HART, William, of Bletchingley, Surr.
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Commr. to provide transport for labour and materials for works at Westminster abbey Mar. 1414, Feb. 1416.
Hart was a mainpernor for Richard Bernard on his election to the Parliament of 1386 as a Member for New Shoreham, Sussex. Nothing more is known of him until February 1399, at which point he was considered suitably qualified to serve on the jury at the inquisition post mortem held in Bletchingley on the estates of William, 4th earl of Stafford. In October 1407 he witnessed a deed in the borough, where he was then renting two crofts from the trustees of Sir Reynold Cobham, lord of the manor of Oxted. He was still one the latter’s tenants in May 1414, when, for the second time in one month, he was fined for his refusal to attend the manor court. Even so, he continued to live in Bletchingley for the next 11 years, at least, being last mentioned in 1425.1
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
- 1. C136/107/7; C219/9/1; U. Lambert, Blechingley, i. 288, 294; Surr. RO, 87/1/2a