Fakener's of Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England
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Fakener is probably a variation of Faulkner. The family first appears in Alveston in the 1540s, the last known male member of the family dying there c.1635. On 30/1/1546 Agnes Fakener married Thomas Alcox, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Agnes was presumably a sister of Jeffrey. It is possible that the baptisms without a father listed actually belong to an unknown brother of Jeffrey. I have, however, included them as Jeffrey's children since I have found no evidence for a brother and there are no clashes with baptisms (and implied births) of the children which would otherwise indicate two families. Burial records for Alveston, if & when they become available, should shed light on both Jeffrey's parentage and at least the christian name of his spouse. Alveston PRs date to the mid 1500s. The parish of Alveston consisted essentially of the two villages, Alveston & Tiddington. Whilst it is not certain in which one the Fakerer's lived, one of Jeffery's children, Margerie, and a grandaughter, Marie, both resided in Tiddington, suggesting that that was possibly also Jeffrey's abode.



1. Jeffery Fakener,[3] probably born between 1510-1520 (from DOBs of children). Married unknown.

Children of Jeffrey Fakener:

i.
 
Bridget Fakener, baptised 11/8/1543, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] No further record.

ii.

Alice Fawkener, baptised 14/5/1545, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] {Presumed child, father not listed} Married Thomas Gibbes, 19/11/1571, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
Children: (a)
 
Anne Gybbes, baptised 18/4/1572, All Saints, Honington, Co Warwickshire, England.[6]
(b)
Margaret Gibbes, baptised 28/11/1575, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]

iii.

Margerie Fakener, baptised 23/10/1547, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] {Presumed child, father not listed} Married John Lord, 29/10/1565, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Marriage also registered 29/10/1565, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,45] Margareta of Alveston.[45] Yeoman, 1583.[179]
  Dated 10/7/1583, "Grant from John Lorde of Teddington, yeoman, to Nicholas Knoles of Auulston, al. Alveston, al. Alston, clerk, and William Aspley of Wasperton, husbandman, of a messuage, garden, orchard and two yard lands in Alston and Teddington in trust to the use of himself, John Lorde, for life, and after for a jointure to Margaret his wife, and to Edward, Richard and Ralph his sons successively in tail. Witnesses: William Fakener, William Tonge, Richard Lochurst, Thomas Cale, Richard -----, John Cowper and William Cowper."[179]  
Resided 1583, Tiddington, Co Warwickshire, England.[179]
Children: (a)
 
Edward Lord,[179] baptised 6/1/1567, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Married Elizabeth Morritt, 30/11/1592, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
Children: (1)
 
Margaret Lorde, baptised 7/12/1593, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(2)
John Lord, baptised 1/1/1596, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(3)
Thomas Lorde, baptised 3/2/1599, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Married Alice Higgens, 2/12/1620, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(4)
Anne Lord, baptised 24/2/1602, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(b)
Alice Lorde, baptised 20/4/1572, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(c)
Richard Lord,[179] baptised 16/7/1574, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Married Anne Tayler, 4/5/1596, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
Children: (1)
 
Margaret Lorde, baptised 13/2/1597, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(2)
Margaret Lord, baptised 3/2/1598, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(3)
William Lorde, baptised 30/3/1600, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(4)
Margerie Lord, baptised 22/5/1603, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(5)
Edmund Lorde, baptised 8/6/1608, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(d)
Ralph Lord.[179] Mentioned in a 1583 land deed involving his father.[179]

iv.

William Fakener, baptised 21/11/1549, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] {Presumed child, father not listed} Died infancy.
* v.

William Fakener, baptised 30/8/1551, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] {Presumed child, father not listed}

vi.
Elizabeth Fakener, baptised 3/7/1552, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Died 1596/1576 & buried 12/2/1596-1597, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[46] Married William Wheelar, 10/9/1578, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[45] William died 1618 & buried 22/11/1618, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[46]
Children: (a)
 
Elizabeth Wheelar, baptised 6/10/1579, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158] Died 1579 & buried 27/10/1579, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,46]
(b)
Jone Wheeler, baptised 20/1/1580-1581, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158]
(c)
Mary Wheelar, baptised 7/3/1583-1584, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158]
(d)
Anne Whelar, baptised 2/4/1585, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158] Died 1585 & buried 10/5/1585, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[46]
(e)
Frances Whelar, baptised 24/4/1586, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158] Married Francis Hornbie, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[45]
(f)
William Wheeler, baptised 21/9/1591, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158]

vii.
Edmund Fakener, baptised 19/4/1553, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] {Presumed child, father listed as "Jhon"} No further record.


St James, Alveston, 1837
Old St James, Alveston, 1837
Artist/Photographer unknown
Remains of old St James, Alveston
Remains of old St James, Alveston
Image C/E Fosse Deanery
New St James, Alveston (1839)
New St James, Alveston (built 1839)
Image David Howard [Geograph]
 Alveston is a parish in Warwickshire, England, to the east of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Its present boundaries seem to be approximately those given in a Saxon charter of 985. The suffix of “ton” in the names Alveston and Tiddington means a farmstead or settlement of Saxon origin. Alveston is believed to be named after Aenulf, a Saxon chief. The site of the Old Church also indicates that the original Saxon settlement was along Mill Lane leading to a ford across the river. Little is known of the early history of the village, except the granting of a Charter in 955 AD, although it is clearly an earlier settlement than the later and larger development of Stratford-upon-Avon. The origins of the name Tiddington are less clear. Possibly named after Tidda or Tilda. The earliest spelling was “Tidinctune” in 969. The parish includes the two separate villages of Alveston and Tiddington and part of the hamlet of Bridgetown. The Avon is crossed by a ferry at Alveston village and a ford near the mill, the 'Doddanford' of 985. Lower down the stream opposite Cliffe Cottage is the probable site of Welcombe Ford. There was an Iron Age settlement in Tiddington as shown by crop marks near the river. Tiddington has yielded abundant evidence both of Roman and Saxon occupation. A Roman industrial settlement yielded remains including a tile kiln, furnaces and coins indicating a prolonged occupation, which may even have survived the withdrawal of the legions. A Saxon cemetery, dating to the 8th and 9th centuries, was discovered in 1935. The Manor House, just east of Clopton Bridge, is mostly a timber-framed two story building, parts of which date to c.1500 or earlier. The Old Rectory, south-east of the church, with walls almost completely of close-set studding, dates to the early 1500s. The brick facing is somewhat more recent. Alveston Lodge, next to the rectory, is traditionally said to have been the residence of William More, Prior of Worcester, 1518–1535. In the Domesday Book Alveston parish was occupied by 43 families, about 200 people, larger than Stratford-upon-Avon at the time. The village lies chiefly east of the churches, and few of the houses are old. One noticeable house fairly near the ferry is of 17th-century timber-framing in two stories above a high stone basement. The mill at Alveston is mentioned as early as 966. Domesday records three mills here, worth 40s. In 1240 there were two corn mills in Alveston and a corn mill and fulling mill in Tiddington. Two watermills and a fishery were included with the site of the manor in 1570. In 1650 there were three water mills and a fulling mill near the manor-house. Alveston throughout its history has been essentially a freeholders' village. In 1240 the free tenements comprised more than one-third of the manor. The demesne in 1240 consisted of 4 carucates of land 'with the new addition'. By 1699 the heath was being ploughed and fenced in for corn, and a part of the Black Ground Field was hitched for feeding horses. A part of the heath was ordered to be laid down with grass seeds in 1704, and within the next 30 years these new crops, among which clover is first specifically mentioned in 1719, were introduced into four of the common fields, being generally sown together with oats or barley. The cultivation of turnips for sheep feed began on the heath in 1729. A petition for inclosure was approved by the House of Commons in 1771. The inclosure established 6 large farms ranging from 142 to 407 acres, and 5 others of between 50 and 100 acres. Smaller allotments were made to 9 other proprietors. The largest holdings were those of Newsham Peers, Lord Lifford (300 acres, now Alveston Pasture Farm), and Thomas Hiron (now Alveston Hill Farm, 275 acres). The great majority of the individual proprietors came of families which had been settled in the parish since before 1600. Tiddington, although from earliest times a separate township from Alveston, has never been a separate manor. Although the first major battle of the English civil war was fought at Edgehill, only 14 miles away, Alveston, largely escaped the full force of war with only minor threats, thefts and skirmishes. In 1744 Alveston was lauded as a health spa. On Alveston Hill there was a spring and a pool where the sick bathed in hope of a cure.
"Alveston, a village and a parish in Stratford on Avon district, Warwick. The village stands near the Avon, under Welcombe hills, amid charming environs, 2.5 miles ENE of Stratford-on-Avon; was pronounced by Dr. Parry the Montpelier of England; and has a post office under Stratford-on-Avon. The parish contains also the pleasant village of Tiddington. Acres, 4,300. Real property, 8,531. Pop., 844. Houses, 191. The property is much subdivided. A chief residence is Alveston House. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, 220. Patron, the Rector of Hampton-Lucy. The church contains some fine tombs of the Lucys, and is very good. Charities, 46."[1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales]
"Alveston, a village and a parish in Warwickshire. The village stands near the Avon, under Welcombe Hills, amid charming environs, 2 1/2 miles ENE of Stratford-on-Avon. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Stratford-on-Avon. The parish contains also the hamlets of Tiddington and Bridgetown. Acreage, 2886; population, 954. There are several gentlemen's residences in the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; value, 190. Patron, the rector of Hampton Lucy. The church formerly belonged to the abbey of Tewkesbury, and is an ancient stone edifice with transepts and a pinnacled western tower. It was restored in 1876, at a cost of 4000."[1895 Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales]
The parish church is dedicated to St James. In 1837 it was resolved to build a new Church and on the 1/8/1837 the foundation stone of the present St James’ was laid by Mrs Fortescue-Knottesford of Alveston Manor. The completed building was consecrated on 16/5/1839 by the Bishop of Worcester. The present church of St James consists of a chancel with north and south chapels, a broad nave, south porch, and west tower. There are four bells, one modern, the others are dated 1658, 1616 inscribed 'god save noble king James and Thomas Townsend' and 1729. The architect for the new church, William Walker, reputedly designed the church based on Westminster Abbey. It has an imposing structure with a high roof space and impressive hammer beams and is considerably larger than its predecessor. The new building had seating for 570 people, 316 of which were declared to be “free and unappropriated for ever” (ie not assigned to a particular family). The construction costs were small, even for the time, just 2,640, much of the materials having been recycled from the old church. By 1871 the population of the Parish of Alveston had risen to almost 1,000. St James was considered too small and the east end of the church was enlarged in 1875. The tower was restored in 1945. The walls of the Lady Chapel are lined with seventeenth century panelling. The remains of the old parish church stand about 1/4 mile north and consist of the almost derelict chancel, built of 18th-century red brick with rusticated angle dressings, and covered with rough-cast cement; the roof is tiled. The east window is unglazed. In the south wall was a doorway, now blocked to form an external recess. In this is reset the elaborately carved tympanum of a 12th-century doorway, and two carved capitals. There are eight funeral monuments inside, the oldest and most interesting of which is that of Nicholas Lane, who died 1595. There is no mention of a priest at Alveston in the Domesday Survey. In 1240 the church was a chapelry of Hampton Lucy, remaining such until 1858. Although the old church fell into disuse it was not totally demolished, the chancel was left intact. The Old Church was restored in 1945 and again between 2000-2005. In 2006 it was rededicated by the Bishop and it remains in use as a church today, with a weekly service in Summer.[Alveston Parish History, Parish of Alveston, British History Online]
"The old church, dedicated to St James, which adjoins the park of Alveston House, and in which most of the members of the family of Peers lie buried, is now but a ruin. The chancel, with a bellcote, is all that remains of the original structure, the nave having been pulled down when the present church was built, about a quarter of a mile distant, in 1839. Beyond the monuments and two carvings in stone of the thirteenth century there is nothing of interest in this church, which is now used for funeral services for the members of such families as have vaults in the churchyard.'[Miscellanea genealogica et heraldica, 1906]
 

Medieval cottage, Alveston
Medieval cottage, Alveston
Image Ian Paterson [Geograph]
Glebe Farm, Alveston
Glebe Farm, Alveston
Image David Stowell [Geograph]
All Saints, Honington
All Saints, Honington
Image John Brightley [Geograph]
 Honington, Warwickshire, is an English hamlet and parish roughly two miles north of Shipston-on-Stour. The Village consists of approximately 60 houses that are contained within the Parish boundary. The River Stour flows past the village on the western side and has a beautiful 5 arched 17 century bridge crossing it. Honington Hall was built in 1682 by Sir Henry Parker. Nearby is All Saints church, which was re-built to resemble London Churches about 1680 but retains a 13th century tower. Most of the dwellings in the centre of the village are between 100 and 300 years old.[Wikipedia] 



1.1. William Fakener (s/o Jeffrey), baptised 30/8/1551, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
  On 10/7/1583 was a witness to the grant of land in Alveston & Tiddington involving his brother-in-law, John Lord of Tiddington: "Grant from John Lorde of Teddington, yeoman, to Nicholas Knoles of Auulston, al. Alveston, al. Alston, clerk, and William Aspley of Wasperton, husbandman, of a messuage, garden, orchard and two yard lands in Alston and Teddington in trust to the use of himself, John Lorde, for life, and after for a jointure to Margaret his wife, and to Edward, Richard and Ralph his sons successively in tail. Witnesses: William Fakener, William Tonge, Richard Lochurst, Thomas Cale, Richard -----, John Cowper and William Cowper."[179]  
Married Margery Tylar, 3/2/1579, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,45]

Children of William Fakener & Margery Tylar:

i.
 
Frances Fakener,[4] probably born 1580s. Married Edward Goodson (als. Clark), 27/7/1602, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,45]
Children: (a)
 
Thomas Clarke, baptised 12/6/1604, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[4,158]
* ii.

Marie Fakener, baptised 29/10/1596, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Mary died 19/12/1669 & buried Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[1]
  "Here lieth the Body of Mary Townsend of Tedenton who departed this Life the 19th day of December Anno Dom 1669.
The Body of Mr Thomas Hiccox of this Borough, Malster, who married Rebeckah ye daughter of ye above named Mary
Townsend and was interred here ye 14th day of March 1705 In the 71st year of his age He was twice Mayor & a
Standing Justice about 20 years."[1]
 
Married William Townsende, 27/6/1620, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] William baptised 25/12/1588, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England,[3] died c.1650,[9] & will probated 23/5/1650, William Townsend, Yeoman of Tiddington.[9] Resided 1650,1669, 1670, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Co Warwickshire, England.[1,9] Refer to Townsend chart for additional details & generations.
Children: (a)
 
Marie Townesende, baptised 24/3/1621, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(b)
Anne Townesende, baptised 8/2/1623, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(c)
John Townesend, probably born mid 1620s.
(d)
Alice Townesende, baptised 28/1/1626, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(e)
William Townesende, baptised 7/4/1629, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(f)
Sara Townesende, baptised 11/3/1631, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(g)
Hanna Townesende, baptised 28/12/1634, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(h)
Rebeccah Townesend, baptised 5/11/1637, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]
(i)
Rebecca Townesende, baptised 25/11/1639, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]

iii.

William Fakener, baptised 23/1/1597, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3] Died c.1635, will probated 10/2/1635, William Fakener of Alveston.[180] Married unknown. Resided 1635, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[180]
Children: (a)
 
Elizabeth Fakener, baptised 12/1/1633, St James, Alveston, Co Warwickshire, England.[3]


Cottage & Ferry, Tiddington, 1874
Cottage & Ferry, Tiddington, 1874
Photograph - Henry W Taunt
Cottage, School Lane, Tiddington
Cottage, School Lane, Tiddington
Image David P Howard [Geograph]
Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1868
Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1868
Lithograph from painting by Sidney Corner
 The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon is the parish church for Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. It is often known simply as Shakespeare's Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial of William Shakespeare. The present building dates from 1210 and is built on the site of a Saxon monastery. It is Stratford's oldest building, in a striking position on the banks of the River Avon, and has long been England's most visited parish church. A Church on the banks of the Avon in Stratford is first mentioned in the charter of 845, signed by Beorhtwulf, King of Mercia. This would have been a wooden construction. It is very likely that the Normans replaced this with a stone building in the 11th century but no trace of either remains. The present limestone building was begun in 1210 and was built in the shape of a cross. The Church is approached along an avenue of lime trees, said to represent the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles. The porch is one of the more recent additions to the building (c.1500) and has a room above it reached by narrow spiral stone staircase. There is a small door let into the massive 15th century doors, just big enough to let one person through at a time. On this is a sanctuary knocker. Fugitives from justice (or lynch-mobs) could grab the ring and claim 37 days safety before facing trial. The Crossing is the oldest surviving part of the building. The massive pillars which cut the church in four support the tower. The south transept is the Saint Peter Chapel. In 1331 John, Bishop of Winchester, founded a chantry for five priests in the Thomas Becket Chapel in the south aisle. A 'good stone house' was built close by the Church to accommodate this College of Priests. In 1451 Henry V confirmed the privileges of the College and the Church became styled Collegiate. The Guild of the Holy Cross, a mediaeval trade guild with religious and charitable aims, was formed in 1269 and between 1280 and 1330 provided funds to build the tower and clerestory, and to rebuild the nave with side-aisles. The roof was raised and the clerestory added by the College (see chancel). The Guild was dissolved by Henry VIII, with responsibility for the upkeep of the church falling on the townsfolk. On the closure of the College & Guild by Henry VIII, the church tithes were sold off, which included the responsibility of employing a Priest and looking after the Chancel. In 1605 a share in tithes was purchased by William Shakespeare, which gave him the right of burial in the sanctuary. From the outside, the Church building has changed little from Shakespeare's time: a wooden spire was added in 1675, which was replaced with the present stone one in 1763. Until last century there stood a charnel house to the south of the chancel, where the bones of those exhumed to make room for new graves were laid to rest. The charnel-house, like the College building, has since been demolished.[Wikipedia, Holy Trinity] 


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