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  • ID: I02958
  • Name: Thomas BAYNHAM , of Clearwell Newland 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1535 in Clearwell Manor, Newland, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death: 2 OCT 1611 3
  • Note:

    In the Middle Ages the principal inhabitants of Newland were members of the Joce family and their successors, who in the 14th and 15th centuries received chief rents from several hundred houses and plots of land in Newland village, Clearwell, Coleford, Whitecliff, Highmeadow, Bream, Mork, and other places in Newland and St. Briavels parishes. Presumably the Joces had obtained a general grant from the Crown of new assarts or the rents from them in a wide area. The chief rents had effectively lapsed by 1868 when an attempt was made to levy some of them in St. Briavels. The Joces and their successors also held the woodwardship of Bearse bailiwick, which covered much of the area from which Newland and St. Briavels parishes were formed. The woodwardship was later thought to be attached to Clearwell, the demesne estate of the holders, but a reference to William Joce as forester 'of St. Briavels' c. 1245 suggests that the bailiwick, too, originated in a wider grant of rights in the Newland and St. Briavels area.

    Richard son of Joce, who was listed as one of the woodwards of Dean in 1223, was presumably an early holder of Bearse bailiwick and the rights in assarted lands. William Joce, as mentioned above, was a forester c. 1245, and William Joce, also called William the woodward, held Bearse bailiwick in 1282. He or another William gave lands in Newland to his son Philip in 1320, and in 1338 John Joce, probably son and heir of Philip, had licence to assart lands in Newland and St. Briavels. John was claiming manorial rights in Newland in 1338, and in 1349 he was receiving the chief rents mentioned above. John Joce the elder and John Joce the younger were mentioned in 1365, and the younger was presumably the man who with his wife Isabel made a settlement of a large estate in Newland and adjoining parishes in 1378. John died before 1389, and before 1395 Isabel married John Greyndour, who died in 1415 or 1416. Greyndour evidently secured an unrestricted title to his wife's estate, which from the early 15th century was known as the manor of CLEARWELL, the chief residence and most of the demesne lands being by then situated in Clearwell tithing. John was succeeded by Robert Greyndour, his son by his first wife Marion. Robert Greyndour (d. 1443) was jointly enfeoffed of the estate with his wife Joan, who married before 1455 John Barre. John died in 1483 and Joan in 1484, when the Clearwell estate passed to Robert's heir Alice, the wife of Thomas Baynham (d. 1500) and later of Sir Walter Dennis (d. 1505 or 1506). Alice (d. 1518) was succeeded by her son Sir Christopher Baynham, and Sir Christopher was succeeded in the estate, apparently in his lifetime, by his son George Baynham. George, who was knighted in 1546 and died that year, left the estate to his son Christopher, who was a minor in the king's custody in 1548. From Christopher (fl. 1555) it passed, probably by 1558, to his brother Richard (d. 1580), who was succeeded by another brother Thomas (d. 1611). Thomas Baynham settled his estates in Newland and the adjoining parishes on his elder daughter Cecily, wife of Sir William Throckmorton, Bt., while his younger daughter Joan, wife of John Vaughan, received estates that he owned elsewhere in the Forest area.

    Sir William Throckmorton (d. 1628) was succeeded in the Clearwell estate by Sir Baynham (d. 1664)....
    [From: 'Newland', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume V: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp. 195-231. URL: Date accessed: 28 June 2005]

    Father: George BAYNHAM , of Clearwell Newland, Sir b: 1502 in Clearwell Manor, Newland, Gloucestershire, England
    Mother: Cecilia (Scisseley) GAGE b: 1508 in West Firle, Sussex, England

    Marriage 1 Mary WINTER b: ABT 1542 in Lydney, Gloucestershire, England
      1. Has Children Cecily (Cecilia) BAYNHAM , Heir of Clearwell b: ABT 1557 in Clearwell Manor, Newland, Gloucestershire, England

      1. Title: Visitation of Gloucestershire 1623, The Harleian Society, online at, Nigel Batty-Smith editor
        Page: 15
      2. Title: Victoria County History of Gloucester, Volume V, 1996, online at
        Page: Newland
      3. Title: Victoria County History of Gloucester, Volume V, 1996, online at
        Page: Newland
        Text: 1611
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