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.
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
(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.