Author Archive: heraldryinnorfolk

Erpingham: References listed

OFFICIAL REFERENCES:   C.C.R. 1333-37                    = CALENDAR OF CLOSE ROLLS, EDWARD III 1333-37 C.C.R. 1349-54                    = CALENDAR OF CLOSE ROLLS EDWARD III 1349-54 C.C.R. 1386-1399               =   9 RICHARD II, 1386 C.C.R. 1399-1402              = CALENDAR OF CLOSE ROLLS HENRY IV VOL I, 1399-1402 C.C.R. 1402-5                       = VOL II 1402-5; C.C.R. 1405-9 …

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Sir Thomas Erpingham: ERPINGHAM’S POSSESSIONS

ERPINGHAM’S POSSESSIONS Soon after returning to England, the king gave Erpingham the position of constable of Framlingham castle, with the manors of Framlingham, Earl Saham and Kelsale in Suffolk, and Southfield, Framingham and Hanworth in Norfolk. These were part of the Mowbray estates which had reverted to the king during the minority of the heir …

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Sir Thomas Erpingham: HIS ACTIVITIES IN NORFOLK

HIS ACTIVITIES IN NORFOLK   Erpingham was “guardian of the peace in Norfolk” in 1401. At Erpingham’s instigation, Henry IV gave Norwich its new charter in 1404. This made the city and suburbs “The County and City of Norwich”, extinguished the office of the Bailiffs and enabled the citizens to elect a Mayor and Sheriffs. …

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Sir Thomas Erpingham: THE RETURN TO ENGLAND

THE RETURN TO ENGLAND         John of Gaunt died in February 1399 and King Richard seized his estates, which increased the people’s hatred of him and incensed Henry Duke of Lancaster, his son, so that he immediately opposed him. He was openly solicited to expel Richard, with many of the principal towns including Norwich declaring …

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Sir Thomas Erpingham: ERPINGHAM’S TRAVELS ABROAD

ERPINGHAM’S TRAVELS ABROAD Thomas Erpingham had already gained some military experience during service in Salisbury’s retinue during Richard II’s expedition into Scotland in 1385.   In 1386-7 he accompanied John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, who was exiled by the king and went into Spain so that the duke of Lancaster could pursue his claim to …

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Sir Thomas Erpingham: The early years

These papers on Sir Thomas Erpingham were published in part in the year 2000, in a book edited by Anne Curry and published by TEMPUS: Agincourt 1415.  This was the result of a symposium organised by the Norfolk Heraldry Society on Sir Thomas Erpingham and held in Norwich Cathedral in October 1996. Erpingham’s banner, stitched …

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Cranworth

CRANWORTH church has a great deal of heraldry, mostly of the Gurdon family who lived at Letton Hall. A tablet in the north aisle with eight coloured shields, for Brampton Gurdon of Letton, died 3 November 1769, aged 62  The inscription is confusing, but the descent is: John Gurdon of Assington, Suffolk (whose mother was …

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Royal College of Midwives

Rodney Chapman has kindly drawn my attention to an armorial window in the Chapel at Beetley. It has a delightful coat of arms, in memory of Gillian Mary Barnard, who lived from 1937 to 1986. Within a flowered border, it has two midwives as supporters, the dexter one cradling an infant and with a bunch …

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Tittleshall – Sir Edward Coke

Sir Edward Coke was a Norwich Grammar school boy who went to Cambridge, and was called to the bar. He was involved in Henry Cromwell’s libel case, and in a defining precedent in land law. He built Godwick Hall and took his bride there. William Cecil, first minister to Queen Elizabeth, took him under his …

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Tittleshall

A monument by the north wall of the chancel, with a kneeling figure and three coloured shields, for “Bridget, daughter and one of the hears of John Pastan Esqre, (sic) of Huntingfield Hall, Suffolk, first wife (married 1582) of Edward Coke, Esqre, Attorney Generall; died 27 June 1598. Had issue, Edward, Robart, Arthur, John, Henry, …

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