Holbrook. Holebroc, or Holbebroc
John, Lord Latimer, who was in the rebellion called "the Pilgrimage of Grace,"
in the time of King Henry VIII., married first, Dorothy, daughter and co-heir of
John, Earl of Oxford; and, secondly, Catherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Parr,
Knt.; and the said Catherine afterwards married King Henry VIII.
In the 35th of that reign, John Lord Latimer, his son, had livery of this
lordship, with Chelsworth, Walsham, and Preston, in this county; with divers
other manors in various counties, most likely through the interest of the said
Catherine with her Royal consort.
He married Lucy, daughter of Henry, Earl of Worcester, and died the 20th of
Queen Elizabeth, 1577, without male issue; so that, by the marriage of his four
daughters and co-heirs, his largo estate became divided.
Katherine, married Henry, Earl of Northumberland.
Dorothy, Thomas, Earl of Exeter.
Lucy, Sir William Cornwallis; and
Elizabeth, Sir John Danvers, Knt.; from whom is descended the present Duke of
Leeds, Viscount Latimer.
In this parish was the chief seat of the family of Clench. John Clench, one of
the Judges to Queen Elizabeth, resided here: he died in 1607, and was buried in
the church, where there is a fine monument erected to his memory, his wife, and
children. Thomas Clench, his son, served the office of Sheriff, for Suffolk, in
1616; and John Clench, his son, served the same office, in 1639.
ARMS. Clench: gules; three gemel rings, or, pendent, 2 and 1; a chief of
There is a portrait of the Judge, engraved by Hollar, published by Sir William
Dugdale, in his "Origines Juridiciales," 1666.
CHARITIES. A fund of £30, the amount of two benefactions of £5 each,
given for the poor, in 1662, and £20 received on the sale of a workhouse, at
interest of 50s. a year; this, together with the sacrament money, and occasional
contributions, is laid out in the purchase of coals.
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