Name: William Denham
Burial: 31 Aug 1583
Occupation: Citizen and goldsmith
MEM: Thorpe, Surrey: brass on south wall of the chancel
Change Date: 19 AUG 2010
William Denham, citizen and goldsmith of London, father to Sir John Denham the judge, and grandfather to the poet, was buried at Thorpe in 1583, and probably resided there.
On the south wall of the chancel is a brass to William Denham, his wife, five sons and ten daughters.
He was a citizen and goldsmith of London, and died in 1583. Above are three shields; the first has the arms of Denham; the second, the arms of the Company of Goldsmiths: the third Denham impaling a cross paty with a bend over all and a ring for difference.
The Goldsmiths Company say William Denham was born in 1519 and he married Joan Fare on May 11-1542 at the Church of St. Matthew.
They had 15 children, 5 sons and 10 daughters. Three of the daughters are named: Susanna who married William Berblock, goldsmith and former prentice of William; Sarah who married Francis Morley (another source says he was the son of Robert Morley and Ann Tancred, daughter of Richard); and Martha who married John Mabbe, another goldsmith (who according to another source was the son of John Mabbe and Isabella Colley, daughter of Richard). This source also says that William leased an estate at Thorpe, Surrey in 1569 and 1572 and acquired a grant of arms: Gules, three lozenges ermine and the crest of a lion erased.
Father: William Denham b: ABT 1499
11 MAY 1542
in St. Matthew, London
- John Denham b: 1559