HONYWODE, John, of Hythe, Kent.

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

s. of Alan Honywode*. m. Christine, 1s.1

Offices Held

Churchwarden of St. Leonard’s, Hythe, c.1408-9.2


A butcher like his father, Honywode paid maltolts at Hythe for the purchase and sale of pigs and cattle (mostly by carcass), and also made a profit from hides and tallow. He was not always careful in the way he disposed of waste: in 1409 the Hythe hundred jury presented him for throwing dung and filth on the highway. In the previous year he and his wife had conveyed to Richard Clitheroe I* and William Clitheroe* eight acres of arable land in Burmarsh. In 1411 he was alleged to have bought wine near Lydd from the pirate, Sir John Prendergest, and to have supplied him with victuals in return. Honywode’s chattels at Hythe were valued at £6 in 1412-13.3

Honywode probably died before 1419, for in that year he disappears from the lists of those paying maltolts. In 1431 his son and heir, Alan, sold certain property near the market-place in Hythe which had once belonged to him.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. Canterbury Cathedral City and Diocesan RO, consist, ct. Reg. 1, f. 12; Hythe jurats’ bk. C, f. 12; CP25(1)112/270/425.
  • 2. HMC 6th Rep. 520.
  • 3. HMC 4th Rep. 431; CP25(1)112/270/425; jurats’ bk. C, ff. 12, 39, 61; E101/67/18/4, 7.
  • 4. HMC 6th Rep. 521.