CHOCK (CHOUGH), William, of Dunwich, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Bailiff, Dunwich Sept. 1382-3, 1405-6.1


Chock was perhaps the son of a man of the same name who in 1374 had rented heathland on the manor of Westleton, close to Dunwich. During his first term as bailiff, he made the returns to the Parliament of 1382 (Oct.). In April 1392, described as ‘of Dunwich’ he sold certain lands in Instead and Weybread near Harleston. He contributed 3s.6d. to the first half of the 1402 subsidy collected in Dunwich in January 1403, when he was living in St. John’s parish. In 1406 he and his fellow bailiff failed to make returns to Parliament when instructed to do so by the sheriff. Shortly afterwards, he and his servant, Agnes, were each fined 3d. in the borough court for an assault. Chock is last recorded in 1410 when he attested the Dunwich elections to Parliament.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: K.N. Houghton


  • 1. C219/8/7; E368/79.
  • 2. Add. Chs. 17632, 40704, 40708; CAD, vi. C4561; C210/10/3, 5.