File MC 2907/1, 1022x1 - Minute book for manor of Bexwell, Downham, Denver and Ryston

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MC 2907/1, 1022x1


Minute book for manor of Bexwell, Downham, Denver and Ryston


  • 1864-1896 (Creation)

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The manor of Bexwell was held by the Bekeswell, or Bexwell, family from the twelth to mid-seventeenth centuries. The manor starts to appear as 'Bexwell, Downham, Denver, Rusten (Ryston)' manor in court books from the mid-sixteenth century onwards. Henry Bexwell died in 1654 and Frances his daughter was heir; she married Robert Aprice, Esq., who held court in 1661, before conveying the manor to Sir John Holland, who held his first court in 1671. The manor came to the Holt family in the early eighteenth century; John Holt, Esq., held his first court in 1717 [NRO, PRA 3]. The manor remained with the Holts throughout the eighteenth century; Thomas Holt held his first court in 1787 and was still lord in 1799. Thereafter the manor passed to Robert Fellowes, Esq., given as lord in 1802; by 1841 Edward Roger Pratt, Esq., is given as lord, and the manor remained with the Pratts into the twentieth century [NRO, PRA 714]. \r\nRevd Jermyn Pratt is named as lord in 1864; Edward Pratt in 1896 [NRO, MC 2907/1].\r\nEdward Murray Pratt, Esq., is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1883).

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See Denver West Hall and Denver East Hall for the principal manors in this parish.

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Honour of Clare. Bryant says that the main manor was owned by Ramsey Abbey in the Middle Ages, and by the Hare family from about 1612. There is no manor called just Downham or Downham Market in the Hare archives: it is probably the same manor as Bardolfs in Downham Market, which see. The manor of Bexwell with the Members also had estates in Downham Market, and frequently met there.

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Edward Burnel died in possession 1315-6; heir his sister Maud late wife of John Lovel [IPM 5/611]. At an inquisition held in 1363, Alina, late the wife of Sir Edward Burnel, was found to have been in possession of the manor, held of Thomas de Grey. Her heir was unknown [IPM 11/371]. William de Kerdiston died in possession, 1361-2, holding the manor of Sir Thomas de Grey; heir William his son and Cecily wife of William the son [IPM 11/102]. Alina wife of Edward Burnel died in possession 1363-4; heir 'not known' [IPM 11/489]

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Created 25/02/2013 by Droaj. Modified 08/03/2013 by Droaj.


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