CANTERBURY, Thomas (d.1412/13), of Hythe, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Jurat, Hythe Feb. 1388-9, 1390-3, 1400-1, 1404-5.1


Canterbury came from a family settled at Hythe since the early part of the century.2 In 1391 he acquired a plot of land there; and in 1393 he was apparently acting as the guardian of a local girl named Alice Bygood, for John Serjeant agreed not to sell a certain tenement in the town before he had paid Canterbury the ten marks in which the latter was bound to the commonalty for Alice’s benefit. In 1400, as a feoffee of James Borde, chaplain, he conveyed some property to the local hospital of St. Bartholomew.3

At Michaelmas 1412 Canterbury paid maltolts on chattels valued at £16 as well as on rents of 6s.8d. from land outside the liberty of Hythe. He died before the following May, by which date the churchwardens of St. Leonard’s, Hythe, had already received from his estate a legacy of 3s.4d. In 1416 his son, John Canterbury, who had moved to Sandwich, donated land at Hythe to St. Bartholomew’s hospital to provide for the welfare of his parents’ souls.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. HMC 6th Rep. 515, 519.
  • 2. Hythe Reg. 1, ff. 14, 17, 20, 23.
  • 3. Ibid. f. 18; HMC 6th Rep. 516.
  • 4. Hythe jurats’ bk. C, f. 38; Arch. Cant. x. 247; HMC 6th Rep. 516.