Henxmen Sources:  Homepage
Welcome & Introduction


This website is intended as a reliable and exhaustive sourcebook, providing complete details of every known reference to the original Henxmen - predecessors of the HINXMAN family.  It is a collection of copies of the original records, factual accounts and commentaries, all set in chronological order.

The Henxmen
The Henxmen were employees in the great households of Late Mediaeval and Renaissance England; primarily in the Royal Household.  One of these Henxmen appears to have founded the HINXMAN family sometime soon after 1565, and bequeathed to them a version of his job title as their surname. 

Information about the original Henxmen is scarce and scattered: it has never before been gathered into one comprehensive collection.  Yet this is the obvious route to gaining a better understanding of the Henxmen's role at court, of the derivation and meaning of their name - and of our HINXMAN surname.

The Sources
This website seeks to remedy that deficiency: for the first time ever, it aims to provide a definitive (virtual) sourcebook on all that is known about the Henxmen. 

The aim of this website is therefore to include all known original sources mentioning the Henxmen,
covering the entire period when they were active: from their earliest days circa 1345, to the abolition of their post in 1565.  It will also include any later sources, that may shed further useful light upon the original Henxmen.

The Website
This website is starting from a very small beginning: a carefully devised format, plus the first known records of the Henxmen, dating from circa 1347 AD.  But the intention is to keep adding transcripts of original records until all known Henxmen sources are shown here.  This is a major long-term project, so it will take a while - but you're invited to access the website while it grows to completion.  New pages will be announced on Facebook as they are added (see below).  Some real treats await you!

The core objectives for this website are to present the information clearly and completely, so the style is deliberately scholarly.  Moreover, as the mediaeval record largely comprises words not pictures, this website is necessarily more text-based than its companion sites - although illustrations are included where available.  However, this website is designed to be accessible to anyone: it's not just for academic study, but also for
 descendants who wish to learn about their ancestors; and for general interest browsing.  So give it a try: you may be pleasantly surprised!

Help regarding interpretation is provided on each source page as appropriate, through tailored Translations, Glossaries and Notes.  An explanatory Editor's Notes page provides a behind-the-scenes overview of key issues and decisions regarding the website's content and headings.

Now read on, to discover more about our mediaeval namesakes, in the words of the original sources describing their lives . . .

Next . . .
  • Click on the menu in the left sidebar to explore this Henxmen Sources website, from the earliest records in circa 1347, to abolition in 1565 and beyond.
  • Click on HINXMAN Hub to open a new window to our central website, including overviews of the Henxmen and of the entire HINXMAN family.
  • Click on HINXMAN of Titchfield to open a new window on a satellite website, offering pictures and stories about the history of the Titchfield branch.
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Webpage edition 2017.3.  First edition 2016.
Webpage copyright © Richard HINXMAN, 2016.
The Riding from the Tower on
19 Feb 1546/47, prior to the Coronation of Edward VI, passing the Westcheap Cross in London
The scene depicted is the centre of a 4-hour procession, shown here passing the Eleanor Cross in Westcheap (now Cheapside), London, England.
Five of the six armed Henxmen can be seen
to the left of the Cross, walking beside the King (who is mounted on the white stallion, under the canopy).  
This 1809 engraving was copied from part of a much larger 1787 engraving, which was itself copied from an original 16th century mural
(now destroyed) at Cowdray House, Sussex, England.

Original:  Monochrome copperplate engraving.  Cheapside Cross (as it appeared in the Year 1547) With part of the procession of Edw. VI to his Coronation at Westminster.  Engraving published 01 Jan 1809 by William HERBERT (Lambeth) & Robert WILKINSON (58 Cornhill), London, England.  Also published in 'Theatrum Ilustrata Graphic And Historic Memorials, Ancient Playhouses, Modern Theatres, Other Places Of Public Amusement In The Cities And Suburbs Of London & Westminister With Scenic And Incidental Ilustrations From The Time Of Shakspear To The Present Period'.  Editor Robert WILKINSON.  First published 1825.  This engraving is from the second edition, 1834.  London, England.  Collection of Richard HINXMAN.  Copyright © Richard HINXMAN 2015.

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