Sir Godfrey Foljambe (1472 –1541)
Sir Godfrey Foljambe was born in Walton, the son of Sir Henry Foljambe and Troth Tyrwhit and was born 21 Nov 1558 in Walton, Derbyshire, England. In 1587 he married Isabel Wray.
He was three times sheriff of the combined counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The Foljambe family owned a large amount of land in and around Chesterfield including the manors of Newbold and Boythorpe. His grandfather, also Sir Godfrey, enjoyed a favoured position at the court of Henry VIII and was granted the office of steward of the Manor of Chesterfield and the Hundred of Scarsdale in 1506.
He became esquire to the body of King Henry VII and King Henry VIII and fought with Henry VIII in France.
Foljambe enjoyed a favoured position at court and was granted the office of steward of the manor of Chesterfield and hundred of Scarsdale in 1506. He increased the family estate by purchasing the manor of Boythorpe.
Sir Godfrey was an exceptional estate manager in his own right and at his death had an estate of £3,000 annual income.
Our Sir Godfrey was the last member of the Foljambe family to live at Walton Hall and his death in 1595 marked the beginning of the family’s decline. His widow, however, retained possession of Walton Hall until her death in 1622. A late 18th century house now stands on the site of the original Walton Hall. He and his wife, Isabel, are commemorated by an alabaster table tomb effigy in the Lady Chapel along with several other members of the Foljambe family, in St Mary and all Saints Church, Chesterfield (Crooked Spire).
Sir Godfrey and his wife, Isabel, had no children and in his will three separate charities were established, one of them for poor relief throughout the parish, one establishing a lectureship in the parish church and the other founding a grammar school, whose master was to have an income of £13 6s 8d a year.
He is buried in the family vault in Chesterfield Parish Church within the Foljambe Chantry, part of the Lady Chapel. There is a marble tomb showing him next to his wife Katherine.
When the Church reopens why not pop in and have a look at the Foljambe Tombs in the Lady Chapel.