20 February 1452/3 - Richard Berham,
son of Thomas and Isabella is first mentioned at Court, when John Bakere
and Juliana, his wife, surrendered 40 acres of land in Cumden
wiste, formerly belonging to William Cumden, "to the use of
Richard Berham and Anne, his wife, and heirs of Richard", who
were admitted to same.
20 June 1453 - Richard Berham was
present at Court.
9 December 1453 - Richard Bereham
was absent from Court and made "Essoin" for non attendance.
1453-1470 - Richard's name occurs among
the "Essoins" (tenants who sent excuses for non-appearance at the
Manorial Court) on several occasions in the Court Rolls. When absent,
he was usually represented by his father-in-law, John Busse.
1454 - Richard was appointed
Prepositus, or Reeve of the Manor. His Statement of Account for
the 12 months ending at Michaelmas, 34 Henry VI, is among the Pelham
11 December 1461 - William Bartlot,
Thomas Norman and Richard Berham did fealty for lands called
Mauncers and Brookes in Wadhurst.
18 September 1464 - Richard Berham
and Anne his wife surrendered a house with appurtenances, late
William Comden's situate in the wiste of Comden, into the lord's
hands, who, by his Seneschal, John Westburn, granted the same to the
said Richard and Anne, to hold to them their heirs and assigns.
9 May 1472 - It was reported at Court
that John Busse "had closed his last day", who held certain lands
called Snorehyll (which had been surrendered to his use by Thomas Berham
in 1446); also "that Anne, the wife of Richard Berham, and
daughter of the said John, was his next heir and of full age". At the
following Court, "Joan, who was the wife of John Busse",
surrendered other lands in Comden wiste, called Redyng (with woodland
adjacent), Smythfeld and Lytil Comden, to the use of Richard Berham
and Anne his wife and their heirs.
17 May 1480 - It was reported at Court,
by Anne, that Richard Berham had died before 27 January