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The Abbey, Rood of Grace, and Abbots; The Clergy; The Church, Monuments and Registers. Including an Account of the Wiat Family, and the Trial on Penenden Heath in 1076
The PARISH : Its Boundaries; its Manors—Vinter's, Wevering, Newnham; the Abbey, restored to the Wiats; its successive owners; Park House (Boxley), Park House (Maidstone), Boxley House.
PENENDEN HEATH, the scene of the great Trial between Archbishop Lan-franc and Odo, Bishop of Baieux; the Members of the Court; the Manors recovered from the Bishop and his Knights; Wat Tyler and Jack Cade rally their forces here, and Sir Thomas Wiat.
The ABBEY : its foundation; St. Andrew's Chapel; the probable arrangement of the Abbey buildings, its Chapels, and its side Altars; the bequests of land for its endowment; the Seal of the Abbey; the foundation of the Roberts-bridge Priory; the Visit of Edward II., and of Cardinal Campeggio, and Archbishop Warham; Hugo Cundavena's complaint; the Abbey a "Retreat" and also a "Reformatory" for Benedictines of Christ Church, Canterbury; the Rood of Grace—its introduction—Lambarde's account of it; Alien Priories first dissolved; the general Suppression under Henry VIII.; the Exposure of the Rood of Grace; the Romanist view of it.
The ABBOTS ; Abbot Walter buries Thomas a' Becket; Abbot Robert supports the King against the Canterbury Monks; sent to discover the place of Richard I.'s imprisonment; Abbot John resigns the Abbey for the Vicarage; his successor, Abbot John Dobbs, surrenders the Abbey, and declares his ignorance of any trickery in the Rood of Grace; he is pensioned.
The CLERGY: The Rectors, and eventually the Vicars: the Endowments; the Terriers; Monastic lands become Tithe Free; the Vicarage, its successive enlargements.
The CHURCH : Its former Chapels; its general character; the Tower; and Entrance Porch; its Windows and Monuments.
The WIAT FAMILY : Sir Henry comes to Allington Castle; his adventure with the Cat; Lady Wiat's treatment of the Abbot of Boxley; Sir Thomas's trip to Rome, "the Maze and the Minotaur;" encounter with the young lion; Sir Thomas the Younger; his night adventure with the Earl of Surrey; his Insurrection; Sir John Finch, of Fordham; George Sandys, the Poet, and his summer-house; the Boxley Abbey property passes to the Marsham family.
The REGISTERS, from 1558 to 1809.
APPENDIX. - see below
The "Boxley" entry in "Domesday Book,"
The Will of Stephen Mason, leaving Wevering Manor to the Vintners' Company
William the Conqueror's Summons to Penenden Heath
Ca. Eadmer's Account of the Trial
Bp. Ernulph's full description of the Trial (Rochester Register)
Further particulars, in the Cottonian MS.
Edward II's Grant to the City of London to choose their Mayor
Stoke-at-Hoo granted to the Abbey by the Bishop of Rochester
Hugo Cundavena's complaint against the Abbot of Boxley
Licence granted by the Prior of Chr. Ch., Canterbury, to a Monk to retire to Robertsbridge
The Abbot of Boxley admits an apostate Monk from Chr. Ch., Canterbury, to stricter discipline at the Abbey
John Hoker's Letter about the Rood of Grace
Thomas a' Becket's Burial by Abbot of Boxley; the accounts given by Radulphus de Diceto and Matthew Paris
Abp. Warham's Reports to Wolsey on Boxley Abbey
The Boxley Vicarage and Parsonage Terrier
Pope Alexander III. enforces on Boxley Abbey the payment of Tithes on all their lands; subsequently cancelled by Pope Honorius, &c.
List of Rectors and Vicars