Sir Thomas Vachell, Kt.

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Thomas Vachell

Death: July 1638 (73-82)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Vachell, of Burghfield
Husband of Alice Vachell; Sarah Vachell and Leticia Hampden
Brother of John Vachell of Warfield

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About Sir Thomas Vachell, Kt.

The Vachels were one of Reading's leading families since 1261. Sir Thomas Vachel was Reading's Member of Parliament from 1529 onwards. In 1634 another Thomas Vachel commissioned some Almshouses in St Mary's Butts. By 1867 the houses were nearing the end of their lives. The site was closed and the proceeds, along with other charities money's were put in a fund for the development of the Almshouses in Castle Street. The were named after the original benefactor, they were designed by William Henry Woodman & were modernised in 1960-62. They are Grade 11-listed buildings and the plaque from the original Almshouses in displayed on them.

This Thomas Vachel was the nephew of Thomas Vechel of Coley Park, Reading and apparently inherited the estate when he was a man of 50 years of age in 1610. Also in 1610 he was Sheriff of Berkshire and was knighted. A regular visitor to Vachel house at Coley Park was Sir Thomas's good friend Oliver Cromwell, at this point a minor player in Parliament.


Sir Thomas first married Alice Brook in 1590 then circa 1600 remarried Sarah Lane. HIs third wife was to Lettice or Letticia Knollys on 23 September 1616 at St. Laurence Church, Reading. She was the daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and his wife Lettice Barrett.


With no issue to inherit the Coley Estate Sir Thomas persuaded his nephew Tanfield Vachel to move in, with conditions to Coley Park on his death which occurred in 1638. He was buried at St Mary's Church, Reading where he'd previously endowed with a font which features the Vachell Coat of Arms. Although buried on 20th July there was a "prestigious funeral" held for Sir Thomas on 30th August 1638.

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Sir Thomas Vachell, Kt.'s Timeline

July 1638
Age 78
Reading, Berkshire, England