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Page history last edited by Peter Tipton 16 years ago

Why did William Cave come to Yateley?

The first William Cave to live in Yateley bought property in 1617 and died in 1629. William's father, Anthony Cave, had died in 1595 whilst he was still young, so it is likely that William's mother's family had more influence on his career than the Cave family.


There is still some confusion in genealogical circles as to who was William's mother. It is important to unravel this confusion since it explains William Cave's standing in life, and his career.


William's mother was Ann Morley, daughter of Richard Morley and Agnes Bowyer. After Richard Morley died his wife Agnes married William Neale, Auditor to Queen Elizabeth. Auditor Neale was thus William Cave's mother's stepfather. The long standing confusion has arisen since in his will in 1601 Auditor Neale calls William's mother his daughter, but in reality she was his stepdaughter. Neale left an annuity of £5 per year to William Cave's mother, who had already been a widow for six years.


Another of the seven Auditors of Exchequer was Thomas Hanbury, Auditor for Wales. Auditor Hanbury was married to Blanche Bowyer and so was Auditor Neale's brother-in-law. It is not surprising therefore that William Cave obtained a post in what we would now call the civil service, in what we would now call the accounting profession -- working for his grandmother's brother-in-law. William's official duties frequently took him to Wales, so it is also not surprising that, when he started to bring up a family, William Cave purchased a family home to the west of London. He may have chosen Yateley, for the same reasons many of us live here today: its direct road connection to London, and its easy accessibility to the main route to Wales.


William Cave already owned property in Sandhurst whilst Lord Zouche of Bramshill was President of Wales, and one of the Commissioners of the Treasury. Bramshill is a large house a few miles west of Yateley. Hanbury and Neale established their main homes in South Hampshire: Hanbury at Buriton a few miles south of Petersfield.


So William Cave probaly chose Yateley to be reasonably close to his bosses, and conveniently located to travel to his area of responsibility in Wales. Whilst his family lived in Yateley he still maintained a house on Wood Street in the City. So he probably spent his working life being what we should now call a weekly commuter.



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