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Mayors of Faversham 1450 to 1499

King Henry VI was on the throne until 1461

1450
Jack Cade's Rebellion was a revolt in 1450 against the government of England, which took place between  April and July. It stemmed from local grievances regarding the corruption and abuse of power of the king's closest advisors and local officials, as well as recent military losses in France during theHundred Year's War. The rebellion's leader Jack Cade, called himself the ‘Captain of Kent’ and marched on London. Several mayors were involved in the uprising - Richard Brayton, Simon Orwell and John Ulff.

1454
Henry VI granted a certified copy a Letters Patent, originally dated 1388, recording complaints by the mayor and people of Faversham. See www.favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1454-henry-vi/ 

Royal letters patent | The National Archives

1456 Richard Brayton See also 1436 and 1445 and note in 1443
Richard was implicated in the Cade rebellion of 1450.

1457 John Ulff See also 1459 and 1460 and note in 1443
John was a fishmonger who was also implicated in the Cade rebellion of 1450. His surname is spelled variously as Ulff, Oulff and Wolf but it’s assumed this is the same person.

1459 John Ulff See also 1457 and 1460 and note in 1443

1460 John Wolf See also 1457 and 1459 and note in 1443
John was a deputy at a special Brodhull held at Romney, Monday 11 August 1460 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

1465 William Norton
William had previously been a deputy for Faversham at a special Brodhull held in Romney on Monday 11 August 1460. He and others also appeared before the Lord Warden or his Lieutenant at St James, Dover to answer causes on Tuesday 27 April 1462 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

His son Richard was also mayor, in 1494 and 1498. William was a churchwarden and was buried in the parish church in 1468. He and is commemorated by a brass on a ledger stone, whereabouts unknown. 

1466 John Orwell

1472 William Barowe
William was a deputy at an 'assemble' held at Romney, Thursday 14 May 1472 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

He attended similar meetings in 1485.

1474 Richard Ledmed See mention in 1478

1475 Thomas Reade See also 1484, 1487, 1488, 1495 and 1501

1476 Richard Myller
Edward VI confirmed the 1434 charter of Henry VI.  See www.favershamcharters.org/charters/charter-1476-edward-iv/

1477 Richard Long See also 1478
Richard was a deputy of Faversham at an assembly in Romney Thursday 14 May 1472 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

He had died by 1479, described as 'the late mayor of Faversham', he is to have £10 towards the costs incurred in the preservation of their liberties Tuesday 27 July 1479 General Brodhull at Romney TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

1478 Richard Long See also 1477

1479 Thomas Benet                

1480 Edward Thompson
Edward was buried in the parish church in 1497 and is commemorated by a ledger with brass plate, by south wall, south transept.

Here lies EDWARD THOMASSON, the mayor of this town of Ffev'sham, and EMOTA and MARGAR'TA his wives. Here once EDWARD died on the second day of the month of December in the year of Dom'ni MCCCLXXXXVII whose souls are pur god amen     

1481 William Thornton See also 1489 and 1490
William was a deputy at a special Brotherhood at Romney 12 Jan 1489 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

1482 Thomas Dilnot See also 1486
His name is also spelled as Thomas Gylnett. Thomas attended a Brodhull at Romney Tuesday 22 July 1483 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

1461 King Edward IV comes to the throne, until 1483

1483 King Richard III comes to the throne, until 1485

1483 John Wygmore
John died in 1492 and there is a memorial to him in the church which implies he was a lawyer as he is described as ‘of Grays Inn’.

Pray for the souls of John Wigmore, gent, formerly of Grays Inn for his wife and all his daughters and for Richard his son, who died October 23 1492. Live in our memory

1484 Thomas Reade See also 1475, 1487, 1488, 1495 and 1501

1485 Richard Norton See also 1494 and 1498
Richard was the son of William who was mayor in 1465

1486 Thomas Dilnot See also 1482

1487 and 1488 Thomas Reade See also 1475, 1484, 1495 and 1501
Thomas was a deputy at a special Brotherield at Romney, on 12 January 1489 TAKEN FROM WHITE AND BLACK BOOKS OF THE CINQUE PORTS

1489 William Thornton See also 1481 and 1490

1490 William Thornton See also 1481 and 1489

1490 Richard Lull See also 1491, 1493 and 1504

1491 Richard Lull  See also 1493 and 1504

1492 Richard Bedelll
Richard is described as a churchwarden of the parish church of Faversham in 1489

1493 Richard Lull See also 1490, 1491 and 1504

1494 Richard Norton See also 1485 and 1498
Richard was the son of William who was mayor in 1465.

1495 Thomas Read See also 1475, 1484, 1487, 1488 and 1501

1496 Thomas Malpace
Thomas was a pewterer

1497 Thomas Chilmell            

1498 Richard Norton  See also 1485 and 1494
Richard was buried in the parish church in 1500.  He is commemorated by a brass on a ledger stone, whereabouts unknown. Translated from Latin:
Pray for the soul of Richard son of William Norton and his wife Joan and his mother Elizabeth, who was indeed the mayor of this town who died 10th December 1500.

1499 John Norton See also in 1500 and 1502
Another son of mayor William Norton 1465,  John was made a Knight on the occasion of the marriage of Prince Arthur on 17 November 1501.


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