Kytes-Hardwick

KYTES-HARDWICK, a hamlet, in the parish of Leamington-Hastings, union of Rugby, Southam division of the hundred of Knightlow, S. division of the county of Warwick, 5½ miles (N. E.) from Southam, on the road to Rugby; containing 118 inhabitants. The family of "Herdwick," a branch of the "Hastangs," took their name from this place, and some of them are supposed to have resided here. John de Herdwick, in the time of Edward III., held several offices of distinction, and in the first of Richard II. was one of the justices of the peace for the city of Coventry. Another John de Herdwick aided Richmond, afterwards Henry VII., at the battle of Bosworth-Field, and, it is said, by his good conduct as a guide to the army, got the earl the advantage in that fight "of the ground, winde, and sunne." The manor, at this period called Herdwick-Grembald, was conveyed by him, in marriage with one of his daughters, to William Dingley. It next came to Sir T. Trevor, Knt., one of the barons of the exchequer, who bequeathed it to the Wheeler family. The hamlet is situated about a mile and a half east of the village of Leamington-Hastings: the river Leam flows on the north.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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