• Manorial Estate, 20 Jun 1453 to 12 Jun 1478, Walgrave Manor, Walgrave, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6, GB. 1 Walgrave was next held by the family of Walgrave or de Waldegrave, a family owning property in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, and according to a fabulous legend in the Norfolk visitation of 1563 holding lands in the county of Northampton from the time of the Conquest. Hugh de Waldegrave had with Alice his wife, and Robert de Warr and Isabel his wife, received a grant of land in Walgrave from William de Northampton in 1252-3. John son of Walter was holding Walgrave in 1316, and was possibly the John de Walgrave included in the list of persons for whose souls Ralph de Walgrave, parson of Walgrave, in 1328 founded a chantry in the parish church. John de Walgrave was holding the manor in 1329 and 1346. He had been succeeded before 1384 by Sir Richard de Waldegrave, to whom free warren in his lands in Walgrave, Hannington, and Twywell was granted in that year. In 1428 Richard de Waldegrave was holding the fee in Walgrave formerly held by John Waldegrave. As Sir Richard de Waldegrave, senior, he, with his wife Joan (Doreward), settled the manors of Walgrave and Twywell in 1437-8 on his son Richard and Alice his wife. Richard, the son, died (s.p.) on 20 June 1453, seised of this manor, his heir being his (elder) brother Thomas; the manor remained in the hands of Alice his widow until her death on 12 June 1478, when William, son of the said Thomas, succeeded to it. His son, Sir William Walgrave, in 1506 granted a lease for 99 years of the manor at £20 rent to William Lane, together with view of frankpledge, court baron, &c. The grant contained permission for cutting timber for the repair of the houses and buildings of the mansion of the manor, 'which mansion is now set there in the close called the Hall Close'. William Lane, lessee of the manor, died on 12 May 1527, having bequeathed his lease of the manor to his wife Jane, with reversion to his sons John, William, and Ralph. William Lane's heir was his son Ralph, who had in 1517 married Maud daughter and co-heir of Sir William Parr.
Alice married Richard Waldegrave, son of Sir Richard Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suffolk and Joan Doreward. (Richard Waldegrave died on 20 Jun 1453.)
1 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol 4, Pages 217-222.
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