It seems likely that either in consequence
of .a judgement of the court or of a settlement made with the Bishop’s
blessing, Robert paid up; in any event, we hear no more of sequestrations.
With the advent of the Black Death, the ageing Bishop and the parson of
Ash were soon to face more cogent problems.
For the further space of nearly two hundred years the Hospitallers
received their pension, nor did it die with them. When the Order was
dissolved the ten marks, in the guise of £6.13s.44., went with their
other possessions to the Crown.
For a few years the rector of Ash would have had the doubtful
privilege of making the annual contribution to
Henry VIII, but about 1544 the King granted the
pension to a widow lady named Jane Wilkinson, who also became tenant In
chief of other confiscated property. At a later date, it came into the
possession of the charitable Mr Nutbrown, who blessed therewith the parish
of Barking. In 1650, when returns made by a commission of enquiry set up
by the Parliament showed that the parsonage of Ash, with a house and
eleven acres of glebe, was worth £120 per annum, it was recorded that
£6.13.4d. was payable thereout to the poor of Barking. No problem then
with land Tax, still less with Income Tax.10