STONE, Henry atte II, of Bletchingley, Surr.
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Bailiff, Bletchingley Sept. 1424-5, 1429-30.1
Atte Stone may perhaps have been the son of Henry atte Stone I, who was returned for Bletchingley to the Parliament of 1388 (Sept.). In May 1419 a man of this name bound himself in the sum of £40 to abide by the decision of arbitrators chosen to settle his dispute with John Barwell, the parson of Old Romney, Kent, although he cannot certainly be identified with our MP. That the latter was a man of substance who could afford to enter into recognizances of this order is, however, clear from his appointment in 1424 and again in 1429 as bailiff of the borough of Bletchingley for Humphrey, 6th earl of Stafford. By that time, most of the Staffords’ ministers were obliged to offer heavy sureties for the adequate performance of their duties, and although atte Stone held office for no more than two years altogether, he must have conformed to this rule. He rented one of the earl’s tenements in Bletchingley; and he also had an interest in property in Nutfield, Surrey, which was conveyed to Walter Urry* and others in 1429.2