Henry’s grandfather Hugh Gobion was Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1160, and owned land all over the county.
Richard Gobion, Henry’s father had five sons and the lands were divided up between them. As the youngest, Henry received Yardley Gobion, while his oldest brother got Northampton, which was regarded as more valuable.
The name Yardley means a clearing in woodland from where yards or spars were collected. Although the Gubyon family died out in about 1383, their name lives on in the village of Yardley Gobion.