Tag: King Henry VIII

The Wadenhoe Manor Court 1545

Introduction For many centuries following the Conquest, the manor, an agricultural estate, was the unit of local government. Originally its lord, as in landlord but not necessarily a titled person, owned all the land, his tenants were bound to him…

The Wadenhoe Manor Survey 1543

Introduction This survey of the manor of Wadenhoe was made in August 1543, just before King Henry VIII bought the manor, becoming its lord. As you will see from the accounting, it is likely he had the survey made to…

Amate Invicem

In Issue 12 of the HFHS Journal, I mentioned that Faith Keymer’ s immaculate transcription of the long Will dated 1579, of Thomas Holdich, gentleman of Ranworth, had unlocked a few secrets regarding relationships of this Norfolk family. As in…

Farming and Tithing

The first Martlet Monograph, issued two years ago by the Holdich Family History Society, contained the full wording of the Wadenhoe manor survey of 1543. Quite a few members purchased copies and explored the details of this survey, performed by…

John Does Have to Pay

John Holdiche of Wadenhoe, born about 1475 and married to Sythe soon after 1500, has featured in several stories in the HFHS Journals. He is the earliest known direct ancestor of many members of our Society, yet all we knew…

The Further Adventures of John

We saw, in Issue Eleven of the HFHS Journal, how John Holdyche of Wadenhoe managed to fight his way up through his 16th century social system, from being an entrepreneur on a small scale with goods valued at only forty…