26. THE PRECEPTORY OF SUTTON AT HONE
Geoffrey Fitz Peter, earl of Essex, made a
grant to William de Wrotham, archdeacon of
Taunton, of all his land of ' Sutton de la Hane'
to make a hospital for the maintenance of thirteen poor men and three chaplains in honour of
the Holy Trinity, St. Mary, and All Saints. (fn. 6)
King John confirmed the grant on 29 October,
1199, (fn. 7) and on 9 February, 1214, he granted
that the brethren of the hospital should have that
land and whatever they might acquire afterwards
with all liberties and customs such as the brethren
of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem had. (fn. 8)
We do not hear more of the hospital, and it
would seem to have passed to the Hospitallers,
for in a list of their possessions Robert Basinge is
said (fn. 9) to have given to them the manors of ' Sutton at Hoone,' Dartford and Hawley, and his
son John de Basynges granted to them all the
land which he held of their fee in those manors. (fn. 10)
A large number of small grants in Sutton and
Dartford are transcribed in the chartulary of the
hospital, (fn. 11) and several of these are said to be made
to the Hospitallers dwelling at Sutton at Hone, thus
showing that a preceptory was established there.
It was, however, broken up before 1338, when
the manor of Sutton, with three carucates of
land, was demised at farm to Sir John de Pulteneye for 40 marks yearly, the fraria or voluntary contribution, which was estimated at 20 marks
yearly, being reserved to the Hospital. (fn. 12) After the
Dissolution the manor and chapel of Sutton were
granted in fee to Maurice Dennys on 22 March,
1544. (fn. 13)
Masters of Sutton
Walter (fn. 14)
Richard de Bramford, occurs 1251 (fn. 15)
Cart. Antiq. m. 8.
||Chart. R. 1 John, m. 2.
Cart. Antiq. M. 7; Y. 6.
||Dugdale, Mon. vii, 833.
||B M. Cott. MS. Nero E. vi, fol. 240.
||Ibid. fol. 222-61.
||Larking, The Knights Hospitallers in Engl. (Camd.
L. and P. Hen. VIII, xix (1), 278 (62).
||Cott. MS. Nero E. vi, 248 d.