I hope it's permissible to post this query here, since the place name
isn't in Devon--but the person associated with it spent about half his
life there. If I may, I'll start here before subscribing to another list
and filling my mailbox to overflowing :-)
From Joseph Foster's "Alumni Oxonienses" via the Oxford
Archives enquiries service (a very helpful Web site at
) I have:
"QUICK, John, son of Alexander, plebeian, of Wrenton, Somerset.
Matriculated from New Inn Hall, 28 March, 1688, aged 17. BA 22 February,
1691-2. MA 1694. Rector of Little Tinterne, Monmouthshire, 1697 and of
Highbray, Devon, 1706."
So far, I've discovered that "Little Tinterne" is the same as Tintern
Parva, and that New Inn Hall survives only as a street name in Oxford and
as remnants incorporated into St Peter's College.
But I can't find a Wrenton in Somerset!
So far, I've checked all available gazetteers at the GENUKI Web site, and
run numerous, variously configured, searches of the Internet using
Google. I've discovered a Wrenton in Dumbarton, one in Durham, possibly
one in Suffolk, and a number in the United States. I've found it as a
first name and a last name of various persons. But I haven't found it as
a place name in Somerset.
I also tried the variant "Renton," based on prior experience with the
name "Wrafton" (found as Rafton in Heanton Punchardon Parish, North
Devon), with no better results. I tried "Wrentham" as a possible
sound-alike, but found none in Somerset.
I wonder if "Wrenton" could possibly be the same as Wrington, a parish in
North Somerset (south of Bristol, east of Weston-Super-Mare). One Web
site did mention a Wrenton "near Bristol"; another stated there were
QUICKs in nearby Wedmore Parish. And the location isn't far from Tintern
Parva--or from Oxford, for that matter.
Any thoughts, before I join the Somerset list? Many thanks in advance--
Sue BUDLONG in Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A.
Devon FHS #11350
Researching LYLE and QUICK in southwest England, 1800s and earlier