HULL, alias BAKER, William, of Warwick.
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Bailiff, Ladbroke, Warws. (by appointment of Thomas, duke of Surrey) bef. Feb. 1398-?July 1399.
The Hull family had been established in Warwick since the 1340s, and a Richard Hull had acted as surety for Henry de la Chamber on the occasion of his election to Parliament for the borough in 1391.1
Shortly before February 1398, as ‘William Baker of Warwick’, Hull was appointed bailiff of the manor of Ladbroke, which, having been forfeited to the Crown with the other estates of Thomas, earl of Warwick, was by then in the possession of Thomas Holand, duke of Surrey. It was under the name of ‘Baker alias Hull’ that he procured a royal pardon in June the same year. Whether he retained the post at Ladbroke after the earl of Warwick’s release in the late summer of 1399 is not recorded, but clearly he had done nothing to offend the earl, for he was returned to the Parliament immediately following as one of the representatives of his borough of Warwick. Hull certainly held property in the town, although the jusices at an assize of novel disseisin brought in 1401 found him guilty of unlawful possession of a messuage there. He served as a juror at an inquest held in Warwick the same year.2