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Mayors of Faversham 1252 to 1449

1216 King Henry III comes to the throne, until 1272

The Barons of Faversham are granted the earliest surviving charter from King Henry III. www.favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1252-henry-iii/

1256 Robert Dod
The first to be styled 'mayor' is commemorated in a wall painting in St Thomas's Chapel in the parish church. The chapel (to the left of the chancel) is now occupied by the organ and the painting is thereby obscured but if you get the chance to see it, it depicts a kneeling figure holding a scroll, FERRE : POLI: SERTVM : FAC : REX: EDMVNDE : ROBERTVM :DOD : FAVERSHAMIE : QVEM : REGE : THOMA : PIE :

This can be translated as "O King Edmund, cause Robert Dod, of Faversham, to bear the Crown of Heaven, whom O pious Thomas, do thou guide". Edmund (840 -890) was king of East Anglia.

He was canonised and his shrine became famous in every part of England, while his saintly reputation extended all over Europe.

There is mention of Robert Dod in 1304, 1317, 1319 and 1333 but it is presumed this is a descendant.

The Barons of the Cinque Ports, including Faversham, are granted immunities in recognition of their service to King Henry III.  https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1260-henry-iii/

Henry III granted another charter, recognising an agreement between the Abbot and Barons of Faversham.  www.favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1261-henry-iii/

Edward I grants a charter to the Cinque Ports in recognition of ship service and military service in the army in Wales. https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1278-edward-i/

1292 Thomas Everard See also 1294, 1301 and 1304 and note in 1293

1293 Walter le Mareshal See also 1296 and 1306
As a jurat in 1292, Walter, together with other jurats, signed a power of attorney in favour of Thomas Everard, then mayor.

King Edward I stayed at the Maison Dieu in Ospringe on the 28 and 29 July

1294 Thomas Everard See also 1292, 1301 and 1304

The earliest surviving example of the seal of Faversham, is attached to a bond issued by the Mayor and Corporation of Faversham https://favershamcharters.org/charters/bond-1295-edward-i/

1296 Walter le Mareshal See also 1293 and 1306. See also reference in 1304

1297 Walter le Osderman See also note 1304

Faversham sent a ship named the "Nicholas" which carried 34 men and was one of 57 vessels provided by the Cinque Ports when Edward I embarked on his second conquest of Scotland.

King Edward I granted the Barons of the Cinque Ports another two charters in this year. https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1298-1-edward-i/ and https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1298-2-edward-i/

King Edward I stayed at the Maison Dieu in Ospringe on the 5 and 20 July.

1300 Thomas Batekoc See notes 1324 and 1327.
The town's copy of the Magna Carta dates from this year. https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1298-1-edward-i/

1301 Thomas Everard See also 1292, 1294 and 1304

Thomas was involved in a shocking occurrence in which he was the ringleader, while the vicar, Peter de Milstede, was the originator of the trouble. After taking the oath of canonical obedience to the Abbot of St Augustine's at Canterbury, the vicar took a fresh oath of obedience to the archbishop. As a result, the Abbot (to whose monastery and the advowson of Faversham Church belonged) excommunicated the vicar and took upon himself the charge of the church and parish. A little later, when a parishioner died, the excommunicated vicar arranged for the funeral to take place in the adjoining parish of Preston, but the monks of St Augustine's assembled at the house where the body lay and caused it to be carried to Faversham church. This so enraged the townspeople that, headed by the mayor, they assembled with a great noise of horn blowing and armed with swords, hatchets, clubs, stones and other weapons, they beat, wounded and maimed the monks, destroyed furniture in the church and attempted to set fire to it and also the parsonage house close by. Finally, they drove the monks out of the church and the town. The outcome was that the archbishop interdicted the church and churchyard, and this brought on litigation which lasted for some years.

Letter from 'Adam' to Thomas Everard, mayor of Faversham concerning proceedings at Shepway; the court has ordered that the abbot be imprisoned for denying the judgement of the previous court | The National Archives

1302 Roger Urre See also 1305 and note 1306

Roger’s surname was probably derived from the neighbouring village of Oaie or Ore.

In 1306 he paid for the community of Faversham 20shillings, to Edmund de Passeley as his fee for Easter Term, and was in the same year, with others, defendant in an action against the men of Faversham, for removing chattels which the Abbot had distrained.

In 1311, he and Thomas Dagh (merchant) were empowered by the men of Faversham to obtain the Royal Confirmation of a release to them by the Abbot and Convent of certain manorial customs.

The wife of Robert Urre is mentioned in a tallage or taxation for the affairs of the town, in 1327.  TAKEN FROM KENT ARCH CANT.

In this year Edward I also confirmed the freedoms granted in the Henry III charter https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1302-edward-i/.

1303 John de Brenle
'He was distressed of one table in the time of Edward I for not paying the King's tallage'.

A tallage was arbitrary taxation levied by the king, it was abolished later in the 14th century.  So, if he was fined one table, presumably he had to hand over goods to the value of the amount due.

The town was accused of usurping certain Regal Liberties. For a pardon, as well as a more ample charter, it was fined 500 marks. This is equivalent to approximately £240,000 today.

Memorandum stating that the abbot had amendment of assize of bread and broken services and held pleas of land within his franchise, but that there was no proof for his claim to hold all pleas, including those of the Crown, by immemorial custom, several pleas of the Crown being held by the Warden; that the franchise had been taken by the Warden into royal hands and that the King had granted the town a charter for 500 marks etc.; similarly after the franchise had been taken into the hands of the King the abbot claimed that he had held his rights since the foundation of the abbey, and that the mayor and bailiff prevented him from holding the court of his tenants or collecting their rents; this was denied by the community, who said that the abbot had made a false return; it was decided that the abbot had suffered damage, yet the community [?] felt aggrieved that the plea had been dealt with contrary to their charter in the King's court | The National Archives

1304 Thomas Everard See also 1292, 1294 and 1301

A writ of capias was issued against Thomas Everard (the Mayor), Robert Dod, Nicolas de Breule, John de Wen, Walter Bealde, Simon Baldok, Nicolas Yue, Wolmer le Bealde, John de Wingham, Walter de Upmanton, Stephen ate Melle, Walter le Marischal, Stephen Glanvyle, Thomas de Upmanton (son of Walter), William Blakernan, Thomas de Copeton, Walter Ostreman, John Homan, Adam Shipman, Hamo Dagh, and Alfred Dagh to appear on the morrow of S. John the Baptist, and answer Philip de Jute bergh on a plea of trespass.  

TAKEN FROM MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES. A 'writ of capias' is the order for an arrest.

1305 Roger Urre See also 1302 and note 1306

This royal letter dates Roger firmly. It relates to a long-running dispute between the town and the Cinque Ports, where they demand that their long held freedoms and immunities be upheld. The letter itself is dated 1454 but refers back to 1302 – 1305.

Inspeximus of inquisition taken at Chilham on Monday before Annunciation, 11 Richard II [23 March 1388] before William Septevance, Nicholas atte Crooche and Thomas Chicche of Balnerse, sewn to the said letters patent, returned into Chancery, and remaining on the files there, as follows:

Recital of above letters patent. Thomas atte Tonne, William Bernefeld, Laurence de Breule, Reginald de Kyngeslond, John Okenfold, John de Stopisdon, Henry Hemmyng, Stephen de Levetonne, Robert Dreylond, Thomas atte Donne, Semeine atte Sole, and Thomas Sonke say upon their oath that Edward [I] in his thirtieth year [1302] by letters patent granted to the Barons of the town of Faversham inter alia all the liberties and immunities that the Barons of the Cinque Ports then had, provided that they gave annual ship-service with the Barons of the Cinque Ports at their own cost for fifteen days, upon the summons of the King; and that, upon obtaining these liberties and letters patent, the Barons, that is the Mayor and Commonalty, appropriated to themselves all the customs and liberties anciently belonging to the Abbot of Faversham, as lord of the town, so that disputes arose between the Abbot and the Mayor and Commonalty, and Roger Urre, then Mayor, and the Commonalty in 33 Edward [I, 1304-5] gave two thousand herrings, then worth ten shillings, to Robert de Burgherssh, then Constable and Warden, by way of a present for his aid and favour against the Abbot, and the following year, as the dispute remained unsettled they gave to the said Robert three quarterns of fish called mellewel, worth 35s., and from that time until 1 Edward III [1327-8] they gave no presents of fish or anything else, except bread and wine of little value to Henry de Cobham and Nicholas de Kyroll when they were Constables and Wardens; and in I Edward III of their own will they gave a hundred fish called greylyng, worth 30s, to master Ralph de Burgherssh, then Constable and Warden, for a similar service. And afterwards William de Clynton, Earl of Huntingdon, Constable and Warden, because of this gift, unlawfully claimed a hundred salt fish from the Mayor and Commonalty, as belonging to his office, and compelled them to pay the fish to him; and on this pretext hundred salt fish called greylyng, worth eleven, twelve or thirteen marks, be paid to them annually on St. Peter ad Vincula [1 August] at the time of the fair of this kind of fish then held in the town, and they have so demanded until now. At Westminster, 5 July, 32 Henry [VI, 1454]. Royal letters patent | The National Archives

1272 King Edward I comes to the throne, until 1307

1307 King Edward II comes to the throne, until 1327

1306 Walter le Mareshal See also 1293 and 1296

Amongst the corporation records is the copy of a writ to the sheriff of Kent, ordering the arrest and putting on pledge of Thomas de Basinge, Thomas de Everinge, Roger Urre, Henry Blobbere, Wolmer Bealde, Geoffrey Daghe, John de Sellinge, Stephen de Molesse and Simon Baldok, who had seized and carried off distresses taken by the abbot of Faversham from various persons, his tenants. Dated St Albans 16 June 1306 (34 Edward I)

Edward II stayed at the Maison Dieu in Ospringe 12 February, with his new wife Isabella

1317 John of Upmantone See also 1319

From: Stephen atte Melle of Faversham To: Robert le Hert of Faversham

The whole of his messuage at 'Bermundeseye' with a garden and 5 virgates of land in 2 parts, of which 3 virgates lie with the garden to east, the land of Peter Schipman and Geoffrey Tanner to west, the land of Thomas of Chilham to south and the tenement of Philip de Grenehame to north, ½ an acre lies with Peter's land to east, the land of John Dreylonde to west, Thomas's land to south and the land of Robert Deghere to north, and the messuage and garden lie with the land of the heirs of Alexander Kynzt to south, the way which goes to Ospringe to east and the 3 virgates to west, all in the parish and liberty of Faversham in a field called 'kyngtesfelde'.

For this Robert has paid 20 marks as a gersum fine. Witnesses: John of Upmantone ('Opmanton''), mayor of Faversham; Stephen, brother of John of Upmantone mayor of Faversham; Robert Dod; John Dreylonde; Thomas Laurant; Thomas of Chilham; Richard of Graveney; Andrew Chapman Robert Pyn Roger de Bronstone William Blakeman Walter Belde

Grant | The National Archives

1322 Robert le Hert See also 1327 and notes in 1317, 1319 and 1324
On the Monday next after the feast of the translation of St Thomas the martyr 16 Edward II, in the time of Robert le Hert then mayor, tallage was made for debts owed by John Goldwine, common clerk.

Letter from the mayor and barons of Dover to the mayor and barons of Faversham reciting a writ stating that the King had heard that many misdoers had put to sea to molest the whole realm, that the Cinque Ports were to prepare their ships and then go to Scotland to attack the enemy, Faversham's contribution as a member of the port of Dover being four ships [H.M.C. 6th Report, 5.508] | The National Archives

1324 Henry Andreu See also note in 1319
An account of the expenses of the corporation was rendered before Henry Andreu, Robert le Hert, Robert de Silegrave, Richard Gravene, John de Wyngham, Robert de Cressebrok, Richard le Taylour, Thomas Batecok, and others. This on the Friday before the feast of St Gregory.
In a tallage of Edward III (1327/8) Henry was assessed for 12d tax as a carrier or carter.

Also in this year, the mayor and commonality of Faversham wrote to Edward II regarding a ship for his service.
The mayor and commonalty of Faversham to Edward II: a ship for his service | The National Archives

1325 Richard Gravene See also notes in 1317, 1324 and 1352
His accumulative arrears of tallage for 15 and 16 Edward II are shown to be £10 7s 4d on Saturday after the feast of St Ambrose. This was a substantial sum of money.

During his mayoralty an account of the arrears of tallage was made on Monday after the feast of St Bartholemew by Sir Robert de Kendate, Knight and Constable of the caste of Dover, Warden of the Cinque Ports

1326 Thomas le Hert
A tollage levied this year contained 256 names - these probably represented a town population of about 1000.

1327 Robert le Hert See also 1322 and notes 1317, 1319 and 1324

On Thursday after the feast of St Augustine 1 Edward I, an inquisition was held before Robert le Hert, then mayor and coroner of Faversham, and John Flemyng deputy of Stephen atte Dane, steward of the lord abbot of Faversham, concerning the death of Ralph Note.

The jurors stated that he was feloniously slain by Robert de Kersborke, Robert Pyn and Thomas Bealde and that Thomas Badekoc, Roger ate Hole, Richard Bealde, Richard Tayur, Richard Dreylond, Husbert Scheman and William Haukenesshe assented to the felony.

Writ from the mayor and barons of Dover to the mayor and barons of Faversham regarding Robert de Kersbroke and others in Faversham prison for the death of Ralph Note | The National Archives

The mayor paid Robert Dod 37shillings for cider for sailors going to Scotland.

1333 Stephen Upmanton See also 1317 and 1319
Stephen was the brother of John of Upmantone, mayor in 1317 and 1319.

An inquisition was taken on Wednesday the feast of St Thomas the matyr, enquiring into the death of Stephen atte Melle. The jurors state that William le Valons of Faversham, on Sunday the feast of St Stephen, met the said Stephen at night on the Kings highway, near Snorhelle, assaulted and beat him, and stabbed him with a knife, valued at one half penny, of which wounds, on the following Wednesday he died.

The mayor and community of Faversham entered into a contract with William atte Forstall, Peter Shipman, John his son, Peter Lucas of Hamme and John de Wy to borrow 'Le Katerine’, the ship with all her rigging and gear for the Kings service, whenever the king might please. They agree to pay 100 marks if there is any damage to the ship.

1352 John Dreylonde See also 1353 and note in 1357
John was the first known owner of Cooksditch Farm, now known as Lady Dane Farm. Mention in Hasted's account of 1798, the antient seat of the family of Dreylond , or they were afterwards written Dryland, who were of good account, and at times intermarried with some of the best families in this county. In King Henry VII th's reign, John Dryland was knight of the shire…. an ancestor of them, John, son of Stephen Dreylond, resided here in the reign of King Edward III 25.

There is also mention of potential ancestors Robert 1305 and John 1317.

From: John, son of Robert le Hert
To: Elizabeth, widow of Ralph Saunzavoyr, knight; Robert, son of Robert le Hert, brother of John
For all lands and tenements which were of Robert, John's father, in Faversham in the liberty of the Cinque Ports which Elizabeth holds of the right of Robert son of the said Robert and for all lands and tenements which Robert son of Robert holds both in demesne and in reversion after the death of Elizabeth. Warranty to Elizabeth for life and Robert son of Robert and his heirs.
Given at Faversham [Kent]. Witnesses: John Dreylonde, mayor of Faversham; Philip Note; Nicholas Dagh; Thomas Goldsmyth; John Dodesole; Richard Gravene; John de Holmanston; John de Wotton
Endorsed with note that John acknowledged seisin in the presence of John Dreilond, mayor, Thomas Baker, Philip Note and others on 17 Feb 1353.

Quitclaim | The National Archives

1353 John Dreylonde See also 1352 and note in 1357

1357 Philip Note Mentioned as a witness in 1327 and 1352

From: Robert, son of Robert Le Hert   To: John de Brokedale 15 acres of land lying in the town ('villa') and liberty of Faversham in 'Kyngesfelde'. For John's life and a year after his death. For an annual payment of 19 quarters of palm-barley, payable as specified. Right of distraint if payment in arrears. Given at Faversham [Kent]. Witnesses: Philip Note, mayor of Faversham; John Draylonde; Nicholas Dagh'; William Kemesle; John de Holmanston' Endorsed 'in villa de Feversham' in 14th cent hand. 

Lease | The National Archives

After his victory at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356, the Black Prince brought King John of France captive to England, and he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was released 3 June 1360 and spent the night of 3 July at the Maison Dieu, Ospringe on his way home to France.

Edward III confirmed the charters of Henry III (1252) and Edward I (1302). Faversham Charters

1327 King Edward III comes to the throne, until 1377

1377 King Richard II comes to the throne, until 1399

The warden of the maison-dieu of Ospringe requests letters of protection under the great seal against the officials and people of Faversham, who have made various threats against him and his servants.

Petitioners: Warden of Ospringe. Addressees: King. Occupation: Warden of... | The National Archives

1392 Thomas Lowick

1398 William Menu See also 1399

Scheldwych, Dec. 29, 22 Ric. II. John Boton, jun., of Scheldwych grants to Henry Boton his brother all his lands and tenements with appurtenances in the said par. and in the par. of Badlesmer' and in the Hundred of Faversham or elsewhere in Kent. Warranty against all men. Witnesses: William Menew then mayor of Faversham, Seman de Tonge, John Dreyloud, sen., Thomas Fordham of Scheldwych, John Celi, Thomas Scot, Henry Hore, Reginald Huntekyn and others.

Deed | The National Archives

1399 William Menu See also 1398

On 4 April 1399 William Godenough and his wife Elena had demised to them for the term of their lives, two messuages situated together in the Wollemarkete of Faversham. Witnesses to the deed were William Menu, mayor of Faversham, Seman atte Tonge, Peter Reve, John Gate, John Powkeliswode and others.  

Note - Sadly, for Elena, when William died, she had to surrender her rights to the two buildings in 1403.

1400 William Ledes See also 1402

Abjuration made there in 2 Henry IV [1401] William Clerk, hosier, on Wednesday after St. Alphege, 2 Henry IV [20 April 1401] fled to the church of St. Saviour in Faversham for sanctuary; William Ledes, Mayor and Coroner, went there at his request, and he confessed himself a felon, and said that on Sunday, St. Stephen, [26 December], the same year [1400] at Newcastle-on-Tyne, he stole a pair of beads, worth two shillings from Agnes Thornton of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and asked to be delivered from the church. He was led to the doors of the church and, in the presence of the coroner, abjured the realm. The coroner assigned Dover as his port of passage. 

The earliest parts of the book (folios 5r-27r and 30r-38v) appear to have been written... | The National Archives

It seems very harsh to be exiled for stealing a pair of beads!

1401 Seman at Tong See also 1403 and notes in 1399, 1402 and 1408

There was a family of good account formerly, which took their name from this parish. Seman at Tong was so considerable a man, that is the 21st year of king Richard II (1398) he lent the king twenty pounds, no small sum in those days. He possessed lands at Bredgar, Tonstall, and other places in this neighbourhood and elsewhere, and at Bredgar, his descendants remained till within memory. 

TAKEN FROM BRITISH-HISTORY-AC-UK   Note - £20 is now approx £25,000.

1402 William Ledes See also 1400

William was buried in the parish church in 1419 and is commemorated with a ledger and brass, once in the north transept.  Here lies William Ledes who died on the sabbath before the holy feast 1419  

Inquisition taken at Faversham on such a feast (or day) in 3 Henry IV [1401-2] before W. de L.(William de Ledes), Mayor and Coroner, S. de T (Seman de Tong)., J. de ., W. de M (W de Managh). , J. de B., R. de S. and R. de S., Jurats, and others, on view of body of John atte Noke, by oath of A. de L., etc. (to the number of twelve, reciting who were before sworn), who say on their oath that L. de N. feloniously killed John atte Noke with a dagger (or in any other way, saying how he was killed) or thus:- that John atte Noke died in a place called N. by sudden death or by misfortune, without harm or injury from any other person. In witness whereof to this Inquisition they place their seals. At Faversham, the day and year abovesaid.  

The earliest parts of the book (folios 5r-27r and 30r-38v) appear to have been written... | The National Archives

1403 Seman at Tong See also 1401 and notes 1399, 1402, 1408 and 1443

Seman died in 1414, and there is a memorial in Faversham parish church. It is a ledger with the bottom half of an effigy of a man, inscription in brass around margins, south chancel. It translates as : Here rests in the grave a benevolent man; Benign and right honest, deny it who can; He was good to his neighbours and friends every one; And none more respected than Semanus Tong; Of the Cinque Ports a Baron, he did his work truly; And though dwelling at Feversham, born was at Throughleigh; On Epihany day, fourteen hundred and fourteen; To the Church, in a coffin, Semanus was brought in; The years of Semanus were just eight times ten; May his pathway to heaven be certain - Amen From his mouth comes "God sende us Hevene"

1404 Walter Managh See also note in 1402

To his revered lordship, lord J. de R., Constable of Dover Castle, Warden of the Cinque Ports, his humble servants the Mayor and Bailiff of Faversham send all the respect and honour due to so great a lord. We have received your respected order and have executed it in the manner following (reciting then the result of the order, thus) W. Managh, Mayor, has been distrained and taken in custody by R. de L., J. de R., W. de S. and A. de M., the proceeds of which is 6d. etc. Walter Hunt, Bailiff, is dead and has no goods or chattels within the liberty by which he can be distrained (or otherwise reciting the return as agrees with the truth). At Faversham under the seal of office of the mayor, on such a day, in the fourth year of the reign of King Henry. 

The earliest parts of the book (folios 5r-27r and 30r-38v) appear to have been written... | The National Archives

1408 William Houslord            

On Wednesday after the feast of St Thomas the matyr 9 Henry IV, before the hallmote at Faversham, before William Houslord, mayor, John Haukyn, deputy steward, Seman de Tonge, Richard de Tong, William Menew, Laurence Lonesford, Walter Not, John Paytefyne, jurats of Faversham

John Faversham with his wife Agnes, made a final concord as plaintiffs, with Thomas Denys, scryvener and Cecily his wife respondents, to a messuage in Faversham.  

Henry IV issued a beautifully illuminated charter to the Barons of Faversham.

Charter 1408 - Henry IV and Royal letters patent | The National Archives

1399 King Henry IV comes to the throne, until 1413

1413 Henry V comes to the throne, until 1422

King Henry V passed through the town on his return from the Battle of Agincourt        

King Henry granted Faversham the use of a mace to be carried before the mayor      


1422 John Faversham See note in 1408
John was buried in the parish church in 1428 and is commemorated with a ledger, with a matrix for an effigy which was missing in 1790. There once was a brass plate in the south aisle and now lost, but there is one for his wife.

Here lies Agneta, formerly the wife of John Feversham, who died on the 16th day of September, Anno Domini 1428, whose soul may God rest in peace, Amen.

1426 William Barbour See note 1443

Plaintiffs: William Burch, spicer, and John White, chapman, of Cheshunt, co. Hertford. Defendants: William Barbour, mayor of Faversham.

Short title: Burch v Barbour. Plaintiffs: William Burch, spicer, and John White,... | The National Archives

This item is dated between 1426 - 1432, so this date for William is not confirmed.

1430 John Downe

Henry VI granted a charter confirming the previous charters.
Faversham Charters

1436 Richard Brayton See also 1445 and 1456. and note in 1443
Richard was a brewer, implicated in the Cade rebellion. This was a popular revolt in 1450 against the government.

1438 Simon Orwell See also note 1443
Simon was a brewer, implicated in the Cade rebellion and buried in the parish church in 1438. He was formerly commemorated on a stained-glass window, which featured images of Orwell, his wife and children, at the east end of Sacrarium Pray for the soul of Simon Orwell who made this window

1439 John Seyncler See also 1443 and 1448
From: Felicia, widow of Nicholas Wellenowe of Faversham To: Thomas Gate, of Faversham

A messuage with garden in Court Street ('courtstrete') in the town ('villa') and liberty of Faversham, lying with the messuage of John Brayles to south, the messuage of Richard Scrunton' to north, the king's highway to east and the garden of John Rolfe to west.

Witnesses: John Seyntclere, mayor of Faversham; John Wotton'; Peter Napilton; John Rolfe; Robert Sare; Geoffrey Champeneys   

Grant | The National Archives

1443 John Seyncler See also 1439 and 1448

A common Wordmoth holden at Faversham the Xth day of Jule the 22nd yere of King Harry the sixt before John Seyncler Mayor of the Town and Port of Faversham and the jurats and commoners of the same town

"Hyt was complained upon diverse controveries and debates late growying between the marchants brewers and victuallers of the said town on that oon partie and the common porters of no certaine rules except a lyttyll remembraunce in the old quayer that was Seman of Tonge.” 

John was probably related to the family of St. Clere, which held estates at Ightham.  He and other inhabitants of Faversham were pardoned, by deed of pardon date at Westinster 7 July 1450 for having taken part in the rebellion of John Mortimer (more commonly known as Jack Cade). Others pardoned were William Barbour, the elder, Simon Orewell, brewer, John Ulfe, fishmonger, Richard Braytone, brewer, Richard Crofte, Robert Wastell, butcher, John Orewell, brewer, John Londone, yeoman, John Pollard, glover, William Welles, butcher, Stephen White, tanner and Thomas Stede, yeoman.

One hundred and fifty years after Thomas Everard, several local townsmen – among them three ex-mayors and one who subsequently became mayor – got mixed up in another fray. This was the rising of the commons of Kent under John Cade, which is known as Jack Cade’s rebellion. The cause of the uprising was objection to the King’s favourites, excessive taxation and general misgovernment. The leaders demanded the dismissal of certain ministers. There were skirmishes between the rebels and the government forces at Queensborough, Sevenoaks and London. Eventually, the rebels were repulsed, and Jack Cade was killed.

The Faversham townsmen who figure in this affair were John Seyncler (1443), Simon Orewell (1438), Richard Brayton (1436, 1445 and 1456), John Thornbury (who had been High Sherriff of Kent), John Ulff (1457), Thomas Apulderfield, William Barber and Richard Croft. They were fortunate in getting off lightly, a pardon under the Great Seal being afterwards granted to all persons who were concerned in the insurrection.

Two of the mayors mentioned above were brewers.

1444 John Soole        

1445 Richard Brayton See also 1436, 1443 and 1456
Richard was a brewer and also a deputy at a special 'brodhull' or brotherhood of the Cinque Ports 21 Sep 1444 at Romney TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

Henry VI granted a charter confirming that the people of Faversham no longer have to give presents of fish and money to the Constable of Dover or answer suits to the Admiral of the Cinque Ports.  Another beautiful charter. See https://favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1446-henry-vi/

1448 John Seyncler See also 1439 and 1443

1422 King Henry VI comes to the throne, until 1461

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