Robert Hampton was a yeoman farmer. A document survives in the BRO affirming that his son, Robert Hampton of Littlewood in the parish of Faringdon, will deliver various bequests to the first Robert's grandchildren – Robert, Joan, and Elizabeth Newe of Stanford 'within three months after my decease.' The document was witnessed by Thomas Flatte and John Hatt and signed by Hampton 18 June 1646. This unusual testamentary deposition may reflect the conditions of the Civil War. Faringdon held out for the king after the battle of Naseby (14 June 1645) and finally fell to Cromwell after stiff resistance 23 June 1646. (See David G. Disbury, Berkshire in the Civil War (Egham, 1978), 138, 144). During the battle the steeple of the Faringdon parish church was destroyed, making the subsequent appearance of the church quite different from the way it looks in the Unton portrait. (See the discussion of the Unton portrait in the 'Household Entertainments' section of Performance Traditions).
Record title: St Denys' Churchwardens' Accounts
Shelfmark: D/P 118/5/1
Repository location: Reading
This is a very tidy and well-kept book. On the end-papers are various handwritten notes about the church and a printed version of the inventory made for Edward VI's commissioners. Written on the inside cover are the words 'for Chr. Wordsworth DD | vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale | Gt Faringdon | Diocese Oxon | County Berks | to be kept in the Parish Chest.' The book proper begins with a mid-sixteenth–century inventory of vestments and books (including the paraphrases of Erasmus). Then follow several cancelled folios of names with sums and fees attached from the 1560s. There are also two other unusual sections: the first is a rent roll of all the lands owned by the parish; the second is, apparently, a communion register. The churchwardens' accounts proper then occupy the rest of the book. The dating is not tied to any feast day. The accounts were rendered for the most part in April.
1552–1725; English; paper; ii + 131 + ii; 412mm x 140mm; modern foliation, first 11 ff unnumbered; bound in tooled brown leather, title stamped in gold on spine: 'Stanford | in the | Vale | Church- | Wardens | Accounts | 1552–1725.'