17/08/2022

GGF16 – John Denton of Fyfield (1375-)

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At the time of this John, the Dentons had established themselves at Fyfield five miles west of Abingdon, amd quite close to Appleton where my GGF18 and GGF19 were based. A manor had been there since the 10thcentury. The Chronicle of Abingdon states that in 956 CE King Eadwig (who ruled Wessex from 955 to 959) had originally granted his thane Aethelnoth this land. By the time of the Conquest it was granted to Henry de Ferrers. At this time Fyfield was in Berkshire.

Fyfield manor house

Fyfield manor house was built by 1325 and enlarged during the 16thcentury Elizabethan period. I have found no suggested evidence that Dentons actually lived in it; our thrust in this period was still to come. But if John Denton lived in Fyfield and had the right to use the name ‘of Fyfield’ then he must at least have interacted with the incumbents – de Ferrers in the 14th century and Golafres in the 15th century.

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Fyfield’s St Nicholas Church is also 12th/13th century so John Denton would have worshipped there. John Golafre built the north chapel to be his mausoleum. It has quite a shocking effigy that does not pull punches with its image of human death.

Sir John Golafre’s memorial in St Nicholas, Fyfield

John Denton does however beg several questions. Born in Fyfield, married at Baddesley Clinton, how was it that he was MP for Huntingdon in 1413, 1414 and 1416?

He married Johanna de la Launde (1375-1401) which explains our family connection with Baddesley Clinton. They had three children, Sir Thomas Denton of Fyfield and two daughters, Alice and Anne.

Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:
GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
1C3 – means first cousin three times removed

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