Lower Haddon: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 13, Bampton Hundred (Part One). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1996.

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The Mores were noted recusants into the 17th century. Mass, attended by family members and servants, was said regularly in their manor house in 1581; in the same year Phillippe Pollard of Lower Haddon confessed to having sheltered the Jesuit Edmund Campion in her house there, and in 1587 William More's goods were temporarily siezed after he was accused of harbouring seminary priests. (fn. 1) His daughter Ann Vaughan and son-in-law Thomas Tempest were fined also. (fn. 2) Later lords, though recusant, were non-resident, (fn. 3) and no further nonconformity is recorded.


  • 1. Acts of P.C. 1581-2, 290; 1587-8, 72-3, 100; Stapleton, Cath. Miss. 2, 175.
  • 2. Recusant Roll, 1593-4 (Cath. Rec. Soc. lvii), 127; Stapleton, Cath. Miss. 2; cf. P.R.O., PROB 11/113, ff. 101v.-102.
  • 3. G.E.C. Baronetage, i. 205-6, ii. 198; Secker's Visit. 12; above, manor. The assertion in Kelly's Dir. Oxon. (1939) that the Throckmorton plot against Elizabeth I was laid at Lower Haddon is false.