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The tomb of Elizabeth Frowick, later Coningsby -tomb2200.jpg (7217 bytes)
The tomb of Elizabeth Frowick, later Coningsby

A fascinating record of 16th century life in North Mymms has been added to this site thanks to a New Zealand woman’s research into her genealogy.

Rosie Bevan e-mailed the Brookmans Park Newsletter asking whether anyone had any information about the Frowick and Knolles families.

"I was delighted to stumble across your web site while searching the web for information on my ancestors, the Knolles and Frowick families.

"The photographs of the church and landscapes have given me some idea of what it was like at the time they lived there in the 15th and 16th centuries.

"I would love to see photos of the interior of the church especially any Knolles or Frowick family memorials.

"Did you know that Sir Thomas Knolles, Mayor of London was son of the famous knight Sir Robert Knolles (also spelt Knowles or Knollys) mentioned in Froissart's Chronicles and captain in the wars against France, Spain and Brittany under three kings Edward III, Richard II and Henry IV, and was buried with full military honours in Whitefriars, London in 1407?

"He was also ancestor of Sir Francis Knollys cousin to Queen Elizabeth I and ancestor of the current Viscount Knollys.

"Thank you for producing such an informative and fascinating web site," she wrote.

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The brass memorial to Robert Knolles and family
Rosie has been compiling her family history using her local library in Wellington and the Internet.

Now Rosie Bevan has written a detailed account of both families especially for this site.

The trail led via the Web to St Mary’s Church, North Mymms.  Thanks to pamphlets in the church and Rosie’s own investigations, the tomb of one of her ancestors and a brass memorial of another were found and photographed.

Now the details of the Frowick and the Knolles families of North Mymms along with detailed picture galleries have been added to the site’s history section.

Click on the thumbnail images on the Frowick and Knolles family pages to reveal full-size images.  They may take some time to download because the files are large.

Anyone who has any more information about the Frowick and Knolles families or any questions about the research can can e-mail Rosie Bevans at

A Fujifilm MX-2900 zoom digital camera courtesy of Fujifilm was used. All images have been heavily compressed to help reduce download time. 

June 11, 2001

Related Items
History of Frowick and Knolles families by Rosie Bevan
Frowick family picture gallery and information
Knolles family picture gallery and information

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