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He was succeeded in the Baronetcy by Henry Brooke,* Lord Cobham, born 1564. He married Lady Kildare. On the accession of James I. he and his brother George were said to have been implicated, together with Sir Walter Raleigh, "in treason of the Main," and were tried and condemned. George was executed at Winchester, and Lord Cobham remained shut up in the Tower, where he continued till death. The estates were complicated by being entailed, so that the King could only hold during his life. This he sold to Lord Brooke‡ (Duke Brooke) for £10,699, with a grant of manor of Temple Stroude to Charles Brooke,§ brother of Duke, who in the same year executed a deed granting to John Dailtham|| of Shaston, co. Dorset, all manors granted to George Brooke for the sum of £500 during the life of the Countess of Kildare, and a further sum of £40,000 paid in one sum.
Whereupon a recovery (inter alia) of the Manor of Temple Strowde was brought by George Rowcliffe and Richard Kippas, Esq., in the Court of Chancery at the petition of the Countess of Kildare.T
The existing remains of the ancient building of the Templars consist of a vaulted crypt, 41 feet in length by 17 feet 6 inches in width, and 13 feet high to the crown of the vault. The walls, 3 feet in thickness, are composed of chalk, rubble, and flint. The interior is divided into three bays or divisions, with semicircular dwarf columns with plain splayed caps and bases, from which spring the intersecting ribs of the vaulting of stone, the voussoirs filled in with neatly squared courses of chalk. The crypt was originally lighted with three lancet lights in the centre of each bay, 3 inches deep externally, and deep splays inside, of which only one on the south side remains perfect; the others have been enlarged and are of more recent construction.
The crypt formed, no doubt, the basement of a chapel or halls. The superstructure is partly of rubble or brick of a
*Arch. Cant., Vol. XII.,
i.e., Piracy on the High Seas. Arch. Cant., p. 162, 1606. Chanc. Ing. p.m., James I., p. 1, No. 174. § Pat. Rolls, 5 James I., part xxiv. 1607.
Close Rolls, 5 James I., part xxx. (1907), 1607. Ibid., 1907, part xxx.