On the 14thJuly 2018 I attended an event to celebrate the successful installation of the Thomas Stapel Brass at St Andrew’s Church, Rochford. (Please download the leaflet for more details)
Thomas (de) Stapel, was a Sergeant-at-Arms in the household of King Edward III, with local connections. He held extensive properties and rights within the Rochford Hundred, including the manor of Hadleigh. It is thought that the manor (not including the castle – which was in royal hands) came to him in the 1330s from his father.
The manor of Hadleigh remained in Thomas’s possession until his death in 1371 as recorded in his Inquisition Post Mortem.