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Origins - Time Line

Needham Timeline

The main events involving Needhams' are summarised below. In addition, the places where Needhams' lived has been mapped showing where and when they moved.

Event

Year Main Event Places
1100    
  1155 Rodger de Stanton marries heiress of manor of High Needham & adopts surname de Nedeham 1155 Acquire High Needham through marriage
1200
1274 Needham family appears in Hundred Rolls
1300
1345 Thomas de Nedeham marries Maud Mellor & Thornsett Hall comes into Needham family 1345 Acquire Thornsett through marriage
1345 William de Nedeham marries Alice de Cranach & brings manor of Cranage into family 1345 Acquire Cranage through marriage
1362 Robert de Nedham purchased land in Castleton 1362 Purchase land in Castleton
1397/8 Robert Nedeham one of King Esquires for county of Chester
1400
1410/1423/1446 Robert de Nedham involved in purchase of Messuage/Land in Wormhill 1410 Purchase land in Wormhill
1450 John Nedham becomes MP for London
1464 John Nedham appointed Justice of Chester & Flint
1465 John Nedham Knighted
1464 John Nedham purchased 2nd half of Cranage Manor & Shavington 1464 Purchased 2nd half of Cranage Manor & Shavington
1461 Sir William Nedham made Serjeant-at-law for Cheshire
1476 John Nedham purchases land in Wormhill,Mylenfield & Herdwykwall 1476 Purchases land in Wormhill,Mylenfield & Herdwykwall
About 1489 Christopher Needham left for Kent after the death of one of his fathers servants 1489 Moved to Kent
1500
1533 Robert Nedham Knighted
1538 Sir Robert Nedham made Sheriff Cheshire
1528 & 1540 Sir Robert Nedham appointed Sheriff of Shropshire
1530 Henry Needham settles in Bonsall 1530 Acquired property in Bonsall
early 16th century Otwell Nedham marries Elizabeth Cadman & inherits Cowley (Colley) early 16th century Acquire Cowley through marriage
1538 James Needham acquires Wymondley Priory & moved from Chiselhurst, Kent 1536 Acquire Wymondley Priory Hertfordshire
1536 James Needham appointed Master of Carpenters Company
1537 James Needham Surveyor General & Clerk of Kings Works
1547 William Needham purchased Moiety of Darley 1547 Purchased remaining Moiety of Darley
1564,1585,1595 Robert Nedham appointed Sheriff of Shropshire
1592 Sir Francis Needham took a lease of the rectory of Melbourne Hall and subsequently redeveloped to Hall 1592 Lease taken on the rectory of Melbourne Hall; subsequently the Hall was purchased and redeveloped
1594 Robert Nedham Knighted
1600
1601 Pool Park brought into the Needham family when Thomas Nedham married Eleanor Bagenal 1601 Pool Park brought into the Needham family through marriage
1603 John Needham knighted
1606 Sir Robert Nedham appointed Sheriff of Shropshire & Council member of President Wales
1610 George & Henry Needham sell Thornsett to Francis Nedham & John Yeoman
1611 Francis Needham purchases Barking Hall 1611 Purchase Barking Hall Suffolk
1617 Francis Needham knighted
1623 Henry Needham finally sells of Thornsett and Cowley to Francis Needham who immediately sells it on 1623 Thornsett and Cowley sold to Francis Needham who immediately sells it on
1625 Sir Robert Nedham made Viscount Kilmorey
1629 Sir Francis Needham sold the Melbourne estate to Sir John Coke 1629 Melbourne estate sold to Sir John Coke
1630 Robert Nedham knighted 1633 Robert Needham living at Perryfoot
abt 1634 George Needham moves to Grimsby Lincolnshire 1634 Needham's established in Grimsby Lincolnshire
1650 John Needham moved from Duffield to Bonsall 1650 Property acquired in Duffield
1651 After the Royalist defeat by Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester Colonel George Nedham leaves for Antigua to establish Needham's in the West Indies
1653 Robert Needham living at Hanson Grange
1659 Charles Nedham arrested preparing for restoration of King Charles & in 1660 died in Tower of London
1660 The trustees of Viscount Kilmorey sold Cranage to William Swettenham 1660 Cranage sold to William Swettenham
1675 Thomas Needham matrixed Christ Church Oxford
1684 George Nedham given land in Jamaica by Charles II 1684 given land in Jamaica
1686/8 George Nedham member and speaker of Jamaican Assembly. Parish of St George named after George
1700
1731 Wymondley Priory sold
abt 1746 John Needham inherits land at Hargatewall and develops Hargatewall Hall
1762 Francis Nedham joined Army fought in American War Independence
1783 Ellis Needham founded Litton Mill company
1790 Samuel Needham builds Rushup Hall
1792 Robert Needham living at Ashford in the Water - Thornbridge Hall
1799 Ellis Needham obtains full ownership of Litton Mill
1800 1800 William Nedham elected MP Athenry (Galway) Ireland
1806/1818 Francis Nedham became MP Newry
1812 Francis Nedham made General of 86th Foot
1815 Ellis Needham declared bankrupt; Litton Mill closes
1822 Francis Nedham made Viscount Newry and Mourne, and EARL OF KILMOREY and acquired Mourne Park
1819/1826 Francis Jack Needham became MP Newry
1828 Francis Jack Nedham appointed High Sheriff of Down
1832 Publication of Robert Blincoe's book on practices at Litton Mill exposes the scandalous use of apprentices.
1851 Francis Charles Needham sold Shavington to Arthur Pemberton Heywood Lonsdale 1851 Sold Shavington to Arthur Pemberton Heywood Lonsdale
1873 Joseph Needham Chief Justice of Trinidad knighted
1874 Frances Charles Needham appointed High Sheriff of Down
1881/1915 Frances Charles Needham was a Member of House of Lords
1890 Frances Charles Needham awarded Knight of the Order of St Patrick
1900
1901 Frances Charles appointed Aide-de-Camp to King Edward VII
1915 Frederick Needham knighted in recognition of his work in medicine.
1919 Christopher Thomas Needham knighted; he was MP for Manchester SW
1920 George William Needham knighted
1923 Pool Park sold and became a mental hospital 1923 Pool Park sold and became a mental hospital
1932 Richard Arthur Needham made Knight Bachelor
1957 Raymond Walker Needham knighted
1961 Mourne Park leaves Needham family 1961 Mourne Park leaves Needham family
1979/1997 Richard Francis Needham elected MP Chippenham/North Wiltshire
1985/1992 Richard Francis Needham appointed Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
1992/95 Richard Francis Needham made Minister of State for Trade
2000
2013 Mourne Park burnt down 2013 Mourne Park burnt down

 

 

Places

The places where Needham's are known to have lived are detailed together with the date of first occurrence; they are shown in the maps below.The main source of data is parish records. But a word of warning as you must recognise that these records don't start until 1537 - where they exist . Earlier data comes from National and County Archive records. So all the data should be pedigreed . Unless you know of other sources we'll use this data as the base. The first and and second maps show where and when a Needham first arrived in a registration district. The earlier the date the darker the colour.

High Needham, where the Needham's originated, is situated in the top, NW corner of the Ashbourne (ASHB) district - you'll note I don't know how to overlay a text box. The Needham's lived in small holdings/hamlets clustered between High Needham and Buxton. They spread out over time into other parts of the county and as we shall see into other counties

Both maps show that over time, gradually, the Needham's left their enclave of the higher ground in north west Derbyshire and moved south and east and subsequently into adjacent counties through marriage and work. Later they moved to the rapidly expanding industrial cities of Lancashire and Yorkshire as the industrial revolution gathered momentum.

 

Map 1 Registration District and the earliest time a Needham lived there

This shows the registration district where Needhams' are currently known to have lived together with the earliest date they lived there;remember the darker the colour the earlier the date. This map must be seen as work in progress and as data becomes available it will be updated. The current data is based on those counties where a Needham is born between 1600 and 1630. What is clear, this map will change as more records are unearthed. From 1155 the Needhams lived in NW Derbyshire at High Needham. By 1345 members of the Needham family married and so inherited Thomas inherited Thornsett and WIlliam Cranage. In 1438 Shavingtoni in Salop was first rented before being purchased. These moves are clearly shown on the map. Gradually the Needham's progressed east in the 16th and 17th centuries, Pool Park was brought into the family through marriage in 1601; this is in Denbighshire - due west of High Needham.

Finally, in the 18th & 19th centuries a number of Needhams' moved into the expanding industrial conurbations centred on and around Sheffield and Manchester. What isn't shown are the Needhams' moving to North America, Australia/ New Zealand or the West Indies. Perhaps someone can help with the first two moves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map 2 expanded view of London area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map3 Places Needhams' lived

 

The final map shows the places, hamlets, villages, towns and cities Needhams are known to have lived in. As before the places are colour coded based on the earliest date a Needham is known to have lived there. Outside Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire and their adjacent counties, Needham's only appear to be in Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Kent and the London area. London appears to be a special case and needs investigating further but the presence of Needham's in East Anglia appears to be in the region surrounding Barking where Sir Francis Nedham bought the Hall in 1611, in Hertfordshire after James Needham was given Wymondley Abbey by Henry VIII in 1536 and in Kent after Christopher Needham moved there about 1489

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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