Name: Henry Heydon
Death: 1504 in West Wickham, Kent
Burial: Heydon Chapel, Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk
Residence: Heydon & Baconsthorpe, Norfolk
MEM: West Wickham, Kent; St. John the Baptist: depicted in the east window of the chapel as a skeleton.
Change Date: 18 FEB 2010
West Wickham lies in the north-west corner of Kent, bounded by Beckenham to the north, Hayes and Keston to east and adjoins Surrey to the south and west.
In 1469 the manor of West Wickham was sold to Henry Heydon, a young lawyer from Norfolk who rebuilt the manor house and parish church. Henry Heydon married Anne Bullen/Boleyn, great aunt to Queen Anne Boleyn.
Wickham Court, in which some resemblance to Holland house has been noted, is constructed of warm-red brick, with dressings of Kentish rag-stone. A house is known to have stood here in the reign of Edward IV., and it was this, doubtless, that Sir Henry Heydon rebuilt in the reign of Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn, a relative of the Hevdons, frequently visited the mansion.
In 1469 Henry Heydon, a lawyer from Norfolk, bought the manor of West Wickham and with it this church. He then proceeded to rebuild both. The surviving painted glass windows in the chapel, the work of Anglo-Flemish artists, depict saints whose names were bestowed on the Heydon children - Anne, Dorothy, Catherine and Christopher. Henry himself is depicted in the east window of the chapel as a skeleton.
His will was probated in PCC 23 Holgrave, will made 20 Feb 1504, proved 22 May 1504. He died 1504 in West Wickham, Kent?, at 64 years of age. His body was interred in Heydon Chapel, Norwich Cathedral.
Father: John Heydon b: 1416
Mother: Eleanor Winter b: 1420
Anne Boleyn b: ABT 1440
- Dorothy Heydon b: ABT 1465
- John Heydon b: 1469
- Bridget Heydon
- Anne Heydon