Lincolnshire, England (Wikipedia)

Mentions in Pocketbook: Money Matters, 11 August 1663

Lister spent a good portion of his adolescence climbing hills around Burwell, going ‘simpling’ for fossils, materia medica, iron samples, and for plant, spider, and snail specimens in the local woods surrounding his home, the manor at Burwell Park. Burwell is a sleepy village in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It consists of some scattered dwellings, a Butter Cross, a fine pub with cask ales, and the scant remains of the Listers’ Georgian manor house on the hill.

Lister’s great uncle Matthew had bought the  manor of Burwell and Calceby in 1641, and it was a substantial estate with 2,382 acres of land, and approximately 1,000 acres of meadow and pasture.

Matthew Lister subsequently retired to Burwell, and left it to Lister’s father upon his death in 1656.   Lister’s mother Susanna sent him several extant letters from their manor house in the village.

There is a memorial to Lister’s brother-in-law Hugh Alington (d. 1674) in St Michael’s, the Burwell Parish Church.  Hugh Alington married Lister’s younger sister Jane.

Hugh Allington’s memorial reads:

Under this monument lieth interred the body of Hugh Alington of Sanigot in the County Lincoln. Ye son and heir of Henry Allington, Esq. Descended from the family of Alingtons of Horsett in the County of Cambridge who had to wife in second marriage Jane, the daughter of Sir Martin Lister, late of this place Kt.  By who he had Issue Hugh and Barbara.  Hugh died young in the life time of his father and lieth here also interred.  Obijt Junij 3 1674.  AE TATIS SUAE 39


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