"THE PRESENTMENT OF THE CHURCHWARDENS OP WIMBORNE MINSTER FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD GOD, 1629.
Item we present these persons hereafter mentioned to be popish Recusants the last year, as we are informed : viz.... also Amy Lewen and Mary Lewen. These two last named were the daughters of Mr. Anthony Lewen deceased, as we are informed: but whether they both, or either of them, are of the age of 16 years or more or less we know not, but they lived with Mr. Robert Lewen one of the said Churchwardens.
The Lewen family were distinguished local recusants who resided at the house now called by that name in Lewens Lane. Robert Lewen was at one time Wine Steward to Charles II. The house was built by him in 1654 [and contained a private chapel]."
Complaint of Bowles et al, 30 October, 1690. 'Were informed that George Lewin and Robert Bennett of Poole had an interest in the cargo of the MARGARET - wine,tobacco and brandy - and in a similar cargo on the GEORGE. To defraud the Customs, they pretended that the ships were sailing from Jersey for Ostend but anchored off Poole intending to bring the goods secretly ashore. On being informed of this, Bowles and the other Custom Officers seized the vessels and their cargoes.'
'Here lies interred Catherine#, wife of Mr George Lewen, of the town and county of Pool, merchant, who departed this life the 16th day of March AD 1710 and in the 58th year of her age. Also Mrs Sarah Bartlett, daughter of George Lewen Esq., who departed this life May 19th 1729 aet suae 51. It is desired this grave may not be opened these 20 years.'
"On the right about 50 yards from the road is the seat of Sir George Glyn, Bart. It has a green plat in front and adjoins the church-yard on the east. In 1718, this seat was in the possession of Sir William Lewen, Knt.,lord mayor of London, and member of parliament for Pool in Dorsetshire; the house is a brick building, fronted towards the south, and the view is opened on the opposite side of the road by a pleasant garden belonging."
"...my son and Daughter Glyn having behaved very undutifully and I have reason to believe have been the sole cause of difference betwixt Brother and self for which reason I give each but one shilling and I should have done more for my loving Wife but her Brother behaved very proud and insolently and instead of giving her a portion of five or six Thousand pounds which he often promised robbed her of a rich pearl necklace worth near one Thousand pounds which her Mother gave her ...my said Brother having barbarously used me ... in a very cross manner for my supporting him when he could not support himself I leave one shilling. 28 May 1742. Codicil... Mr Drax has used me vilely feeding me up with vain hopes and cautious promises which held no meaning in them and my own Brother Robert Lewin ten times worse for being obliged to get his cousens to the lifting of the entail he has imposed and exacted upon us in every shape and I am sure I can make it appear that he has robbed me of above one Thousand pounds by forced calculations making me pay where I ought not and refusing to allow where he might...in short he has been the worst Brother upon earth whereas had it not been for me that helped send him to Lipas [?] or he might have been a Clod of Trype at Poole to this day. I should have left it all to my loving Wife but as she would not place any confidence in me but forced me to take out of my several estates to settle upon her showed such distrust as I abhorred and could not help resenting for which reason I design and my Will and mind is that she should have an annuity of two hundred pounds paid clear and one hundred pounds in ready money..."4 March 1742/3. The bulk of his estate was bequeathed in equal shares to two hospitals - Bridewell & Bethlem [of which he had been a Governor], 'for Incurables not Lunaticks' and the 'newly infounded hospital for foundlings or exposed and deserted young children'.
To Cousin Sarah Stoodly, Southampton - £20 per annum to be paid in 4 equal payments per quarter.
To Cousin Susannah Lewen, late apprenticed to a milliner in Cornhill - £300
To Servant Elizabeth - £10 per annum
To each and every servant at my death - £10
To Kinsman Richard Lewen of St Andrews, Holborn, Middlesex, founder and brasier - £200
To George Glyn, son of Richard Glyn - £100 per annum and a further £100 per annum at the age of 21 Years.
To Richard Glyn - the manor of Lordship of Little Hinton, also Ashton Farm, Little Hinton, Dorset;
And also all that my Rectory or Parsonage impropriate of Ewell, Surrey and my brick house and outhouses thereunto belonging and all manner of tythes and all other lands, tenements and hereditaments in Ewell;
Also properties in Waddon and Quedgeley in Gloucester, White Hart, Thames St, Billingsgate, properties at Blandford Forum, properties at Ripley, Sopley (Southampton), property Brooms in Wynford (Wingford) Eagle, Dorset:
All these to George Glyn after father's demise.