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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lord William Guldeford & Johanna Halden

625048. Lord William Guldeford & 625049. Johanna Halden

~1348, William Guildford born in England, s/o §§Henry de Guldeford [benefactor of Tawing priory.] (S) Gloucester-Lincolnshire, Cox, 1738, P1137.

6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349. [England would lose about a third of its population, France about a fourth.]

~1360, Joan born in England, heir & d/o §§Sir John Halden, s/o §§William Halden of the manor of Halden, Rolvenden, Kent.

1/20/1376, “Debtor: John Brocas, … Creditor: John Campden, clerk, … and William de Guildford. Amount: 1000m.” (S) UKNA.

6/21/1377, Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.

3/1378, Q: William Batelesford & ... D: William de Guldeforde & wife Joan ... Message ... and ½ manor of Brokecote. ... To hold to William Bateslesforde ..., of William de Guldeforde & Joan & the heirs of Joan; for the life of William de Guldeforde ... Reversion to Joan and her heirs quit of the heirs of William de Guldeforde. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.

1378, William de Guldeford and John de Uvedale witnessed a grant of the manor of Kirchiel, Dorset. (S) CCRs.

1379, William de Guldeford a surety for Thomas Tyle, King’s butler.

1380, William Guldeford, MP for Kent at Northampton. (S) Hist. and Topo. of Kent, V1, 1797, Members of Parliament.

12/14/1381, Commission ... William de Gueldford ... to preserve the peace, with power to arrest ... (S) CPRs.

1383, William a witness in Kent to a grant by Henry de Wakefield, Bishop of Worchester.

1384, William, Hemsted, in Benenden, M.P. for Kent. [With Robert Corby.] William paid £15 4s for attending 38 days at New Sarum. (S) Hist. and Topo. of Kent, V1, 1797, Members of Parliament.

1384, William Batisford, William Guildford, ... sued Thomas Mayhewe of Romney and his wife Agnes for 4 acres in Appeldore. ... paying 10 marks to Thomas and Agnes. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.

4/1385, William pardoned for larceny in “the late insurrection.”

9/1386, Q: William Guldeford and wife Joan. D: John Hamond and wife Juliana. ... Warrant against the heirs of Juliana. William and Joan gave 10 marks. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.

1387, William, High Sheriff of Kent. [Multiple records.] (S) UKNA.

7/8/1388, “…Writ to: Sheriff of Kent. Sent by: Chancery. Endorsement: William Guildford, Sheriff, replies …”. (S) UKNA. [Multiple records similar to this exist for 1388.]

1388, Hemsted Park was already an established estate with many acres of ancient woodland, when it was granted to William de Guldeford by Richard II after the attainment of Sir Robert Belknap.

7/1388, Q: Henry Perot. D: William Guldeford and wife Joan. 24 acres ... in Rolvyndenne. Quitclaim from William and Joan and the heirs of Joan to Henry and his heirs. Henry gave 20 marks. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.

1388-94, William died.


4/15/1394, Joan, a widow, held the manor of Langham (alias Halden) in Rolvenden at half of a knight’s fee. Joan’s over-lord was Isabel, widow of Sir Richard Ponynges, assigned by the king as her dower such service as was owed by the Guldefords. (S) CIsPM.

9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.

1411, Joan appealed to the Pope after being excommunicated for defiance of the religious authorities.

(S) Benenden, The Hist. and Topographical Survey of the Co. of Kent: V7, 1798.

Family notes:

·         The arms of Guldeford quartering Halden were in the east window of the church of the neighboring parish of Cranbrook.

·         4/27/1338, John de Halden witnessed a quitclaim given at Little Chart, Kent, of Lucy widow of Walter de Burgharsile of Tenterden. (S) UKNA.

Child of William and Joan:

i. Edward Guildford (312524), born ~1385 in England.