Clapton in Gordano and Tickenham.


Collated by Mary Mason.


1414: At Westminster in the quinzaine of St. Hillary and afterwards in the octave of St. Hillary in the third year of the same king, between Thomas Lord Berkley querent and Thomas Fitz Nicholl chivaler, deforciant, for the manor of Tykenham in the County of Somerset which Edward Seymour chivaler and Joan his wife held for their lives. Thomas Fitz Nicholl granted for himself and his heirs that the said manor his heritage which after the decease of Edward and Joan to him ought to revert shall remain to Thomas de Berkeley and his heirs; for this Thomas de Berkeley gave him one hundred marcs of silver.


1436: At Westminster in the morrow of All Souls between Thomas Parkhous, Alan Wythyford and John Wythyford, querents: and Geoffry John draper and Margaret his wife deforciants; for a messuage, forty acres of land, ten acres of meadow and ten acres of pasture in Tykenham(and messuages, shops, cellars and gardens in Bristol). Geoffry and Margaret acknowledged the right of Thomas and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Margaret; for this Thomas gave them one hundred marcs of silver.



April 8. Commission to Master William Fulford the bishop’s commissary general, on a complaint by Sir John Warrewyk, perpetual vicar of the church of Tykenham, which is appropriated to the abbot and convent of St. Augustine’s, Bristol, that his vicarage is so poor in its fruits and proceeds and so slenderly endowed, that the vicar, who is bound to reside there continuously in accordance with the legatine constitution, cannot properly subsist on the said fruits and proceeds and pay the episcopal dues and other charges incumbent on him.



May 5. Commission to Master William Fulford, canon of Wells, to hear and determine the cause pending before certain of the bishop’s commissaries between Sir John Warwyk, perpetual vicar of the church of Tykenham, complainant and the abbot and convent of St. Augustine, Bristol, proprietaries of the said church and patrons of the vicarage, defendants, touching an augmentation of the portion of the said vicarage.



March 31. Commission to Master John Stokys, the bishop’s commissary-general, on a report that the abbot and convent of St. Augustine’s Bristol, have appropriated the church of Tykenham, alleging themselves to be proprietaries thereof, and that no vicarage, or any rate a very poor and barren one, has been set up there, to enquire by what title they hold the church, and whether there is a vicarage there, and, if so, how it is endowed. If the church is duly appropriated to the abbot and convent, and no vicarage has been set up there, he is to ordain a perpetual vicarage and endow it suitably. If there is an existing vicarage there, and Sir John Warwyk, who acts as vicar, wishes to take action against the abbot and convent with a view to securing an augmentation of the same, the commissary is to take cognisance of the case and bring it to a due and canonical termination. 



June 30 Institution of Sir Richard Prowtyng, priest, as rector of the church of Clapton, vacant by the death of Sir John Dyer, on the presentation of Richard Arthur, esquire, lord of Clapton. Present, Richard Erle, gentleman, John Payne and William Langton, the bishop’s registrar

Commission to Master John Sparhauk, bachelor in both laws, to enquire as to the state of the said rectory and the defects in the chancel of the church, the dwelling-house of the rectory and other houses and things there which has happened owing to the carelessness of the late rector and to sequestrate all the fruits, things and goods of the late rector, in order that provision may be made for the necessary repairs.



June 14 Institution of Sir William Brytte, priest, as rector of the church of Clapton, vacant by the resignation of Sir Richard Prowtyng, chaplain, on the presentation of Richard Arthur, esquire, lord of Clapton.



April 14 Institution of Sir Thomas ap David alias Gough, priest, as rector of the church of Clapton, vacant by the resignation of Sir William Brytte, on the presentation of Richard Arthur, esquire.


1455: At Westminster in the morrow of the Purification between Ralph Percevale junior, querent; and Ralph Percevale senior and Joan his wife, deforciants; for two messuages; twenty six acres of land; six acres of meadow and four acres of pasture in Tykenham. Ralph Percevale senior and Joan his wife acknowledged the right of Ralph junior and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Joan; for this Ralph junior grated the same to Ralph senior and Joan to hold without impeachment of waste for their lives rendering per annum a rose at midsummer and after their decease to revert to Ralph junior and his heirs.


1638  An order made by Robert Henly and James Rosse, Esquires touching the relief of a child born at Clapton.


1674 Bath Sessions. Confirmation of an order by Sir Hugh Smith, Knt and Edward Gorges, Esq justices for the removal of Thomas Mudge from Tickenham to Clevedon; and order accordingly.


1675 Wells Sessions. Order, an appeal against an order by Sir Hugh Smith and Sir Thomas Gore, Jnts; justices for the removal of Thomas Jeans from Clapton to Kenn, for the return of Jeanes to Clapton, where he was formerly for more than a year an apprentice to Thomas Rogers of that parish, husbandman, and for his settlement there.


1854 Oct 21 Somerset Quarter Sessions.

Penal Servitude----Four Years: Robert Denmead, breaking and entering an outhouse, the property of James Parsons of Clapton, and stealing two great coats and other articles. 


1870 Jul 2. William Wyatt was charged with having on June 23, 24, 25 and 26, violently assaulted his wife and threatened her life. The wife was anxious not to press the charge, and tried to screen the prisoner as much as she could; but the magistrates insisted on seeing the severe bruises which the prisoner had inflicted on her arm, and the unfortunate woman then admitted that the prisoner struck her with a hedge-hook, that he kicked her when she was down, and that she was obliged to go to the hospital. He had been drunk for six weeks. The prisoner who was an old offender, was ordered to find sureties, in default of which he would be sent to goal for three months. He was locked up till the sureties were forthcoming. Wyatt, had obtained a summons against his son-in-law, Henry Broad, for threatening to kill him, but the magistrates, remarking that it was a mere piece of spite, dismissed it.


1883 Sep 24. Clevedon.Petty Sessions: Mr John Harris of Tickenham was summoned by Harriet Jane Reeves of the same place to show cause etc. Mr J H Clifton, solicitor appeared for the defendant. The evidence was of a disgusting nature and the bench, dismissed the case.


1883 Sep 24 Thomas White of Tickenham was fined 10s including costs, for carrying a gun without a license.


1890 Jan 4. Tickenham: William White Evans and Albert Kitchin were summoned for shooting a pheasant without having a game license on the 9th of October. George Froud, gamekeeper to Sir Grenville Smyth, deposed to seeing the defendants, in company with two other men, in a field belonging to the defendant Evans at Tickenham. They had a dog with them, and were working the hedge. A pheasant flew up and Evans and Kitchen shot at and killed it. The land adjoining Evan’s ground was preserved by Sir Grenville Smyth and Sir Edmund Elton.

Mr J H Clifton, who defended, asked that the case might be dealt with separately, in order that one defendant could give evidence on behalf of the other, and the bench allowed this. William White Evans stated that on the day in question, Kitchin came to his land to see him measure some ground. Seeing a rabbit in the hedge, witness fired at it twice and killed it. That was the only shooting that took place there. A man named Wilmot, who was with the defendants on the 9th of October, swore that only Evans fired, and he shot twice at the same rabbit. No Pheasant was fired at whatever. Joseph Evans and Albert Kitchin corroborated, the last named denying that he had shoot any bird on the morning in question. The bench dismissed the case against each of the defendants.