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          JOHN BELLINGHAM  
                 
        (probably the latter coat depicted the arms of his wife's family). This memorial is believed to have been removed from the Abbey during the restoration of 1834. Its latest mention is found in John Britton's " History and Antiquities of Bath Abbey Church," 1825.
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  John Bellingham, described as of Erringham, county Sussex, esquier, by his will, dated 8th February, 1575-6, which makes no mention of a desire for interment at Bath, directs " at my funeral alms may be given to such poor as most deserve charity, nigh unto Erringham, to the amount of £6 13s. 4d., a quarter of wheat and two quarters of malt." To the reparation of Old Shoreham Church he bequeathed 10s. "At my marriage," he says, " I made to my wife, Anne, a jointure for her life of all my lands called Erringham, which descended to me from my father, and since I have purchased of Sir Thomas Shirley, of Wiston, county Sussex, knight, lands called Erringham-Bruse, being intermingled with my said lands, so now I bequeath these lands to my said wife for ten years for the bringing up of my four youngest children, and after ten years to my wife for life, with remainder to my son John in tail male, in default of such issue to my second son, Thomas, in tail male, in default to my issue, in default to the right heirs of my son John. All my stocks of corn and cattle on my lands of Erringham-Bruse to my wife. To my wife my farm, called Pa ythorne, which I hold of Mr. Richard Covert of Slaugham, esquier, for ten years, she at her decease to leave at Erringham a stock of 500 ewes, 20 qrs. of seed wheat, 40 qrs. of seed barley, eight drawing oxen, six kine and 20 hogs for the heir of my body." His daughter Elizabeth was to receive £300 at her marriage, his son Thomas £200 at age 21, his daughters Ann and Mary £200 each on marriage, and his son and heir, John, £100 in ten years' time. These sums were left in trust in the hands of his cousins Edward Bellingham, of Newtimber, Esquier, Richard Bellingham, his son, Edward Bellingham, of Putney, Esquier, Thomas Fenner, of Harting, and his uncle, George Goring, of Ovingdean, Esquier, who were also named as the overseers of his will, which was proved 11th May, 1577, by John Lewes, proctor to the Executrix, Ann Bellingham.
        The Inquisitione Post Mortem of John Bellingham records that be " was seined of the Manor of Erringham, otherwise Erringham-Walstead, and of a capital messuage, one pigeon house, one garden, 200 acres of arable, 40 acres of meadow, 100
                 
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