Thomas Chaumbre
(-Between 1444/1452)


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1. Eleanor Drakelowe

Thomas Chaumbre

  • Marriage (1): Eleanor Drakelowe
  • Died: Between 1444 and 1452


Property, 1428 To 1444, Shangton Manor, Shangton, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8 0, GB. 1 According to Nichols the manor came into the possession of the family of Lestrange of Cheswardine and Great Ness (Salop.) in the reign of Henry II. The earliest documentary evidence shows that Shangton was in the possession of John Lestrange II (fl. 1197-1234), and that he held knight's fee there by 1206. John Lestrange II married Amice la Fusche, and she, after her husband's death, granted all her land in Shangton to her son William. William must have been born shortly before his father's death, as he was apparently only just of age in 1253. Presumably after that date he purchased land in Hardwick and Great Glen; the transaction was witnessed by John Lestrange III (d. before March 1269), John Lestrange IV, and his brother Hamon. William I was probably still holding Shangton in 1279, from John Lestrange IV; he died after April 1296. In 1304 William II granted all his arable land in Shangton and Hardwick for a year to John de Wileby or Willoughby, who had married his daughter Joan. The conditions of this grant were that John should cultivate the ground and have the labour of William's bondmen, together with the small grange, and should make over to William half the profits of Shangton and a third of the profits of Hardwick. About the same time he granted to John and Joan the share of his lands in Shangton and Hardwick which he had previously granted to his daughter Hilary, and which he had received back at her death. These transactions are further complicated by another deed by which John and Joan de Wileby granted back to William the capital messuage of Shangton, with the windmill and other profits, to hold for life with reversion to the heirs of John and Joan. William Lestrange II was probably dead before 1313 when John de Wileby held 1/9 knight's fee in Shangton and Hardwick. In 1315 he settled the estate upon his son Robert and Robert's wife Emma. He was dead before 1327 and perhaps before 1324.

In 1360 Robert, son of Robert de Wileby, granted to Thomas Drakelowe and Elizabeth his wife all his lands in Shangton and Hardwick for the life of their son Thomas, who had probably married an Alice Willoughby, perhaps Robert's daughter. In 1366 Thomas Drakelowe is referred to as lord of Shangton. The manor passed, again apparently through a woman, to Thomas and Eleanor Chaumbre, who received the manor by a complicated series of transactions in 1428. Thomas Chaumbre was still lord of the manor in 1444 when he manumitted a villein, but by 1452 the manor had probably passed to Sir William Vaux of Harrowden (Northants.). Vaux forfeited the estate with his other possessions in 1461, and in 1464 it was granted to Ralph Hastings. After 1485 it was restored to Nicholas, 1st Baron Vaux, who died in 1523, seised of the manor which was still then held of the manor of Stonton Wyville. In 1557 Nicholas's grandson sold the manors of Shangton and Hardwick to John and Dorothy Wyrley.

Thomas married Eleanor Drakelowe, daughter of Sir Thomas Drakelowe and Ankaret de Salford. (Eleanor Drakelowe was born about 1374 and died before 1445 2.)


1 J. M. Lee and R. A. McKinley, editors, <i>A History of the County of Leicestershire</i>, 5 (N.p.: Victoria County History, 1964).

2 Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999).

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