The Cope family were leading Puritans and in 1584 invited John Dod to St Peter’s. Dod became very well known for his preaching but eventually left the parish to go to Fawsley (see elsewhere on the web site) where the Knightley family were also Puritans. The presence of Cope and Dod in the late 1500s in Hanwell drew many people with similar views to the village, including, it would seem my ancestor Thomas Haselwood who moved into Hanwell after the birth of his last child with his wife and 6 children, Thomas was buried in 1597. The family subsequently moved to Cropredy. Although there are Haslewoods in Northamptonshire prior to 1600 I have been unable to discover where Thomas came from. It is possible that he came from further afield (one branch of the Northamptonshire family moved to Pershore in the 1500s – 2 great tombs in Pershore Abbey) and Thomas could have been related to this branch).
If anyone has spotted a Thomas Haselwood bringing up a family in the 1560s-1570s (Thomas, John, Clemency, John, Alexander, Mary all survived – yes I know there were 2 Johns one was referred to as “the elder”, the other “the younger” in Thomas’s will) then please let me know