Name: Mabel Folville 1
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Change Date: 10 MAY 2006
Mabel Folville, the wife of John Woodford, was the heiress of a notorious Leicestershire family. John de Folville died in 1310 leaving seven sons: John, Eustace, Laurence, Richard, Robert, Thomas and Walter. The manor of Ashby Folville passed to the younger John, and it appears that he was the only brother not to participate in a life of crime. The worst of the brothers, judged by the number of crimes alleged against him was Eustace Folville, with five murders and many other felonies; the next was Robert and then Richard, who in 1321 became Rector of Teigh in Rutland.
The Folvilles were first heard of as criminals when three of them were indicted for participating in the murder of Roger Bellers. This took place on 19 January 1326 on the road between Melton Mowbray and Leicester near Kirby Bellars. The Woodford family was distantly related to the de Bellers: Lettice Prest, the sister of Alice Prest who married John of Brentingby, married James de Bellers.
Eustace Folville was later charged with three or more further murders, a rape and three robberies. It appears that much of the Folvilles? criminal activities were directed against the supporters of the Despensers. On almost every occasion they avoided punishment and were pardoned for their alleged crimes. Eustace Folville lies buried at Ashby Folville. His figure on his tomb is much defaced.
The lordship of Ashby Folville passed from John de Folville to his second son Geoffrey de Folville who married Mabel Tilney. He died before 1370 and it was his daughter Mabel who married John Woodford, and through whom the Woodford family gained the manors of Ashby Folville and Newbold Folville.
Folville pedigrees in Nichols are inaccurate. VCH Rutland, 11.151 ff contains some erroneous information. Reliable relevant deeds appear in the Woodford Cartulary, Brit.Mus. Cotton Claudius A xiii.
Henry of Knighton was interested in the Folville family?s activities. See Chronicon H.de Knighton (Rolls Series),i.432.
In 1363 William de Wadeford's son, John, married Mabille Folville, daughter and heir of Geoffrey, lord of Ashby Folville. The quartering of arms is the heraldic convention denoting marriage to an heiress, and the arms carved upon the battlements at Sproxton would have displayed the Woodford arms of three leopards' heads on fleur-de-lis quartered with the Folville cross 'moline' (a cross the ends of whose arms are bifurcated, or split) in commemoration of the marriage of John Woodford and Mabille Folville. The date of 1363 also ties in neatly with Professor Pevsner's dating of the top stage of the tower of the Church of St Bartholomew, Sproxton.
Father: Geoffrey de Folville
Mother: Mabel Tilney
John Woodford b: 11 NOV 1358 in Brentingby
- Robert Woodford b: ABT 1383 in Burton Lazars, Melton Mowbray, Leics
- Joan Woodford
- Elizabeth Woodford
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