The Ashwellthorpe Triptych
A parish and village 9 miles southwest of Norwich—has 89 houses, 467 souls, and 979 acres of land, formerly divided into two parishes, called Ashwell and Thorpe, possessed in early times by the family of De Thorpe, from whom the manor passed to the Bouchier, Knyvett, and Wilson families.
Southwick Hall, Northamptonshire, England
Family Home of the KNYVETT Family from 1300 - 1441
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Southwick Hall has been the home of three inter-related families.
The Knyvetts, (or Knyvets) 1300-1441: They built the medieval manor house which was then known as Knyvett's Place. The two towers, one at the front of the house and the other in the courtyard at the rear, remain to this day, together with adjoining rooms. There are records of Knyvetts in Southwick for at least a century before they built the present house. Richard Knyvett, a prominent wool merchant, was keeper of the forest of Clive (or Cliffe), part of Rockingham Forest, from 1324. His son, Sir John, was Lord Chancellor of Edward III, and of his descendants one was Member of Parliament for Huntingdon shire. Another, who was Sheriff of Northamptonshire, was taken prisoner while fighting in the Hundred Years War. A ransom of a thousand pounds was demanded, and possibly as a result of this the family ran into financial difficulties and an arrangement was made whereby the house and the estate were sold to John Lynn who had married Joan Knyvett.
Sir Edmund Knyvett 1486
Sir Edmund Knyvett (Knevitt), 1° B. Berners, was born in Buckenham, Norfolk. Married Jane Bourchier, Baroness Berners, in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, c1508. She died 1562. He was Serjeant Porter to Henry VIII, and was made Receiver of the Honour of Denbigh.
Edmund's will, dated June 24, 1546, and probated the same year, mentioned his wife, Jane, and his children, but not by name. The will of Jane Knyvett, widow, daughter and sole heir of John Bourchier, Knight, late Lord Berners, deceased, was dated April 8, 1560, and probated December 1562.
KFN is indebted to John Reginald's research for this information.
National Archives (UK)Reference: Phi/545 578 x 2
Indenture between King Henry VIII and Edmund Knyvett Esq. and Jane daughter of John Bourghchier, Lord Berners, granting them special livery of the said John's lands. With valor of said lands in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Signed by Henry VIII, (March 24, 1533).
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Notes from Tudorplace
Notes: Brother Thomas Knyvett. Sergeant Porter to Henry VIII. He acquired Ashwellthorpe through his marriage to Jane Bourchier, heiress of John Bourchier. Edmund's will, dated 24 June 1546, and probated the same year, mentioned his wife, Jane, and his children, but not by name. The will of Jane Knyvett, widow, daughter and sole heir of John Bourchier, Knight, late Lord Berners, deceased, was dated 8 April 1560, and probated December 1562. It included a record of an earlier legal document that mentioned her sons, William and Edmund Knyvett, as well as her son, John Knyvett, her heir apparent. Mentioned in the will were her sons, William and Edmund, her daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Oliver Sheers, Rose Reymes widow, and Christian and Thomas Foster, and her "cousin", Thomas Knyvett, her heir apparent (presumably her grandson, the oldest son of her son, John ). Also mentioned were her "goddaughters", Jane Walpole, Mary Walpole, and Bridget Walpole, all unmarried, "the same Agnes" (unmarried and unidentified), Bridget (the daughter of Edmund Knyvett) who was unmarried, and Henry (the son of Thomas Knyvett) who was under 21. One of the executors was her son, William Knyvett. The "goddaughters" must be "granddaughters", since the will of William Walpole, son of Catherine and John Walpole, dated 5 August 1587, and proved 5 December 1587, in the PCC, mentioned his mother, Catherine , now married to Thomas Scarlett, and his sisters, Mary Houghton, Jane Ryvett, and Bridget Houghell (amongst others).
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Early in 1541 on the tennis courts of the King's house, he struck Thomas Clere, a Norfolk gentleman and a retainer and friend of the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard, drawing blood. It was his bad luck that only recently a statute had declared that the penalty for such an act was the loss of the right hand.