Margery Poher, of Wichenford Court

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Margery Poher, of Wichenford Court

Also Known As: "Margaret le Poher", "Margerey Power"
Birthplace: Wichenford Court, Wichenford, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: Washbourne Manor, Stanford, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Wickenford, Worcestershire , England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John le Poher, of Wickenford and Katherine Le Poher
Wife of Sir John Washburn, of Washbourne Manor
Mother of Norman Washbourne, of Wichenford, Esq.; John Washbourne and Elynor Washborne
Sister of Agnes Poher

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About Margery Poher, of Wichenford Court

Margery Poher

  • Birth: 1378 - Wickenford,Worcester,,England
  • Parents: John le Poher
  • Married: John Washbourne
  • Death: 1427 - Sanford, Wickenford,Worcestershire,England
  • AKA: Margaret le Poher

John Washbourne married (2) Margery Poher (Powre).

They had the following children:

  1. Norman Washborn b. about 1420 d. before 1479. Married Elizabeth Knivton
  2. John Washborn b. about 1422
  3. Elinor Washborn b. about 1424 [source for all of the above: Lenker, Althouse, Loos, Doney, Herrington, Scott, Washburn].

Wichenford Court


John Poer of Wichenford is mentioned in 1404–5, (fn. 43) but the exact date of his death is not known. (fn. 44) He left two daughters Margaret and Agnes his co-heirs. (fn. 45) Wichenford evidently fell to the share of the former, who became the second wife of John Washbourne, for in 1428 her son Norman Washbourne held the manor. (fn. 46) He died before 1480, (fn. 47) and his son and successor John (fn. 48) died in 1517, leaving as his heir his grandson John son of Robert Washbourne.


Wichenford was one of the largest mansions in Worcester with a moat, drawbridge, etc. It stands near Wichenford Church. About six miles northeast of Worcester and about twenty miles from Great Washburn (Stanford). Parish contains 2762 acres. Wichenford came to the Washburns through the marriage of John Washbourn with Margery Poher, commonly called Power - 1397. Through the male line failing, it was sold from the family in 1712. Interior older than exterior. Dexter panel contains a shield with the Washburn coat of arms.

It was in this old Washburn Manor-house of Wichenford that one of the Bourbon Princes was confined and is said to have been put to death by Lady Washbourne in the absence of her husband. When Owen Glendower was camped on Woodbury Hill in the reign of Henry IV. Genealogical notes of the Washburn Family by Mrs. Julia Chase Washburn - 1898.

Wichenford Church - Tombs of the Washburn Family


  1. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants (Google eBook) - Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris.  Genealogical Publishing Com, Nov 1, 1992.  Page 89.  "Norman Washburn, son of John Washburn, commissioner for peace for co. Worcester 1405, knight of the shire 1404, escheator, and his second wife, Margery Poher, daughter of John le Poher of Wickenford, and a descendant of Sir Roger de Washburn, fl. 1239, of Little Compton and Ashbourne."
  2. 'Parishes: Wichenford', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 561-566. URL: Date accessed: 22 May 2013.


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Margery Poher, of Wichenford Court's Timeline

Wichenford Court, Wichenford, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Stanford, Wickenford, Worcestershire, England
Witchenford, Worcester, , England
Witchenford, Worcester, , England
Age 49
Wichenford Church, Wickenford, Worcestershire , England, UK
October 22, 1937
Age 559
January 24, 1938
Age 560
May 25, 1991
Age 613
Washbourne Manor, Stanford, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)