Ludham or Laneburh
A hamlet of Pettistree. The family of Loudham held the lordship for many ages,
until the death of John, son of Sir Thomas de Lowdham, and Maud his wife, in
1418; who left issue an only daughter and heiress, Joan; she married, first, to
Thomas Heveingham, Esq., and secondly, to Ralph Blennerhassett, Esq., and he
inherited, in right of such marriage, whose descendants possessed it for many
This Joan survived her second husband, until 1501, being 97 years of age; and
John Bleverhasset, her son and heir, succeeded, being 77 years of age at the
death of his mother. Samuel Blennerhassett resided at Loudham, in 1618; but how,
or when the estate went from that family, we are not informed.
It afterwards became the property of Sir Henry Wood, Knt., Treasurer of the
Household of the Queen Dowager, Henrietta, one of the Council of Queen
Catherine, and Clerk of the Board of Green Cloth; eldest son of Thomas Wood, of
Hackney, in Middlesex, Clerk of the Pantry.
Sir Henry possessed considerable estates in this county, besides the manor and
park of Loudham, where he resided. He died May 25, 1671, and was buried in the
south aisle of Ufford church.
Mr. Gage Rokewode in his "History of the Hundred of Thingoe," has very fully
noticed this family, in Ms account of the parish of Whepstead; by which it
appears, Sir Henry Wood left issue an only daughter, Mary, who married Charles,
Duke of Southampton; and, for want of male issue by this marriage, this estate
devolved in possession upon Charles Wood, surviving son of Sir Caesar Cranmer,
who died without issue, in 1 743; and the estate descended in moieties, to the
co-heirs of the two sisters of Sir Henry Wood.
By a commission under the Great Seal of England, the 20th of George II., this
estate was allotted to one of the heirs of Elizabeth Webb, his youngest sister;
namely, Susan, wife of Robert Oneby; whose son Robert, died in 1753, without
issue, and it became the inheritance of Sir John, son and heir of Sir William
Chapman, Bart., by Elizabeth his wife, sister of Susan wife of the said Robert
It was purchased by Jacob Whitbread, Esq., after the decease of the said Sir
John Chapman, Bart., without issue; and is now the property of Carey William
Jacob Whitbread, Esq., and the residence of Frederick White Corrance, Esq.
ARMS. Lowdham: argent; three escutcheons, sable. Blennerhassett:
gules; a chevron, ermine, between three dolphins embowed, argent. Wood:
argent; on a chevron, azure, between three pelicans, sable, vulning themselves,
proper, as many cinquefoils of the first. Chapman: party per chevron,
argent and gules; a crescent counterchanged.
Mem. In 1810, a timber oak was felled in Loudham park, containing
altogether 705 solid feet; the body of which was drawn by sixteen horses, to Mr.
Manthorp and Son's timber wharf, Woodbridge.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page