Genealogy Notes for the Village of Charlbury, Oxfordshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

The village sits on a spur on the NE bank of the River Evenlode, to which it descends. On the opposite bank it overlooks Cornbury Park.  



On 10 Feb 1615/16 one Benedict HATTON of Frittwell, Oxon, gent was involved with Richard FARMER of Somerton [one of the FERMORs of Tusmore Park] in a bond concerning the Manor or Farm of Walcott in Charlbury, Oxon. (East Sussex Record Office: Archive of the Portman family of Buxted Place, SAS/PN/1373).

Mary TASH (widow of William TASH, her second husband, following after John JORDAN of Burford, Oxon.), daughter of Robert ASTON, Innkeeper of Burford, Oxon. sold property in Charlbury to Sir Robert JENKINSON of Walcott.

Cornbury Park

Cornbury was bought by Edward HYDE, 1st Earl of Clarendon in 1661 and he carried out early landscaping of the park.

Henry HYDE, 2nd Earl of Clarendon inherited Cornbury from his father in 1674.

Following a period of financial difficulty the estate was sold to Laurence HYDE, Earl of Rochester in 1700.


The HYDE family

Henry HYDE, 2nd Earl of Clarendon erected the current house at Swallowfield Park, Swallowfield, Berks. Whilst in residence at Cornbury, his the 2nd Earl's diaries mention several meetings with the JORDAN family of Witney, Oxon, both Thomas and his son John. The diaries also mention Ralph TRUMBULL, minister of Witney, Oxon, a member of the TRUMBULL family of Easthampsted, Berks, who were relatively near neighbours of the HYDE's Swallowfield estate.

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