CHARLES TOWNSHEND, 1728-1810

1st Baron Bayning
of Foxley, Berkshire.



1st Baron Bayning., Born 27 Aug. 1728. Married Annabella Smyth in 21 Aug. 1777, the daughter of Rev. Richard Smyth. Revived the Bayning title - was created Baron Bayning, 27 Oct. 1797. Died 19 May 1810. He had issue: (See Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerage, Townshends, Barons Bayning)
Baron Bayning's daughters
The Three daughters buried at the St Mary's, Chislehurst
near Lord Syney's place, Frognal House

In the aisle near this spot rest the remains of
The Hon. Annabella Townshend who died Jany.6th, 1854
The Hon. Amelia Townshend who died Jany.17th, 1862
The Hon. Caroline Townshend who died Jany.28th, 1866
The three Sisters ?moved daughters? of Charles,
Baron Bayning of Foxley, Berks.

Honningham Hall, a fine Elizabethan mansion, in an extensive and well-wooded park, was erected (except the south front,) by Lord Chief Justice Richardson, and afterwards sold to the Hon. William Townshend who married Henrietta Powlett, the heiress of Lord Powlett.

Charles Townshend, son of Rt.Hon. William Townshend would have inherited Honingham Hall from his father. He was created Baron Bayning, of Foxley (Berks.,) in 1797, and was, for many years, ambassador to the Court of Spain. He died in 1810, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles, who died unmarried in 1823, when his brother, the present lord, succeeded.

Honningham itself was a village on the East Dereham road, 8 miles northwest of Norwich. Its parish was in St. Faith's Union, and had 358 souls. Its 2527 acres of land was the property of the Rt. Hon. & Rev. Henry William Powlett, Lord Bayning, the lord of the manor, who was rector of Brome, in Suffolk. He resided at times at Honingham Hall. These lands would have been inherited by Charles Townshend, Baron Bayning when his maternal grandfather died.

Foxley in Berkshire also belonged to the Powletts as their original Bayning title was associated with it. Foxley could therefore not have been inherited through the Smyths as some sources indicate.

Charles Townshend, Baron Bayning (1728 - 1810)
was the son of Hon William Townshend (1702-1738)
grandson of Charles Townshend, 2st Viscount, (1674-1738)

In 1777 he Annabella Smyth/Smith daughter of Rev Richard Smyth
  • Charles Frederick Powlett Townshend (1785-1823), 2nd
  • Henry William Powlett Townshend (1787 - 1866), 3rd Bayning
  • Annabella Townshend (???? - 1854)
  • Amelia Townshend (???? - 1862)
  • Caroline Townshend (???? - 1866)


[The location of Foxley, Berkshire is certainly Foxley manor or Foxley Green, in the parish of Bray, near Slough. It is not Foxley, Wiltshire where Charles James Fox, a Townshend associate, comes from. This new Berkshire location might be relevant as it is only 6-7 miles away from Wexham where Richard Townshend is thought to have come from.]