The Staffords of Eyam

by C. E. B. BOWLES, M.A.

This article was published originally in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Journal, vol. 30, 1908; pp261-295.

This transcription by Rosemary Lockie © 2000-1


[1] Reliquary, vol. ii., p. 219.
[2] Add. MSS. 6,675 and 6,671 in British Museum.
[3] Since this History was in type an abstract of these deeds has been included by Mr. Jeayes in his valuable book, Derbyshire Charters.
[4] Vol. xxv., p.24, of this Journal.
[5] Archaeological Journal, xxiii., p.86.
[6] The east end of the north aisle of Eyam Church is known as “The Stafford or Bradshawe Quire”. Here it is presumed was the altar dedicated to St. Helen, and beneath the Quire the Staffords probably lie buried. The Quire formerly was enclosed by an oak screen, now removed into the chancel: the oak pews, however, still exist in situ.
[7] Wolley, vii., 37 and 38.
[8] No. I. in the collection of the writer.
[9] No. II. (8) in the writer's collection.
[10] Wolley, vii., 40.
[11] Feudal History, sec v., 186.
[12] No. II. (3)
[13] No. II. (7)
[14] Feudal History, sec. v., p. 204, by Pym Yeatman, to whom I am indebted for the above suggestion as to identity, in a letter, the wording of which is here quoted almost verbatim.
[15] Wolley, vii., 39.
[16] See the Pedigree on page 263.
[17] Dr Bonce, M, 328.
[18] A building, probably a house.
[19] No. II., 9.
[20] No. V.
[21] Wolley, vii., 42.
[22] Ibid. vii., 61.
[23] Ibid. vii., 43.
[24] No. IX.
[25] East Harnam is about a mile from Salisbury.
[26] No. XVII.
[27] No. XI.
[28] No. XIV., (ii).
[29] No. XVIII.
[30] Haddon Charters.
[31] No. XXI.
[32] Wolley, vii., 54.
[33] No. VIII.
[34] Haddon Charters.
[35] No. XXV.
[36] Haddon Charters.
[37] Wolley, vii. 37.
[38] For this and other information obtained from the Heralds' College I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. Farnham Burke, Somerset Herald.
[39] Heralds' College, c.33.
[40] Vol. xxv., p. 40, of this Journal.
[41] Cox's Churches of Derbyshire, vol. ii., pp. 101 and 102.
[42] Hunter's Hallamshire (Gatty), p. 463.
[43] No. XXIX.
[44] No. XXVIII. This is the first mention of the connection which undoubtedly existed between the Staffords of Eyam and the co. of Lincoln. It is interesting, too, to record the fact that the Foolow and Bretton lands descended in the Bradshawes and were only sold to their descendant in 1883.
[45] Nos. XXXIII., XXXIV., & XXXV.
[46] Woolley, vii., 63.
[47] Martyn family and Rylye lands cf. pp. 279 and 287.
[48] No. XXXVIII.
[49] In the writer's possession is a grant [No. X.] of these same lands by Richard, son of John Porter, of Aldenham, to Edmond, son of Reginald Brok, of Combehawey. It is dated at Bath, 38 Edward III., 1364, and has a Seal of the Mayor and Corporation of Bath in good preservation.
[50] On the 22nd of September in the same year, Thomas Lynford had granted to Sir Richard Vernon and John Atteborgh the Manor of Calver, on condition that they made to Thomas, son of the said Richard Vernon, an Estate in the same Manor after the death of himself. To hold to the said Thomas Vernon and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever. Add. MSS. 6697, p. 502.
[51] No. XLIXB.
[52] An exact reproduction of this Lynford pedigree and charter occurs in Harl. 1424, fol. 95, with the statement that it was “Ex chartis Mr. Savage de Castleton in the Peke in com. Derby”, who “duxit in uxorem uaam filiarum et hered huius familie de Stafford”. [Ed: Eh? ]
[53] See footnote, p. 273.
[54] Haddon Charters.
[55] To this same Godfrey and Avine, his wife, Lawrence de Lynford granted, 29 Edward III. (1355), all his lands in Hassop, to hold to the said Godfrey and Avine and their heirs. Add. MSS. 6697, p.501.
[56] No. XVII.
[57] Haddon Charters.
[58] Haddon Charters.
[59] Hard. Charters, 84A, 39.
[60] See page 288.
[61] No. XXVI.
[62] No. XXXVII.
[63] Wolley, vii., 46.
[64] No. XXXVI.
[65] Feudal History, sec. ii., p. 502.
[66] No. XL.
[67] No. XLIII.
[68] Wolley, vii., 69.
[69] No. XLIV., XLV.
[70] No. XLVII. These lands had formed part of the old Lynford Estate.
[71] No. XLVIII.
[72] No. XLIXA.
[73] No. XLIXB.
[74] Haddon Charters
[75] Derbyshire Charters by I. H. Jeayes, No. 1262.
[76] A word very frequently used for a nephew or niece.
[77] Haddon Charters.
[78] Peter de Roland was witness to the Charter confirming the grant of lands at Eyam, to Richard de Stafford, temp. Henry III. Several deeds were attested by him up to 22 Edward I. He is described in a charter at Hassop Hall as Peter, son of Wimund de Roland. For access to the Hassop deeds, I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. Leslie, the owner of Hassop Hall.
[79] Wolley, vii., 59.
[80] No. XXXVII. There are four releases at Hassop from the Penystons of land at Roland to John and Margaret, bearing the same date.
[81] Wolley, vii., 57.
[82] See page 279.
[83] Glover's History of Derbyshire, vol. l., p. 61.
[84] No. XLII.
[85] Wolley, vii., see page 283.
[86] Wolley, vii., 56.
[87] Wolley, vii., 55.
[88] Haddon Charters.
[89] No. LII.
[90] Some Stafford and Bradshawe Deeds were destroyed by a fire early in the nineteenth century, possibly this one perished then.
[91] Wolley, vii., 48. A duplicate of this is among the Hassop deeds.
[92] Wolley, vii., 49. See pages 279 and 280 for the account of Riley.
[93] No. LIII.
[94] Wolley, vii., 47.
[95] Page 277.
[96] Cox's Derbyshire Churches, vol. ii., p.107; also vol. xxix., p.8. of this Journal.
[97] Haddon Charters, a duplicate of which is at Hassop.
[98] Vide Roland Stafford's Will.
[99] Cox's Derbyshire Churches, vol. ii., p.118.
[100] Hunter's Familior Minorum Gentium, vol. ii., p. 557.
[101] Wood's History of Eyam, p. 175.
[102] Adl. MSS. 6,692, b, 258.
[103] Francis Talbot, 8th Earl of Shrewsbury, who died this same year, 1560.
[104] Vol. xxv., p. 35, of this Journal.
[105] Cox, vol. ii., p. 102.
[106] Hunter's Familiae Minorum Gentium, vol. iii., p. 1062.
[107] Reliquary, vol. ii., p. 222.
[108] Yorks. Arch. Journal, vol. xv., pp. 6, 8.
[109] Vol. xxv., p. 36, of this Journal.
[110] Vol. xxv., p. 44, of this Journal. This Hall was sold by one of the representatives of the family in 1883.
[111] A long and heavy table of oak on which the game was played.
[112] Vol. xxv., p. 37, of this Journal.
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