PADYHAM, Simon (by 1515-68 or later), of New Romney, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1515, 1st s. of John Padyham of New Romney by 1st w. m. suc. fa. Apr. 1553/July 1555.2

Offices Held

Chamberlain, New Romney 1552-3, jurat by 1558, bailiff 1561-2.3


Simon Padyham was probably a young man when in 1536 he exported oxen and sheep from New Romney to Boulogne. It was not until 1552 that he took any part in the government of Romney, of which his father was bailiff in 1544-5 and jurat thereafter. By his father’s will of 7 Apr. 1553, which he proved on 26 July 1555, he received the lease of one house, half the proceeds from the sale of another, and the residue of goods.4

Padyham was not Romney’s choice for the Parliament of March 1553. The town elected Richard Bunting and William Tadlowe but had them rejected by the lord warden, Sir Thomas Cheyne; of Cheyne’s nominees only Padyham is known. Romney paid him £3 6s.8d. for the 31-day Parliament, while putting on record that he was ‘appointed burgess by our lord warden contrary to our election’; Tadlowe and Bunting were compensated with 20s. apiece. Whatever moved Cheyne to interfere, the episode did not affect the relati