The Nappers of Tintinhull
The Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539s meant rich pickings for those with influence at Court. One such was Henry VIIIs Secretary of State, Sir William Petre, who acquired the manors of Montacute and nearby Tintinhull. In 1546 he assigned the tenancy of Tintinhull parsonage to an old Oxford friend, Edward Napper, so beginning that family‚s 250-year association with the village.
The importance of the Nappers to 16th/18th century Tintinhull is also mentioned in the Victoria County History for Somerset which says „Perhaps the most striking feature of the economy of the parish in the 16th and 17th centuries is the rise of the Napper family. Nicholas Napper (d.1579) purchased the rectorial lands from the Crown in 1559 for £237 to which he added the tenancy of some meadow land from the former manorial demesne and fishing and fowling rights. By the end of the century Thomas Napper (I) (d.1626) was holding by lease 48 a. of former demesne. Within two generations the head of the family had acquired the lordship of the manor, and the three largest houses in the village, Tintinhull Court, the Dower House, and Tintinhull House all witness to the prosperity of the family.
The most comprehensive description of the Napper family was published in Somerset & Dorset Notes and Queries v27 p277. A copy has been scanned and OCR and is available here for research purposes.