This lovely Oil Painting of Sarah HOUGHAM is courtesy of the HOUGHAM descendants

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"Of the sons, Solomon, the eldest was a merchant in London, and afterwards having purchased the manor of Longport, alias Barton, was of Barton-house, esq. where he resided and kept his shrievalty there for the county in 1696; the year after which he died without issue, leaving his nephew Solomon his heir and executor. Richard, the second son, was of Sandwich, where he died in 1662; and Henry was the third son, who left issue three sons and a daughter Elizabeth. Of the sons, Solomon was his uncle Solomon's heir and executor, and died without issue in 1714; John died without issue; and Charles Hougham the third son, became heir to his eldest brother Solomon, and possessed this manor of Longport, alias Barton, which is now in the possession of his great grandson, William Hougham, Jun. esq. They bear for their arms, Argent, five chevronels, sable; quartering Saunders and Brooke; to which Mr. William Hougham Jun. adds the quartering of Corbet, with an efeutcheon of pretence, for Robinson; being Vert, a chevron, between three roe bucks, trippant,or. There are many of their wills in the Prerog. office, in Canterbury, in which the name is seldom spelt Hougham, in general it is Huffam, as now pronounced.

He married first, Margaret Hannah Roberta, one of the daughters and coheirs of John Corbet, esq. of the county of Salop, who died in 1755, and was buried in St. Martin's church; and secondly, Mary widow of John Brakenbury, gent. who died in 1788, aet. 70 without issue, and was buried in Deal church. By his first wife he had issue Wm. Hougham, esq. now of Barton House, born in 1752, and a daughter married to Richard Sandys, esq. who afterwards took orders, by whom she left issue; William Hougham, Jun. esq. the son married the daughter and heir of Charles Robinson, esq. barrister at law and recorder of Canterbury.

The tithes of the lands of this manor being given to the hospital of St. Laurence at its foundation, continued part of the possessions of it at the time of its suppression, and have ever since had the same owners as the site of the hospital down to John, lord viscount Dudley and Ward, and are usually called the St. Laurence tithery, being wholly within the parish of St. Paul's; and they now belong to his heirs and assigns, of which more may be seen under St. Pauls parish." Edward Hasted

"William Hougham, senior esq. who married Mr. Austen's sister." Edward Hasted


Memorials in St. Martins


Near this place are deposited the remains of


of Barton-Court Kent

Many years an active magistrate of that county

He died the 24th Day of November A.D. 1828

Aged 76

In the same vault is interred


Relict of the above WILLIAM HOUGHAM,


Only daughter of the late CHARLES ROBINSON ESQre

Recorder of Canterbury;

Having long lived esteemed and respected

she departed this life at her residence

Barton-Court, on the 17th of January 1839

In the 81st year of her age.



In a Vault

Beneath this Marble

are deposited the remains of


the wife of William Hougham

of Barton Court Esqre

She was the daughter of John Corbet LLD

of Bourne Place in this County ___ by Eliz his wife

the daughter of Sr Anthony Archer of Bourne Place Bart

who died on the 28 of Sepr 1755 in the 31 Year of her age

Here also are deposited the remains of

WILLIAM HOUGHAM Esqre her Husband

who died on the 30 of Decemr 1802 in his 80 Year

There were Three Children of this Marriage,

Margaret-Hannah Roberta who died an infant

Catharine who Married Richard Sandys of the City

of Canterbury Esqre who died before her Father

and William Hougham of Barton Court Esqre who has

erected this Monument

to the memory of his Father and Mother

And also of MARY, the second wife of Wm Hougham

the Father, who died without issue on the 8 of Novr

1788 aged 70 Years and was daughter of

Charles Knowler of the City of Canterbury Gent

and widow of John Brackenbury of

Upper Deal in this County Esqre

in which Church She is



The property was owned by the Hougham family from 1671 until it was sold in 1902

William HOUGHAM, the only son (of Henry HOUGHAM, d. 1726, and Sarah HUNT), had a long minority, and the accumulated money thus obtained is said to have enabled him to grealty embellish, if not entirely rebuild Barton Court.


William Hougham, died 1802 (1), Margaret Hannah Roberta, d. 1755, daughter of John Corbet esq. of the county of Salop (2) Mary, widow of John Brakenbury, gent. who died in 1788, aet. 70, without issue, and was buried in Deal church. Mary d. 1788, daughter of Charles Knowles (sic), buried in Canterbury, St. Martin


Margaret Hannah Roberta Corbett, married to William HOUGHAM, esq. of Barton Court, and had issue:

William HOUGHAM, of Barton Court, d. in 1828, s. p.

Catharine HOUGHAM, married to the Rev. Richard SANDYS, and had issue,

Richard Edwin SANDYS, lieut. Royal Navy, killed in action off Copenhagen 2nd April, 1801, unmarried

Catharina SANDYS, married in 1803, to John CHESSHYRE, esq. Capt. Royal Navy.

Arms - Erm. on a chief az. three lions rampt. or.


Mrs. Hougham, Barton Court near Canterbury - from a list of subscribers to "A Tour to Milford Haven in 1791" 1795

William Hougham, d. 1838, married Sarah, d. 1839, daughter of Charles Robinson, barrister at law and recorder of Canterbury. They are buried at St. Martin's

*the elder son and heir, Richard Sandys, in holy orders, m. first. Catherine, daughter of William Hougham, esq. and had by her

Richard Edwin Sandys, lieutenant in the royal navy, killed in action off Copenhagen, 2nd April 1801. d. unmarried

Catherina Sandys, co-heir of her brother, m. in 1803, John Chesshyre, esq. captain in the royal navy.

Mr. Sandys m. secondly, Lady Frances-Alicia Aslong, widow of William Aslong, and daughter of Charles, third Earl of Tankerville, by whom (who wedded, thirdly, the Rev. Edward Beckingham Benson, rector of Deal), he had another daughter,

Alicia Arabella Sandys, co-heir of her half brother, m. in 1804, to Francis Cockburn, esq. son of the late Sir James Cockburn, bart of Langton.

The Rev. Richard Sandys, died in 1782.

1810 William Hougham, Esq; Barton Court, Kent - The National Religion the Foundation of National Education: A Sermon 1811

Charles who represented the city of Canterbury in 2 parliaments, m. Mary Greenland, widow of Richard Dawkes, esq. younger sister of Jane, above mentioned, by whom he has 1 daughter, Sarah, m. William Hougham, of Barton Court, c. Kent. esq. Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1820

To the Memory




in this County

who died 26 June 1773 aged 36

Also near this Place

are deposited the Remains of

REBECCA Relict of the above

and Widow of the late


of Barton-Court

near Canterbury.

She died 30 August 1816

aged 76


1839 (The Gentlemen's Magazine) Died January 17th, At Barton-court, near Canterbury, aged 80, Sarah, relict of William Hougham, esq.

1847 Rev. William John Chesshyre, Barton Court

Sept 29, 1863 Mrs. Chesshyre, Barton Court, Member of the Kent Archaeological Society

Marriage - August 23, 1865, at St. Martins, Canterbury, George T. Tomlin, esq. of the Inner Temple, barrister-at-law, of Barton-fields, Canterbury, to Alice, seventh surviving daughter of the late Rev. W. J. Chesshyre, of Barton court, Kent, and a Canon of Canterbury.

1878 - The Chesshyres of Barton Court in Canterbury, now represent the Houghams of St. Martin's, in that city, and the Parish Clerk of St. Martin's informed me that he had searched the Registers (for the family of Chesshyre) without success, to find the baptism of one of the Houghams who settled in Sussex; he was not at all sure about the Christian name, but thought it was Thomas, and the date about 1620-1630. Sussex Archaeological Collections 1878

1886 Mrs. Chesshyre, Barton Court, Member of the Kent Archaeological Society

1889 James Page, Gardener

1889 Mrs. Chesshyre, Barton Court (Mary Elizabeth Townley wife of Rev. William John Chesshyre, vicar of St. Pauls)

*William John Chesshyre died February 1, 1859 at age 53 in Canterbury *Whitehall, April 3, 1858 - The Queen has been pleaseed to grant unto the Reverend William John Chesshyre, M.A., the place and dignity of Canon of the Metropolitical Church of Canterbury, void by the cession of the Reverend Arthur Penrhyn Stanley.

*Mary Elizabeth Chesshyre nee Townley died 06.01.1902. The house was sold in 1902 to Major General John Cecil Russell, Colonel of the 12th Lancers. He died in 1909.

In 1941 the estate was sold to Canterbury City Corporation

It is a present Barton Court Grammar School...you can see a photo of the school at www.bartoncourt.org

Centre for Kentish Studies holds deeds and estate papers from the HOUGHAM family record ref #U239, NRA 4797 Hougham

Some lovely old pictures of BARTON's COURT on the schools history site




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