Thame Local History
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VCH Vol VII,1962, p 186

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 160
Dispute between Edward son of Sir John de St. John and Master Thomas de Sutton, over the prebend. 200 armed men attacked Thame church. In 1294 five roads into Thame were blocked by dykes and the Crendon Bridge was broken, in an attempt to starve out the men occupying the Church.

Brown and Guest refers to 'A Leiger Book of the Manors belonging to the Bishop of Lincoln' dated 1305 from which it describes various apsects of town life. It also quotes the accounts of Merton College re the supply of glass from William the Glazier of Thame in 1307 and 1310.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 180 and p 187
Thomas Elys was the son of Richard Elys, who became Vicar of Thame in 1340. He sold around 400 acres including dwellings in 1311, shortly before his death.

1474 - 1501
Hutton Robin Hood theme to annual May ales or Games. Church accounts record this theme from 1474 to 1501.

Barracuda William of Waynflete bought the chantry at Brackley Hospital as a refuge for Magdalen Collge and School during plagues. Biennial migrations to to other places including Thame.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 190
Various fifteenth and sixteenth century enclosures are mentioned. The enclosing of land for pasture is mentioned as one of the causes of the 1596 agrarian revolt.

Dormer, VCH Vol VII,1962, p 186, refers to Thame Gazette, 1889, also p 190
Balliol, Barracuda

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 190
It seems the ancient community at North Weston may not have survived the enlcosing of land undertaken by its lord of the manor. It is curious that Sir John Clerke's pardon also refers to parts of New Thame.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 173 and p 190
North Weston manor adjoined Rycote manor, which Sir John Williams had acquired in 1539. The ancestral home of the Quartermain family, North Weston was acquired by Sir John Clerke around 1520. His son Nicholas leased it to Sir John Williams for 60 years in 1542, but in the 1550's Sir John Williams leased it back to the Clerke family.

Oxfordshire revolt, VCH Vol VII,1962, p 160
Bell ringing for the dead Hutton p 85, Thomas Cranmer abolished it but Thame did it in 1549 for the last time, indicating the town's conservatism.

Hutton The altar was removed late.

Hutton This was very late for an altar to survive.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 190
The sale of Baldington manor is mentioned, but there is no mention of who acquired it. The footnote refers to the Rousham Archive, N 442. Page 172 of VCH contradicts page 190, saying there is no mention of Baldington manor after 1586.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 160
also p 190 refers to high price of corn, an armourer from Thame being a ringleader, and Lord Norreys of Rycote being a target of the revolt.
The years after 1588 saw many food riots in England, due to the price of corn. Locally enclosure of land for pasture was also a cause for grievance.

Brown and Guest States that both Sir Richard and Agnes Wenman were arrested and examined for their part in the Gunpowder Plot, has reference "S.P.Jas.I xvi 86 etc., and xvii, 8 etc". Barracuda says that it was because they had given refuge to Father John Gerard.
Lady Antonia Frazer, in her book 'The Gunpowder Plot', describes a letter written to Agnes Wenman hinting at something about to happen.

'Thame Inns Discovered' tells us that the Wheele was given by Margaret Tomlinson to her grandson John in 1623, but the exact location of this ancient inn is not known.
VCH page 190 mentions the compulsory hedging off on holdings in Priesend Field.

Barracuda references Inclosures, Handlist of Oxfordshire, County Record Office.

Mary Jessop says "There was growing belief that many of the poor were idle... Houses of Correction were opened in ... Thame, where all rogues, vagrants and idlers were to be made to work".
It is thought that Thame's house of correction was on the site of the former Wellington public house in Wellington Street.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 183
The 'mob' at Thame attempted to reduce the price of bread, cheese butter and bacon.

Barracuda describes the burning of Tom Paine's effigy in Woodstock and Oxford and loyalty meetings at Thame, Chipping Norton and Bicester.
The people of these Oxfordshire market towns were keen to express their rejection of the deist ideas and support for French style democracy being espoused by Tom Paine.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 183
Arthur Young wrote a 'General View of the Agriculture of Oxfordshire' in 1813, and was a campaigner for enclosure.

VCH Vol VII,1962, p 183
Such a canal would have done much to help the poor of Thame, by reducing the price of coal, which had to be brought overland.

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