This family were prominent in the town’s affairs from the beginning of the 13th century to the early 15th century. Nicholas de Barbflete (fl. 1267-95) was appointed in 1269 to the important position of keeper of the king’s wines at Southampton. He held the manor of Shirley and Hill from 1272 until his death in 1295, after which the manor descended to Richard de Barbeflete (fl. 1303-28), possibly his cousin. In 1290 Nicholas granted his spring at Hill to the Franciscan friars, who built a conduit to convey water to their friary on lower English Street (High Street).
Richard held extensive property in the town, most notably the capital tenement immediately north of the friary on the east side of English Street and an important tenement in French Street. His grandson John Barbflete (fl. 1372-1412) held at various times a tenement in French Street, a tenement in Simnel Street and tenements and shops on the east side of English Street.

Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Plat, passim. (HS/h)


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