The Woodforde Family
The variants of the arms are as follows:
Woodford of County Leics:
Woodford of Ashby Folville:
Woodford of Carleby, Co.Lincs:
Woodford of Ansford:
The Woodford Cartulary states that:
And in this same coat armour was this same John of Woodford with King edward at the getting of Caleys And at the taking of the king of France at the battle.
Nichols, very clumsily, reprints the above extract and adds “this John, having attended king Henry III at the taking of Calais and the battle of Poictiers ….”
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© Stephen Butt 2004 - rev 29/02/04
Coats of Arms
And of the armys that longe to the sayd manor.
John Woodford of Brentingby bore no arms before his journey to
Melton Mowbray prior to 1316 and his subsequent purchase of the
manor of Brentingby. It is important to emphasise that the arms were
purchased along with the manor and have associations with the arms
of Neville of Stoke of Nottinghamshire – the fleur-de-lis -
and the arms of Canteloupe – loupe, lepus, leopard. Nichols notes a
deed dated 6 Edward II (1312) on which the seal of John Neville at
Brentingby is described as “in an escrutcheon, three fleurs-de-lis
circumscribed”. He further records a deed dated 1215 relating to
William de Canteloupe’s interests at Brentingby on which the seal is
“three fleurs-de-lis circumscribed”.