Walton in Gordano

1440: At Westminster in the octave of Trinity between John Fortescu serjeant at law, John Anstyll esquire; Richard Choke and Thomas Hethe querents; and John Grevill esquire, Richard Grevyll esquire; John Thommys vicar of the church of Campedene, Henry Peryton vicar of the church of Tettebury, John Bromlowe cleric, Thomas Stapull cleric, Robert Malyn, and Leonard Stepulton esquire and Mary his wife deforciants; for the manor of Walton in Gordano and the advowson. Leonard and Mary acknowledge the rights of Thomas Hethe and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Mary, and they warranted against Walter, abbot of St. Augustine’s Bristol and his successors; for this Thomas Hethe gave them two hundred marcs of silver.

1445: May 29. Institution of Sir John Payn, bachelor in decrees, as rector of the church of Stoke upon Sea, (Walton in Gordano) on the presentation of John More and Richard Roucetre.

1445 Sep 28. Dispensation for Master John Payne, bachelor in decrees, rector of the church of Stoke upon sea, to be absent in the university of Oxford for two years, receiving the fruits, etc of his church, meanwhile and letting it at farm to a suitable person.

1448 April 28. Institution of Sir Edmund Yalton, priest, as rector of the church of Stoke upon Sea, vacant by the resignation of Master John Payne, on the presentation of John More and Richard Roucetre. And because the said Edmund seemed to the bishop to be too simple and mediocre in knowledge for the care of souls, he took from him an oath that he would diligently study letters and the Scriptures for two years and admitted him for the time being as rector, at the instance of Richard Newton, justice.

1465: At Westminster in a month of Easter between John Markeham knight and William Yelverton knight querents; and William Hurne and Agnes his wife deforciants; for the manor of Walton in Gordano and the advowson of the church of the manor. William Hurne and Agnes acknowledge the right of John as by their gift and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Agnes, and besides they warranted the same against Walter, abbot of St Augustine’s Bristol and his successors; for this John gave them three hundred pounds sterling.

1465: At Westminster in a month of Easter between John Markeham knight and William Yelverton knight querents and John Harley and Joan his wife deforciants; for the manor of Walton in Gordano and the advowson of the church of the manor. John and Joan acknowledge the right of John Markeham as by their gift and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Joan, and besides the warranted against Walter abbot of St Augustine’s Bristol and his successors; for this John Markeham gave them three hundred pounds sterling.

1465: At Westminster in the octave of St Michael between John Markeham knight and William Yelverton knight querents; and Edmund Sanneford and Elizabeth his wife deforciants; for the manor of Walton in Gordano and for the advowson of the church of the manor. Edmund and Elizabeth acknowledge the right of John as by their gift and quit claimed for themselves and the heirs of Elizabeth; and besides they warranted against Walter abbot of St Augustine’s Bristol and his successors: for this John gave them three hundred pounds sterling.

1869 Sep 15. Walton Bay. The Recent Severe Storms.

Probably within the recollection of the oldest person living in this district the terrible violence of the gale has never been exceeded in its disastrous effects on the Somerset coast between Portishead and Walton Bay and Clevedon. For miles the coast was strewn with wreckage, masts, spars etc. Sailors baggage and kits were to  be seen lying in heaps in the fields and amongst the rocks, and at the Nore the visitor instead of making his way over the rocks, had to struggle through a mass of rigging, spars, canvas and other wreckage which had been washed in by the  tide during the height of the gale.

Indeed it was only with difficulty that one could get from one point to another in the route along the rocks from the Nore towards Walton Bay, owing to the heaps of rope rigging and spars which strewed the coast and excursionists were seen carrying away pieces of the wrecks as mementoes of their visit to such an unusual scene in a place hitherto looked upon on one of the greatest security and shelter.

Early in the morning of Monday the storm of Sunday had increased to a gale, which raged with the utmost fury from ten till one o’ clock. About the latter time five or six large barques that had broken away from their anchors in Pennarth Roads, were seen driven before the gale with their sails torn into shreds, the foam and spray being lifted up from the sea level in dense showers, which now and then almost buried the vessels so that they could not be seen from the shore. They were all driven on to the mud between Portishead and the mouth of the river where their crews only succeeded in steering them sufficiently clear of one another to land a safe distance apart on the mud.

 

1899 Aug 1. The Rev. C A Fowler, who has retired from the rector-ship of this parish, has been presented by friends in Walton Park, with a cheque for £50, as a mark of their respect and esteem, after so many years faithful service to the church.

1899 Oct 28. At Walton in Gordano parish church on Wednesday night the Rev. E.F.A. Hext was inducted to the living of the parish, in succession to the Rev. C.A. Fowler, resigned.