10 Ashenhurst v Middlemore

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Edmund Ashenhurst of Dudley, co. Stafford, gent v George Middlemore of Hazelwell, King's Norton, co. Worcester, esq

June - July 1637


Ashenhurst petitioned that Middlemore had called him a base fellow, and assaulted him with a drawn sword. Process was granted in June 1637; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

3/151, Petition to Arundel and Maltravers

'George Middlemore of Hasilwell in the county of Worcester verie disgracefullie in the presence of severall persons (without any offence given on the petitioners part) did call your petitioner base fellow, and in violent manner assaulted him with his sword drawne, and swore by God he would kick your petitioner downe the stayre, with many other opprobrious tearmes (as by good proof will appear to your lordship).

Petitioned that Middlemore be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 24 June 1637.

3/152, Plaintiff's bond

4 July 1637

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by E. Ashenhurst.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


There was a Hazelwell in the parish of King's Norton, in which a George Middlemore appears as a younger brother of William Middlemore in the Worcestershire Visitation of 1634.

A. T. Butler (ed.), The Visitation of Worcestershire, 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 90, 1938).

George Middlemore of Hazelwell, esq (d. 1652) was the son of George Middlemore (d. 1637) and Jane Warner. The younger George was allegedly a royalist officer and possible Roman Catholic who married Frances Stanford.

W. P. W. Phillimore and W. F. Carter, Some Account of the Family of Middlemore of Warwickshire and Worcestershire (London, 1901), pp. 96-124.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel and Maltravers: 3/151 (24 Jun 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/152 (4 Jul 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Ashenhurst, Edmund, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Middlemore, Frances
  • Middlemore, George
  • Middlemore, George, esq
  • Middlemore, Jane
  • Middlemore, William
  • Stanford, Frances
  • Warner, Jane
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Staffordshire
    • Dudley
  • Worcestershire
    • Hazelwell
    • King's Norton

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • civil war
  • denial of gentility
  • military officer
  • Roman Catholic
  • royalist
  • weapon