Information about the wool trade in England is not easy to obtain but this short article is a reminder that an understanding of the wealth created by merchants could be an explanation for two of the very prestigious houses built in the parish. The Sonde has always been an oddity. Too large to have been built as a farmhouse, one instinctively feels, so when we find that Richard Sonde in the latter part of the sixteenth century was a London merchant, we may have stumbled on the reason for the house's opulence. Similarly, Rowley we have always thought was built from money made out of malting but knowing that William Rowley from Rowley in the sixteenth century was a clothier, perhaps this is not the whole story.
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