Richard Cornhill
(Bef 1285-)
Joan de Gloucester
John Cornhill
(Abt 1330-)
(Abt 1333-)
Alice Cornhill
(Abt 1355-Abt 1416)


Family Links

1. Henry Frowick

2. Thomas Charlton
  • Thomas Charlton

Alice Cornhill

  • Born: Abt 1355
  • Marriage (1): Henry Frowick about 1376
  • Marriage (2): Thomas Charlton
  • Died: Abt Jun 1416 aged about 61 1
  • BuriedFem: Sopwell Priory, Cottonmill Lane, Sopwell, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ, GB

   Another name for Alice was Alice Cornwall.1

  General Notes:

Adam Fraunceys died in 1417, holding by the law of England after the death of his wife Margaret tenements in a number of parishes including St. Mary Colechurch. The heirs were his and Margaret's daughters Agnes, wife of Sir William Porter, kt., and Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Charleton. [this is probably Alice's son by her second husband] This part of the estate went to Elizabeth, who died in 1451 holding 8 messuages, cellar(s), and solar(s) in the parish of St. Mary Colechurch, and other tenements elsewhere. Her son Thomas Charleton, esquire, was her heir. Sir Thomas Charleton in 1464 granted his London properties to feoffees, including Henry Frowyck of Middlesex, esquire, Thomas Frowyk of London, to hold to fulfil his will. [i.e. his half-brothers] On his death in 1465 Charleton's heir was his son Richard, aged 15. Richard Charleton was attainted for treason in 1485 for his support of Richard III, and the property escheated to the Crown; he had 6 tenements, called 'Charleton's lands', in Bucklersbury in the parish of St. Mary Colechurch, worth 13. 13s. p.a.

['St. Mary Colechurch 105/26', Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire: Cheapside; parishes of All Hallows Honey Lane, St Mart in Pomary, St Mary le Bow, St Mary Colechurch and St Pancras Soper Lane (1987)]


The manor or prebend of EAST TWYFORD belonged in theory to the prebendaries from the time of the earliest, Durand, a canon who held 2 hides there in 1086. In 1523 the manor was said to be held in socage of the prebend of Twyford, but in 1620 it was not known of whom it was held and there was no further evidence of any connexion with the prebendary.

From an early date the manor seems to have been in the hands of powerful laymen who established a hereditary title and treated it as an independent lay estate. The Cornhills, of whom William was described in 1305 as of East Twyford, were dealing in land there in 1294. Richard of Cornhill acquired a messuage, land, and rent in 1306 from William de Kele, which he settled in 1325. Richard was succeeded by his son John (fl. 1351-9) and granddaughter Alice, who married successively Henry Frowyk and Thomas Charlton. In 1412 Alice, then a widow for the second time, was taxed at 5 in Willesden, the highest assessment in the parish.

['Willesden: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982), pp. 208-216. URL:]


Manorial Estate, 1390, Gunnersbury Manor, Gunnersbury, Hounslow, London, W4, GB. 2 GUNNERSBURY manor was held of the bishop of London in 1378 for fealty, suit of court, and rents, and included 228 a. land and 1 7s. rent from tenants. (fn. 77) The manor may have been the carucate and 2 marks rent in which Maud, widow of Lawrence del Brok, claimed dower against Joan of Somery in the late 13th century. (fn. 78) In 1347 John of Ceppeham granted two-thirds of the manor to John de Bray and Joan his wife for life, with the reversion of the third held in dower by Maud, widow of Thomas of Gloucester. (fn. 79) John of Ceppeham was dead by 1364, when his son John granted the reversion to Geoffrey Scrope. (fn. 80) Lands including Gunnersbury, late of John of Northwich, goldsmith, were conveyed in 1373 by feoffees to those of Edward III's mistress Alice Perrers. (fn. 81) Alice forfeited them but her husband William of Windsor was granted Gunnersbury in 1380, to hold to the use of her and her heirs. (fn. 82) It was held by Thomas Charlton and Alice his wife, apparently in her right, in 1390, when it was settled in trust, (fn. 83) presumably to Alice's use. The estate was held by her son Henry Frowyk in 1422 (fn. 84) 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, (fn. 85) descending in the Spelman family with Flambards in Harrow. (fn. 86)

77. Cal. Inq. Misc. iv, p. 12; Guildhall MSS. 11766, f. 9; 10312/87, rot. 87.
78. P.R.O., CP 40/10, rot. 20.
79. Ibid. CP 25(1)/150/62/236.
80. Cal. Close, 1364-8, 61.
81. Ibid. 1369-74, 535-6; see also P.R.O., E 159/191, recorda Hil. 2 Hen. V, rot. 1 and d.
82. Cal. Pat. 1377-81, 503.
83. P.R.O., CP 25(1)/151/79/106.
84. Guildhall MS. 11766, f. 9.
85. Ibid. 10312/87, rot. 18; P.R.O., CP 25(2)/51/367/22 Hen. VIII; above, Acton, manors and other est.
86. V.C.H. Mdx. iv. 209.

Alice married Henry Frowick, son of Thomas Frowick and Maud de Durham, about 1376. (Henry Frowick was born about 1345 and died about 1385.)

Alice next married Thomas Charlton. (Thomas Charlton was born about 1348 and died in Oct 1410 1.)


1 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).

2 Victoria County History, editor, <i>A History of the County of Middlesex</i>, 12 (London: Victoria County History, 1962), 7: 123-128.

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