The Lake Countries 1500-1830
by CHL Bouch & GP Jones
In 1471 a Robert Bindloss paid 4s 4d rent for lands in Asthwaite. An inquiry following the death of another Robert Bindloss in 1596 showed that he owned ‘Asthwayt Hall’ with lands thereto belonging ‘late in tenure of Thomas Carus, one of the Queen’s Justices of her Bench’, besides other lands previously owned by Richard Carus, gentleman, Robert Beck, gentleman, James Ambrose, gentleman and James Layburne, esquire.
This later Robert was a Kendal clothier; he had already bought Borwick Hall in Lancashire, which he enlarged and which his son enriched with Tudor woodwork displayingthe recently acquired family arms. The great grandson of the founder of the family fortunes became a baronet in 1641.
In a place as remote as Keswick and in an age before the development of banks of the modern kind, it cannot have been easy always to find the cash for wages or other expenses. On occasions persons in the locality would help by lending from £10 to £50, but the main source was London.
There is an entry in June 1569, recording the receipt of £300 in gold brought from London. It would however be prudent whenever possible to avoid the risk and expense of carrying such large sums by roads and to use instead bills locally negotiable. In that business it is likely that Sir Richard Bindloss, of Borwick, merchant of Kendal, was an important, thought, not the only, agent.
Prelates and People of the Lake Counties. The social scene in the 17thC
Sabbath Breaking was an offence for which the unruly could be punished. […] The last example to be given thou not refering to a game, must not be omitted: ‘Tho~ Bindlosse, farmer of Kendal, was presented ‘for drinking and takeing tobacco in ye house of Jo Warin, clerke, in evening prair time.’’
In describing his visit to Kendal in 1652, George Fox notes that one Lock ‘met me in the streete, and would have given me a roll of tobacco (for peope then were much given to smoking tobacco) I accepted his love but did not receive the tobacco.’