Select Fielding Miscellany

 

Here are some Fielding stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

Fieldings at Monks Kirby

 

St.
Edith’s at Monks Kirby in Warwickshire was
formerly a priory church and was built to a huge scale.
The aisled nave and chancel form one vessel
with no structural division – all built of rich red sandstone except
for the
later upper part of the tower, giving it a distinctive two-toned red
and white
look.
The mid-16th century Fielding tombs are in its north east corner.  Sir William Fielding was buried in the
chancel of the church under a raised tomb – whereon lies the effigies
of a
knight in armor, with his wife by him, both at full length, with a lion
at
their feet, and this inscription:
“Here
lyeth the body of Sir William Fielding,
knight, late of PaddoxNewnham, who deceased the 24th day of September
1547; and
of Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Poultney, who deceased
the 8th
day of September 1539, who had issue two sons and one daughter
.”


The Royalist William Feilding


William
Feilding’s fighting on behalf of the Royalist
cause was valorous but unsuccessful.

He attended Prince Charles on the Spanish
adventure, served as Admiral in the unsuccessful Cadiz Expedition in
1625, and
commanded the disastrous attempt upon Rochelle in 1628.

On the outbreak of the
Civil War, he served under Prince Rupert.
However, in 1643, during Rupert’s attack on Birmingham, he was
wounded
and died from the effects on his wounds.
His courage, unselfishness and devotion to duty at the time were
much
praised by the Earl of Clarendon.

 

Daniel Fielding
& Sons

Daniel
Fielding was baptized
at Ogden near Halifax in 1827.  His
father died soon after and his mother remarried.  He
became a farmer and a brewer.  His early
brewing attempts through
Hainsworth & Fielding failed in 1855 and he later set up his own
brewing company
Daniel Fielding & Sons.  The White
Castle brewery was built at Bradshaw on the outskirts of Halifax.  On Daniel’s death in 1892, the running of the
brewery passed to his two sons Eli and Samuel.

Fielding’s
fine Bradshaw beers and naturally conditioned White Castle
bottled ales continued to be produced at the brewery until 1961.

 

Fieldings in the 1881 Census

County Numbers (000) Percent
Lancashire     3.7 57
Yorkshire     1.0     15
Elsewhere     1.8     28
Total     6.5    100

The largest
numbers at that time were in Oldham and Blackburn.

 

Ambrose Fielding’s House in Virginia

Ambrose
Fielding’s house in Virginia had
the following:

  • a
    “great room” containing “a dining table, a serving table, another small
    table, fourteen rush-bottom chairs, two chests, a cupboard, a bottle
    case and
    bottles, some linen, earthenware, glassware, pewter, two brass
    candlesticks, a
    silver bowl, and a silver tankard.” 
  • in
    one chamber there was ”a ‘great bed with damask canopy, curtains, silk
    counterpane, feather mattress, and blankets; two chairs, a chest, a
    pewter
    basin and ewer, a looking glass, a warming pan, and a brass
    candlestick.”
  • in
    the
    parlor there were “two tables, twelve chairs, a couch, a cupboard,
    several
    books, a Turkey carpet, a pair of silver candlesticks, and four family
    portraits.”

It
would seem that, after a spartan beginning, Virginia
planters such as Ambrose Fielding did all right.

 

 

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