Name: William Codd
Place: County Kent, England
The Pelicans, Wateringbury,
Kent, England, 2014. Photo courtesy of Terry A. Bird and the
Wateringbury Local History Society.
The Pelicans is also known as the Pelican
Farmhouse. The following is taken from the web site of the Wateringbury Local
Shenanigans in Pelicans (1598)
posted May 9, 2011, 2:13 AM by Wateringbury Lhsociety [updated Apr 25,
2012, 7:53 AM by Terry Bird]
The following is an extract from the Assize records for Kent.
'John Goslinge, servant of William Codd of Wateringbury, yeoman, indicted
for felonious killing at Maidstone assizes on 17 July 1598. By an
inquisition held at Wateringbury, 26 April 1598, before Thomas Willboughbeo,
coroner, on the body of Jane Clive, servant of William Codd, a jury found
that on 22 April Goslinge, Clive, Elizabeth Giles, John Downe and George
Cooke, Codd's servants, were together in the kitchen of their master's house
when Clive and Gyles, summoning all their strength, tried to bind together
Goslinge's hands and feet. At this, Goslinge lost his temper and stabbed
Clive in the stomach with a knive (1d) inflicting a wound from which she
died on 25 April. Guilty; allowed clergy.'
Being '' allowed clergy'' meant Goslinge had shown sufficient education to
get a reduced sentence. Originally civil courts could not try members of
the clergy; proving that you were clergy required simply being able to read
(or bluff that you could) as there was no formal record of who was a member
of the clergy. Elizabeth tried to stop this abuse (from 1575) and civil
courts obtained the right to try clergy but were limited in sentences they
could give them, so it was still worthwhile plea (although it could only be
The house involved was The Pelicans.
This is from: Edward Hasted. "Parishes: Watringbury," in The History
and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5, (Canterbury: W
Bristow, 1798), 106-118. British History Online, accessed August 21, 2018,
THE CODDS were an antient family in this parish, and had their seat in it,
called PELICANS, to which belonged a large tract of land. William Codd,
esq. died possessed of it in the reign of king William and queen Mary, and
was buried in this church, leaving by Deborah his wife an only son and heir,
James Codd, esq. who resided at Pelicans, and died whilst sheriff in 1708,
and was buried here, bearing for his arms, Argent a fess embattled sable,
between six pellets. He died without issue and intestate; so that his
estate became divided among several claimants; one of whom, Thomas Kirby,
gent. enjoyed the family seat, as part of the share which fell to his lot,
and his heirs conveyed it to Sir Thomas Style, bart. in whose great
grandson, Sir Charles Style, bart. of this parish, the present inheritance
is now vested.
More information about the Pelicans can be found at dover-kent.com.
Will of William Codde of Wateringbury, 1606
Lifted from a text-scanned copy at archive.org as taken from the 1917
edition of Virgnina Magazine.
William Codd of Watringbery in the Countie of Kent, yeoman
and within the dioces of Rochester.
Dated 14 Nov. 1606 Proved 3 March 1607
My bodye to be buryed in the churchyard of Watringbery. To the poore people
at my buryall Two bushells of wheate in bread. And in money twentie
shillinges. To some learned man to give the people some good lesson at my
buryall, sixe slillinges eighte pence. To my mayd servantes two shillinges
a peece. And to all my men servantes twelve pence a peece. To Hester, my
wife, the best Bedstedle in my owne Chamber, and the bedstedle in the porche
lofte with all the Beddinge belonging. I will that William Codd my sonne
when he cometh to his landes shall pay unto his mother, yi she be then
living, three score poundes. To Hester & Elizabeth my daughters, two
hundred poundes a peece at twentie yeares of age or dayes of marriage. I
will that if Hester my wife happen to dye before my Sonne be one and twentye
yeares of age Then Thomas Perri, gent of Leneham do take my ly\dng and
children till they be of age or married. And if he be dead or will not take
them. Then my wives brother John Lampord to take them in manner aforesaid.
To Hester my daughter Sz Elizabeth my daughter out of my land in Nettlestead
and East Peckham, sixteene poundes a yere till my sonne William ys full one
and twentie yeres of age and appoynted by me to enter uppon his lande. To
Hester, my wife the profitt of all my houses and lande in Watryberye or els
where within the Countie of Kent, till my sonne is of age. To William Codd
my sonne, my dwelling house bames, stables with all other buildings,
Landes, meadowes pastures and woodes lying in Watringbery or any other place
within the Countie of Kent upon Condition that yf Hester my wife be with
childe, of a man childe, then I will him to be baptised by the name of
Robert, & William my sonne shall pay unto Robert my sonne (yf any be)
thirteene poundes sixe shillinges and eight pence a yeare for ever. And yf
my wife be with Childe of a mayde childe Then I will her name to be Anne.
And William, my sonne to pay unto Anne (3^ any be) one hundred poundes at
twentye yeares of age.
Residuary Legatee and Sole Executor: William Codd my
Supervisors : Thomas Perri, gent, John Lamport & Thomas Ayarste, gent of
John Brown his marke, Walter Brovoke his marke, William
Panckas his marke, Witnesses.
3 March 1607 Administration granted to Hester Codd, relict of said deceased
during the minority of William Codd the Executor named. 19 Windebank.
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