Easton in Gordano or St. George.


1280 William de Ling who brought a writ against Gilbert de Clare earl of Gloucester and Hertford on a plea about lands in Eston in Gordano does not proceed, therefore Gilbert may go without a day thereon and William and his pledges for proceeding are in mercy, namely John Umfrey of Easton in Gordano and John le Frye of the same.


1280 William de Ling who brought a writ of entry against Henry Tyeys and Joan his wife about tenements in Easton in Gordano does not proceed therefore he and his pledges for proceeding are in mercy, namely John Humprey and John le Frye.


1280 William le Ling seeks against Joan de Lydeyard eleven acres of land in Easton in Gordano in which Joan has no entry excepting after the demise which David le Lung; father of William whose heir he is, made thereof to master George de Lideyard for a term etc. Joan comes by her attorney; and she denises his right when etc and she freely admits that she has entry in those tenements after the demise of David, William’s father, made therefore to master George de Lydyard but she says that David demised that tenement to master George in fee to hold to him and his heirs of David and his heirs for ever; and she asks for an enquiry on this by country; and William likewise; therefore let a jury be made thereon.

Afterwards Joan comes and by licence gives back to him the said land.


1409 Fines: At Westminster in the morrow of the Purification between Thomas Lange alias Thomas the Hundredman querent; and William de Anne and Margaret his wife deforciants; for a messuage, twenty-seven avers of land, seven acres of meadow, one pasture and one penny rent in Easton in Gordano. William and Margaret acknowledge the right of Thomas and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Margaret; for this Thomas gave them twenty mares of silver.



September 19 Institution of Sir John Hamme, priest as perpetual vicar of the parish, or prebendal church of Easton in Gordano, vacant by the resignation of Sir John Robyns, on the presentation of Sir Robert Parfite, canon of Wells and prebendary of Easton aforesaid. Letter of induction to the dean of Wells.


1449 Fines: At Westminster in the octave of St. Hillary between Alnewyk bishop of Lincoln, Adam bishop of Chicester, John viscount de Beaumont, Walter Kyngesford knight, Ralph Boteler knight, Ralph Cromwell knight, John Forescu knight, John Fastolf knight, William Oldehall knight, Maurice Bruyn knight, William Burley, William Venour, John Bluet, John Burton, William Canyngys, John Younge and John Garrave, querents; and Richard duke of York and Cecilia his wife deforciants; for the manor of Easton in Gordano. The said duke and Cecilia acknowledge the right of John Fortesu and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Cecilia; for this John Fortescu gave them one hundred mares of silver.



On April 19 1453, the bishop received a certificate from Master John Bernard, canon and treasurer of Wells. During the bishop’s absence in remote parts, whereby it appeared that he had instituted Sir John Crome, chaplain, as perpetual vicar of the perpetual church of Easton in Gordano, on the presentation of Sir Robert Parfyt, canon of Wells and prebendary of Easton in Gordano, Letter of induction to the dean of Wells or his official.



November 7: Collation to Master John Spekyngton, subdean of Wells and prebend of Easton in Gordano vacant by the death of Sir Robert Parfyt; and institution accordingly.



January 1: Collation to Sir John Ryche, chaplain, of the canonry of Wells and prebend of Easton in Gordano vacant by the death of Master John Spekyngton; and institution accordingly.


1465 Fines: At Westminster in the morrow of the Purification between John Spore cleric vicar of the parish church of Long Ashton and Thomas Foyland querents; and Thomas Philips senior and Alice his wife, John Philips, Thomas Philips junior and Robert Philips son of the said Thomas Philips senior and Alice, deforciants; for two messuages, twenty acres of land, two acres of meadow and two acres of wood in Easton in Gordano. Thomas Philips senior and Alice, John Philips, Thomas Philips junior and Robert acknowledged the right of John Spore and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Thomas Philips senior; for this John Spore granted the said tenement to John Philips to hold to him and his heirs male of his body begotton, and if he die without such heirs male of his body begotton. Then to Thomas Philips junior and heirs then to Robert Philips and heirs, etc.


1612 Sessions: Articles exhibited on the behalf of Thomas Morgan of Easton in Gordano Esquire, against Thomas Robbes and Mary his now wife as follows:

The said Thomas Robbes told one John Vigars that the said Mr. Morgan would cousin him the said Viggars about the assuring of his tenant as he has cozened him the said Thomas Robbes of lyme blocks and pale and xx of money. That the said Thomas Robbes himself then replied and said that whatsoever the said Mr Morgan borrowed of them did consen them of it. The said Thomas Robbes wife called him the spawne of a passons sonne and that the said Mr Morgan’s father did walk and that he was conjured into the red sea, etc. The said Mary Robbes said that she was a good woman as Mrs Morgan and that the said Mrs Morgan was but a pedlers daughter and that her farther went about with a footpacke etc. She called one Abraham Balle, a very honest man and a sufficient master of a ship, drunkered with other opprobrious terms not fit to be used. Further she slaundered another very ancient modest woman, one Joan Gurnett and generally she hath used lewd speeches of all the maryners wives of the parish.


1614 Sessions at Wells. Powell Day having petitioned that whereas about seven years ago an order was taken at the Wells Sessions to provide him a house at Burnett where he was born, which order is now not found and the petitioner by reason of much sickness on himself and his wife is grown in poverty and distress and by that means has no certain place of abode at St. George’s where he is now dwelleth, is like to lie in the open street with his wife and child; the examination thereof is referred to Sir Thomas Bridges, Knight and Francis Baber Esq. To take some lawful course for his relief and further to take especial care that the petitioner and his family be not constrained to lie in the streets, especially that his wife is very sick and weak.


1620 Sessions at Wells.The parishioners of Kelston have informed the Court that Powell Daye ordered to be settled there is a very unruly; disordered person who cannot be trusted with any work; also he hath a reversion of a tenement in Burnett, worth at the least a hundred pounds to be sold; and he hath been ordered to be settled at St. George. It is now ordered that the overseers of the three parishes aforesaid shall attend at the next Ilchester Sessions, when a final order shall be made; and in the meantime Daye shall remain at Kelston and get his work where he can.


1621 Sessions at Ilchester. Upon hearing of the cause of Powell Daye in Open Court, it is ordered that he shall be settled at St. George’s where the parishioners shall provide him a house for his money that he may set himself to work according to the law; and if he shall at any time hereafter wander and travel abroad as formerly he hath use to do, then Sir Hugh Smyth, Knight or Edward Tynte, esquire; upon complaint, he shall be committed to the House of Correction, there to be set on work according to the law.


1629 Whereas the parish of St. Georges in the Hundred of Portbury have petitioned this court for some favour in their payments to the transportation of the Irishe because it was usuall with the maisters that tooke them aboard when they sail Downe into the road neere that place upon any turnings of the winde before their departure to sett the said Irish on shore in or near their parish to the extrodinary charge and trouble of the said parish of St. Georges: Referred unto Sir Ferdinand Gorges, Sir Edward Rodney, Mr Capell and Mr Davies to ease the said parish abating part of their payment.


1630 Upon the motion of Mr Baber, beinge of counsel with the inhabitants of Dundry, in the presence of the parishoners of St. George, (Easton in Gordano,) it is ordered by the court that Edith Brock and her base child, nowe remaining at Dundry aforesaid, shalle be forthwith sent to St. George aforesaid, there to be kept and relieved according to the lawe; and the parish of St. George is to receive them accordingly.


1822 Sep 2. Married Aug 28 at St Mary Redcliff church by the Rev M Whish; Mr Charles Porter to Mary, fourth daughter of James Bailey Esq, both of St. George’s, Somerset.


1822 Sep 2. Died: Aug 28 Elizabeth wife of Mr James Drew of St George’s, Somerset, and second daughter of the late Mr Samuel Parnell, of Portishead.


1852 Aug 7. Birth. Aug 5th the wife of Edward Hodges M D. Lodway-house, St George’s, Somerset, a daughter.


1852 Dec 4. Death .Nov 29 at St. George’s, Easton in Gordano, after a protracted illness, bourne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. Henry Cox-a truly honest man.


1863 Nov 21. Benjamin Bess was summoned for stealing a wild rabbit, and a trap or gin used for the purpose of taking game. A gamekeeper , named Allen, proved seeing the prisoner on the lands of Sir William Miles, Bart. at Easton in Gordano, at an early hour of the morning. The prisoner was further charged with being on other enclosed grounds in pursuit of game; but this charge was not pressed against him. He was fined 28s including costs.


1870 Sep 24. Albert Ford was charged with having violently assaulted Daniel Rodman with a reaping hook, on the 9 of July, with intent to injure him. The complainant was employed to carry a box belonging to a man named Weodon to a house at St George’s near Pill, and on his way thither he was met by the prisoner who ordered him to put his box down, threatening that if he did not comply he would “chop his head off”. Rodman refused and the defendant made a blow at him with a reaping hook he had in his hand, and the weapon descended upon his thumb, cutting it severely. It appeared that Weedon had been lodging with the accused but was about to leave, and Ford was under the impression that the box contained some of his property. The magistrates committed him for trial at the Quarter Sessions, but expressed their willingness to accept bail.


1878 May 27. George Reed of Portbury was summoned for assaulting Edmund William Born, of Easton in Gordano. On the 9th instant. He was further summoned for assaulting John Percival at Pill, on the same day. The defendant pleaded guilty to the first charge. Mr W C Anson appeared for the complainant. In the first case the defendant was fined 20s, including costs, and in the second case he was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, himself in £15 and one surety in £10 and pay 15s 6d costs of court.


1885 Jan 3. The Foods Act. The following bakers were fined for selling bread otherwise than by weight. Colston Hunt, Easton in Gordano, 10s and costs. George Wylde, Easton in Gordano, 1s and costs.


1885 Jan 3. Edward J Marshall of Easton in Gordano was fined 10s including costs for assaulting Frederick Gillis on Christmas Eve.


1900 Mar 3. Death. February 5, at Stoneyfield, Easton in Gordano, the residence of her son- in-law, Sarah Elizabeth, relict of the late Charles Blake of the city of Bristol, aged 78 years.