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Kent, England, Genealogy Pages Minnie Winifred Bodeker born Faversham 1893

Sir Robert CHICHELE[1]
 

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  • Title  Sir 
    Gender  Male 
    Person ID  I8567  Young Family Kent Ancestry
    Last Modified  04 Jan 2009 15:21:15 
     
    Father  Thomas CHICHELE 
    Mother  Agnes PYNCHEON 
    Family ID  F2552  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Agnes APULDERFIELD 
    Children 
    >1. Phillipa CHICHELE
     2. Daughter CHICHELE
    Family ID  F2551  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • Lord Mayor of London 1411 and 1421.

      ROBERT CHICHELE, the second son of Thomas, was a Citizen and Grocer, and lived in the Parish of St. James Garlyke Hythe in the City of London. By his great Industry and Application to Business he arrived, with a very fair Character,to great Wealth, and Importance, amongst his Fellow-Citizens. He was contemporary with, and the intimate Friend of, that eminent Citizen and Merchant Sir Richard Whittington, whom he greatly resembled in his Knowlege
      of Trade, as well as in Acts of Charity and Munificence. He had an Estate and a Country House at Rumford in Essex, where, in the Year 1410, he contributed largely to rebuilding the Chapel, (which was a Chapel of Ease to Horn-Church) and obtaining for it, by means of a Composition with the Warden and Fellows of New College, who are the Patrons, the Privileges of Sepulture and Cemetery, for the Use of the Parishioners of Horn-Church that were wont to ;
      frequent that Chapel. In the Year 1428, he gave to the Parish of St. Stephen Walbrook one Plot of Ground containing 208 Feet and a half in Length, and 66 in Breadth, whereupon to build their new Church, and for their Church-
      Yard. In the next Year he laid the first Stone of the new Church, and gave 100/. more to the said Work, and bore the Charges of all the Timber-work on the Procession Way, and laid the Lead upon it at his own Cost. He also
      gave all the Timber for the Roofing of the two side Isles, and paid for the Carriage of it. Besides many other charitable Legacies", too numerous to be hererecited, he gives by his last Will, dated 17 Dec. 1438, several Tenements in the Parish of St. Antholins to the Master, or Warden, and the College of the Blessed Virgin, St. Thomas the Martyr, and Edward the Confessor, of Higham-Ferrers, (which his Brother the Arch-Bishop had founded ) that the said Warden
      etc;, should pray for the Souls of Thomas and Agnes his Father and Mother ; Elizabeth, Agnes, and Agnes his Wives ; William Chichele his Brother, and Beatrice his Wife. It is said by Weever that he ordered, by his Testament,
      that, on his Birth-day, a competent Dinner should be ordained for 2400 poor Men Householders of the City of London, and every Man to have two-pence in Money. But the Copy of his Will, now in the Library of ALL SOULS COLLEGE,
      takes no Notice of this Legacy. He was Sheriff of London in the Year 1403 ; was Lord Mayor, for the first time, in the Year 1411 ; and again, in the Year 1421 ; and had the Honour of Knighthood conferred upon him. SIR ROBERT CHICHELE died in the Year 1440-, and if we may believe Stow, and if the politive Directions in his Will were observed, was buried in
      the Church of St. James Garlyke Hythe, of which Parish he calls himself a Parishioner.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S106] Stemmata Chicheleana: or, a genealogical account of some of the families derived from Thomas Chichele, of Higham-Ferrers, Ed., A.S.C., Oxford, England, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765.), Preface, viii-ix, 1765.
      ROBERT CHICHELE, the second Son of Thomas, was a Citizen and Grocer, and lived in the Parish of St. James Garlyke Hythe in the City of London. By his great Industry and Application to Business he arrived, with a very fair Character, to great Wealth, and Importance, amongst his Fellow-Citizens. He was contemporary with, and the intimate Friend of, that eminent Citizen and Merchant Sir Richard Whittington, whom he greatly resembled in his Knowledge of Trade, as well as in Acts of Charity and Munificence. He had an Estate and a Country House at Rumford in Essex, where, in the Year 1410, he contributed largely to rebuilding the Chapel, (which was a Chapel of Ease to Horn-Church) and obtaining for it, by means of a Composition with the Warden and Fellows of New College, who are the Patrons, the Privileges of Sepulture and Cemetery, for the Use of the Parishioners of Horn-Church that were wont to ; frequent that Chapel [Newcourt, V. II, p338]. In the Year 1428, he gave to the Parish of St. Stephen Walbrook one Plot of Ground containing 208 Feet and a half in Length, and 66 in Breadth, whereupon to build their new Church, and for their Church-Yard. In the next Year he laid the first Stone of the new Church, and gave 100 l. [pounds] more to the said Work, and bore the Charges of all the Timber-work on the Procession Way, and laid the Lead upon it at his own Cost. He also gave all the Timber for the Roofing of the two side Isles, and paid for the Carriage of it [Newcourt, V. I, p537]. Besides many other charitable Legacies [he gave 60 l. to be bestowed in marrying poor girls and 60 l. for releasing prisoners for debt], too numerous to be here recited, he gives by his last Will, dated 17 Dec. 1438, several Tenements in the Parish of St. Antholins to the Matter, or Warden, and the College of the Blessed Virgin, St. Thomas the Martyr, and Edward the Confessor, of Higham-Ferrers, (which his Brother the Arch-Bishop had founded ) that the said Warden Etc., should pray for the Souls of Thomas and Agnes his Father and Mother ; Elizabeth, Agnes, and Agnes his Wives ; William Chichele his Brother, and Beatrice his Wife. It is said by Weever'1 that he ordered, by his Testament, that, on his Birth-day, a competent Dinner should be ordained for 2400 poor Men Householders of the City of London, and every Man to have two-pence in Money. But the Copy of his Will, now in the Library of ALL SOULS COLLEGE, takes no Notice of this Legacy. He was Sheriff of London in the Year 1403 ; was Lord Mayor, for the first Time, in the Year 1411 ; and again, in
      the Year 1421 ; and had the Honour of Knighthood conferred upon him.

      SIR ROBERT CHICHELE died in the Year 1440, and if we may believe Stow, and if the politive Directions in his Will were observed, was buried in the Church of St. James Garlyke Hythe, of which Parish he calls himself a
      Parishioner. But Weever, by some Mistake in the Assortment of his Collections, to which he was very liable, gives the following Epitaph upon him, as transcribed from the Church of St. Mary Bothaw.

      . . . . . CHICH . . . vocitatus
      . . . ROBERTUS omni bonitate refertus,
      Pauperibus largus, pius ertitit ad mala tardus,
      Moribus ornatus jacet ittic intumulatus.
      Corpore procerus, bis Baior et arte Grocerus,
      Anno milleno C quater T quater anno

      BY one of his Wives, namely Agnes the Daughter of William Apulderfield [Wood’s Hist. And Antiq., Oxon, P. II, f. 174], a Gentleman of an ancient Family long seated at Otterpley in the Parish of Challock in Kent, he had a Daughter named Philippa, married to Valentine, otherwise Allan, Chiche, and through whom many of the following Tables are derived [Philpot’s Survey of Kent, p. 169 where see an Account of the Family of Chiche]. He had another Daughter, who married .... Roper, but we find no issue from this Marriage.

  

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