HULL, Robert, of Down Place, Surr.
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m. Elisora (poss. Elizabeth Stonhurst alias Doune of Down Place).1
Robert Hull was a tenant of the manor of Down Place in or before April 1399, when he and his wife were found to owe knight service of half a fee for the property. Most of Hull’s interests appear to have lain in this part of Surrey, and he was called upon to witness a number of deeds drawn up by his more influential neighbours. In June 1395, for example, he attested the settlement made by John Cross* upon his trustees of land in Compton, Godalming and Guildford; and he was also a party to enfeoffments and quitclaims made by Thomas Brocas*, William Sydney and Robert Bures, all of whom were local landowners.2
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
- 1. VCH Surr. iii. 19 suggests that the Elisora described in the inquisition post mortem of Brian Windsor as Hull’s wife (C136/108/52) was probably Elizabeth Stonhurst, the previous tenant of Down Place. In this case, Hull had made an extremely profitable marriage, for Elizabeth had extensive holdings to the south of Guildford in her own right.
- 2. C136/108/52; CCR, 1392-6, pp. 426, 471; Guildford Mun. Room, LM339/8, 10, 13/1.