BENHAM, Walter, of Oxford.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Jan. 1397

Family and Education

m. bef. 1380, Emma.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Oxford Mich. 1393-4.2

Tax collector, Oxford Dec. 1414, Nov. 1415.


Probably a relation, possibly a son, of John Benham† (bailiff in 1360 and MP in 1368), Walter Benham paid the normal sum of 1s. towards the poll tax of 1380. That same year he sold two messuages in the town, but retained other property there, and in 1387 he leased from the local authorities a turret and part of the town wall near the south gate. A fishmonger by trade, he was once amerced for depositing rubbish on a nearby riverbank called ‘Shelvyngstole’.3

In 1384 Benham was one of those who, with