GOLDTHORPE, Richard (d.1560), of Blake Street, York and Clementhorpe, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. by 1541, Jane, da. of John Norman of York, wid. of Richard Thornton of York, 2s. 7da.

Offices Held

Freeman, York Aug. 1540, chamberlain 1549-50, sheriff 1551-2, alderman 1555, ld. mayor 1556-7.


Goldthorpe was a haberdasher who bought a country estate, Clementhorpe priory, from Sir Arthur Darcy, together with lands in Bishopthorpe, Middlethorpe and elsewhere in Yorkshire, part of which he later sold to the archbishop of York. Goldthorpe died 16 Mar. 1560, and was buried in York minster. A Catholic, he promised ‘an alb with a vestment’ for St. Thomas’s Hospital, York, and it was during his mayoralty that mass was said again in St. William’s chapel, Ouse Bridge. His will bequeathed the Clementhorpe property to his wife, and after her death to their sons Thomas and Peter. Thomas, the heir, was only 18, and in November 1560 his wardship was granted to Sir Thomas Gargrave.

Corpus Christi Reg. (Surtees Soc. lvii), 232, 305; M.I. in York minster; York City Lib., Skaife mss; York Civic Recs. passim; York Freemen (Surtees Soc. xcvi), 268; LP Hen. VIII, xvii(1), p. 360; CPR, 1547-8, p. 204; 1558-60, p. 327; C142/125/74.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge