Sir John & Lady de Creke 1325

10 frame ortho composite in available light, Nikon D 5100 4s f9 ISO 200 BBHD 2021

A return with DSLR, tripod and remote shutter control. A high bypass filter applied to achieve a negative impression.

Unadjusted ortho image, note failure of light control on left of image.

I believe the text below is from:

The Monumental Brasses of Cambridgeshire

Volume 4 of Monumental Brass Society. County series

by William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield, Philip Whittemore

Monumental Brass Society, 1995 ISBN 0952331500, 9780952331506

The Creke family are thought to originate from North Creake in Norfolk where it is known the family had possessions from as early as the reign of Henry II. From Bartholomew de Crek, who died in 1187, a regular line if descent is traceable to John de Crek the youngest of 3 sons who, as well as his bretherin dies without issue thus rendering the original line extinct. However it is probable that John de Creke was descended from a younger member although it is not possible to determine the genealogy beyond his father, Walter, who purchased the manor of Westley Waterless from John de Burgh during the reign of Edward 1.

John de Creke was appointed as assessor and collector in the county of Cambridge in 1306 and in the same year received the honour of knighthood. For the first 6 years successively following the reign of Edward II he served the onerous office of sheriff for the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon. In 1310, besides holding the office of sheriff, he was made one of the justices of oyer and terminor, for the trial of offenders before the conservators of the peace. In the following year he was given custody of the lands and tenements of Walter de Langdon, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry who appears to have fallen into disgrace at this period. In 1313 Bartholomew de Badlesmere, Constable of Bristol Castle, together with Stephen de la More and Sir John de Creke were mandated to take charge of the town of Bristol and hold it in safe keeping, On 22nd November 1317, he was assigned as one of the justices for suppressing illegal meetings, which from the unsettled relations of the King and the barons, occurred frequently. Three years later it is recorded that he had committed to him the custody of the castle at Cambridge and was returned as knight of the shire to a Parliament at Westminster on 6th October 1320.

It was about this period that the grasping ambition of the younger Despenser had, by seizing the district of Gower in Wales (the inheritance of the Earl of Hereford) threatened Civil War. The powerful Earls of Lancaster and Hereford, Lords Audley. Mowbray, Damory, the two Mortimers and Roger de Clifford, raised a powerful army and without waiting for an answer for their demands for justice , ravaged the estates. In this confederacy Sir John de Creke and Walter , perhaps his son, seem to have taken an active part, for on 28th May 1322 a special commission of oyer and terminor was issued to try them and many others, as well as the suit of Hugh Dispenser, Earl of Winchester, for having forceably entered into the manor of Soham in Cambridgeshire “breaking in to houses, carrying away horses, cattle, sheep and swine and destroying the parks and trees., with the goods and chattels of the said Earl”. The result of the trial is not known, if ever it took place, for the turbulence of the times rendered iot difficult to punish offenders who were supported by the most powerful barons of the realm. However it is recorded that in June 1322 he was summoned to perform military service against the Scots but returned a plea that he was unable to attend due to age and infirmity. Sir John represented hos county again at a Parliament held at Westminster on 23rd of February 1324 and on 9th May was summoned to attend the Great Council at Westminster to be held on the 30th of the month. In the same year he was appointed,among others, to take measures for the preservation of castles and fortresses, in case of sudden aggression from the French, and was also included in a commission for seizing on the estates of the alien religious and delivering them in to the custody of the bishops. This was the last public duty of his life for h probably died about the year 1325.

Sir John was twice married. Alyne, his first wife who lies beside him was from the family of Clopton or Chamberleyn. His second wife was was Joan or Johanna Breton, a widow, her maiden name being Scherwynd, who survived him by several years.

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