The Life and Times of Sir John Gostwick - Tudor Entrepreneur and Bureaucrat, by Gordon Vowles

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The Life and Times of Sir John Gostwick - Tudor Entrepreneur and Bureaucrat, by Gordon Vowles

Book published by the Gostwick Press, 60 pages. Paperback (N7622)

From the rear side cover: Sir John Gostwick, a member of a long-established Willington family of yeoman stock, was fortunate to become a servant of Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII. As such he took part in a number of national events: in attendance on Wolsey at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520, present at the funeral of Queen Catherine of Aragon and paymaster to the King's army which put down the Pilgrimage of Grace both in 1536. He was one of the country's first bureaucrats and as Treasurer of First-Fruits and Tenths he played a major role in the collection and disposal of the assets of the monasteries following their dissolution. He became a very rich man purchasing the manor of Willington in 1529 and many other properties throughout the country. At Willington he built a new and 'sumptuous' manor-house, improved the parish church and erected estate buildings, two of which survive, a magnificent stone dovecote and stables, both now in the ownership of the National Trust, and accessible to the public. He also wrote an important document on 16th century estate management by way of advice and guidance to his son. Contents include:

Contents
Sources of illustrations
Introduction and acknowledgemenrs
Gosrwick's early life
Willingron in rhe lare 15rh cenrury
The servanr of Cardinal Wolsey
Building activities
Gostwick and Thomas Cromwell
Last days
Legacy

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.