Name: John Grenefeld or Grenville
Reference Number: 20384
Birth: ABT 1460
Death: 6 JAN 1541
Residence: Barnbow, Yorkshire
Change Date: 13 SEP 2009
2nd son of the lawyer.
In the lay subsidy returns of 1524, which record taxes paid to finance the foreign wars of Henry VIII, John Grenefeld, grandson of the John Grenefeld in the 1424/5 survey, was assessed for tax on land valued at ?20 and he paid 20...
John Grenefeld, the last of the family to bear the ancient name, died at a great age on 6 January, 1540/1. At the time of his death he held in Barnbow the capital messuage (Barnbow Hall), three other messuages, two cottages, 40 acres of arable land and 18 closes of meadow and pasture, for which he paid rent to the lord of the manor. He held, as the sub-tenant of William Gascoigne, five messuages, 40 acres of arable land, 80 acres of meadow, 70 acres of pasture 'with appurtenances'. He also held other land in Yorkshire.
John Grenefeld outlived his two daughters and his estates went to their two sons, Nicholas Girlington and John Newcomen, who was married to Alice daughter of John Gascoigne of Lasingcroft. In 1548, Nicholas Girlington brought an action against Thomas Hardcastle and others who "with staves and other weapons in a riotous manner wrongfully entered into a meadow called Lentyng and other closes and expelled the plaintiff". Hardcastle replied that John Grenefeld had surrendered the premises to a forebear of his and that he had enjoyed the use of the premises for many years. The case was lost. Despite living dangerously at times, the Grenefeld family had prospered during their two and half centuries in Barnbow. In 1548, Nicholas Girlington sold his share of the estate to this cousin John Newcomen. In 1568, the latter sold Barnbow Hall and its appurtenances to Richard Gascoigne, his wife's brother, who a year later acquired the remainder of Newcomen' s interest in Barnbow and the rest of the old Grenefeld estates in the parish. The Gascoigne family were to remain major landowners in Barnbow until the 20th. century.
Father: John Grenefeld
Mother: Margaret Ryther
- Margaret Greenfield b: ABT 1490 in Barnadice (Barnboro), Yorks
- Text: Barnbow History
Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society