George Brooke 4th Baron Cobham  25
- Born: Abt 1497, Cowling, Kent, England
- Marriage: Anne Bray Baroness Cobham  about 1517
- Died: 29 Sep 1558, Cobham Hall, Cobham, Kent, England about age 61
http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROOKE1.htm#George BROOKE (4° B. Cobham)
Knight of the Garter <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/Knights%20of%20the%20Garter.htm>. Knighted 1523 after capture of Morlaix, succeed to the baronetage 1529. Participated in trial of Anne Boleyn <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutAnneBoleyn.htm> 1536; Lieutenant General in Scottish campaigns 1546. Left the estates in his father's will, subject to one or two conditions.
The 13th Century Cobham church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. In the chancel, which is the oldest part of the church, built in 1220, is in the Early English style of architecture, and houses one of the finest collections of medieval brasses in England. In all there are 19 brasses, of which 11 are complete and full sized examples, dating between 1298 and 1529. Amongst its other features of interest are the 14th century nave and aisles, together with the tower and porch which were added by John de Cobham, who also founded Cobham College, and the alabaster and black marble table tomb dated 1558 with recumbent effigies of George Brooke, Lord Cobham and his wife, Anne Bray. The old College at Cobham was founded and endowed in 1362 as a college for priests. It has had a chequered history, which has included its dissolution in 1539/40 under King Henry VIII <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutHenryVIII.htm>, and subsequently lying derelict for over 50 years, until converted into almshouses under the terms of the will of Sir William Brooke, Lord Cobham <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/WilliamBrooke.htm>. The almshouses are still occupied by elderly local people. It is a unique quadrangular building, the outside of which the public can normally view. Cobham Hall, on the east side of the village is one of the finest houses in Kent. There has been a manor house on the site since the 13th Century but the present building is late Elizabethan, with 18th century additions. The interior features work by James Wyatt, Inigo Jones and the Adams brothers. Set in 50 acres of grounds, laid out by the famous landscape artist Humphry Repton.
George married Anne Bray Baroness Cobham  [MRIN: 3291], daughter of Edmund Bray 1st Baron Bray  and Jane Hallighwell , about 1517. (Anne Bray Baroness Cobham  was born about 1500 in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England and died on 1 Nov 1558 in Cobham, Kent, England.)