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Wickhamford: 1535-1557 – Nicholas Wyke

The second known curate of Wickhamford was Nicholas Wyke who, in 1535, had taken on the lease for the term of his life.  He was the last appointment of the Abbot of Evesham and received £2 4s 10d a year.

In the historical list of Church of England clergy, Nicholas Wyke was awarded a B.A. degree at Oxford on 3rd May 1533, but it only mentioned there as ‘perhaps rector of Colne Rogers, Glos, 1554.’   As clergymen often held more than one parish, this is likely to have been the Wickhamford curate as well.

It is probable that he was the Nicholas Wyke who was born at Dursley, Gloucestershire, in 1470, the son of Edmund Wyke and his wife, Elizabeth (née Norton).  This Nicholas Wyke married Elizabeth Poyntz in 1514; he died at Leonard Stanley in 1557.  The Victoria County History refers to the Wyke or Wykes family holding the manor of Leonard Stanley from the mid 15th century to the mid 16th century.