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A Davenport Bust

Capesthorne Hall

Crest at Capesthorne Hall

Bramhall Hall

Occupants of Bramhall Hall

The Wigston Chalice and Paten

The Davenport silver chalice and paten, used in the Eucharist, were given to All Saints Church, Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, in 1661 by the Rev. George Davenport.  The Rev. George was born in Wigston and had become the vicar of Houghton-le-Spring in Durham and also librarian for the Bishop of Durham’s Library.

The chalice is engraved with the Davenport coat of arms and the paten is inscribed ‘Ecclesiae de Wigston dedit Georgius Davenport Clericus natus ibid’.  Both items are still held at the Church.  Further information about George can be found in ‘The Descendants of Richard Davenport (1545-1623/4) of Great Wigston in Leicestershire’ (page 14 #36) contributed by Martin Davenport and listed in ‘The Davenport Index’.

The Davenport Muniments

American Heritage Dictionary

 (myōō'nə-mənt) n.  

  1. muniments Law Documentary evidence by which one can defend a title to property or a claim to rights.
  2. Archaic A means of defense or protection.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mūnīmentum, from Latin, defense, protection, from mūnīre, to fortify; see munition.]

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Davenport Muniments that JRU has in their Library.

One of the particularly interesting original documents in the collection at the JRUL is the document conferring upon Richard de Davenport the status of "supreme forester of the forests of Leek and Macclesfield."  The status was conferred by Earl Hugh of Cyveillog (1153-1181) and is described by Highet in the chapter entitled "The Earliest Davenports", at p. 3.


The Davenport Reunion in Wigston, England.
This article was published in the Leicester Mercury on 6 April 2007

Davenports at Capesthorne Hall - August 2010

Sir William Bromley-Davenport is centre front.
Martin Davenport is 6th from the right with a white beard.
Colin Davenport is one in from the left with beard and cream jacket.
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The old saying that there are as many Davenports as dogs’ tails in Cheshire, England, was reinforced when 45 more Davenports, from three generations, converged on the county from Australia, France, New Zealand and the USA, as well as from around the UK in August 2010. 

As family historians they had all traced their origins either by paper records or DNA samples through Davenport lines emanating possibly from Orme of Davenport in Cheshire, just after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and certainly from Vivian of Davenport around the year 1200. 

They were in Cheshire for a two day event to increase their understanding of the extent of the Davenport family tree by exchanging information, learning about the different branches and encouraging further research and to find something about their roots by exploring the sites in the area associated with the Davenports.

The event began at Capesthorne Hall where Sir William Bromley-Davenport, KCVO, warmly welcomed the group to his ancestral home.  There then followed a series of presentations to explain the Davenport Surname DNA project (see ) and to show how it had improved the understanding of the structure of the wider Davenport family by exposing previously unknown links between different branches.  Further information was conveyed by an introduction to the early Davenport pedigrees in Cheshire before participants had the opportunity to present the findings from their own researches.

During the course of the 2 days the group travelled around the east Cheshire countryside, calling in for a guided tour of Bramall Hall, another Davenport ancestral home;  St Peter’s Church, Prestbury, where the stone coffin of Vivian Davenport lies, and St James’s Church, Marton, where there is a stone effigy of Sir John de Davenport, great grandson of Vivian.  Along the way lunch was taken appropriately at the Davenport Arms in Marton.  The event ended fittingly with a walk across the River Dane valley to the hamlet of Davenport, near Congleton, the area where it is believed Orme lived 900 years ago.

Those attending enjoyed the experience and have returned to their homes with renewed enthusiasm for their researches.  They intend keeping in touch through a new website –  – to be launched in September 2010.  For anyone interested, more details can be obtained from Colin Davenport ( )

Davenports at Sutton Hall - July 2011

The Capesthorne Gathering of August 2010 triggered a number of initiatives on the family history front. Those involved met recently at Sutton Hall, the one time home of Sir Humfrey Davenport (1566 – 1644), to review and discuss their findings and share their plans for what next. This document  summarises the contribution of each, in their own words (more or less!).

The Sutton Hall Report

Graham Davenport of Chester, Cheshire, England
Colin Davenport of England
Martin Davenport of France
Jim Davenport of Buena, Washington, USA
Robert Davenport, USA

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