Thomas Seckford
(Abt 1500-)

 

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  • Born: Abt 1500, Of, , Suffolk, England
  • Marriage: Unknown
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Thomas Seckford
Thomas Seckford was Woodbridge’s most influential citizen and greatest benefactor, rising to power in the reign of Mary Tudor.
A barrister at Gray’s Inn and a Lent Reader in 1555
Elected to Parliament in 1550, 1563 and 1572.
On Elizabeth’s accession he became one of the Masters of the Court of Requests.
In 1564, the Queen granted him the Manor of Woodbridge late Priory for 764-8s-4d. The oldest wing of the Abbey dates from this year and bears Seckford’s coat of arms.
When Elizabeth complained about the smell of his boots, he retaliated with complaints about unpaid royal debts!
In 1575 Seckford built the Shire Hall in Market Hill to house the Sessions.
It was more recently used as a Magistrates and Juvenile court but now houses the offices of Woodbridge Town Council and the Suffolk Horse Museum.
On 23 May 1587, Woodbridge benefitted from Seckford’s success as a merchant, when he endowed the Seckford Almshouse with property in Clerkenwell, London.
Thomas Seckford died in 1587 and was buried in St. Mary’s Parish church but his charity still benefits Woodbridge, 400 years after his death.

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