Published genealogies and biographies: The manors of Wilmington and Somerfield


The manors of Wilmington and Somerfield. [...] Sir Peter Heyman, bart., at the latter end of King Charles II's reign, alienated the seat of Somerfield, with the manors of Sellindge, Wilmington, and Haringe, to Thomas Gomeldon, esq, of London, before which Sir Edward Walker, garter, had in 1662 granted arms and crest (with augmentation) to William Gomeldon and Richard Gomeldon, both of London, (the former being afterwards sheriff of London anno 1670, 22 Charles II.) sons of Roger Gomeldon, merchant, supposed to be of the antient family of Gomeldon, which arms were, Or, on a fess wavy, gules, three mullets of the field; to which was added the augmentation of On a canton, azure, a fleur de lis, or.

He served the office of sheriff in 1674, and afterward began to rebuild this seat of Somerfield court, which he never lived to finish. In relation to which I have been assured, that Mr Gomeldon, with Mr Morris, of Horton, and Mr Duncombe of the West, were private treasurers and managers to that unfortunate prince king James II in his mercantile capacity, for not only whilst he was duke of York, but after he came to the crown, he carried on a considerable traffic as a merchant. When the king fled to France, it is said, they had a large balance in hand, which he soon afterwards demanded of them, but they set him at defiance for the recovery of it, so it remained with them; and out of this money Morris paid for Horton manor, and built Mount Morris, as Gomeldon did Somerfield, and the third, who had by far the largest proportion fo his share, added greatly to that accumulation of property, which the Duncombes afterwards possessed in the West of England.

He died in 1703, leaving two sons, William and Richard, and a daughter Meliora, who on the deaths of both her brothers, s.p. became, by the entail of her father's will, entitled to these manors and estates, and entitled her husband, Thomas Stanley, esg, of Preston, in Lancashire, to them, but he having been attainted for treason in 1715, they became forfeited to the crown during their joint lives, and vested in the commissioners of forfeited estates, who sold their interest in them to Sir William Smith.

Richard Stanley their son, in whom the inheritance of these estates remained, became on his father's death entitled to them, but being adjudged insane, he became subject to a commission of lunacy, in which state they continued till his death, s.p. when William Dicconson, esq. and Meliora his wife, became entitled to them, and they procured an act for vesting them in trustees for sale, and they accordingly soon afterwards conveyed these manors, with their seat now called Somerfield-hall, to Mr Thomas Hayman, who rebuilt this seat, (which had remained unfinished from the time of its first building till then, and afterwards resided in it, and he is the present possessor of it.

Edward Hasted: 'The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Volume 8'
1799

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