The Pastons in London - A Timeline
While the Paston land holding were mostly in their home county of Norfolk as members of the family became lawyers,courtiers and parliamentarians, they were often to be found in London.
William Paston attends the Inns of Court.
An approximate year for his first appointment in London.
William Paston appointed Serjeant at Law
William Paston I becomes Justice of Common Pleas.
William takes on a further responsibility with the main court of common law.
John Paston I admitted to the Inner Temple
He lodges there until at least 1450
William Paston 01 dies.
William died within the parish of St Brides, Fleet Street.
Edmund Paston attends Cliffords Inn
Edmund Paston dies and is buried at Whitefriars
Jack Cade's rebellion in Kent
London is ransacked in June but the rebels are then defeated. Sir John Fastolf of Southwark and Caister, a cousin to Margaret Paston, negotiates with Cade. Cade is killed in July.
John Paston II serves in the royal household of Edward IV.
John Paston I imprisoned in the Fleet.
John Paston I briefly imprisoned again in the Fleet
John Paston I imprisoned in the Fleet
John Paston II jousts on the King’s side at Eltham Palace
John Paston I is again in Fleet prison.
He is possibly in prison when he dies.
John Paston I dies in London.
His body is processed to Norfolk for burial at Bromholm Priory.
Agnes Paston living with son William at Warwick’s Inn, Warwick Gardens near Newgate
John Paston II lodges at the George Inn, Paul’s Wharf, Lombard Street
Now Bennets Hill, opposite the College of Arms.
John Paston II dies and is buried at Whitefriars, Bouverie Street.
Elizabeth Paston is buried next to her husband, Sir George Browne, at Blackfriars, Ludgate.
William Paston is buried at Blackfriars, Ludgate.
John Paston III attends a royal marriage
Katherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur were at St Pauls Cathedral.
Thomas Paston appointed to Henry VIII’s Privy Council
Thomas Paston appointed Head of Royal Armouries at Greenwich.
Alice Packington marries Richard Lambert
He is a grocer and Sheriff of London in 1567. They marry in St Michael Bassishaw near Smithfield.
About this time Edward Paston studies at the Inns of Court.
Death of Richard Lambert at St Mary Bow, Cheapside
At about this time Edward Paston marries Elizabeth Lambert.
She is daughter of Richard Lambert and Alice Packington, who by this time had married Edward’s Uncle, Clement Paston of Oxnead.
Sir Edward Coke, Lord Chief Justice, husband of Bridget Paston, presents the Petition of Right to Charles I
The Petition upholds the rights of the People and Parliament.
Sculptor Nicholas Stone is friend to the Pastons.
He sculpts their family tombs at Paston and Oxnead, and creates the remarkable effigy of John Donne, still visible in St Pauls Cathedral.
Robertt Paston attends Westminster School at about this time.
Robert Paston rides out from London
Robert is one of those who rides out from London to greet the future Charles II on the Restoration of the Monarchy.
Robert Paston is appointed a founding Fellow of the Royal Society.
At Gresham College, Bishopsgate.
Robert describes a game of cricket played on Richmond Green.
Robert is wounded by highwaymen in Kensington.
Robert lodges at The Golden Ball, Suffolk Street.
Robert dies in London.
John Fenn of Dereham publishes his first edition of the Paston Letters.
He presents the first publication of the Letters to King George III.
Herman Merivale publishes an article.
He questions the authenticity of the medieval Paston letters.
The Society of Antiquaries at Somerset House declares the Letters to be genuine.
The Society recommends that they be purchased by the British Library where the medieval Letters remain to this day.