PULHAM, John, of Winchelsea, Suss.

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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Feb. 1383
Oct. 1383
Feb. 1388

Family and Education

m. Joan, da. of Henry Sely* of Winchelsea.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Winchelsea Easter 1383-4, 1385-6.2


In 1373 Pulham, being a Portsman, claimed exemption from taxation for land he held at Udimore. His place in the Parliament assembled in February 1388 appears to have been taken for at least some of the time by the then mayor of Winchelsea, Robert Harry I, who was paid for attending the second session, meeting after Easter, for ten days in the company of William Skele I. As master of the James, Pulham is frequently recorded importing wine at Winchelsea in the 1390s.3 It was quite possibly the same John Pulham whose holdings in Winchelsea were affected by proposals made in 1415 to build new walls inside the original perimeter of the town. If so, he most likely continued to have landed interests at Ore and Guestling as late as 1421.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. Cat. Rye Recs. ed. Dell, 136/165.
  • 2. E368/159; Add. Ch. 20195.
  • 3. E122/33/28, 33; E179/225/3; Add. Ch. 16431.
  • 4. CIMisc. vii. 503; E179/225/31, 36, 38, 40.