WEBBE, Anthony (d.?1578), of St. Andrew's, Canterbury and Fordwich, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

s. of George Webbe of Canterbury by his w. Anne (d.1551). m. Dorothy (d.1594), at least 5s. 1da.

Offices Held

Freeman, Canterbury 1552, sheriff 1563, alderman 6 Sept. 1569, mayor 1571-2.


Webbe was a mercer like his father, his brother, and probably his eldest son John. Between 1562 and 1574 his name appears frequently among those who read and signed the churchwardens’ accounts of St. Andrew’s parish. One entry records that he paid 2s. for ‘the old communion book’. After being active in civic affairs for a number of years he became mayor, and, while still in office, he was returned to Parliament, being appointed to a committee on alehouses 17 Feb. 1576. He died during the course of the Parliament, having made his will ‘much pained in my body’ 1 Oct. 1577. His son John, who proved the will on 10 Apr. 1578, later moved to London, though he retained Fordwich as his country estate.

J. M. Cowper, Freemen of Canterbury, 89, 308; Somner, Antiqs. of Canterbury, 184; Reg. St. George, Canterbury, ed. Cowper, 168; burmote bk. 1542-78, ff. 211, 235; C. Bunce, Charters of Canterbury, 244; Hasted, Kent, xii. 606; J. M. Cowper, Intrantes of Canterbury, 193; Arch. Cant. xxxv. 53, 54, 58, 66, 69-71, 101; CJ, i. 106; PCC 15 Langley; Reg. St. Alphage, Canterbury, ed. Cowper, 110.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.