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Coat of Arms, Steadman-Aston Munslow.

This design consists of tincture argent (white background) with a chevron gules (red chevron). There are three black charges arranged around the chevron.

The name 'Stedman' comes from the words 'steed' and 'man' and refers to someone who looks after horses. The English Stedman family originate from Gloucestershire. They were seated there from very early times.

Aston Munslow lies one mile south of Munslowe and contain about 30 houses. The old 'Hundred house' is probably the place where the courts of the hundreds of Munslow anciently sat. The Stedmans were an old family in Aston Munslow. A Roger Stedman was rector in Munslow in 1422 and 1575. He was followed by Thomas Stedman in 1573 and Thomas and Roger Stedman between 1613 and 1620.

Rowland Stedman was born to Henry and Mary Stedman in Diddlebury in Shropshire, in the 17th century. He graduated BA University College, on 16 October 1651 and proceeded MA on 22 March 1656; by the latter date, however, he had already begun his ministerial career. On 18 November 1653 he was presented under the great seal as rector of Pontesbury, Shropshire, but by July of the following year he was at the rectory of Hanwell, Middlesex. In 1659 he was curate of Wokingham, Berkshire, remaining there until his ejection. Rowland Stedman died in 1673, leaving books to Mrs Elizabeth Hawes, of Wokingham, in grateful acknowledgement of 'her love and care of my welfare during my residence there'.

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