Aldulf de Gatesden of Gaddesden, Hertfordshire
(-Bef 1225)
Ermengarde de Bidun
(Abt 1166-After 1231)
John de Gatesden
(-Bef 1254)
Sir John de Gatesden of Woolavington, Sussex


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1. Hawise de Courtenay

Sir John de Gatesden of Woolavington, Sussex

  • Marriage (1): Hawise de Courtenay about 1244
  • Died: 25 Nov 1258 1


Manorial Estate, 1242-1258, Bevendean Manor, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1, GB. 2 Another estate in BEVENDEAN was held with land in Barcombe of the barony of Lewes and in 1439 formed 1 knight's fee. The overlordship descended with that of Barcombe (q.v.) to the Dukes of Norfolk after 1439 but its later history is uncertain, although it was still owing suit at Lewes in the early 17th century.

Bevendean was sold by Master William de Pierpoint in about 1242 to John de Gatesden. After John's death in 1262 his widow Hawise had the manor of Bevendean as part of her dower until in 1264 it was seized by the overlord, Earl Warenne, on the pretext that she had joined the rebels against the king. The land was restored to Hawise and descended with the manor of Camoys Court in Barcombe (q.v.), being divided in 1426 between the two sisters of Hugh de Camoys, Margaret wife of Ralph Radmylde and Eleanor wife of Roger Lewknor. William grandson of Ralph Radmylde appears to have been holding his portion in 1493-4. He died in 1499, without issue. Sometime before 1503 this land passed to John Covert of Slaugham and Hangleton who died seised of a manor of Bevendean in that year. It descended in the family of Covert with Benfield in Hangleton (q.v.) and Twineham-Benfield (q.v.) and in 1639, as 'the farm called Bevingdeane', was settled by Thomas Covert on his wife Diana, daughter of George, 1st Lord Goring. In 1664 Diana Baynham, their daughter, was holding it. This estate, apparently, by the early part of the 17th century included also the Lewknor portion and was described as half the manor of Bevendean, the other half being the property of Edward Culpeper.

The part of the manor held by Roger Lewknor and Eleanor was conveyed in 1538 by their grandson Roger Lewknor and Elizabeth [sic] his wife to Sir John Harcourt and Giles Foster, probably for a settlement. In 1559 William Morgan and Katherine his wife, a daughter of Roger Lewknor, conveyed the estate which was part of Katherine's inheritance to Thomas Walsingham after the expiry of the life interest which Anthony Stapley, husband of Mabel Lewknor, held. By the beginning of the 17th century this part of the manor had passed into the possession of Sir Walter Covert, owner of the Radmylde moiety.

Manorial Estate, 1242-1258, Camoys Court Manor, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8, GB. 3 The manor of CAMOYS COURT alias BARKHAM CAMOYS, lying partly in Barcombe, but also in Ditchling and Newick, was probably represented about 1198 by land held by Maud de Bercamp. The overlordship descended with the rape. In the division of the barony in 1439 the 1 knight's fees formerly held by John de Gadesden, in which this land was included, were divided. Half a fee in Ditchling was assigned to Elizabeth, Lady Bergavenny; one fee in Bevendean and Barcombe went to the Duke of Norfolk. In 1543, however, Camoys Court was held of the joint owners of the barony, and it still owed suit at the court of Lewes down to 1835 at least.

From Maud de Bercamp the holding passed to her son Ralph de Pierpoint; but William de Pierpoint, who held demesne in Barcombe in 1235, had sold his land there by 1242 to John de Gadesden or Gatesden who was then holding 3 knights' fees in 'Bercompe'. John married Hawise Savage, widow of John de Nevill, in about 1246 and died in 1262. Hawise died about 1269. The marriage of John's grand-daughter and heiress Margaret was granted to Robert Waleraund. In or about 1279 Margaret married Sir John de Camoys but deserted him for William Paynel, whom she married after Sir John's death in 1298. Margaret died about January 1311 and her son Ralph de Camoys was holding land in the vill of Barcombe in 1316. On his death in 1336 his lands passed to his son Thomas, who died without issue in 1372 holding the reversion of the manor, after the death of William de Mallynge, jointly with his wife Margaret. She was still holding them in 1386. Sir Thomas de Camoys, his nephew, succeeded him. In 1412 his lands in Barcombe were worth 5 a year and in 1428 were assessed as knight's fee. He died in 1421, and was succeeded by his grandson Hugh, then aged seven, on whose death in 1426 the Camoys property descended to his sisters, Margaret, wife of Ralph Radmylde, and Eleanor, wife of Roger Lewknor of Trotton. Ralph Radmylde survived Margaret and died in 1443, when her half of the manor passed to their son Robert, then aged 18. Robert was succeeded in 1457 by a son William, a child of 6, but this part of the manor appears soon to have passed to Roger Lewknor, in whose family the whole manor descended. At this date the manor was still known as Barcombe, but later it acquired the name Camoys Court.

Manorial Estate, 1242-1258, Elsted Manor, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29, GB. 4 At some date previous to 1242 Bartholomew [de Elsted] had granted to John de Gatesden 2 virgates and 3 acres of land and a rent of 8s. from his demesne land of Elsted, and John agreed with the prior that all the land of Elsted which the prior had acquired from the Crofts should be held by John in fee tail, with reversion in default of issue of John to the prior. The church, advowson, and tithes of 3 acres were to be held by the prior. John also agreed to pay Clemence 10 a year from Elsted as her dower. She survived John de Gatesden and the annuity was confirmed to her by the king in 1262. Half a carucate of land in Elsted was part of the jointure of John's widow Hawise, but the manor itself appears to have passed with Trotton before John de Gatesden's death to his son John, as it was among his possessions when he died in 1258. With the other Gatesden estates, Elsted passed to Margaret, daughter and heiress of the younger John de Gatesden. She and her husband John de Camoys in 1280 recognized the right of the Prior of Boxgrove to certain land and a mill in Elsted which John de Gatesden had held for his life by a lease from a former prior, and 17 acres in Elsted in the vale of Marden. They also gave him an acre in Tulonde, and the advowson of the church, while the prior recognized their right to 22 acres of land in Kerswell furlong and 3 acres of wood lying to the south of this land.

Sir John Camoys leased the manor in 1279 for 20 years to Henry Husee of Harting, who paid the rent of 25 to Queen Eleanor on behalf of Sir John de Camoys. After Henry's death, though there were 9 years of the lease yet to run, Sir John entered into the manor, and took fealty of the tenants. Thereupon Sir William Paynel, who was then in possession of all the Gatesden manors, came to Elsted and chased away Sir John's servants, until he too was ousted by the subescheator in the king's name. In 1329 the Bishop of Exeter wrote to Sir Ralph Camoys (son of Sir John) stating that the Prior of Boxgrove claimed that he held the manor of the bishop and that Sir Ralph was his tenant; the bishop contradicted the prior's claim and told Sir Ralph that his service should be rendered to himself as for 2 knights' fees of his manor of Chidham.

The manor descended with Trotton (q.v) to the coheirs of Sir Roger Lewknor...

Inquisition: Post, 11 Nov 1254. 5 323. Maud de Rocheford, sometime the wife of John de Bydun.


Writ, 11 Nov. 39 Hen. III. Extent (undated).

Stowe manor, held in dower of the gift of the said John, who died without heirs of his body, and the whole barony ought to descend to his five sisters, whose names are unknown.


Writ to the sheriff, 14 Dec. 39 Hen. III. Inq. (undated.)

John Bidun died without heir of his body, and had five sisters, viz.- Amicia who had three daughters, Amabel, Isabel and Agnes; Amabel died without heir; Isabel had Henry son of Ralph who is her heir; and Agnes, wife of Warin de Brageham, still lives. Amabel, another sister, had an heir Miles de Bello Campo, who is living. Sarah the third sister had three daughters, Isabel, Maud and Philippa; Isabel is living; Maud is dead, leaving a daughter Sarah married to Robert de Walton; Philippa is dead, leaving a son John de Kroxton. Maud the fourth sister had a son Robert son of Geoffrey, who is dead, leaving a son Thomas son of Robert. Ermigerda the fifth sister had a son Richard de Gatesden who is living (altered by interlineation thus:- 'two sons John and Richard; John de Gatesden the elder is dead, and had a son John who is living'). All the above are heirs of John Bidun.

Memorandum of attorney of Miles de Bello Campo and Henry son of Ralph, heirs as above, for receipt of seisin.

C. Hen. III. File 16. (18.)

Inquisition: Post mortem, 4 Feb 1259. 1 454. John de Gatesdene, the younger.

Writ to the sheriff of Bedford, 4 Feb. 43 Hen. III.

He died on the feast of St. Catherine, 43 Hen. III.

Margaret, his daughter, aged 13 on St. Vincent's day (last), is his heir.

[Herts.] Inq. The day of St. Edward the king, 43 Hen. III (much defaced). Gatesden town (extent given).

[Bedford.] Inq. Wednesday after the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 43 Hen. III. Stanbruge manor (extent given with names of tenants); and the said John was bound to pay to the house of Neuham 4l. yearly of the king's alms, and 3l. to the king's exchequer for chief falconer's service, and there remains to the king 10s. 6d. excepting perquisites of courts.

[Sussex.] Extent (undated).

Tratinton manor (extent given), with the advowson.

Demeford manor (extent given).

Wakeford, 20s. 5d. rent of assize.

Elnestede manor (extent given), with the advowson.

Dedeleng manor (extent given).

Lady Clemence, late the wife of Bartholomew de Elnested, receives annually 10l. in dower from Elnested manor, which is held of the bishop of Exeter by service of knight's fee; the manors of Tratinten with Dudeling and Demeford were held of Franco de Bouin by service of knight's fee; and from Dedeling manor ought to be paid 9s. 4d. yearly to the heirs of Sir Gilbert Basevile.

(Comp. Nos. 551 and 706.)

C. Hen. III. File 23. (9.)

Inquisition: Post mortem, 1 Jul 1263. 6 551. John de Gatesden.

Writ to the sheriff of Sussex, 1 July, 47 Hen. III. Inq. (undated.)

Sussex. Hecton manor. Thomas de Audeham and Isabel his wife were in peaceful seisin of the manor for 4 days after the said John's death, until ejected by the subescheator.

(Comp. Nos. 454 and 706.)

C. Hen. III. File 28. (6.)

John married Hawise de Courtenay, daughter of Robert de Courtenay Lord of Okehampton and Mary de Vernon, about 1244. (Hawise de Courtenay was born about 1216 and died before 10 Apr 1269 7.)


1 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 122-129.

2 , 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 223-227.

3 , 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 80-83.

4 , 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 4: 8-10.

5 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 80-86.

6 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 165-171.

7 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 217-225.

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