There are a number of interesting families who are connected to my own, either by marriage or association, whose lives affected that of my ancestors. It is only right that their stories are told.
Elizabeth Hendley was the daughter of Walter Hendley and Ellen Ashburnham of Guestling in Sussex. She was the sister in law to Eleanor Waller my 12th Great Grandmother
The Hendley’s manor of Coursehorne can be found in the county of Kent and bordered on its western side by the village of Cranbrook. This 14th century family were first and foremost sheep farmers whose grassland sustained the breeding and grazing of sheep who produced quality wool. Later generations moved to weaving broadcloth and eventually into the administration in the Tudor court of Henry VIII.
Margery Pigot daughter of Thomas Pigott and Elizabeth Inwardby of Quainton. She was the wife of Walter Hendley of Coursehorne in Kent
Historically, the Pigott’s Buckinghamshire holdings of Whaddon, Little and Great Horwood and Lillingstone Dayrell were held by Walter Giffard, who fought at Hasting and whose son, also Walter, was the first Earl of Buckingham. By the later half of the 15th century these manors were held by the ancestors the Pigots.