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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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Michael Hicks became head of the household at Ruckholt House by marrying in 1594 the widow of the merchant who had owned it (another instance of a businessman purchasing the status of lord of the manor). Hicks was a powerful assistant to William Cecil, Lord Burleigh, until Burleigh died in 1598. In the previous year, 1597, Queen Elizabeth stayed at Ruckholt House 1. King James I visited Ruckholt in 1604 and Hicks was knighted soon afterwards. The Hicks family were to remain dominant in Leyton until 1720.