MANNOCK, Henry (by 1526-64), of London; Haddenham, Cambs. and Hemingford Grey, Hunts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1526. m. by 1547, Margaret, da. of Sir John Mundy of London, wid. of Nicholas Jennings (d.1532) of Preston, Lancs. and London and of one Howard, 1s. 1da.; 1da. illegit.1

Offices Held

J.p. Surr. 1547, Hunts. 1554-58/59, q. 1561-d.; commr. chantries, Cambs., Hunts. 1548, relief, Surr. 1550, pensions, Hunts. 1552; surveyor, ct. augmentations, Hunts. by 1552-4, Exchequer 1554-d.; escheator, Cambs. and Hunts. 1560-1.2


Henry Mannock’s parentage has not been traced. There seems to be no reason to connect him with the namesake who was executed in 1541 for misconduct with Catherine Howard. His eventual domicile in Fenland suggests an East Anglian origin, but he was to marry a London widow and the occasional spelling of his name as Monoux may imply his kinship with George Monoux, draper and lord mayor.3

Unless he was the Henry Mannock appointed a captain at Calais in 1544, Mannock is first met with in 1547 as a justice of the peace for Surrey, where he held the manor of Vanne in Godalming in right of his wife. By 1549 he had acquired property in Hemingford Grey, being assessed there towards the relief of that year but paying his contribution in Billingsgate ward, London. He presumably owed his election for Huntingdonshire to the third Marian Parliament chiefly to his official position, although he was friendly with his fellow-knight and neighbour William Lawrence II. Unlike Lawrence, Mannock quitted the Parliament prematurely without licence and for this offence he was informed against in the King’s bench during Easter term 1555: a writ of venire facias was sent to the sheriff, but no further process was taken against him. He was not compromised by this episode, although he did not sit in Parliament again.4

By 1559 Mannock had established a second residence at Haddenham in the Isle of Ely. This may have been because his duties involved Cambridgeshire as well as Huntingdonshire, but it could have reflected the domestic discord which led him, when he came to make his will on 18 Mar. 1564, to disinherit his wife and son, the first for unnatural behaviour and the second for naughty, light and lewd conduct. He left nearly all his property to his daughter Margaret when she should marry or reach 20, or in default to his natural daughter Anne Chapman alias Mannock. He was replaced as surveyor for Huntingdonshire on 4 July following and his will was proved two months later by William Lawrence. Margaret Mannock married Francis Cromwell alias Williams, and as the small legacy due to Anne Chapman had not been paid before Lawrence died the court of arches ordered its payment by sentence in 1575.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: T. M. Hofmann


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. London IPMs (Index Lib. xxvi), ii. 120-1; PCC 27 Stevenson.
  • 2. CPR, 1547-8, p. 90; 1548-9, p. 136; 1553, p. 357; 1553-4, p. 20; 1560-3, p. 438; 1563-6, pp. 22, 29, 111; Stowe 571, f. 11; Rep. R. Comm. of 1552 (Archs. of Brit. Hist. and Culture iii), 41; Lincoln Rec. Soc. liii. 32.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, xvi, xxi; CPR, 1547-8, p. 90; 1553, p. 357; Copinger, Suff. Manors, i. 120; PCC 5 Pynnyng.
  • 4. LP Hen. VIII, xix; Manning and Bray, Surr. i. 621-2; VCH Surr. iii. 35-36; E115/276/41; 179/122/123, 148; VCH Hunts. ii. 311; KB29/188.
  • 5. PCC 27 Stevenson, 18 Pyckering; CPR, 1563-6, p. 111.