Robert Bromfield

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Robert Bromfield (died 1647) was an English timber merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1624.

Bromfield was described as a "woodmonger", in the diary of Philip Henslowe,[1] of whose will he was one of the overseers in 1616.[2] He leased a wharf in Southwark from 1601.[3]

In 1621, Bromfield was elected Member of Parliament for Southwark.[4] In the same year, he obtained a mortgage of Hammonds Place, Clayton Sussex, which by 1666 was in the hands of Sir Edward Bromfield, 2nd Baronet.[5] He was re-elected MP for Southwark in 1624. In 1625 Bromfield and Thomas Overman bought Montague House and Montague Close, including various wharves and buildings around Southwark Priory, from Anthony-Maria Browne, 2nd Viscount Montagu; Bromfield redeveloped the site to make the buildings "suitable for men of better ability".[6] He purchased Merton Grange, Merton for £2,100 in 1629.[7]

Bromfield probably died in 1647[8] and was buried in Lambourne Church, Essex.[9] He was related to Edward Bromfield, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1636 and was father of the first baronet.[6]


  1. ^ Henslowe, Philip (1908). Greg, W. W., ed. Henslowe's Diary. A. H. Bullen. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Hunter, Joseph (1845). New illustrations of the life, studies, and writings of Shakespeare. J. B. Nichols and Son. p. 46. 
  3. ^ Darlington, Ida (1950). Bankside (the parishes of St. Saviour and Christchurch, Southwark). London County Council. p. 44. 
  4. ^ Browne Willis Notitia parliamentaria, or, An history of the counties, cities, and boroughs in England and Wales: ... The whole extracted from mss. and printed evidences 1750 pp176-239
  5. ^ 'Parishes: Clayton', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 140-144. Date accessed: 14 February 2012
  6. ^ a b Questier, Michael C. (2006). Catholicism and community in early modern England. Cambridge University Press. p. 515. 
  7. ^ 'Parishes: Merton', A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 (1912), pp. 64-68. Date accessed: 14 February 2012
  8. ^ The will of Robert Bromfield, Gentleman of Lambourne, Essex was proved at PCC in 1647. At about this time, Bromfield's colleague Thomas Overman had the advowson of Lambourne
  9. ^ 'Lambourne: Church', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 81-83. Date accessed: 14 February 2012
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Richard Yarward
Edward Cox
Member of Parliament for Southwark
With: Richard Yarward
Succeeded by
Richard Yarward
William Cox