TICHEBOURNE, Richard, of Rye, Suss.
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prob. s. of Richard Tichebourne (fl. 1352), of Rodmersham, Kent. m. bef. Oct. 1397, Joan.1
Dep. bailiff, Rye by Jan. 1396-aft. July 1397.2
Tichebourne first witnessed deeds at Rye in April 1390. In June 1393 a fellow townsman, Richard Bernard, was bound to him for a debt of £7 5s.4d. It was while acting as deputy bailiff that he was returned to his only known Parliament in January 1397. By then his superior was William Assh, a King’s esquire, and it was on behalf of another member of the royal household, Sir Benedict Sely, that six months later he stood surety at the Exchequer, when Sely undertook the farm of the manor of Iham near Winchelsea. He was probably still deputy bailiff in September, for along with Assh he was then appointed to buy fish in Kent and Sussex for the King’s household.3
Over the years Tichebourne is recorded as dealing in a number of properties in and near Rye. From October 1397 to 1402 he leased, from Peter Rede* of Dover, the dwellings the latter’s father had acquired in the town; and in 1398 he bought a house called ‘Le Hole’ (which he made his home), as well as 18 acres of land nearby, to which he added more in the following year through a purchase from John Salerne I*. In 1402 he was presented in the local court for failing to scour the ditches on his land near ‘Le Hole’, for encroaching on the King’s highway, and for evading arrest when the hundred bailiff tried to attach him to make him pay certain amercements. Besides this, he also owned, by 1404, land at Brede and Goldspur.4
Tichebourne died at an unknown date between February 1406, when he became a trustee for Robert King of Winchelsea, and July 1411, when his widow put ‘Le Hole’ into the hands of feoffees.5