Wale, citizen of London, living at Enfield Fields. Alderman, Knt. maybe cponnected to: The WALE family were prominent land owners in the area around the village from the late 17th century, having come from Barfield in Essex. Breaking the family tradition, Sir Charles joined the army in 1779 (possibly at the age of 14), the family previously having been merchants in Riga, Russia. He went on to be responsible for taking Guadeloupe for the British during the Napoleonic Wars and was made governor of Martinique as a reward. He was governor there when the island was returned to the French for the final time. There are many monuments to the WALE family in the parish church in Little Shelford.