Lordship Title of Blunham (Beauchamp) ID1027

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There are traces of a second manor called BLUNHAM MANOR, which originated in land held by the Braybrooke family of the Earl of Pembroke. In the 13th century John de Braybrooke claimed certain rents in Blunham, and his descendant Gerard de Braybrooke, who died in 1359, possessed land there which was then worth £7. His son and heir, another Gerard, with Reginald Kentwode, Dean of St. Paul's, his cousin and afterwards his executor, obtained a grant of lands in Blunham in 1425. After Gerard's death in 1427 these lands were granted by Reginald Kentwode to Sir William Beauchamp and his wife Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Gerard Braybrooke. In 1437 they are referred to as a manor, and in 1430 and 1446 mention is made of the court at Blunham of Sir William de Beauchamp and Elizabeth his wife. Sir William became Lord St. Amand in 1448–9 in right of his wife, and died in 1457, when his son and heir Richard was only three years of age. Richard Lord St. Amand was attainted by Richard III in 1483 for conspiring in favour of Henry Earl of Richmond, and these lands were granted in 1484 to Lord Stanley and his son. The attainder was reversed by Henry VII in 1485. Elizabeth 'Seyntmounde,' then relict of Sir Roger Tocotes, held Blunham Manor of the Earl of Kent at her death in 1491. She was succeeded by her son Richard Beauchamp, who died in 1508, when the title of St. Amand went into abeyance. During some years the manor appears to have been in the possession of Richard Sacheverell, Henry Longe and other trustees, who had been enfeoffed by the last Lord St. Amand. It passed through various hands to St. John's College, Cambridge, who, after a long dispute with George Lord Cobham, agreed in 1534 to pay tithe to him for the use and possession of the manor. From this time no further trace of it has been found.
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