A Herefordshire murder

Thomas White, yeoman of Clehonger, Herefordshire, sought sanctuary in the church of All Hallows London Wall on 19 March 1486. He confessed to murder.


White told the coroner that on 26 December 1482 he attacked John Corter, another yeoman of Clehonger, with a staff, killing him. White apparently got away with this for more than three years, but something in March 1486 made him dash into this London church.

White abjured the realm and was supposed to proceed to Winchelsea to take a boat overseas, but about 18 months later he was back in custody, found in the realm. He was sentenced to be hanged. Should’ve taken the boat.

TNA, KB 9/375, mm. 67-68; KB 27/905, rex m. 8

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