A cautionary tale for some London Councillors and some London Bishops as we return to a medieval abuse of power.

19 August 2017

A cautionary tale for some London Councillors and some London Bishops as we return to a medieval abuse of power.

How many Councillors and Bishops will be haunting Bruce Castle Park in Tottenham in a green short coat until Haringey Development Vehicle land is returned to the people?

There is a beautiful village in the Chiltern Hills called Fingest. In 796 the land was given by King Ecgfrith, son on King Offa of Offa’s Dyke, to the Monks at St Albans Abbey. Fingest was retained by the Abbey until 1163,

In 1330 a long running dispute had been settled between the Abbot of St Albans and the Bishop of Lincoln, who had claimed jurisdiction over the Abbott. The Manor of Fingest was given to the Bishop in return for the renunciation of his claims. 

Henry Burghersh, the Bishop, was the son of a Baron. He was made Chancellor of England by Edward III.  Bishop Burghersh was a very unpleasant person being described as “neither good for church nor state, sovereign nor subjects; but was covetous, ambitious, rebellious and injurious”,  True to character, on receiving the Manor of Fingest, he promptly enclosed 300 acres for his private use. It had been common land from which 60 families survived. Enormous hardship resulted. Church history speaks of their villagers seeing "their own beef and mutton being turned into the bishop's venison". The Bishop, not surprisingly,  “had many a bitter curse during his lifetime and after is death”.

Legend has it that soon after his death Bishop Burghersh was seen haunting the Village dressed in a green short coat …”bow, quiver, arrows and horn by his side.  He was doomed by his offensive actions in life to be the park keeper until the land was returned to the people". 

How many Councillors and Bishops will be haunting Bruce Castle Park in Tottenham in a green short coat until the land they propose to hand to the Haringey Developemt Vehicle is returned to the people?.

St Bartholomew, Fingest was one of the six Parishes in the Hambleden Valley I served from 1982-1999 – Paul Nicolson

 

 

 

 

 


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