Sir John Hardreshull1

#3012, (circa 1300 - circa 1370)
Relationship18th great-grandfather of William David Lewis


Child 1.Elizabeth Hardreshull+1
Sir John, who in 1348 had purchased the manor of Wigsell, in Salehurst, co. Sussex, from Simon de Etchingham, by marriage with Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Hardreshull, of Hardreshull, co. Warwick, considerably augmented his patrimonial estates, and left at his death an only son and heir, Sir Thomas Colepeper, of Bayhall, in Kent., and Hardreshull, in Warwickshire.1

Sir John succeeded to Bayhall on the death of his brother Walter. Sheriff 1364-5, 1365-6, 1368-9 (39, 40 43 Edw III). Commissioner for equipping ships 1370, jointly with sheriffs of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and others. (Rymer)

In Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland & Scotland, p. 144-145, is the following on John Culpeper, Sheriff of Kent: "John Colepeper, esq. of Bay Hall, who was sheriff of Kent in the 43rd an unknown date of Edward III [around 1370]. He m. Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Sir John Hardrishall, knt. of Hardrishall, in the county of Warwick, by Maud Mussenden, an heiress, and thereby became possessed of divers manors." 
Birth*circa 1300He was born circa 1300 at EnglandG; prob. Warwickshire. 
1330Hartshill Castle was a castle in the village of Hartshill on the outskirts of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. It was built as a motte and bailey castle in the 12th century by Hugh de Hardreshull in 1125. Robert de Hartshill was killed alongside Simon de Montford in the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and the castle fell into disuse. In 1330, it was rebuilt by John de Hardreshull.

In Tudor times a timber framed Manor House was built into the corner. Now all that remains of it is a chimney. The earthworks of the castle and remains of the house are still present. The site is privately owned. In Tudor times before the battle of Bosworth, King Henry VII stayed here.

No other place in Warwickshire has such evidence of continuous habitation since earliest times as this Hartshill/Oldbury Ridge. in 1330. 
Death*circa 1370He died circa 1370 at Kent Co., EnglandG
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S333] Col. F. W. T. Attree and Rev. J. H. L. Booker, "The Sussex Colepepers", Sussex Archaeological Collections, vol. 47 and 48 (1904 and 1905): p. 53-56.