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contain full particulars. The Commissioners were instructed to enquire, and reported as follows: That it was an entire manor of itself; that there was no advowson, chantry, or other spiritual charge. A recitation of the lands are given and the value is assessed at xxvij iijs iiijd per annum, which at twenty-one years' purchase would be worth the sum of dxxxvj1i xiiijs, including the woodland, which was separately valued as being worth vijli x3.

This is followed by a grant* to Maurice Dennys of the manor and chapel of Sutton at Hone for the sum of £536 and 40s.

Hasted+ tells us that Sir Maurice Dennys was descended from a good Gloucestershire family, and that he afterwards appended the addition of St. John to his name, having acquired a grant of other lands. In the fourth year of Elizabeth he levied a fine of this manor, and died in 1564, leaving it to his wife the Lady Elizabeth,‡ who had previously married Sir Nicholas Statham,§ Mercer, of London. She died in 1577, leaving the estate to her daughter Elizabeth, widow of Vincent Randall, and her two daughters Catherine and Martha, who possessed it in undivided moieties.

Martha carried her moiety in marriage to Thomas Cranfield, Esq., of London, at whose death it passed to Sir Randall Cranfield,|| Knt., who, in the seventh year of Charles I., executed a writ of partition with Sarah, Countess of Leicester,¶ and her son Sir John Smythe.

The other moiety, known by the name of Sutton Manor, was carried by Catherine the other daughter of Vincent Randall to Robert Wrote,** Esq., of Gunton in Suffolk, who in the tenth year of King James I. (A.D. 1613) conveyed it to

* Patent Rolls, 35 Henry VIII., pt. 14, m. 14 (22), A.D. 1543-4. † Vol. ii., p. 346.

In the sixth year of Henry VIII. Sir Maurice Dennys obtained a licence of the Crown to alien the manor of Sutton to Elizabeth Statham, whom he subsequently married. Pat. Roll (764), 36 Henry VIII., p. 25, m. 37.

§ Exch. Mins. Acct., 33-34 Henry VIII. Roll 136, m. 35.

By a writ, 12 Nov. 1553, the Sheriffs were ordered to distrain on Robert Kelwaye and Richard Randall, Esqs., to do homage to the Queen for the manor of Sutton at Hone and chapel and all tythes thereto appertaining, for not having first obtained licence of Her Majesty to the transfer of Sir Maurice Dennys and his wife. Orig. 37 Henry VIII., Ro. 77.

¶ Exch. L. T. R. Mins., 2 and 3 Philip and Mary. ** Close Rolls, 10 James I., part 14, No. 20, 1612.

Sir William Swan* of Southfleet, and he in 1613 passed it away to John Cole, Esq., of the Inner Temple (A.D. 1614), who two years afterwards sold this moiety to Sir Thomas Smythe,† the second son of Customer Smythe of Westonhanger. That part allotted to the Countess of Leicester and her son Sir John Smyth became a separate manor with Brook Place for a residence.

The attempts at a division of the manor of Sutton at Hone between the Countess of Leicester and her son Sir John on the one part, and Sir Thomas Smythe of the other, were referred in the first instance to the arbitration of Sir George Wright and Sir Thomas Wroth, Knights, and John Walter and Francis Downes, who having failed to decide the question, the matter was referred to the Court of Chancery, and it was decided by Right Hon. Lord Coventrie, Keeper of the Great Seal, in the High Court of Chancery.‡ It was decreed that the said agreement, and all matters and things be ratified and confirmed, the defendants forthwith to take out an execution; and that the Sheriff do proceed in execution of the division of the said lands and allotments; and that Mr. Francis Downes and Mr. George Ratcliffe shall determine all differences between the said parties; if need be, Sir Edward Salter, Knt., to act as umpire.


Swyngfield, as it is sometimes spelt, is situate in the Hundred of Folkestone, about eight miles from Dover and six and a half from Folkestone. It is also referred to by Tanner as Ewell, hence there has arisen some uncertainty. It is in this or the adjoining parish that we are to look for the house of the Knight Hospitallers of Jerusalem.

Tanners states "That there was here a house of the Sisters of the Order before they were all placed together at Buckland, but whether this was at Swyngfield is uncertain"; adding, "There was a Preceptory of Knight Templars here before 1190, to which Sir Waresius de Valoris, Sir Ralph de

* Close Rolls, 14 James I., part 3, No. 44, 1616.
Close Rolls, 16 James I., part 2, No. 25, 1618.
Chan. Enrolled Decrees, R. 508, No. 11, 1638.
§ Tanner, Notitia, p. 217.

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