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Sir Edmund
De La Beche
(c.1297-1364)

Born: c.1297, possibly at Aldworth, Berkshire
Archdeacon of Berkshire
Died: 1364


Sir Edmund De La Beche, Archdeacon of Berkshire, was the youngest brother of Nicholas, Lord De La Beche of Aldworth. He appears to have been a most audacious character. He assisted in the escape of Lords Audley and Berkeley from Wallingford Castle in 1323, for which he was imprisoned at Pomfret, but soon after set at liberty. In 1327, the Mayor and citizens of Oxford, with Edmund De La Beche at their head, joining themselves with the townsmen of Abingdon, went, at midnight, in a great body with torches and candles and burnt the Manor of Northcote, belonging to the Abbey of Abingdon, after which they set upon the Abbey itself and ransacked it in a terrible manner, partly killing and putting to flight the monks, for which the ringleaders were hanged at Wallingford. Edmund De La Beche was, however, again pardoned. He died in 1365 and was buried at Aldworth where his brass has, unfortunately, long since disappeared.

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