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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 34  1920  page 47

ASH next Sandwich WILLS - Part 1  By Arthur Hussey

   The abstracts of the wills of the parishioners of Ash next Sandwich now printed are mostly from Book Wingham, with a few from the other volumes in the Probate Office at Canterbury.
   Book Wingham contains many of the wills, from 1470 to 1545, of the parishioners of Ash, Goodneston, Nonington, Wingham and Wymlingswold, which comprise the Manor (and also the Hundred) of Wingham, that formerly belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
   When compiling the East Kent part of Testamenta Cantiana (issued in 1907) very few wills of the large parish of Ash were found in the other volumes, which is explained by their being in this Book Wingham.

JOHN ALDAYE.
   19 Oct. 1485. To be buried in the church of Ash, in the grave where Joan, formerly my wife, is buried. To the vicar to pray for my soul 40s., and to the reparation of the church 40s. Thomas Alday to have two salts gilt ; and residue of plate to Nicholas Alday. Ex’ors : my sons Thomas and Nicholas, and have residue. Son Thomas have all my possessions in Sandwich, except Nicholas to have the sellar with the loft against the town sellars, Nicholas to pay’ yearly to Alice my wife 10 marcs (£6 18s. 4d).* Probate 5 August 1480.           (Con. vol. IV., fol 73.)
   * The Alday family was of Clicker in Ash, also of Sandwich. A John Alday was Mayor of  Sandwich for the official year 1468-9 and again 1476-7.
   Thomas Alday of the Parish of  St. Peter in Sandwich, in which church he was buried in 1518 beside his wife Joan. Left a wife Margery, Sons Nicholas, Alexander arid John, two daughters Alice, wife of Robert Taylor, and Elisabeth. Son Alexander to have my lands at Richborowe which Thomas Gold hath to farm. (Con. Vol. XII., fol.  118.) Probably the Mayor of Sandwich 1490-1, 1493-4, 1505-6, 1506-7, 1507-8.
   Alexander Alday, gentleman, of St. Peter’s in Sandwich, died in 1532. From the tenement wherein he lived in Sandwich and his messuage at Flete in Ash his wife Elisabeth was to have the income for her life, then to his son, if one, or daughters Joan and Alice.(A., Vol. XIX., fol. 207.)
   Another Alexander Alday was Mayor of Sandwich 1530-1.

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