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WHORWOOD, Field (c1592-1658) – Wickhamford Manor tenant

The following information is accredited by the Evesham historian, E.A.B. Barnard, to Sir Thomas Phillipps of Middle Hill, Broadway. Barnard says Phillipps was always very exact, but that the documents “are no longer available” (writing in 1935).  The Manor of Wickhamford was leased to Field Whorwood by Samuel Sandys, his wife Mary and mother Penelope, on 15th February 1637, for 40 years.

Whorwood was from Nethercote, Oxfordshire.  He was born about 1592, one of 14 children of William Whorwood of Sandwell and his wife Ann, née Field (Jane Austen is one of their distant descendants).  He was a citizen of London where he is recorded as an ironmonger and was an Alderman, elected on 12th July 1653, to represent Farringdon Without.

He died in July 1658 and is buried in West Bromwich. His will was proved in Wootton. His niece, Jane Whorwood, was a Royalist supporter in the Civil War and there is a book about her entitled The King's Smuggler.