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Sir Richard Waldegrave
(Abt 1338-1402)
Joan Silvester
Thomas Munchensy of Edwardstone, Suffolk
(Bef 1343-Bef 1404)
Joan de Vauncy
(-Between 1397/1402)
Sir Richard Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suffolk
Joan Munchensy
Sir Richard Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suffolk
(-Abt 1464)


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1. Joan Doreward

Sir Richard Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suffolk

  • Marriage (1): Joan Doreward before 1418 1
  • Died: Abt 1464 1


Manorial Estate, 1435-1464, Westley Manor, Westley Waterless, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, CB8, GB. 2 In 1066 the abbot of Ely held 3 hides in Westley which were later associated with lands in Fulbourn and Teversham and were possibly acquired with those lands in the late 10th century. (fn. 15) In the late 12th century Agnes de Valognes granted to Gunnore her fee in those three places, held of the bishop of Ely for the service of 2 knights. WESTLEY was presumably the manor, worth 15, which Agnes had held in 1185. (fn. 16) In 1212 Gunnore's second husband Robert FitzWalter (d. 1235) was lord, (fn. 17) and his descendants later held the mesne lordship, Robert FitzWalter (d. 1326) being succeeded by his son Robert (d. 1328), by that Robert's son John, later Lord FitzWalter, and by Walter, Lord FitzWalter (d. 1386). (fn. 18) By 1227 the manor had been subinfeudated to Christine, daughter of Gunnore and Robert, who held it with her second husband Raymond de Burgh. (fn. 19) Raymond died in 1230, Christine without issue in 1232, and in the mid 13th century John de Burgh, son of Raymond's uncle the justiciar Hubert de Burgh, sold the manor to Walter de Crek, whose son John, M.P. and sheriff of Cambridgeshire, held Westley in 1299 and is commemorated by a brass (c. 1325) in the church. (fn. 20) In 1353 Master John de Crek granted the manor of Westley in tail to Sir Edmund Vauncey and his wife Joan, John's niece, and Sir Edmund held it at his death in 1372. (fn. 21) His heir, also Edmund, then a minor, died in 1389 leaving his half-sister Joan as heir. (fn. 22) She and her first husband Thomas Prior held Westley in 1392 and 1412. (fn. 23) In 1422 her second husband, John Hore of Childerley, conveyed the manor to Sir Richard Waldegrave (d. 1435) (fn. 24) whose son and heir Sir Richard was succeeded c. 1464 by his son Sir Thomas. (fn. 25) Sir Thomas died in 1472 leaving a son William under age (fn. 26) who in 1487 sold Westley to Richard Gardiner, a London alderman (d. 1489). (fn. 27)

15. V.C.H. Cambs. i. 364; Farrer, Feud. Cambs. 107; Saga Bk. of Viking Soc. iv. 113.
16. Cat. Anct. D. ii, A 3699; Farrer, Feud. Cambs. 106.
17. Red Bk. Exch. (Rolls Ser.), ii. 525; Saunders, Eng. Baronies, 129\endash 30.
18. Cal. Inq. p.m. vii, p. 129; xiv, pp. 230\endash 1; xvi, p. 141; Complete Peerage, v. s.v. FitzWalter.
19. Rot. Litt. Claus. (Rec. Com.), ii. 201; Farrer, Feud. Cambs. 165.
20. Ex e Rot. Fin. (Rec. Com.), i. 199\endash 200, 241; Knights of Edw. I, i (Harl. Soc. lxxx), 160\endash 1; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 106; R. K. M. Davies, Church of Westley Waterless (1970), 4\endash 5.
21. C.P. 25(1)/28/77 no. 21; Cal. Inq. p.m. xiv, pp. 230\endash 1.
22. Cal. Inq. p.m. xiv, pp. 230\endash 1; C 136/64 no. 11; V.C.H. Herts. iii. 167.
23. C.P. 25(1)/30/90 no. 15; Feud. Aids, vi. 407; E.D.R. (1900), 160.
24. C.P. 25(1)/30/96 no. 1; Cal. Fine R. 1430\endash 7, 216.
25. Cal. Fine R. 1430\endash 7, 237; Cal. Pat. 1461\endash 7, 573.
26. Cal. Fine R. 1471\endash 85, p. 36; Cal. Pat. 1467\endash 76, 338.
27. C.P. 25(1)/30/101 no. 3.

Manorial Estate, Abt 1437-1438, Walgrave Manor, Walgrave, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6, GB. 3 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.

Sir William Waldegrave died seised of the manor of Walgrave on 30 January 1528. He was succeeded by his son George, who died on the following 8 July. George Waldegrave was succeeded by his son William, who in 1540, together with his brothers George and William, and Mary Frances wife of George, sold the manor to John Lane, the then lessee.

Richard married Joan Doreward, daughter of John Doreward of Bocking, Essex and Katherine Walcot, before 1418.1 (Joan Doreward died after 1454.)


1 Douglas Richardson, <i>Plantagenet Ancestry</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).

2 Victoria County History, editor, <i>A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely</i>, 10 (London: Victoria County History, 1948), 6: 177-182.

3 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol 4, Pages 217-222.

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