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Local History – Frewens and Lords

Hello there. I’m a descendant of the Lord family who were rectors in Northiam for so many years, and I’ve heard with amusement of the long-standing feud between the Lords and the Frewens. I just wondered if by any chance any local history enthusiast could put any flesh on the bones of that story? A long shot, but I thought I’d ask. I’ll be in the neighbourhood daily soon. Best wishes, Peter Lord (now of Bristol).

4 responses to “Local History – Frewens and Lords”

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    Hi Peter, if you can contact me at
    [reveal email] I am the Chairman of Northiam Conservation Society

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    A late reply! as I have only just come across your post. My father – also a Peter Lord, has done extensive research on the Lords & Frewens – happy to let have some of his notes.

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    I’m unaware of a feud between the Frewens & Lords.
    Thomas Frewen (1691 – 1767) married Sarah Bishop. Although they had eight children, three of whom were male, the name in the male line died out. Sons Thomas (1729 -42) and William (1741-60) died young; son Charles (1733-87) married an Anne Simmons but had no issue. Daughter Mary Frewen (b1726) married William Lord in 1750 and had issue, it is they who hyphenated the name to ‘Frewen-Lord’.
    Putatively (I’ve no paper proof on an 18thC Frewen link) my common ancestor with Mary Frewen is Rev. John Frewen (1559-1628), my 10 x great-grandfather (who is her 3 x great-grandfather) which makes us half fourth cousins seven times removed. ‘Half’ because she is descended from Rev. John’s first wife Eleanor Butler, I from his second, Helen Hunt.

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    Hi Robert I am researching the Bishop family of Northiam and wondered if the Sarah Bishop you are referring to is the one Chr. 1666/7 the daug. of William Bishop and Ann Page. Lyn Cain Australia. PS: This Bishop family did have connections to the Frewen fam.

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