Sir Edward Waldegrave (d. 1561), the first of his
line to own the manor of
Navestock, suffered imprisonment under Elizabeth I for his recusancy. (fn. 63) The Waldegraves appear
to have remained Roman Catholics until early in the
18th century. In 1717 Henrietta, dowager Lady
Waldegrave and her son James Lord Waldegrave, both
appeared in the county register of papists' estates. (fn. 64)
Soon after this James turned Protestant: in 1722 he
took his seat in the House of Lords. (fn. 65) There are
records of a few other Roman Catholics in the parish
in the 17th and early 18th centuries, (fn. 66) and Roman
Catholic worshippers at Kelvedon Hall (fn. 67) and at
Wealdside (fn. 68) in the 18th and 19th centuries may have
included some from Navestock. For some time up to
about 1939 Roman Catholic services were held in a
small weather-boarded building immediately to the west
of the 'King William IV' at Horseman Side. This
building stands in the garden of a double-fronted
weather-boarded cottage, formerly a school, (fn. 69) dating
from the late 18th or early 19th century.
||See above, Manors, and D.N.B.
||E.R.O., Q/RRp 1/17, 1/51.
Burke's Peerage (1913 edn.), p. 1939.
||E.R.O., Q/SBa 5; ibid. Q/RRp 1/21,
||See Kelvedon Hatch.
||R.C. Parish of Brentwood, MS.
Book: letter from J. F. Wright to Fr.
||See Schools, below.