FRIDAY KNIGHTS - William Bardolph (? - 1276)

The coat of arms of Sir William Bardolph
The coat of arms of Sir William Bardolph

Keen local historian Jon Gunson has compiled this series entitled Friday Knight - knights who fought at the Battle of Lewes - giving each a brief biography.

Lord of Wormegay in Norfolk, though much of his land in that county was lost to sea and marsh. At his death he also held lands in Leicestershire, Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Sussex - including the Manor of Portslade. In 1258 he was chosen as a Baronial representative on the Council of 24, and as Governor of Nottingham Castle; however, he fought on the King’s side at Lewes, and was one of those prisoners threatened with death if the King did not surrender.