From a deed in my possession dated January 20th, 1763



In the 20th year of king Edward III. Thomas Chiche, of the Dungeon, paid respective aid for the manor of Goodneston, then held by knight's service. Thomas Chiche, his son, was sheriff of Kent in the 15th year of Richard II. and was grandfather of Valentine Chiche, esq. of the Dungeon, who left three daughters his coheirs; Margaret, first married to Clovill, of Essex, and secondly to John Judde, of Tunbridge; Emelyn, to Sir Thomas Kempe; and another married to Martyn, who on their father's death became jointly entitled to this manor. The two former of them alienated their interest in it, about the beginning of king Henry VIII.'s reign, to Oxenbridge, as the latter did to Pordage, of Rodmersham. Soon after which, the whole property of it, excepting the third part of the advowson of the church of Goodneston, seems to have become vested in the name of Finch, and John Finch having, anno 17 Elizabeth, levied a fine of it, passed it away to Mr. Robert Fagge, descended from the Fagges, of Willesborough. in which parish they held lands so early as the reign of king Edward III. He died possessed of this manor, and was succeeded in it by his son Mr. Edward Fagge, gent of Faversham, who died in 1618, and lies buried in Faversham church, having married Anne, daughter of Richard Theobald, esq. of Seal, widow of Thomas Nevison, esq. of Eastry, by whom he had one son Michael, killed abroad in the Dutch wars, and buried at Utrecht, and two daughters, who became his coheirs, Mary, married to Sir Edward Partrich, of Bridge, whose first wife she was, and Anne, to Sir John Proude, being his second wife. The former died without issue, and the latter left by Sir John Proude, who was killed in 1628, at the siege of Groll, in Guelderland, being in the service of the states of Holland against the Spaniards, one son Edward, and a daughter Anne, who on the death of her brother without issue became entitled to this manor. The Proudes bore for their arms, Azure, three otters in pale, or, each holding in its mouth a fish, argent. Many of of this family lie buried in St. Alphage's church, in Canterbury, where they resided for several generations. Anne Proude above-mentioned first married Sir William Springate, and afterwards Mr. Isaac Pennington, eldest son of Sir Isaac Pennington, lord-mayor in 1643, a most atrocious republican, who bore for his arms, Argent, five fusils in fess, azure, who in her right became possessed of this manor, which continued in his descendants till at length Mr. Pennington, of Philadelphia, becoming entitled to it, conveyed it by sale, about the year 1748, to Michael Lade, gent: of Canterbury, who was descended of a family originally spelt both Lad and Ladd, who were of good antiquity in this county, in several parts of which they were possessed of lands as early as Edward the 1st.'s reign, which still bear their name. In king Edward the IVth.'s reign a branch of them was settled at Elham, one of them, John Ladd, of that place, died in 1527, whose youngest son Thomas settled at Barham, where many of his descendants lie buried. His grandson Vincent Lad, for so he spelt his name, died in 1625, leaving several sons, of whom Robert the eldest, who first spelt his name Lade, was of Gray's-inn a barrister-at-law, and recorder of Canterbury, to whom Segar, garter, granted the arms of Argent, a fess, wavy, between three escallops, sable. He was ancestor of the Lades, of Boughton, as Thomas, a younger son, was of the Lades, of Warbleton, in Sussex, from whom Sir John Lade, who was created a baronet in 1730, and the present Sir John Lade, bart. are descended. The former of whom still bear the above coat of arms, but the latter have changed the field for distinction, to or.

Michael Lade, the purchaser of this estate as before-mentioned, afterwards retired to Faversham, where he died in 1778, and was buried in Boughton Blean church. He left two sons, John, of whom hereafter; and Michael, barrister-at-law, who married Sophia, lady dowager Cranston; and one daughter Elizabeth, married to Mr. Benjamin Browne. John Lade, esq. of Boughton-Blean and Canterbury, the eldest son, is the present possessor of the manor of Goodneston, and married Hester, sole daughter and heir of Mr. Hills Hobday, gent. of Faversham. She died in 1778, by whom he has three sons, John Hobday Lade, now an officer in the militia; William, A. M. and rector of Knolton; and Charles, late an officer in the army; and one daughter Hester, married to William Stacey Coast, esq. now of Sevenoke. (Hasted)


John LADE, Esq. of Boughton, born 18 Apirl, 1734; who married 12 June 1757, Hester, dau. of Hills HOBDAY of Faversham, and had (with one dau. Hester, married to William Stacey COAST, of Chartham Deanery) three sons, John Hobday, of whom presently; William of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Charles an officer in the army.

1802 - Freeholders of Canterbury - John LADE, House and Lane (used by Self)

September 1802, died at Dover, Mrs. Ismay, relict of Mr. J. Ismay of London, and eldest daughter of the late J. Lade, Esq. many years alderman of Canterbury. - The Monthly Magazine 1802

"Died May 4th at Canterbury, in his 78th year, John Lade, esq." The Gentlemen's Magazine 1811

John Hobday LADE - esq. of Boughton, an officer in the army, m. 2 Jan. 1791, Eliza. dau of Evors, Esq., and niece of Sir John Powell Pryce, Bart. of Newton Hall, co. Montgomery, and by her had (with a dau., Maria, m. to Wastel Brisco, Esq. of Bohemia, co. Sussex) a son, the present John Pryce LADE, Esq. of Boughton House.

Arms - Argent, a fesse wavy, between three escallps, sable

Crest - A leopards head, ppr.

Seat - Boughton Hall, near Faversham, Kent



In 1821, there were thirteen dwellings in the parish of Goodneston; and at the same period, when the last census of the population was taken by order of Parliament, the numbers of inhabitants were as follows: males 37, females 29, making a total of 66 souls. An acre of land called the church acre, belongs to this church, but it is not known by whom the same was given.


Death 1834 - March 30th, Aged 78, Elizabeth, widow of John Hobday Lade of Boughton House, esq. daughter of David EVORS of Buckland, co. Brecond, esq. and grand-daughter of Sir John Pryce of Newton Hall, co. Montgomery, Bart. by Elizabeth, eldest dau. of Sir Thomas POWELL of Bradway and Llanvorda, co. Carmarthen, Barth. only son of Mr. Justice John POWELL, one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench in the reign of James the Second, whose integrity, ability, and firmness were so eminently displayed at he trial of the Seven Bishops. (GM)


Robert LADE, Esq. of Barham (recorder of Canterbury in 1663) eldest son of Vincent Ladd, Esq. of Barham, by Agnes DENNE his wife, and brother of Thomas of Barham, grandfather of Sir John LADE, bart. M.P.) married in July 1619, Mary, daughter of William LOVELACE of the Friary, Canterbury; and died in 1666, leaving, with younger issue, a son.

Lancelot LADE, Esq, barrister-at-law, who died in 1687, leaving, by Elizabeth BARRETT his wife, with other issue, a son and heir, Vincent LADE of the Archbishop's Palace, and afterwards of Burgate, who married Ann KITE, of Hoad House, in Bleane, and by her (who died in 1720) left at his decease, in 1730, with other issue, a younger son,

Michael LADE, Esq. born in 1698, father, by Elizabeth DADD his wife of

John LADE, esq. of Boughton (see above)


Michael LADE, died 1778, was buried in Boughton Blean church. Under the high chancel is a vault, in which lie buried several of the family of Lade, lessees of the parsonage, and among others Michael Lade, 1778, Elizabeth his wife, and Hester, wife of John Lade, esq. 1778. It is an handsome well kept church, having a tower steeple at the west end beacon corner, in which hang six bells. There was formerly a spire steeple on it, but it fell down in the beginning of this century.

1648 - St. Peter's Canterbury - Burial March 21, 1648 Judith wife of John LADE, Alderman of this Citie, from the parish of St. Andrew. As also the same day (March 21, 1648) and in the same grave with her, was buryed her sister Elizabeth late wife of Thomas HOLLOWAY (deceased) the same lately of Limminge.

Freemen of Canterbury - Nathaniel LADE, wollendraper, son of Mr. John LADE, Alderman, 1648

*Dean and Chapter of Canterbury to John LADE, alderman, messuage in St. Andrew, Canterbury, 30 June 1638. for 21 years.

1811 death at Canterbury of John LADE, esq. age 77. (MM)

Acts of Parliament No. 205. 3 Geo. III (1763) For vesting part of the settled estate of John LADE the younger and Hester his wife situate at Barham in trustees to be sold, and for laying out the money in the purchase of other lands, to be settled to the same uses. P.A.



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