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Oxted and District History Society
Tuesday 27th November 2007.

Sir William More of Loseley:
A Tudor Gentleman of Surrey

Mike Page, an archivist at the Surrey History Centre in Woking, gave an illustrated lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on ' Sir William More of Loseley: A Tudor Gentleman of Surrey '.

William More survived the religious upheavals of the 16th Century, living from 1520 to 1600. The family papers give a wealth of detail of life in Surrey during this period. William's father was a local dignitary and MP from whom he inherited the estate on his father's death in 1549.

The records show a plundering of the remaining riches from Surrey's churches in the early 1550s and William More's good relationships with the local nobility and gentry. More was involved in settling disputes as a JP from 1559 onwards. He was involved in a wide variety of activities, such as approving ale house landlords in Farnham, a complaint from Kingston's inhabitants about the price of wood supplied from Dorking and dealing with poachers. The vicars of Leatherhead and Horsley were prosecuted because of drunkenness and loose behaviour.

William's hard work was much appreciated by Elizabeth I. He helped to organise the local militia in preparation for a threatened invasion by Spain in the 1580s with the training of men and the provision of arms and equipment.

Lecture given by Mike Page, at
Oxted United Reformed Church,
Bluehouse Lane, Oxted