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Anthony Fyndall (c.1575–1650)

Mayor of Oxford 1620/1

Anthony Fyndall (or Findall) was born in c.1575. He became an Oxford butcher, and later a grazier. He was admitted free on 27 March 1596 “provided alwayes that he keepe shoppe in the butcher rowe and paye rent as others doe for their shoppes there”. (Butcher Row was a row of stalls in the middle of Queen Street, towards its west end.)

Fyndall was first elected on to the Common Council on 4 October 1602. On 12 August 1606 he was given a bailiff’s place “in consideracion that he will lend the cytie one hundred pounds untill one weeke before Thannunciation of our Lady next”.

On 20 July 1611 Anthony Fyndall was elected one of the Mayor’s Associates, paying £10 to the use of the City, and in September 1620 he was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1620/1). He selected the glazier William Davis as his Child.

In 1631 almost the whole demesne of Water Eaton was leased to Anthony Fyndall of Oxford and Richard Winch.

In September 1631 Fyndall and Alderman Oliver Smith had the most votes in the house for the office of Mayor, but Smith won. In February 1632 Fyndall resigned from his position as Mayor’s Assistant.

In the subsidy of 1648 Fyndall paid 2s. 8d. in St Aldate’s parish (probably on 15 St Aldate’s Street).

Anthony Fyndall died in late 1650 and was buried at St Aldate’s Church on 31 December that year.

His son William Fyndall

On 11 April 1661 William Findall, gent., described as the second son of Anthony Findall, gent., “sometime Major of the City” was admitted free.

In 1696 a William Findall paid tax on seven windows in St Giles’ parish.

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 20 September, 2018

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