John Codrington was born around 1384, the son of Robert de Coderyngton (the present-day village of Codrington is next to Wapley)
John married twice, first to Margery Chalkeley, by whom he had two children, Geoffrey and John. His second wife was Alice Besyls, who was much younger than him, by whom he had three sons, Humphrey, John and Thomas.
By the time of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 John was about 50 years old. There is some controversy about his role at Agincourt, as there is evidence of Sir William Harrington having been appointed as the king’s standard-bearer. However a logical explanation is that Sir William may have been part of the forces holding the captured town of Harfleur, and that John substituted for him at Agincourt. Another possibility is that both were at Agincourt, with one bearing the battle standard and one bearing the royal standard.
Three coats of arms are associated with Sir John Codrington. The original shown on the left was confirmed in 1441/1442, followed quickly by the more elaborate centre version of 1445. This version is the one most commonly used by the Codrington family in recent times, and has been adopted with their permission as the badge of Dodington Parish Council. The version on the right, dating from 1473, was augmented to show Sir John’s support for the House of Lancaster.
Sir John Codrington is commemorated by a tomb in St Peter’s Church, Wapley.