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Henry Frowick
(Abt 1295-Between 1377/1378)
Margaret Pouns
John de Durham
(Abt 1298-1368)
(Abt 1300-)
Thomas Frowick
(Abt 1320-After 1374)
Maud de Durham
(Abt 1327-After 1374)
Henry Frowick
(Abt 1345-Abt 1385)


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1. Alice Cornhill

Henry Frowick

  • Born: Abt 1345
  • Marriage (1): Alice Cornhill about 1376
  • Died: Abt 1385 aged about 40

  General Notes:

In 1373-4 Henry Frowik, citizen and mercer, owed St. Bartholomew's Hospital 1. 10s. rent from his shop in St Lawrence Lane. Between 1374 and 1376 when the hospital unsuccessfully attempted to claim rent from Thomas Irland, skinner, apparently for a part of the premises, Frowik was said to have his interest in the property by the right of his wife Joan, who may have been the widow or a relative of Thomas Piphurst, goldsmith (owned it at least 1353 \endash 1366).

In 1374-5 Frowik's shops in St. Lawrence Lane were said to belong to Roger Canoun, citizen and mercer, who probaby occupied as a tenant. In later rentals, however, Frowik's name continued to be entered in respect of the 1. 10s. rent due to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Frowik continued to hold the property by courtesy after his wife's death, and in 1384 granted the 10 rent he had there for the term of his life to his daughter Margery and Thomas Churchman. This was probably a marriage settlement and the grant was made in pursuit of an agreement between Frowik and John Chircheman, who was probably Thomas's father. By 1415-16 John Wyssyngsett was in possession of the property formerly held by Frowik. Wyssyngsett was subsequently said to hold it by the right of his wife and in 1426 held it with his wife Margery. It is possible that this Margery was identical with the daughter of Henry Frowik, and that she had inherited her interest in the property from her mother.

From: 'St. Mary le Bow 104/37-41', Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire: Cheapside; parishes of All Hallows Honey Lane, St Martin Pomary, St Mary le Bow, St Mary Colechurch and St Pancras Soper Lane (1987), pp. 377-88


Gunnersbury, ate of John of Northwich, goldsmith, were conveyed in 1373 by feoffees to those of Edward III's mistress Alice Perrers. Alice forfeited them but her husband William of Windsor was granted Gunnersbury in 1380, to hold to the use of her and her heirs. It was held by Thomas Charlton and Alice his wife, apparently in her right, in 1390, when it was settled in trust, presumably to Alice's use. The estate was held by her son Henry Frowyk in 1422 and remained with the Frowyks until the death of another Henry Frowyk in 1520, when it was allotted to his sister Elizabeth, wife of the judge Sir John Spelman, descending in the Spelman family with Flambards in Harrow.

He died in 1384-6, leaving his rents in the parishes of Milk Street and Honey Lane to his wife Alice for life, to find a priest to pray for 10 years, with remainder in tail to Henry Frowyk (IV), his son.

2 Feb. 1373
Bond of Henry Frowyk, mercer, and Gerard Beek in 16 to acquit John Norwich of the payment of 8 for a quantity of pearls bought from John Lapy, Lombard, viz. 3400 of one sort and 400 of another.


Manorial Estate, 1377, Old Ford Manor, South Mimms, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6, GB. 1 The manor of OLD FOLD emerged from the capital manor. It was bought from Ernulf de Mandeville by the Frowyks, who were prosperous London merchants, shortly after 1271 (fn. 29) and it descended in the direct male line of the family until 1527. In 1308 Henry Frowyk was kidnapped by Thomas Lewknor, lord of South Mimms, William Pouns, a local landowner, (fn. 30) his son Richard, and John of Felstead, parson of Hadley. Henry was married to William Pouns's daughter, Margaret, for which act the Frowyks subsequently obtained financial redress, on the grounds that Henry was a minor in the wardship of his mother Agnes. (fn. 31) Henry died in 1377, having outlived his son Thomas. His grandson Henry married Alice Cornwall, whose second husband Thomas Charlton had the manor in 1397, (fn. 32) apparently during the minority of Thomas, Henry and Alice's son. Thomas Frowyk was the husband of Elizabeth Aske, heir to the manor of Weld or Newberries in Shenley (Herts.). (fn. 33) His son and heir Henry married Joan Lewknor (fn. 34) but was sued for debt by Sir Roger Lewknor and committed to prison. (fn. 35) Accordingly Henry sold the manor of Weld and lands in Shenley, Aldenham, and St. Albans (Herts.) in 1473 (fn. 36) and sold the manor of Durhams and land in London to his cousin Thomas Frowyk of Gunnersbury two years later, (fn. 37) although he retained Old Fold. His successors seem not to have paid the rent for Old Fold which was due to the manor of South Mimms, and in 1501 Henry's grandson and namesake was distrained for the non-payment for many years. (fn. 38) The younger Henry married Anne, daughter and coheir of Robert Knollys, who brought the manor of North Mimms (Herts.) into the Frowyk family. Henry's son Thomas married Mary, daughter of Sir William Sandys, and died without issue. (fn. 39) By will proved in 1527, Henry therefore left his estates to his daughter Elizabeth and the children of her first husband John Coningsby. (fn. 40) It was not until 1547, however, that Elizabeth recovered Old Fold from John Palmer and his wife Mary, whose first husband had been Thomas Frowyk. (fn. 41)

29. Lysons, Mdx. Parishes, 228; J.I. 1/540 rot. 3v.
30. C.P. 25(1)/148/37/320; and see p. 275.
31. Year Bk. 2 & 3 Edw. II (Selden Soc. xix), 162.
32. Cass, South Mimms, 25.
33. Brittain, South Mymms, 17; V.C.H. Herts. ii. 270.
34. Mdx. Pedigrees, ed. R. Mundy, 90.
35. Cal. Pat. 1476-85, 8.
36. Cal. Close, 1476-85, 12.
37. Cal. Close, 1468-76, 351-2.
38. Hatfield C.F.E.P. (Ct. Roll) 14/28, f. 4v.
39. Cass, South Mimms, 102, 111.
40. Story of Potters Bar, 41.
41. C.P. 25(2)/61/473/1 Edw. VI Hil.

Henry married Alice Cornhill, daughter of John Cornhill and Elizabeth, about 1376. (Alice Cornhill was born about 1355, died about Jun 1416 2 and was buried in Sopwell Priory, Cottonmill Lane, Sopwell, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ, GB.)


1 Victoria County History, editor, <i>A History of the County of Middlesex</i>, 12 (London: Victoria County History, 1962), 5: 282-285.

2 J. S. Roskell and L. Clark, editors, <i>The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1386-1421 </i>, 4 Volumes (N.p.: Boydell and Brewer, 1993).

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