Nicholas Wilder (c.1465 - 1542) MP

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Nicknames: "Nicholas Wylder of Nunhyde"
Birthplace: Nunhide, Berkshire, England
Death: Died in Sulham, Oxfordshire, England
Managed by: Marsha louise Silvia
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About Nicholas Wilder

Went to England with invading army of Duke of Richmond. Bought Nunhide in 1496.

By his performance in the Battle of Bosworth, Nicholas won the esteem of King Henry. On April 15, 1497, the king granted a coat of arms for appreciation of his bravery and the family has remained armigerous..

The original estate was Nunhide (then probably Nunehyde) and in 1496, he bought the property called Nunhide from John Kent. This estate is a few miles from Reading in Berkshire. There would have been a timber-framed house on the property and the brick walls of the old court in front of this house are still in place. In the early 17th century it was replaced by a pleasant brick and tiled house which, with various alterations and additions, still stands today and is known as Nunhide Farm House.

The Lordship of the Manor of Nunhide was held by Goring Priory (just across the River Thames in Oxfordshire) until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. This would probably account for the name: Nun’s hyde. A hyde was the Anglo-Saxon name for an area of land. Eventually it was bought by Thomas Wilder, a great-grandson of Nicholas, in 1632. Thomas then became the independent owner. The house may well have been rebuilt at this time. The Nunhide property still forms part of the Sulham Estate, lying to the south of Sulham village.

According to "The Wilder Family in England", written by Iris (Wilder) Moon, Sulham House, 19 97

The historical documents (about 150 items) from which this history has been deposited for sa fe keeping for posterity with the County Archivist for the Royal County of Berkshire. Many of them are medieval documents on parchments written in the legal Latin of the time and can be deciphered only by a medieval scholar. It will be appreciated that some accounts differ in detail so it is difficult to ensure complete accuracy when dealing with events taking place so long ago.

We believe that the earliest known Wilder was Nicolas Wilder, or Wylder, a German soldier i n the army of the Earl of Richmond, the Lancastrian claimant to the throne of England who landed at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. The Earl of Richmond assumed the throne as Henry VII. He was the first Tudor King of England which he ruled for twenty-five years, and throughout his reign the possibility of another Yorkist insurrection was never out of his mind. It is likely that Nicolas remained in his service for several years until the kingdom was safe.

On 15th April 1497, as a token of his esteem and a reward for his faithful service, Henry VI I gave Nicholas a landed estate and a Grant of Arms. This grant of arms was a very early creation by a Tudor King and the family has remained armigerous since that time.

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"Ancestry of the Wilders of Sulham" by Ralph Dean Clark

http://ralphinla.rootsweb.com/wildjohn.htm

Notes:

Nicholas Wilder wrote his will March 31, 1542 in Sulham, Oxfordshire, England.(5) He made beq uests to John his elder son, John his younger son, and to his other sons Richard, Nycholas, and Wyllyam. To each of them he left money, twenty sheep, and a cow. To Wyllyam and Nycholas he left the lease of his farm at Chynham to have and occupy in partnership.

He referred throughout his will to his wife, Isabell, whom he named his executrix. In this er a, the names Isabell and Elizabeth were used interchangeably.

Source:

Archdeaconry of Berkshire, Batell file of original wills (LDS Film 88,114), Number 227, las t day of March, 1542 will of Nicholas Wilder of Sulham: see transcript

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· Event: Milit-Beg ABT 1485 Army of the Earl of Richmond, Germany

· Note:

A German soldier in the army of the Earl of Richmond, the

Lancastrian claimant to the throne of England who landed at

Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and defeated Richard III at the

Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

· Event: Anecdote ABT 1485

· Note:

The Earl of Richmond assumed the throne as Henry VII. He was

the first Tudor King of England, which he ruled for twenty-five

years, and throughout his reign the possibility of another

Yorkist insurrection was never out of his mind. It is likely

that Nicholas remained in his service for several years until

the kingdom was safe.

· Residence: 15 APR 1497 Nunhide Farm House, Sulham Village, Oxfordshire, England

· Note:

On 15th April 1497, as a token of esteem and a reward for his

faithful service, Henry VII gave Nicholas a landed estate and a

Grant of Arms. This grant of a coat of arms was a very early

creation by a Tudor King and the family has remained armigerous

since that time.

This original estate was that of Nunhide (then probably

Nunehyde) and it appears that Nicholas added to its acreage by

purchasing additional land there from John Kent in 1497. There

would have been a timber-framed house on the property and the

brick walls of the old court in front of this house are still

in place. In the early 17th century it was replaced by a

pleasant brick and tiled house which, with various alterations

and additions, still stands today and is known as Nunhide Farm

House.

The Lordship of the Manor of Nunhide was held by Goring Priory

(just across the River Thames in Oxfordshire) until the

Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. This would probably

account for the name: Nun's Hyde. (A hyde was the Anglo-Saxon

name for an area of land.) Thereafter it passed through

various hands until it was bought by Thomas Wilder,

great-grandson of Nicholas, in conjunction with his son John,

in 1632. Thomas thus became the independent owner and the

house may well have been rebuilt at this time. The Nunhide

property still forms part of the Sulham Estate today, lying to

the south of Sulham Village.

Lordship of the Manor represents ultimate ownership of property

in a system under which a piece of property may be sold (its

use let) for a period such as three lifetimes, but ownership

must eventually revert to the holder of the Lordship of the

Manor.

-------------------- Military chieftain in the army of the Earl of Richmond, was at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.King Henry Vlll gave him an estate on the west bank of the Thames and a coat of arms.

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Nicholas Wilder, of Nunhide's Timeline

1465
1465
Nunhide, Berkshire, England
1504
1504
Age 39
Nunhide, Berkshire, England
1524
1524
Age 59
Sulham, , England
1542
1542
Age 77
Sulham, Oxfordshire, England
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