WOOD, Edward, of Sandwich, Kent.
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Family and Education
1st s. of Humphrey Wood of Derby by Joan Rogers of Marden. m. Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Bewford of Little Hadham, Herts., 1s.1
Wood’s family was prominent in the affairs of Sandwich from the middle of the sixteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century, during which time it supplied four mayors. It is not known why Wood’s father moved from Derby to Kent, but Wood himself and his younger brother Stephen began to take an active part in the local government of Sandwich in the 1550s. In June 1559, when the silting of the harbour was causing concern, Wood and another local man went over to Flanders to find ‘a cunning and expert man in water works for to take in hand the amendment of the haven’. They engaged an engineer called Jacobson, of Amsterdam, who died at Sandwich the following October, having had time only to sketch out a fresh plan at an estimated cost of £10,000. As a common councilman, Wood contributed £3 6s. 8d. in May 1563 to the new school founded by Roger Manwood and was among its first wardens. By 1573, when the Queen visited Sandwich, he was clearly one of the senior townsmen: he lived next door to the Manwoods, and figured prominently in the ceremonies. During his second mayoralty, the new guildhall was completed and his initials w