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Biog.'), died in 1336, and was succeeded bj his son Richard, who was summoned tc Parliament as Baron Scrope of Bolton in 1371. In 1399 Lord Scrope surrendered th* manor to King Richard II., in exchange fo lands in Yorkshire, and the King regrantec it to the Abbey of Westminster, in whose possession it remained until the Dissolution After that event the freehold was again given to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and is now in the possession of the Ecclesi astical Commissioners.

I have not met with the spelling " Hoddes ford" which is given by MB. RUTTON, and which would mean the ford of Hod, an A.-S name found in local nomenclature (see Skeat Place-Names of Hertfordshire,' p. 23, s.v

  • Hoddesdon ' ). The early spelling seems

to be " Hodef ord, ' ' which may stand f o "Hodanford," the ford of Hoda, a nam< which occurs in " Hodanhlaew," the tumu lus of Hoda. Mr. Evans apparently finding the word spelt "Hoddefold" in Richard II.'s grant to the abbey, derives it from " Olc Eng. hoth, a heath (the th of course easily becoming a d), and folds, a farm-house ; the farm-house by the heath, which is a very fitting description." Unfortunately, hoth does not mean heath, nor is folde a farm- house, but a sheep or cattle pen. Cowhouse is, as MB. RUTTON points out, much the same as Neathouse. Mr. Evans conjec- tures that it may be identical with Codenlaw, or, as "the majority of transcribers have it, Cowenlaw, that is, cow-pasture or a clearing for feeding cows." Codenlaw (Codanhlaew), which occurs in Dunstan's Westminster charter of 959, has, however, nothing to do with cows, but merely means the tumulus or burial mound of Coda, a personal name which is also found in local nomenclature (Searle, ' Onomasticon Anglo- Saxonicum,' p. 138). W. F. PBIDEAUX.

Cowhouse manor and that of Hoddesford, or more correctly Hodford, were in the parish of Hendon, Middlesex, and a farm- house still stands on the site of each. The farm of Hodford will probably be swallowed up in the mass of new buildings now spring- ing up near the Golder's Green "Tube " station, at the junction of the Golder's Green and Finchley Roads. What is now known as Avenue Farm, adjoining the Hampstead cemetery at West End, was formerly called Cowhouse. The farm-house, like that of Hodford, is a modern building, probably early nineteenth century, but the old outbuildings are still standing. I am not sure how long the latter farm has existed

under its new name, but both Cowhouse Farm and Hodford Farm are marked on Cooke's map of Hendon (1795).

I have the following references to these manors : Chancery Proceedings, Series II. 468135 (Tho. Worsley and another v. John Marsh and others, Hendon), 1648, mentions indenture (1637) by Dean and Chapter of Westminster, by which Robert and Richard Nuttinge became possessed of lands, &c., called Cowehouse and Hodford in Hendon for a term of twenty-one years. The will of Joseph Braint of Cowhouse, parish of Hendon (P.C.C. 260 Derby), men- tions his leasehold farm in Hendon called Cowhouse (1729). F. S. SNELL.

Hendon, N.W.

See Evans's ' History of Hendon, MX.,' p. 53 : " Hodford and Cowhouse Manor consisted, and still consists, of lands S.E. of the river Brent and bordering upon Hampstead Heath." Cowhouse Farm, Cricklewood Lane, now exists near Glitter- house Farm or Manor, by Child's Hill and Cricklewood Station on the Midland Railway. Richard II. gave " Hoddefold and Cowhous " in the vills of Hendon and " Hampstede " to St. Peter's, Westminster, for the health of his soul and the soul of Anne his consort.

I shall welcome fresh material from original records concerning tenants of this manor, being engaged on preparing for the press a revised and enlarged edition of the 'History of Hendon,' the copyright of which is now


Clyderhous, 51, Vancouver Road, Forest Hill, S.E.

REV. WILLIAM BLOW (10 S. xii. 186). Dr. John Blow, the organist of Westminster Abbey, had only two Sons, both of whom were buried in the Cloisters, one in 1676. Dr. Blow was married in 1674, therefore the

hild was under two years of age. The other

son was buried in 1693, fifteen years of age.

Blow's other children were daughters :

[Catherine, who died unmarried in 1730 ;

Elizabeth, who married Capt. Edgeworth,

and died in 1719 ; and Mary, who died

unmarried in 1738. How could the Rev.

William Blow claim descent from the


Guildhall School of Music.

STATUES AND MEMOBIALS IN THE BBITISH SLES (10 S. xi. 441 ; xii. 51, 114). '. remember being taken as a child to the )attle-field of Edgehill, and can recall a attlemented tower, to the top of which an iscent was made, a good view of the sur- ounding country being obtained. This