Location and general
Known as Ensham until the 19th C, Eynsham is a substantial
village to the west of Oxford and 6km
east of Witney, Oxon. It lies just north of the Thames. Nearby villages
Cassington to the East, Stanton Harcourt to the south and the Leighs
(North and South) to the West.
In 1653 Thomas JORDAN, a Witney clothier purchased
the furze and bushes on Eynsham heath ['Eynsham: Manor']. In the same
year a parliamentry committee that held the former STANLEY interest in
Eynsham, transferred that, together with the interest of Sir Henry
MARTEN to a group of men from Eynsham for the benefit of Thomas JORDAN
In 1657 Thomas JORDAN purchased the rest of Eynsham ['Eynsham: Manor'].
On 2 Oct 1673, Michael MARTIN was granted stewardship over the Eynsham
property of John JORDAN, Lord of the Manor of Ensham and
Newland, Oxon (Hampshire Record Office: Knight Archive, 39M89/E/T100).
This was John JORDAN of Witney, Oxon (-1692).
John's son Thomas JORDAN (-1716) heavily mortgaged the estate to Sir
Robert JENKINSON of Walcot, Charlbury, Oxon. By 1714 JORDAN owed c.
£2,500 and was
clinging to the vain hope that the coal mining venture he had
established on Eynsham heath would prove profitable.
Thomas JORDAN died in 1716 and in 1717 Henry PERROTT bought
In 1719 Thomas JORDAN's freehold of the Eynsham estate was sold
to Henry PERROTT
The hall was built by Willoughby LACEY, whose
fortune came from the London theatre. His father James LACEY (-1744)
part owned the Dury Lane Theatre with David GARRICK.
1 May 1676 William WISE of Ensham, Oxon, yeoman mortgaged land called
the Rymes to John JORDAN of Witney, Oxon, gent for 500 years for £40
and with a 1d rent. This land was noted as being used and
as part of the mill. (Oxford Records
The mill was converted to paper production in 1682 and the history of Eynsham Papermill
involves surnames such as HAGAR, MEALES, KEY and
The JORDAN family
The JORDAN family of Witney,
(a branch of the JORDANs of Fulbrook, Oxon
and Burford, Oxon
manorial rights in Eynsham. The JORDAN were involved in an
unsuccessful attempt to mine coal from Eynsham Heath.
The HATTON family
From the reign of James 1
(1566-1625) there is a chancery proceeding, undated in
the index, in which the plaintiff, Joan late wife and executrix of
Timothy HATTON, brings a case against Benedict HATTON and Thomas
and Roger HATTON, concerning messuages in Oxford and lands in Eynsham
1922, 1:n.p., Ref. H26.24]. The same Joan may be mentioned in another
action from the same reign in which the plaintiff Nicholas BENSON
brings a case against Joan HATTON concerning the personal estate of
Timothy HATTON. The name of Benedict HATTON is associated with the
villages of Charlbury, Noke and Fritwell in the seventeenth
century, whilst that of Timothy, Thomas and Roger HATTON are found
amongst the children of Roger HATTON of St Antholin
A handful of HATTON register entries from Eynsham, St Leonard
may relate to
children or relatives of Thomas
HATTON of Widford, Oxon
- 7 Aug 1737, burial of Elizabeth HATTON
- 14 Aug 1737, christening of Elizabeth HATTON,
daughter of Thomas & Hannah [note that this and the previous
date look as if they may have been transposed in the transcription that
was examined, the original has yet to be checked]
- 23 Jul 1738, christening of Edward HATTON, son of Thomas
- 1[4?] Sep 1740, christening of James HATTON, son of Thomas
- 7 Nov 1741, burial of Hannah HATTON
The christening and burial dates for Elizabeth HATTON look as if they
may have been transposed at some point (though they were that way round
in the register transcription I was using).
The burial for Hannah HATTON in 1741 is
that of Mrs Hannah HATTON, the wife of Thomas. The grave is part of a group of tombs for members of the LORD family, thus providing strong
evidence that this was the grave of Hannah LORD who married
Thomas HATTON in nearby Stanton
. Monumental Inscription, for grave number C113, in the list published by
"In memory of / Hannah the wife of / Thos
HATTON who / Departed this life Novr
/ the 14th
1741 / Aged 29 / Also
five of their children / who died in their infancy //"
As Hannah's monument is near to others from the LORD family, this appears to be the grave of Hannah HATTON, nee LORD. Thus, either the
transcription of the date of burial in the register or that of the monument must be incorrect.
The LACY (aka LACEY) family
LACY family built Eynsham Hall and may have been involved in the
JORDANs coal mining enterprises. The father of Willourby
stage manager at Covent Garden and later a co-patentee
with David GARRICK of the Drury Lane theatre (in which Col
Thomas HATTON of Saville Row, St James, Westminster
The LORD family
In 1791 the Universal British Directory entry for Eynsham listed 'Lord James, (F.) Farmer'.
There is a small group of LORD burials in the churchyard, comprising a single chest tomb and a number of graves with headstones.
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- Index of Chancery Proceedings (Series 1) Preserved in the Public Record
Office; James I. 2 Vols. No 47 in Public Records Office; Lists and
Indexes. London:Public Records Office, 1922.
- Monumental Inscriptions at the Parish Church of Saint Leonard, Eynsham (Oxford: Oxford Family History Society, 2002), 60.
- WRIGHT, Lilian, "The Stanleys of Eynsham," The Eynsham Record; Journal of the Eynsham History Group,
Number 2 (Eynsham History Group, 1985), pp. 32-38
- 'Eynsham: Manor', A
History of the County of Oxford: Volume
12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock (1990),
History, pp. 120-23. URL:
- 'Eynsham: Economic history', A History of the
County of Oxford: Volume 12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock
(1990), pp. 127-142. URL:
accessed: 06 May 2008.