|William Dering of Surrenden, Kent
William Dering of Surrenden, Kent
• Property, 1514, Litchfield Manor, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28, GB. 1 On the death of Isabel, Litchfield passed to William and Eva [de Echingham], and was sold by them in 1315 to Edward de St. John of Barlavington (co. Suss.). Edward obtained a grant of free warren in his demesne lands of Litchfield in 1334 and died about 1340, leaving a widow Eva, who in 1346 was stated to be holding half a fee in Litchfield which had belonged to Isabel de Stopham. Eva died in 1354, leaving by Edward an only daughter Elizabeth, who became the wife of Henry Dyke of Sussex, from whom the manor ultimately descended to two sisters and co-heirs, Eleanor the wife of William Dering of Surrenden (co. Kent) and Constance the wife of John Goring of Burton (co. Suss.). In 1514 the manor was settled on John Goring and Constance for life with remainder to their son William in tail-male, but this settlement seems later to have been set on one side, for in 1537 John Kingsmill, who married Constance daughter of John Goring (if the pedigrees are correct), but in all probability his widow, obtained a quitclaim of the manor from Nicholas Dering, son and heir of William Dering and Eleanor, in return for an annuity of £6 12s. 8d. In 1540 John obtained a grant of the rent of 13s. 4d. issuing from the manor formerly belonging to Hyde Abbey, and died seised of the manor in 1556, leaving a son and heir William. From this date the manor has followed the same descent as Sydmonton (q.v.), the present owner being Mr. Andrew de Portal Kingsmill.
William married Eleanor Dyke, daughter of Henry Dyke and Elizabeth St. John.
1 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Hampshire</i>, 4 (London: Victoria County History, 1911), 4: 267-270.
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