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The History of Baginton

Over Two Millennia - The 14th to 18th Century


On Amice's death in 1302 the manor passed to the Herthill family, who sold it to Sir William Bagot, probably in the 1380's. Sir William's career is described in the comments on the early fifteenth century brass memorial to him and his wife Margaret, which is one of the important monuments of the church.

After a variety of other owners, including the Earls of Warwick and St. Mary's church in Warwick (and for one year during Bagot's disgrace, the Bishop of St. David's), the manor was sold in1618 to the Bromley family whose principal representative, William Bromley (1663 - 1732), Speaker of the House of Commons, completely refurbished the interior of the church and gave the plate. The Bromley family ceased to live in Baginton in the 1820's, when the direct line ended with Mrs. Lucy Price, neé Bromley, who was responsible for endowing the village school in Baginton in 1814. Long associated with the church, the school was closed in 1976.

The old parsonage house had been sold in the sixteenth century and it was not until 1628 that Mrs. Katherine Bromley (grandmother of William Bromley the Speaker), whilst guardian to her son during his minority, returned the tithes to the Reverend Mr. Gibson who was then rector and `suffered" him to live in a house near the church called Underhill's Farm. This house, the present Old Rectory, now a private house, was given to the rectors by her son, Sir William Bromley, in 1675, when he also gave twenty shillings for "some worthy orthodox Divine" to preach a sermon in pious commemoration of his father and mother.

The advowson (the right of presenting the living to a rector of the owner's choice) had been owned since long before Amice's time by the Priory of Kenilworth. In 1535 the church was definitely styled a parish church (it had earlier been attached to the church at Stoneleigh) and was then worth £8.1s 8d. in addition to annual pension to the Canons of Kenilworth. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it passed through various hands, including the Underhills, until it was acquired by the Lords of the Manor in 1574. During the fourteenth century the Herthills and the Bagots continued to support the separate chantry of St. Thomas, but the last appointment of a priest recorded in Dugdale was in 1398; all chantries were abolished at the Reformation.

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