Grantham

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

No names known for 1510-23

Elections

DateCandidate
1529WILLIAM HUSSEY II
 FRANCIS HALL
 (aft. 14 Aug. 1534 not known)
1536(not known)
1539(not known)
1542(not known)
1545SIR EDWARD WARNER
 EDMUND HALL
1547SIR EDWARD WARNER
 EDMUND HALL
1553 (Mar.)SIR EDWARD WARNER 1
 THOMAS HUSSEY I
1553 (Oct.)SIR EDWARD WARNER
 JAMES WALLIS
1554 (Apr.)THOMAS HUSSEY I
 RICHARD DISNEY
1554 (Nov.)ROGER JOHNSON
 RICHARD SHARPE
1555GEORGE WILLIAMS
 WILLIAM PORTER
1558HENRY SAVILE
 ANTHONY THOROLD

Main Article

The borough of Grantham had been incorporated by Edward IV in 1463 as the alderman and burgesses. The alderman was elected annually from a body of 13 comburgesses holding office for life and forming the alderman’s court; vacancies among the comburgesses were filled by election from among the freemen. There were various municipal officers, including by the early 16th century a recorder, who was often a member of the Thorold family. The charter was slightly modified in 1484 and confirmed in 1504, 1510 and 1547. No municipal records survive for the period. The manor belonged to the crown as part of the duchy of York and the lordship was held by each of Henry VIII’s consorts in turn. Manorial courts were held under the direction of the royal steward or his deputy: the stewardship was held by Sir John Hussey, later Lord Hussey, until his death in 1537 and then by successive earls of Rutland, whose seat at Belvoir was only a few miles from Grantham.2

Grantham did not suffer as much as other market towns in the district from the Dissolution, although a scheme supported by Cranmer for the appointment of a suffragan bishop there came to nothing. It was included among a number of towns in the Act of 1540 (32 Hen. VIII, c.18) providing for the restoration of derelict property. The loss of its seven chantries in 1549 seriously affected the grammar school, which raised almost all its endowment from this source, but four years later the school was refounded under letters patent granting the town a licence in mortmain for the purpose.