A mystery man named Avery Cornburgh….


“….Cornburgh, originally from Cornwall and later of Gooshayes (Essex), was yeoman at the Lancastrian, Yorkist, and Tudor courts and a man of considerable power….”

The above extract is from this article I confess I had never heard of Avery Cornburgh (died 1487) who was apparently a close friend of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk. It was completely by accident that I stumbled across this book about the itineraries of his pilgrimages through Europe to Jerusalem. Not that pilgrimages were the main part of his life, because the itineraries may be imagined. It’s not known for sure.

But it is known that this gentleman was very much part of the court scene for three kings: Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. That’s quite a feat….and I can’t understand why I’ve never happened upon his name before now.

Following this link will enable you to download a paper all about Avery Cornburgh, whose name alone is noteworthy. He seems to have been here, there and everywhere, a little like the Scarlet Pimpernel, and he must have been made of medieval Teflon to have slipped easily from one reign to the next with his career intact.

Anyway, the above links are interesting, and after reading them I do know about him.

The above illustration is of a house (the white one) in Romford that once belonged to Avery Cornburgh, and is now a coffee house. You’ll find more about this property at this site, in which it’s described as “….Formerly the Chequers, was built by Avery Cornburgh in 1486 as a chantry for the Church of Edward the Confessor. It became an Inn during the reign of Henry VIII, but reverted to the Church in 1908 and is now known as Church House….”

formerly the Cock and Bell

You can see more about the coffee shop here


  1. Fascinating. Thank you for posting this. I wonder if any of the people whose names appear on that itinerary ever made it to Jerusalem.
    Avery Cornburgh was Richard III’s Under-treasurer.
    He does indeed crop up a lot, including in John Howard’s account books. There is an article about him by Robert Stansfield that was published in Cornish Studies a few years back (2nd series, vol 19). There is a copy (donated by the author) in the RIII Soc papers library for members who would like to borrow it.
    His first name was actually a medieval variant of Arthur. He also appears as Alvered Cornburgh.

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  2. I’ve just found out about Avery Cornburgh and would love to know more about him.
    I’ve been wondering if Avery was involved with the processes of making Brass? and Canons?
    Would also like to know more about his association with the Crayford/Craford/Crafford/Craforth family who marry into his family . Thank you so much for your interest in this man, and the article you’ve written…. Didn’t think anyone was currently interested in him ..

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    1. Hi Karen. I wish I could help you more, but I’m afraid I only know what is in my above post. I came upon him and realised he was much involved in the goings-on of the Murrey & Blue period. Sorry I can’t be of more assistance.


  3. I’ve just started to read your paper in Researchgate.. looks really interesting..

    Im researching a family line and it’s taken me to Avery .

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