Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Nocton Hall - Wymbish

'Old Master'

His nephew and successor, old master Thomas Wymbish was Sheriff of Lincolnshire and Mayor of Lincoln. He was a wealthy man, as by his will he left Nocton to his oldest son, Blankney to his second son, and Metheringham to his third son.

'Young' Thomas

Thomas Wymbish was succeeded by his great grandson, young Thomas Wymbish at the age of nine years, in 1530. While still under age he married Elizabeth Lady Tailboys of Kyme, a baroness in her own right, and a great heiress. On Thursday October 13th 1541, these young people were honoured by a visit from King Henry VIII and his fifth Queen, Katherine Howard who stayed the night at Nocton. Young Thomas had a short life and a merry one and died without issue in 1552. For the following seventeen years, the rents of his estates were set aside to pay his debts.

During the time of Young Thomas at Nocton, the Priory, with all other Monasteries in England whose incomes were under £200 per year, was suppressed by the King, and in 1536 it was dis established and disendowed. The net annual income of the Priory was £43. 3s.8d. for the support of a Prior, four Canons and two poor boys who were being educated at the Priory. The income of the Vicarage was £7.10s.0d. net yearly.


The estate then passed to Mary, the only child of Thomas Wymbish’s sister, Frances. Mary had married John Townley of Burnley, Lancashire and they had a family of seven sons and seven daughters.

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