Port: London Controlment of Customs on wool &c. by
John Shurley 5-6 Hen.VII.; 6-7 Hen.VII;. 9-10 Hen.VII;. 4-5 Hen.VIII.;
1506/7 3388. John Shurley, Edmund Dudley, esquire, Ralph Shyrley,
esquire, John Erneley, Richard Broke, John Myklowe, esquire,
Edward Leukenore, John Goryng, William Pawne and Thomas Grenewey
v. Nicholas Gryffyn, knight, and Alice his wife; manor of Isfeld
and 20 messuages, 300 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 300
acres of pasture, 200 acres of wood, £5 rent in Isfeld;
to John Shurley, etc. 'Sussex Fines: 21-24 Henry VII', An abstract
of Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex: vol. 3: 1308-1509
(1916), pp. 301-304. \
Wardrobe of the king's household: John Shirley, cofferer
of the household, acting keeper - 1 Hen VIII through 18 &
19 Henry VIII.
Wardrobe and Household: Checker roll of the household, John Shirley,
cofferer. 1 & 2 Henry VIII. 4 & 5 Henry VIII. 10 &
11 Henry VIII. 11 & 12 Henry VIII. 12 & 13 Henry VIII.
13 & 14 Henry VIII. 14 & 15 Henry VIII. 17 & 18 Henry
Email: Jo Kirkham (apparently of Rye village Kent) was
nice enough to email these details in September 2008: "John
Shurley was pardoned by Henry VIII (with 2 other Rye residents)
- Robert Bawdwyn and Richard Berkeley in 1509. (Cal of
State Paper. For. ND DOM., 1509/13, VOL PT. 1,, PP 203, 218.)
He was a Jurat in Rye from 1499-1502. He is the first recorded
or rather documented person to have a brick
chimney built in Rye in a bond of September 1504 specifying
a chymney with lyme, sande and breke to be erected
in a property owned by him within one month of the following
Easter. By 1513 John Shurley had bought much property in the
town and seems to have lived in large house to the west of the
vicarage at the north-west corner of the churchyard. Other property
of his was a house called La Crowne with another
to the south of it where Lloyds Bank now stands, and the one
above it. At one time he owned in the town 24 houses, 7 shops,
6 gardens and 3 acres of land."
"The old Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Worcester,
had been getting decrepit and had been too feable...Lord Sandys,
the treasurer of Calais was appointed to succeed him...and Edmund
Peckham replaced John Shurley as cofferer. Master Shurley had
gone about his duties in his own quaint way and when Cardinal
Woolsey was working out details of the reforms had gone off to
his Sussex home for the summer, setting a lamentable example
to his staff." - The Cardinal and the Secretary, Henry VIII
Changes and Reforms in Staff.
PCC Will of John Shurley Esq. and Cofferer to King Henry
VIII, March 1, 1525, To be buried in parish church of Isfield
in Sussex, To high alter of Isfield 13s 4d, To freres at Rye
of the Five Portes 13s 4d. to pray for my soul and that of my
late wife Parnell., To the gray freres at Winchelsea 13s 4d.
To the white freres in the same town 13s 4d.To parish of Little
Horsted, sussex Co. 20d. My son John Shurley - my best bason
and ewer of silver etc. Mentions saltes given to my wife by her
brother John Goring at her marriage. My son Edward Shurley My
son William Shurley My daughter Brigget Shurley May daughter
Joane To Sir Richard Broke Kt. Chief baron to the king's exchequyer
To James Sutton To Roger More, sergeant to the king's bakehouse
My friend Thomas Knight son of the kinge's brewere To parish
church of Rye My old friend Henry Page and his wife To Thomas
Weldon third clerk of the kinge's kitchen To son John, royalties
and patronage of church at Isfield which I have taken for three
score years of my lord of Canterbury Executors son John Shurley
and Roger More, sergeant of the kinge's bakehouse. Will proved
Nov 23, 1527
Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
- "Here under lyeth the body of Mr. John Shurley, Esquier,
sometime chefe Clerke of the Kitchen to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng
Henry VII and Cofferer to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng Henry VIII, which
John decessed ye iii day of August, Ao, mvxxvii"
married 1) Parnell (Petronella) Grauntford She was
named as the wife of John Shurley, esq of Isfield in several
early Feet of Fine documents. She was named in the 1525 will
of her husband when he granted the parish church of Rye Sussex
an amount of money to honor the souls of him and his deceased
wife Parnell. Her father John Grauntford was also identified
in the 1525 will of her husband.
1499/1500 15 Henry VII 3340. John Ernley, John Ashby and
Richard Broke v. John Shurley and Petronilla his wife; manors
of Lyons and Wyke, 20 messuages, 400 acres of land, 80 acres
of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 60 acres of wood, £10
rent in Somptyng, Asshurst, Cokham, Northlauncyng, Southlauncyng,
Little Brodewater, Steynyng, Wyston, Shepeley and Westgrenested;
to John Shurley and Petronilla and heirs of their bodies, contingent
remainders to heirs of body of Petronilla, heirs of body of John
Shurley, or right heirs of Petronilla. 'Sussex Fines: 11-15 Henry
VII', An abstract of Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex:
vol. 3: 1308-1509 (1916), pp. 292-296.
married 2) ______ Goring. She was named in the 1525
will of her husband John Shurley as sister of John Goring "...which
were given unto my wife by her brother John Gorying at her marriage..."
2(i). John Shurley- He was extensively named
in his father's 1525 will as "heir apparent", inheriting
all household items at Isfield etc; He inherited all cattle,
oxen at Rye (Sussex), Sheep, horses, mares, foales etc as well
as his father's 'grate cheyne of gold'. He was granted all royalties
and patronage from the Lordship of Isfield; He was also granted
all lands, tenements and hereidiments in Sussex and throughout
the realm of England. Also inherited the Manors of Isfield Sussex
and of Bassett in the parish of Hertfeld Sussex and Manor of
Lyone and Wyk. He was also granted all lands that came to his
father via his mother's father John Grauntford. Also granted
the Manor of Worth in the parish of Little Horsted; The will
stipulated that if John died in default of heirs, then the Manors
would all go to brother William Shurley, and in turn if default
then to brother Edward Shurley and in turn if default then to
two sisters Joane and Bridget Shurley. John was also named Executor
of father's Will. Nothing more known, however, he likely
died without issue since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward.
2(ii). William Shurley - mentioned in father's 1525 Will
as his 'second son'. His father ordered that William inherit
the money generated from the sale of his estate if his brother
Edward either died before the age of 24 or became a priest. Wiliam
also inherited his father's land at Winchelsea and at Rye Sussex,
with default of his heirs then to his brother Edward Shurley.
Nothing more known, however, he likely died without issue
since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward.
Shurley, esq - Named in the 1525 will of his father
John Shurley of Isfield. After a list of bequests, his father
ordered certain assets of his estate to be sold and the money
given to son Edward. There is considerable discussion of Edward
becoming a priest in his father's 1525 Will, which apparently
did not occur. Edward was named residual heir of his father
upon the failure of heirs by his two older brothers, John Shurley
and William Shurley, and only if Edward did not become a priest.
He clearly inherited the Manors of his father John Shurley, apparently
upon the deaths of his two elder brothers John Shurley and William
Shurley as well as the failure of either to produce a male heir.
Edward died 16 March 1558.
married Joan Fenner, daughter of John Fenner, Esq.
Joan married Anthony Morley next.
2(iv). Joan Shurley - She inherited various gilt objects
in the 1525 will of her father John Shurley, esq. She and her
sister Bridgett Shurley were named as residual heir of their
father if brothers John, William and Edward failed to produce
2(v). Bridgett Shurley - She inherited £133
in the 1525 will of her father John Shurley, esq., to be paid
for her marriage. She and her sister Joane Shurley were named
as residual heir of their father if brothers John, William and
Edward failed to produce an heir.