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Stephen Franke (? - 1617)

Born: ?
Son of: William Franke
Brother of: Anthony Franke

Together with Thos. Brooke - yeoman of Netherwoodhouse, William Morvell of Cottingley and John Rawson - husbandman of Ingrow became owners of the manor in 1590 for the sum of 1040. The manor consisted of 12 messuages, four cottages and two watermills, twelve gardens, 400 acres of wood and 500 acres of moorland. These four allotted themselves portions and sold other lots to tenants.

In 1591 Stephen bought from his co-partners the mansion house - Cottingley Hall - which was his family residence until about 1600.

In 1617 Stephen died leaving his son impoverished and in debt.

Died: 1617