- WASHBURN ANCESTRAL PHOTOS
Coat of Arms at Wichenford Church
Estate at Wichenford
House at Washbourne Estate at Wichenford
- The following information
was copied from a typescript prepared by Mary Barton
Larsen. The source is unknown, it may be that B.F. Larsen
visited these places on one of his trips to Europe.
OUR HERITAGE FROM ENGLAND
- I. Friday August 15, 1924, after lunch.
- 1. London to Gloucester, Great Northern Railroad
- 2. Explored cathedral grounds.
- II. Saturday August 16, 1924
- 1. Called upon publishers of Notes and
Records of the Washburn Family by Peach.
- 2. Called on Washburn Wine Merchants
- 3. Proprietor sold me a copy 10' 6d
- 4. Went to Worcester
- 5. Registered at Great Western Hotel
- III. Sunday August 17, 1924
- 1. No buses to Wichenford
- 2. Went great nahem [?] Climbed Beacon Hill
or Worcester Beacon
- IV. Monday August 18, 1924
- 1. Went by bus to Wichenford
- 2. Visited Wichenford Court (Old manor house)
- 3. Wichenford Church
- a. Tombs
- b. Carved effigies
- V. Tuesday August 19, 1924
- 1. By train to Beckford
- 2. Walked to Little Washbourne and Great Washbourne
- VI. To Northampton in the evening
- 1. At a temperance hotel
- a. By candle light
- VII. Wednesday August 20, 1924
- 1. To Pytchley, 18 miles northwest from Northampton
- a. No buses to the village
- b. Walked 2 1/4 miles each way.
- c. Pytchley came to Washburns by marriage
- d. Noted for the hunt
- e. Visited the village
- 2. The Pitchley Church
- a. Washburns buried within the altar rail.
- b. In chancel in front of the altar.
- Nash's History of Worcestershire. Vol II, p
- John [Washbourne]High Sheriff of Worcestershire
- Justice of Peace sixty years
- Tomb to himself and his father in Wichenford
- Died 1633
The Old Manor House at Wichenford,
built in 1262
Wichenford was one of the largest mansions
in Worcester with a moat, drawbridge, etc.
near Wichenford Church.
About six miles northeast of
Worcester and about twenty miles from Great Washburn (Stanford).
contains 2762 acres.
Wichenford came to the Washburns
through the marriage of John Washbourn with Margery Poher,
commonly called Power - 1397.
Through the male line failing,
it was sold from the family in 1712.
Interior older than
Dexter panel contains a shield with the Washburn
coat of arms.
It was in this old Washburn Manor-house
of Wichenford that one of the Bourbon Princes was confined
and is said to have been put to death by Lady Washbourne
in the absence of her husband. When Owen Glendower was camped
on Woodbury Hill in the reign of Henry IV. Genealogical
notes of the Washburn Family by Mrs. Julia Chase Washburn
Wichenford Church - Tombs of the Washburn
Erected by John Washbourne Esq. In pious
memory of his father, Anthony Washbourne Esq., as also of
himself and his two wives, the first Mary, daughter of Francis
Savage of Elmley Castle, Esq. And the second Elenor, daughter
of Richard Lygon of Madresfield, Esq. Descended from one
of the co-heiresses of Lord Beauchamp of Powick.
John Washburn being at the time of this
inscription 1632 of the age of 84 years. He died in 1633.
On this tomb are effigies of John Washbourne and his father
Anthony, probably both armed except the head, at their feet
a lion. Above these in niches in the wall are two gentlewomen
kneeling, being portraitures of his two wives. Between them
are Washbournes being argent on a fess between six martless
gules [??]. Three quatrefoils of the first. The tomb
is on the north side of the channel.
II. English Sources
1. The Domesday Books
Titles and Entails
3. Provision for guarding royal grants
The transmission of entailed land and estates. Extensive
5. The doings and records of the established
church. The church authority over every individual in the
(1) The Conqueror Domesday Books
at Christmas time, Richard gathered a stock taking Council.
This inquisition handed in information concerning the kingdom
before 1087. The inquisition established in each county
A sworn jury consisting of the Sheriff,
the lords of the manors, priests, baillifs, heads of hundreds
and six village tenants.
William's Doomsday [sic] book most unique
and trustworthy. It included land, animals, etc., at the
(2) Records of Entails
Passage or property from one person to another.
A jury of inquisition examined sound health of person making
a will, extend of transactions, integrity of the parties,
(3) Royal Records and Titles
The Royal power to bestow patents and titles
Royal department of heraldry.
of arms and commissions.
(5) [#4 is left out in Mary Larsen's copy]
Activities of the Church
In earlier days the rule of a church established
by law and even above the law was universal.
periodical Visitations, the bishops' agents looked
into the property, investigated the property owners, made
records of their families, arranged records for their tithings,
the goods of the land owners, or property owners.
The Time and Customs of the Early
1. The Dark Ages
2. The Renaissance
The City States - Soldiers and Peasants
4. The growth
5. Divisions in the Church
6. Customs and
Our Washbourne Inheritance
1. Earliest known ancester
2. A good
3. We know a teacher by his students - an ancestor
by his posterity.
4. The soldier's rewards
on field of battle
b. Given Little Washbourne and great
The Time in History
Invasion from Normandy
The Dark Ages
time of chivalry
of central governments
War - the Gentlemen's
Our Ancesters' Challenge to Us.
Notes made by B.F. Larsen