John Alderman Browne, IV, Sir, Alderman of London
|Also Known As:||"John Alderman Brown"|
|Birthplace:||Wragby, Lincolnshire, England|
|Death:||Died in Lincolnshire, England|
|Occupation:||Lord Mayor 1480|
|Managed by:||Andrew Dean Kemp|
About John Alderman Browne, IV, Sir, Alderman of London
The Middle Ages in Lincolnshire The Witham valley between Boston and Lincoln had the highest concentration of Abbeys and monastic foundations in the country. The principle foundations were Barlings Abbey, Bardney Abbey, Catley Abbey, Nocton Abbey, Stainfield Abbey, Stixwould Abbey, Tupholme Abbey, Kirkstead Abbey, Kyme Abbey . The rest of the county was not left out, there were houses at Bourne Abbey, Sempringhm Abbey and many other places. But the clustering along the Witham was extraordinary.
Fewer Castles were built, although some of the manors were fortified in early years. Given the size of the county it is perhaps just as surprising that there are so few castles, as that there are so many Abbeys up the Witham. Boston, for example, appears to have had seven friaries, and to be defended only by the town walls. There appears to have been no garrison.
Fairs at Stamford, Grantham, and Stow Fair were established, and lasted throughout the period. Corby Glen sheep fair has been held more or less unchanged every year since 1238.
Sheep farming and the wool trade brought untold wealth to the area. Churches of breathtaking beauty were built.
In this period the Queen's Champion was appointed, and the post is still held by his successor, and many great estates and schools were founded. The Middle Ages were as rich and colourful in Lincolnshire as anywhere else. Wikipedia http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/22511065/person/19537268322/media/8?pgnum=1&pg=32914&pgpl=pid%7cpgNum