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Sir John Broughton or Browgton and Ann Sapcote had three children John, Anne and Catherine. This section includes the letter to Cardinal Wolsey regarding the Ward of Anne and Catherine after the death of their brother.


Bedfordshire Manor


Built in 1560 by Henry Cheney son of Anne Broughton and Thomas Cheney [Sir Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports]. Queen Elizabeth 1st Knighted Thomas Cheney at Toddington in 1563. Upon the death of his wife Jane Wentworth the impressive Manor known as Cheney Palace passed in 1626 to his great-nephew Thomas Wentworth Earl of Cleveland


Anne Broughton [died 1561] is buried at the Church of St George in Toddington


Thomas Cheney and son John Cheyney: Westminster , 25th November , 33 Henry VIII, 1541 Privy Council [in modern English]


At Westminster the 25th day of November the presence as the day before save the Archbishop of Canterbury. Family members including Duke of Norfolk and Lord Russell.


Where  John Cheyney son and heir of Sir Thomas Cheyney Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports upon a displeasure came before the council there accusing his said father of treason, and examined of the particulars of the same, could allege no other thing, but that he had imagined in chapel, for it was thought this accusation proceeded rather of pride , than of any just matter, for an example he was committed to the Tower.



It was in 1560 that Lord Henry Cheney built the

Buckinghamshire Manor


The Buckinghamshire Manor of the Broughton is less famous than the Manor of Toddington in Bedfordshire. From a Semark perspective the Bucks Manor is interesting as the neighbouring Manor was owned by David Phelips husband of Ann Semark albeit for a short time [1485-1506]. The last “Semark” descendents to own Broughton Manor were Agnes Howard and William Pullet.


From the History of Buckinghamshire


A mesne lordship in those parts of Crawley known by the late 15th Century as Broughtons Manor and Filliols Manor respectively was held under the Giffard Honour by the Earls of Oxford. Record of their interest in Crawley dates from the early 13th Century, and continued until the abolition of feudal tenure in the 17th century, a temporary grant of his prerogatives being made in 1584 by the Earl of Oxford to Peter Palmer.

Broughtons Manor in Crawley was obtained in fee by the Broughton family, from whom it acquired its distinctive name. In 1351 John son of Robert de Broughton conveyed 60 acres of land, 1 acre of meadow, 2s. rent and ˝ lb of pepper to John Bohun of Midhurst and Cecily his wife. Sixty years later John Broughton, grandson of the grantor, claimed this estate against the grantees’ son John Bohun, and it was restored to him by order of court in 1427-8. This property, referred to in 1489 as the litell maner in More Craule called Broughtons, descended with lands in Broughton parish likewise retained by the Broughton family to Agnes Howard, wife of William Paulet, Lord St John by whom it was alienated in 1573 to Richard Morton.


Death of John Broughton, State Papers of Henry VIII 1528.


Letter from Sir Thomas Henege, Private Secretary to Cardinal Wolsey in 1528 , regarding the death of John Broughton. giving ward of younger sister  Catherine  to Master Russell [John Russell] husband of Ann Sapcote her mother [Lady Russell]. Catherine later married William Howard Lord Howard. Howard and Russell were good friends.


Humely seythe youre grace that I have recevyd Mr Arundells letters, where in he wrytyth that for the extreme danger of vehmont infection and sickness that ys fallen amonges your Graces folks, this last nyte, Your Grace entendythe  to remove to Hampton Cowerte which I sewyd into the Kynges Hynes where of the Kyng is very sory especially to have you so far from hym; notwithstanding His Hynes ys and wold have you to go to Hampton Cowerte, owte of that aere. This day the Kyng was atvertycyd of the deythe of young Browgton by reson where of the Kyng Seyd, that he had 2 goodly wardes to bestow, of the2 sisters of the seyd younge Browgton notwithstanding, the mater was so resonyd, that of lykelhode the elder syster ys of full age and at hur owyne lybele , and as Mr Russell and I thyncke, that the younger sister ys youre ward, by reason of the Kynges grawynte made into your grace. For asymche as my Lady Russell takythe the deythe of hur son so sore, master Russell ferythe that yt he showed not optene Your graces favour, for the custody and marege of the seyd younger syster,hit should returne my Lady Russell, to her utterondoying where for Master Russell humely besuchythe your grace, to have the preferment of the custody and merege of the seyd youngist sister, and he woll geve your grace asmyche fir hur, as anyother man woll doo, and he humely besuche youe grace that he may know your graces plesure herin. Wrytenin hast this sent Peters day , by your most humell and bowyndyd servant    


Signed Thomas Hennege