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Will of Thomas Blomefield 1771

TNA PROB 11/963/288

Thomas Blomefield was Hartley's longest serving rector from 1721 to 1771 and is buried in the chancel of the church. He may be buried here, but it appears he didn't live here as he gives his address as Green Street Green (the one near Darenth) in his will. The list of properties he owned, including some in his native Norfolk, shows that he was very comfortably off.

Will of Thomas Blomefield of Green Street Green, Darenth, clerk (1771)

He leaves his soul to God and his body to be 'decently interred' at the discretion of his executors.

To 'dear daughter' Ann - £400 when she is 21 or married whichever is first. To be paid from a charge on his lands in Halstow and St Marys in the Hundred of Hoo. 'Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann Bloomfield, one pair of silver candlesticks, half a dozen silver table spoons, that were formally her aunt Branch's, one large silver cup and all and every my books, pamphlets, and manuscript and other papers absolutely to and for her own use and benefit.'

To 'dear son Thomas Bloomfield - his messuages, land, manors etc in the parishes of Attleborough, Besthorpe, Old Bockenham and elsewhere in Norfolk; and his messuages and lands in Halstow and St Mary's in Kent subject to the charge to pay his sister's legacy.

Remainder of personal estate to his 'dear wife' Mary Bloomfield.

He appoints son Thomas and wife Mary as executors.

Dated 10 September 1768. (S) Thomas Blomefield, witnesses (S) James Harrison, Walter Medhurst, George St Lo Mans

Proved at London 26 January 1771