22 Dec Lordship Title of Beenham ID14142
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The whole parish was not granted to Reading Abbey, for in the 16th century a manor of BEENHAM was held of the lords of Bradfield. In 1348 Thomas Colle had free warren in Beenham. His lands here apparently descended to the Perkins family. In 1524 Thomas Perkins died seised of lands in Beenham held as above. His son and heir Richard probably inherited his lands, but they afterwards passed to a younger branch of the family. In 1571 Henry Perkins, presumably the nephew of Richard, held property described as the manor of Beenham. He died in 1589–90, his heir being his son Richard. The Perkins family were noted for their adherence to the old religion, and Richard was fined as a recusant, his Beenham lands being his chief property. He died in 1605, and they passed to his brother John, who held the manor in 1634. John Perkins was probably the first of his family to conform, and in 1606 he claimed freedom from the recusancy fines on this account. That he afterwards reverted to Roman Catholicism seems probable, since in 1654 John Perkins of Beenham compounded for his estates as a recusant. His son John succeeded him, and may perhaps be identified with the John Perkins of Beenham who was churchwarden there in 1658, so that he also had conformed. He died in 1665. His son John had presumably predeceased him, since the manor of Beenham came into the possession of his brother Richard in that year. Richard was in seisin in 1671–2 and may be the 'Mr. Perkins' who was buried at Beenham in 1676. His son Richard, who died in 1700, left four daughters. It was sold in 1703 to Sir Charles Hopson, whose granddaughter and ultimate heir Mary married the Rev. John Bostock. Their younger son Charles took the name of Rich (see above).
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