Name: John BARRETT , Lord of Belhus 1 2
Birth: ABT 1468 in Belhus, Aveley, Orsett, Essex, England
Death: 1526 1 2
The manor of BELHUS or NORTONS or MANYWARES or COPPINS CROUCH lay in the centre of the parish. The first three names came from 14th-century tenants. Coppins Crouch was the former cross-road at the southeast corner of Belhus park. In the later Middle Ages Belhus paid quitrent to the Knights Hospitallers' manor of Rainham. The Hospitallers, who held Rainham from c. 1190, acquired land and rents in Aveley and Wennington during the 13th century from the Bret and Vaizey families. In 1303 they held 1 knight's fee in Aveley. Their property there seems to have included Belhus, Culverhouse, and several other tenements. After the Dissolution Belhus paid quitrent to the manor of Purfleet, in West Thurrock, which also had been one of the Hospitallers' manors.
The Belhus family, from whom the manor was named, came from Ramsden Bellhouse. Nicholas Belhus probably settled at Aveley c.1327. His son Thomas married, before 1367, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Richard Norton, whose estate, built up in the 1330s and 1340s, included lands bought from John Manyware. Thomas Belhus, who acquired Bumpstead manor in 1375 but left it to Stratford Langthorne abbey, was dead by 1397, when Nortons was divided between his daughters Iseult, wife of Gilbert Lee, and Alice, wife of John Barrett. Barrett was succeeded by his son Thomas (d.1440) and then by his grandson Robert Barrett, who in 1458 bought the share of his cousin Walter Serjeant in Belhus or Nortons manor. Robert Barrett, who was dead by 1483, was succeeded by his son John.
Between 1483 and 1644 the Barretts built up around Belhus one of the largest estates in Essex. John Barrett, a notable lawyer, bought Noke manor in Wennington, and several farms in Aveley, including Culverhouse and Somers Heath. He also rebuilt Belhus House. When he died in 1526 the estate comprised some 1,325 a. in Aveley and adjoining parishes.
From: 'Parishes: Aveley', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 8 (1983), pp. 1-16. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63837&strquery=ramsden bellhouse Date accessed: 29 April 2012.
Father: Robert BARRETT , Lord of Belhus b: ABT 1435 in Belhus, Aveley, Orsett, Essex, England
Mother: Margery CHICHLEY b: ABT 1439 in Wimpole, Caxton, Cambridgeshire, England
Philippa BARDFELDE b: ABT 1486 in Great Bardfield, Dunmow, Essex, England
in Aveley, Orsett, Essex, England
- Joyce Aingley BARRETT b: ABT 1520 in Belhus, Aveley, Orsett, Essex, England
- Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
- Title: History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, 1799, www.british-history.ac.uk
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