"Here lyeth Helyn Hardy the wife of Robert Hardy Gentleman who departed on Witsunday the yere of our Lord God AD 1486 on whos soule god have mercy Amen"
Helen was the first wife of Robert whose 1517 will shows he took a second wife "Johan"
and had children William, James, Robert & John
"In the name of god Amen, the xxv.day of marche in the yere of our lorde gode ml.ccccc.xvij., I robert hardy of lydington within Ruttlond of hole Mynde & good remembrance make my testament & last will in this maner foloweng:
ffirst, I bequeth my soule to almyghty god to our blissed lady & to all seyntes & my body to be buryed in the churche of alhallowis in lydington afor the Image of our blessed lady of pietye.
Item, I bequeth to the hy alter xxd. Item, I bequeth to our lady of lincoln xxd. Item, I bequeth to the torche light iijs. iiijd. Item, to the belles iijs. iiijd.
Item I bequeth to sir William my sone on fedder bed with all that longeth yerto, on furr off ffoxe, on other of ffychoes. Item, I bequeth to James my son my place that I dwell in with the land longeng to ye same place & bowthis howse with the yarde londe belongeng yerto. Item, I bequeth to Robert my sone fforethers hous with the yarde londe. Item, I bequeth to John my son Harresons howse with ye yarde londe.
Also I will that Johan my wiff haue the profittes & the rule of the howses & londes the terme of hire liff & if any of my Children be obstinate & trouble with there mother contrary to my will hee yat so trobles to haue no thyng but at his motheres will.
Item, I will that the hows agaynes my lordes bakhowse next the hall of stache be putt & go with harysons yarde lond.
Item, I bequeth to Elizabeth my seruaunt ijs. Item, I bequeth to Nicholas stowe my ryding gowne. Item, I bequeth to Robert hill a Jaket of Totyn russett lynyd with blake. Item, I bequeth to Robert Cley a kendall Jaket. Item, I bequeth to John Drouer my servaunt xijd.
Item, I will haue on seculer prest to syng in the church of lidington at our ladyes awter for me & my wiffes my frendes & all Cristen soulles bi the space of on hole yere.
Item, I will and giue to the churche of lidington the hows Called hallofstagh in to the hondes of the church wardens, payng the fyne to the lorde aftyr Custom & maner of the lordshipe, to this entent that they yerely kepte for me a solenntie obbet for my soule my fader & moder my wiffes with all my ffrendes [leaf 93 bk.] ssowles that day which it shall please god to sende fore me & they to distribute at the said yere day iijs. iiijd. to prestes clerkes & other powre pepull. & iff it be so that the said wardence, with the consent of the parishe, will sele the said house or changh it for arabull londes or medow, it is my will to give them lycens so to do, they keping yerely the said obett in the said church, [and] distributyng the money afor rehersed.
Item, I will my children haue iche oon of them on ffedder bed with that longeth yerto, aftyr the discrecion of my wiff, & on ther good aberyng.
Item, I will that all my harnes be sold to bi westmentes with.
The residue of my goodes not bequethed I give to the disposicion of my wiff, whom I make sole executrixe to dispose for me as is most expedient for ye helth of my soule."