This family is an ancient one in Sussex, and there is mention of the name in
the early records of Horsted Keynes and in the Rev. S. Eardley's
book A History of the Church and Parish of St. Giles, Horsted Keynes,
published in 1939, there are references to Warnetts as far back as the time
of the Domesday Book.
A branch of the family lived at Hempstead, between Buxted and Framfield,
from the reign of King Henry VII until the early 18th century, when
according to Horsfield's History of Sussex it became extinct.
However, there are still Warnetts in Susex who may be connected with this
Hempstead branch. The Hempstead Warnetts were armigerous as early as
the reign of King Henry VIII, for John Warnett made his will
on 28 July 1562 and sealed it with his coat of arms. He married a
sister to Thomas Langton, Bishop of Winchester from 1493-1501, whose
chantry south of the Lady Chapel in Winchester cathedral is notable for its
rich oack carving. John Warnett's elder son, Ciprian,
died during his father's lifetime, having had a son, John, who
married, as his first wife, Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir
Henry Owen, Kt., and of his wife, who was a co-heir of Thomas de la
Warr. I believe this Sir Henry Owen, of Easebourne, near
Midhurst, to be the one who was the eldest son of Sir David Owen, the
natural son of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII, and
of his wife, Mary, daughter of heiress of John de Bohun, lord
of the manors of Midhurst, Easebourne, Ford and Climping. It will be
seen from these Warnett marriages that the family must have been one of
John Warnett had a daughter by his first wife and married as his
second wife, Alice, daughter of William Earnley of Cakeham,
son of Sir John Ernley, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
John Warnett died in 1580 and his great-grandson, Edward, who had
succeeded to the estate at Hempstead, dying in the 1693, was eventually
succeeded by his daugther, Anne, who in 1676 married Edward Godman
of the Wivelsfield family of that name.
Cousins of this branch married into such well-known Sussex families as the
Eversfields of Denne Park, Horsham, and the Isteds of
Framfield. In 1844 George Warnett married Ellen Comber,
of Ardingly, whose mother had been an Isted.
The arms of the Warnett of Hempstead are blazoned: Argent, a stage
salient sable, overall fretty vert.
The arms are canting ones for the stag is endeavouring to escape the net,
hence WARE NET.
This is an unusual coast of arms, the body of the stag in the salient or
springing position, that is with both hind feet on the ground, being almost
obscured by the frets. Another version in Burke's General Armory
for Warnett of Framfield indicates that the stag is in front of the fretty
field, being blazoned: Argent, fretty vert, overall a buck springing
sable. It may be remembered that the buck has broad flat antlers
instead of having the more pointed tynes of the stage.
for the moment.