Select Fielding Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- Fieldings at Monks Kirby
- The Royalist William Feilding
- Daniel Fielding & Sons
- Fieldings in the 1881 Census
- Ambrose Fielding’s House in Virginia
Fieldings at Monks Kirby
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
later upper part of the tower, giving it a distinctive two-toned red
chancel of the church under a raised tomb – whereon lies the effigies
knight in armor, with his wife by him, both at full length, with a lion
their feet, and this inscription:
lyeth the body of Sir William Fielding,
knight, late of PaddoxNewnham, who deceased the 24th day of September
of Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Poultney, who deceased
day of September 1539, who had issue two sons and one daughter.”
The Royalist William Feilding
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
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
and died from the effects on his wounds.
His courage, unselfishness and devotion to duty at the time were
praised by the Earl of Clarendon.
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
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.
fine Bradshaw beers and naturally conditioned White Castle
bottled ales continued to be produced at the brewery until 1961.
Fieldings in the 1881 Census
numbers at that time were in Oldham and Blackburn.
Ambrose Fielding’s House in Virginia
Fielding’s house in Virginia had
“great room” containing “a dining table, a serving table, another small
table, fourteen rush-bottom chairs, two chests, a cupboard, a bottle
bottles, some linen, earthenware, glassware, pewter, two brass
silver bowl, and a silver tankard.”
one chamber there was ”a ‘great bed with damask canopy, curtains, silk
counterpane, feather mattress, and blankets; two chairs, a chest, a
basin and ewer, a looking glass, a warming pan, and a brass
parlor there were “two tables, twelve chairs, a couch, a cupboard,
books, a Turkey carpet, a pair of silver candlesticks, and four family
would seem that, after a spartan beginning, Virginia
planters such as Ambrose Fielding did all right.
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