop. But of Geffrey I have not much to say, other than that he had zWilmelegton, in this Countie, in right of Petronill his wife, daugh∣ter and at length heir to Richard Walsh; nor of Richard his son, than that he was a Justice of As∣size in this Countie in a 13. and 22 H. 3. I shall therefore descend to the before mentioned Iohn, who resided at Wilmelegton (which came by his grandmother) till this Lordship of Hampton di∣volved to him, as I have exprest.

  • Rob. Peche Episc. Coventriae temp. Regis Stephani.
    • Gaufridus Peche. - Petronilla filia & tandem haeres Ric. Walensis de Wilmeleghton.
      • Ric. Peche 13 H. 3. - Hawisia filia Will. de Ar∣den.
        • Ioh. Peche miles 31 E. 1.
          • Ioh. Peche obiit viven∣te patre.
            • Ioh. Peche miles obiit 50 E. 3. - Elizabetha 16 E. 3.
              • Ioh. Peche miles obiit 9 R. 2. - Katherina, postea nupta Kinardo de la Bere.
                • Iohanna filia & una haere∣dum. 9 R. 2.
                • Margareta altera fil. & cohaer. nupta Will. Montfort de Colihull militi 12 H. 4.
          • Nich. Peche miles 28 E. 3.
          • Thomas Peche mi∣les 23 E. 3.
          • Ric. Peche 45 E. 3. duxit Annoram fil. Gerardi de Allespath.
      • Hugo Peche 31 H. 3. - Ida relicta Steph. de Se∣grave.
    • Ric. Peche Archi∣diac. Coventriae.

In October 49 H. 3. (which was soon after that memorable Battail of Evesham) he had the King's speciall Letters b of protection, to be in force till Whitsontide following; which shews, that he stood loyall at that time: Shortly after which, he wanted not employment in places of publique trust; for from 53 H. 3. till 9. E. 1. inclusive, he was frequently c one of the Justices for the Gaol-delive∣rie at Warwick; as also in d 16 E. 1. in that Welch expedition, under eEdmund Earl of Corn∣wall, to whom the King, being then in France, had committed the custodie of this Realm during his absence. In 33 E. 1. he was a f Knight. In 12 E. 2. in Commission g for the Gaol-deliverie at Warwick; and the next year following, upon complaint to the King, that this Countrey, swar∣ming with Vagabonds and lewd people, divers Murthers, Robberies, and extraordinary mischiefs were daily committed, he was constituted a h Com∣missioner, together with Iohn de Segrave, to pro∣ceed against those malefactors, according to the Statute of Winchester; and appointed i one of the conservators of the Peace for this County: so also upon renewing k that Commission in 14 E. 2. be∣ing then likewise one l of the Justices for the Gaole-deliverie at Warwick.

In 15 E. 2. upon information given, that one Thomas Blauncfront, and others, had possest them∣selves of Warwick-Castle, then in the King's hand, Page  699 by reason of the Earl's minority, he received a Commission m to accompany the Shiriff thither, and, requiring the render thereof, to imprison the transgressors; whereupon he became Governour of n it: and the next year ensuing, was constitu∣ted o one of the Commissioners for arraying of Souldiers; scil. Horse and Foot, to march against the Scotts. In 17 E. 2. in the Certificate * of all the Knights and Esquires, whose names were re∣turned into the Chancerie, he is there ranked with the Knights; and the same year, was made Con∣stable q of Dovor-Castle, as also Warden of the Cincque Ports. But in that confession * made by Edmund Earl of Kent, the King's uncle, in 3 E. 3. when he stood charged with Treason, for re∣porting that King Edward the second was alive, and that he should thereupon conspire his enlarge∣ment, and restitution of his Kingdom; being accu∣sed to be one of the said Earl's abettors therein, Precepts s were issued out to the Shiriffs of War∣wick, Dorset, and Hant-shires, for his speedy ap∣prehension, by command of the Parliament held shortly after at Winchester (scil. in March) Af∣ter which, his lands were seized t by the King, but ere long he was cleered of that charge, and re∣stitution made, as appears by the said King's Man∣date u to the Shiriff of this Countie, bearing date in August following.

This Sir Iohn Peche bore w for his Armes Gules a fesse between six Crosse croslets Arg. with a la∣bell of 3. points in Cheif: and, being an aged man, departed x this life about the 11th or 12th year of King Edw. 3. reign, leaving Iohn his grandson, heir to this and divers other fair Lordships; who being in 16 E. 3. a * Knight, in 28 E. 3. served in z the Parliament then held at Westminster, as one of the Knights for this Shire: so also in * the Parliament of 32 E. 3. and in 43 E. 3. was Shi∣riff * of this Countie and Leicestershire. In 45 E. 3. purposing to take a voyage beyond Sea, he en∣feoft c Sir Baldwin Frevile Knight, and others, in certain Mannours and lands, within this County; with trust, that if he should die in those parts, they might bring up his Children in a convenient sort, with the issues and profits arising out of them; this being the time d that Iohn Duke of Lancaster sail'd into France, with a very great Army, to re∣lieve Rochel; of whose good successe in that expe∣dition, we cannot much boast. In 47 E. 3. he served e in the Parliament at Westminster again, as one of the Knights for this Shire; and in 50 E. 3. departed f thi life, leaving Iohn his son and heir xv. years of age; who being also a Knight, in 9 R. 2. attended gIohn Duke of Lancaster then inti∣tuled King of Castile, and Leon, into Spaine: but whether he died there or not, I am not certain; for plain it is, that he deceased h the same year, leaving Ioane and Margaret his daughters and heirs.

Of which Ioane, I have not found what became; but plain it is that she had no issue: for Sir William Mountfort of Colshill Knight,i became possest of all Peche's lands, by the marriage of Margaret; scil.k this Mannour of Hampton, with the Man∣nours of Honiley, Blakwell, Wyrmeleghton, Fenni-Cumpton, Aven-Dasset, Dunchurch, and Toft all in this Countie; and of Shening∣ton in Gloucestershire: all which continued to his descendants, till that fatall attainder l of Sir Simon Mountfort Knight, in to H. 7. whereof I I shall say more in Colshill: But after that forfei∣ture, was this Lordship, by Letters m Patent, bea∣ring date 16 Nov. 12 H. 7. given unto Richard Pudsey, one of the Esquires for the Body to that King, and to Ioane his wife (sometime wife of Thomas Say) and to the heirs male of the bodie of the said Richard: which Richard had no such issue, as it should seem; for it returned back to the Crown; whereupon Simon Mountfort Esquire, grandson to the before specified Sir Simon, endevoured to ob∣tain it again; and to that purpose, by the media∣tion of Edmund Dudley (a person then of great power with the King) had, in consideration of CLxiii li. sterling, a promise * thereof; for the pay∣ment of which summe, accordingly, he procured William Fylding Equire, and Leonard Verney Gent. to joyn with him in a Recognizance of CC li. But the death of King H. 7. hapning before that in∣tended grant was made, it continued in the Crown till 4 H. 8. and then was passed n unto Sir Henry Guilford Knight and Margaret his wife, and to the heirs male of their bodies: which Sir Henry, failing also of such issue, and leaving the same Margaret surviving, there was a Lease o for xxxi. years in reversion, after her death, granted by Q. Mrie in 1. of her reign, unto Thomas L'isle of Moxhull Esquire, in consideration of his good ser∣vice, sayes the Patentviz. for the apprehension of Henry Duke of Suffolk. But the inheritance there∣of, being thus in the Crown, was obtained p by Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, in tail, 8. Iulii 15 Eliz. after whose death without (allowed) lawfull issue, it returned again to the said Queen, and remaineth to her successors at this day.

Touching the Church (dedicated to our Lady and S. Bartholmew) what I have found observable, is, that Geffrey de Wirce (who had this Lordship in the Conqueror's time) gave q a third part of the Tithe Corn; and of the Wooll, Cheese, and Pau∣nage, the whole Tithe, unto the Monasterie of S. Nicholas at Angiers, whereunto Kirby-Mna∣chorum, in this Countie, was a Cell: but after Roger de Molbray became possest of Wirce his lands, he bestowed r both the Church, Tithe and Glebe, totally, and all Chapelnes thereto belon∣ging, unto the Canons of Kenilworh, shortly af∣ter the Foundation of that Religious House; which gift of his, Roger de Arden afterwards con∣firmed s, as also Richard Peche Bishop of Coven∣tre; his successor G. Muschamp appropriating to t the said Canons, the yearly Rent of v. marks v s. iv d. with one stone of waxe issuing out of the fruits thereof: whereupon the Monks of Kirby be∣fore specified, making their claim u to the third part of the Tithes, as aforesaid, by vertue of G. de Wirce his grant, which was afterwards confirmed by wNigell de Moubray, son and heir to the first Roger, got a Composition x from the said Canons of Kenilworth; which Composition was y ratified by Richard Peche before mentioned.

Whereupon the said Canons prest hard for a full appropriation of all the fruits belonging there∣to, with the Chapells; and at length obtained that their desire, from William de Cornhull, then Bi∣shop, as by his Instrument z bearing date at Lich∣field 6. Cal. Oct. Anno 1217. (2 H. 3.) appea∣reth: But no sooner was this effected, than that William de Arden, at that time Lord of this Man∣nour, questioned their title to the advouson it self, so granted and confirm'd, as I have shewed: How∣beit, by mediation of friends, they came to an A∣greement with him, that he should relinquish such Page  700 his claim, & grant unto them free passage through∣out his lands, to gather and carry their Corn; in consideration whereof they yielded, that he the said William and his heirs, should, upon every Va∣cancie, make choise of a new Vicar, and the said Canons to present him unto the Bishop to be in∣stituted accordingly: which Bishop to put a full period to all disputes, then also made an assigna∣tion of what the perpetuall Incumbent should, for the future, always have; scil. the whole Alterage belonging to the Church of Hampton, with the small Tithes and obventions; as also the Chapells of Badsley and Nuthurst, and all the Glebe be∣longing to the said Church of Hampton, excep∣ting half a yard land in Balshall, with the Tithes of Corn and Pease of the whole Parish; saving those which pertain to the Chapell of Badsley and Nuthurst, belonging to the Vicar.

And did moreover determine, that whosoever should afterwards be presented to that Vicaridge, ought to do his fealtie to the Monasterie of Kenil∣worth, in the Chapter-house there, and promise the payment of xx s. as an early Pension to the Ca∣nons of Kenilworth, for the maintenance of a Priest, celebrating at Balshall; viz. at Easter x s. and Michaelm••s x s. the same Priest for Bal∣shall making Oath to be faithfull in all things re∣lating to the said Vicaridge. And likewise that the said Vicar of Hampton, for the time being, should pay all dues of right belonging to the Bishop and Archdeacon: And lastly, that the before specified William de Arden and his heirs; with their Family, should have liberty to hear divine Service in his Chapell at Knoll, saving the indempnitie of the mother Church of Hampton. In Anno 1291. (19 E. 1.) this Church was valued a at xi. marks; and in 26 H. 8. the Vicaridge, with the Chapell of Nuthurst thereunto annexed, at bxv li. vi s. viii d. over and above xx . Pension payable year∣ly to the Canons of Kenilworth and xi s. to the Bishop and Archdeacon, for Procurations and Sy∣nodalls.

Patroni Ecclcsiae.
Incumbentes, &c.
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nominat. Hugh. de Ardena mil.
Thomas de Notehurst Diac. anno 1250.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nominat. Ioh. Peche mil.
Ioh. de Olnefel 11. Cal. Oct. 1320.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nominat. Ioh. Peche mil.
Ioh. atte Well Cap. 2. Non. Iunii 1349.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nominat. Kinardi De la Bere mil.
Ioh. de Braunteford 6. Oct. 1387.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nominat. Kinardi De la Bere mil.
Rob. Eyberhale Pbr. 9. Iunii 1391.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw.
D. Ioh. Gerveys Cap. 20. Oct. 1410.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nom. D. VVill. Mountfort mil.
Ioh. Gylbard Cap. 6. Sept. 1413.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw. ad nom. D. VVill. Mountfort mil.
Ioh. Harman Cap. 21. Martii 1431.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw.
D. Thom. Boresden 12. Martii 1510.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw.
D. Rad. Massy Cap. 7. Feb. 1515.*
Prior & Conv. de Ke∣nilw.
D. Petrus Irlam,* 5. Febr. 1537.
D. Henr. 8. Rex Angl.
D. Ric. Baynton Cap. 24. Maii 1542.*
Thomas L'ysley ar.
Thomas Robynson 26. Ian. 1565.*
Eliz. Angliae Re∣gina.
Leonardus Fetherston Cler. 14. Dec. 1584.*
Eliz. Angliae Re∣gina.
Walt. Byckles Cler. 3. Feb. 1594.*
Eliz. Angliae Re∣gina.
Sim. Grover 30. Oct. 1596.*

[illustration]

This Church, being situate on so fair an ascent, had a tall Spire, which was a noted mark to a great part of the Wood-land, till by the extraor∣dinary violence of Lightning and Thunder, hap∣ning on St Andrew's day at night, in the year 1643. it was cloven, and fell to the ground: at which time the whole fabrick, with the tower, were torn in divers places.