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Sir Richard Cholmondeley

Sir Richard Cholmondeley

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Death 1521 (aged 48–49)
Burial London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 6854 · View Source
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Lieutenant of the Tower of London. Born at Chorley, Cheshire, England, he was the eldest son of John Cholmondeley and his wife Joan Eaton. In 1497 Cholmondeley was knighted in the field by Thomas Howard, Lord Surrey after distinguishing himself in action against the Scots during a raid at Norham Castle. In 1499, Sir Richard was appointed a Constable of Pickering Castle, a Steward of the Honour, and a Forester of the Royal Forest, and by 1506, he was also serving as Collector of the Great Custom at London. In 1513, he successfully led the Citizen Yeomenry of Hull against an incursion of the Scots and was rewarded with an appointment as Lieutenant of The Tower of London. Under him, the chapel of St. Peter-ad-Vincula was completely rebuilt after it was largely destroyed by fire in 1512. The reconstruction included a tomb built for Sir Richard and his wife. During the May riots of 1517, he ordered the firing of the Tower's canon at the city against the rioters who were in temporary control of large areas. Apparently he lost favor with the king for his actions. In 1520, he resigned his post at the Tower claiming ill health. He died less than a year later but was not interred in the tomb within the Tower. According to his will, he wished to be buried at All Hallows Chapel in Barking or in St. Olaf's Church, but whether his wishes were carried out or if so in which church is unknown. It is also possible that he was interred at the Cholmondeley Chapel which he had built in 1514 at St. Oswald's Malpas in Cheshire.

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  • Added: 7 Nov 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6854
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Richard Cholmondeley (1472–1521), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6854, citing Chapel of Saint Peter-ad-Vincula, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .