Lordship Title of Caldecote ID1043

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The manor of CALDECOTE has its origin in the land in Houghton granted to Dunstable Priory by Henry I. The grant by Henry I was confirmed by King John, and in 1323 the canons were granted rights of free warren in their demesne lands in Houghton. The lords of Houghton were particularly incensed at the prior's claiming royal rights in Houghton, and Eudo la Zouche in 1274 pulled down the prior's gallows at 'Eddesuthe' and broke open his gaol at Caldecote. But in the main the judgements of the courts were in the prior's favour, and his claim to a view of frankpledge in Houghton in 1330 was admitted on the payment of a fine. Henry VIII granted Caldecote Manor to Urian Brereton and his wife Joan, widow of Edmund Lord Bray, in 1541. Queen Elizabeth made a grant of the manor in 1560 to Thomas Reve and George Evelyn, which does not appear to have taken effect, for in 1579 a further grant was made to Edward Downing and John Walker. By 1590 it had come into the hands of John Pare, who that year alienated it to Francis Bevell. It is next found in the hands of the Medgate family, two members of which, Joseph and Thomas, levied a fine of it in 1613, while Thomas, twenty-six years later, alienated it to John Smith. The latter transferred it in 1654 to his son John, who sold it to John Lawrence in 1661. Lawrence in turn conveyed it three years later to Andrew Campion, clerk, and he to John Hockley in 1666. No further detailed descent can be given for this manor. In 1732 and 1733 it was in the hands of Justus Gerhard and Ann his wife, while the last mention of it that has been found is in 1822, when it was in the hands of Richard Gilpin, whose descendant, Mr. P. P. Gilpin, still holds lands in the neighbourhood. The lands of Caldecote Manor lay in the northern portion of the parish. The name is preserved at the present day by a farm known as Carcutt Farm.
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