A bit about Dunham Hall:
The pele tower was built in 1382 during the reign of Richard II
The hall was built in the late 15th century
The north tower was built in the mid 17th Century
The Warrener family had the house since 1555 during the reign of Queen Mary I
Mr Thomas Warrener (b.1523) was an early hostman*. He died in 1597 and his son, William (b.1566) inherited the house and business from him and became a knight bachelor in July 1603.
* A cartel of businessmen who formed a monopoly to control the export of coal from the River Tyne in North East England. They were so known from the medieval practice of "hosting", whereby local businessmen provided visiting merchants with accommodation and introduced them to local traders. The Hostmen acted as middlemen with whom the coal producers and those who shipped the coal to London and elsewhere were forced to deal.