Land and Property: Manor of Eastbury (Le Wyke by Eastbury)


Manor of Eastbury, Lambourn, Berkshire: Part of EASTBURY, sometimes known as LE WYKE by Eastbury, was evidently the king's demesne in 1086. It was granted in the 12th century to Ralph de Lanvalei, but in 1164 had for some reason been taken into the king's hands. It was restored to Ralph in 1173. In 1194 William (?) de Lanvalei paid 15 marks to have seisin of his land in Lambourn as he had when the king started for Jerusalem, and in 1209 Ralph de Lanvalei died in possession of Eastbury. His heir, then the king's ward, was a daughter Maud, who married Richard Walens in 1211. Her second husband was Gilbert de Mareys, who had seisin of Eastbury in 1231. Ralph Walens, her son by Richard, succeeded her, and died in or about 1250, leaving two sisters Agnes and Juliana, children of his father and mother, and a third sister Agnes, daughter of his mother by her last husband. The second Agnes died in 1252 without issue. Her sister Agnes married first John de Mareys and afterwards Ralph Hadley, and had by her first husband a son John and four daughters, ultimately her co-heirs. Of these Joan married Simon le Bret and had a son Thomas; Amice married Thomas Grazenhoil; Anastasia married John de la Grave, and Agnes married William de Gomeledon. The second sister Juliana Walens, wife of Geoffrey de Wrokeshale, also had a son and four daughters. The son Eustace died in her lifetime, and her four daughters inherited her moiety. The eldest, Joan, married John de Cerne and had a son John; Rose, the second, married Richard de Brokenbergh and also had a son John. Anastasia had a son Henry by John de Haddon, and Margery married Geoffrey de Mohun. The manor was thus divided into eight parts, most of which were gradually purchased by the Wanting family. In 1306 John de Cerne and John de Brokenbergh had licence to grant their shares to William de Wanting and Joan his wife. At his death (1324) William held another share also, which must be that of Margery de Mohun. His son and heir was John de Wanting, on whom with his wife Margaret 'the manor' of Eastbury was settled in 1325. In 1332 he and his second wife Elizabeth had a grant from John de Blebury, clerk, of the shares of Thomas le Bret and Amice Grazenhoil and from Henry de Haddon of his own share.

VCH - Berkshire, www.british-history.ac.uk
13th century



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