Monday, April 4, 2011

Edmund Childe 1412-1459

NORTHWICK was held in the time of Henry III of the manor of Blockley by Avice de Kingsford and Robert de Northwick, (fn. 141) whose ancestor Roger had held his share in 1182. (fn. 142) In 1227 Robert granted his land in marriage with his daughter Maud to Roger de Draycott, reserving a moiety to himself for life and dower for his wife Marjory. (fn. 143) This holding, which belonged to William de Draycott in 1299, (fn. 144) afterwards passed to Thomas de Clipstone, who held it as the fifth part of a knight's fee in 1346. (fn. 145) The land which had belonged to Avice de Kingsford perhaps passed to Richard Redlaund, who died seised of a carucate of land before 1254. (fn. 146) His widow Emma received dower therein, and the remainder was granted by Walter Cantilupe, Bishop of Worcester, to Richard de Crisetot. (fn. 147) By 1346 Avice de Kingsford's land had come into the possession of John de Clipstone, (fn. 148) and in 1383 John Childe, whose family had already been established for some years in the district, seems to have become tenant of the whole estate. (fn. 149)

Thomas Childe, 'gentilman,' succeeded before 1426 to the property, (fn. 150) which afterwards passed to Edmund Childe, who died about 1459, leaving as his heir his son William. (fn. 151) This William Childe in 1520 granted the reputed manor to Robert Haldyworth and other feoffees, on condition that they should pay 10 marks yearly to William Childe the younger and Anne (Hunckes) his wife, (fn. 152) who ten years later conveyed the estate to the feoffees, apparently for the purpose of a settlement (fn. 153) on his brotherin-law Thomas Hunckes. In 1558 Thomas Hunckes died seised of the manor, leaving as his heir his son Robert, (fn. 154) who having no children settled it in 1564 on his brother John. (fn. 155) In 1583 Robert and Thomas Hunckes, the sons of John, sold it to William Childe, the son of William and Anne, (fn. 156) from whose grandson and namesake it was bought in 1683 by Sir James Rushout, bart. (fn. 157) From that date until 1912 the property remained in the possession of the Rushout family. (fn. 158) On the death of Lady Northwick in May 1912 the property passed under the will of her late husband, the last Lord Northwick, to her grandson Mr. George Spencer-Churchill
From: 'Parishes: Blockley', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 265-276. URL: Date accessed: 30 September 2010.
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