Oxted & District History Society - Talk
Oxted & District History Society

Mike Page, County Archivist at the Surrey History Centre, gave the opening lecture of the Oxted & District History Society’s 2017-8 Season on ‘A Tudor Gentleman of Surrey – Sir William More of Loseley’.

Sir William More (1520-1600) lived through tumultuous times.  Under Edward VI he organised the removal of Church plate and rich vestments from churches throughout Surrey.  At the time of Queen Mary he was obliged to promote Catholic practices.  Under Elizabeth I, Sir William helped to root out those who refused to follow the restored Protestant practices. 

He was well educated, with legal training and broad literary tastes.  He was an influential figure in Surrey, serving as an M.P. and as a Justice of the Peace, often being chosen to serve on Commissions.  He took decisions on pub licensing and regulated the ownership of swans.  As Deputy to Lord Howard of Effingham, Sir William helped organise the raising of militias to defend the Country against the threatened Spanish invasion in 1588.  He served on the Commission which advised whether to execute Mary, Queen of Scots.  Sir William was much respected by Queen Elizabeth, who visited Loseley in 1583.


A Tudor Gentleman of Surrey – Mike Page