"Although Wicken Hall is set well back from the pub and church, under the feudal system of medieval England it would have been the centre of village life and the residence of the Lord of Wicken manor. From at least the middle of the 14th century to the middle of the 18th century, the estate belonged almost exclusively to firstly the Barlee (or Barley) family and then the Bradbury family. The only person outside these two families to own the estate in this period was Robert Chatterton who purchased the estate from William Barley in 1557. He subsequently sold it, in 1580, to Matthew Bradbury (a nephew of Thomas Bradbury - the Sheriff of London in 1498 and the Lord Mayor of London in 1509). The present Wicken Hall dates from the 16th century. It has been much altered since and, at one time, was encircled by a moat. Until comparatively recently, Wicken Hall was a farmhouse but is now purely residential. William Bradbury inherited Wicken Hall from his father, Matthew Bradbury, in 1587 and held the estate for 35 years before, on his death in 1622, it passed to his first son Matthew. In about 1602, William Bradbury built Brick House for his second son Wyman or Wymond. This impressive building stands about one quarter of a mile to the west of the church and bears the arms of the Bradbury family over the front door. Up until the early part of the 18th century Wicken Hall and Brick House were owned by the two branches of the Bradbury family before coming into the common ownership of Joseph Sharpe who married into the Bradbury family. It is interesting to discover that William Bradbury’s two sons, Matthew and Wymond, married daughters of William Whitgift of Clavering, Matthew marrying Jane and Wymond marrying Elizabeth. Thomas, the second son of Wymond and Elizabeth Bradbury, emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1634 and his descendants now regularly visit the village to rediscover their roots. In St. Margaret’s church there are memorials to three children of Anne and Francis Bradbury (a grandson of the Matthew Bradbury who was Wymond’s brother). In fact Anne and Francis had seven children in all and must have expected that one of them would eventually inherit Wicken Hall from them. However not one of the children survived their parents. " 
On 29 Apr. 1553 Matthew Bradburie of Wicken Bonhunt, gent. sold to John Lyne, burgess of Cambridge an inn called the "Griffin", a new building called Crane House and 3 acres of land in St. Clement, Cambridge for £140
From the Sessions Rolls for Michaelmas 1569:
"Recognizance: Edward Fenton of Ugley, clerk, Robert Abraham and John Clerk of the same, yeomen, for the said Edward to appear. Handed over further. Taken before Matthew Bradburie and Kenelm Throkmorton, esquires. "Me[morandum] to cal for Broade the boutcher of Hemiam to gyve evidens.
Scope and Content Edward Fenton of Ugley, clerk, Robert Abraham and John Clerk of the same, yeomen, for the said Edward to appear."
From the Sessions Rolls for Easter 1573: "Recognizance: William Broke [Brooke] of Thaxted, husbandman, John Broke, yeoman, and Richard Broke, woollendraper, both of the same, for the said William to keep the peace towards Thomas Perry. The said William did not appear, therfore his default is recorded by the court. Taken before Matthew Bradburie, esquire."
From the Sessions Rolls for Essex for Easter 1575 come the following: "Recognizance: John Wylkinson of Stansted, clerk, and Robert Batsford of Takely, Shoemaker, for John Rennolds of the same, shoemaker, licensed to keep a common alehouse at the same. Taken before Sir Thomas Barrington, knight, and Matthew Bradburie, esquire."
From the Calendar of Essex Assizes held at Chelmsford 10 Mar. 1578: "Recognizances of Francis Creede and John Mynnes daggermaker, both of Thaxted, obefore Mathew BRADBURIE esq., for the appearance of the said Frs".
He is buried at St. Margaret Churchyard, Wicken Bonhunt, Uttlesford District, Essex, England
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