Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
Acton Court, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire
25 Aug 1535
Nicholas Poyntz added the east wing to his manor house at Acton Court. The Poyntz family, it is believed, came to England with William the Conqueror and held the manors of Tockington in Gloucestershire and Curry Mallet in Somerset. There are only fifteen proven companions of William the Conquer. One was William Mallet, and several towns and villages in addition to Curry Mallet bear that name. Another of the fifteen was Eustace de Boulogne, whose kinsmen also settled for a time in Somerset.
Nicholas Poyntz married the heir of John IV de Acton (d. 1362) and thus inherited the Acton estate. Nicholas’s son married Elizabeth Clanvowe, descended from the Hereford family of Lollard Knights who originated from the hotbed of anti-papists north-west of the city.