Lordship Title of Cruchfield ID1437

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The manor of CRUCHFIELD (Cruchesfeld, xii cent.; Crychfeld, Cruchefelde, Crussefeld, xiii cent.; Crouchefeld alias Lordeslond, Cruchfield alias Hawthorne, xvii cent.; Hawthorn, xix cent.) was originally a dairy farm belonging to the royal manor of Bray. It had been established, probably in the reign of Henry I, by Alan de Nuvill; he afterwards gave it to Geoffrey de Baggesite, whose grandson Henry de Baggesite was in possession of it between 1186 and 1217. Henry was succeeded before 1240 by his son Geoffrey, who gave his estate in Cruchfield to the queen's cook, Henry Lovel, about 1251. In 1253 Henry Lovel obtained from the king a grant that he and his heirs should be quit of all tallage in respect of these lands, and in 1256 he had a further grant of 10¼ acres of land in Bray. His descendants, the Lovels of Boveney in Burnham (Bucks.), remained in possession of Cruchfield until 1502, when Agatha Wayte, the eldest daughter of Richard Lovel, sold it to Sir Reynold Bray and his trustees for a settlement on Edmund Bray. The manor subsequently followed the descent of Foxleys (q.v.) until 1577, when William Lord Sandys sold it to William Chapman, apparently a trustee for Robert Chamberlayne, after which it passed to John Hercy, who was seised of it in 1608. John Hercy was succeeded by his son and namesake, who died in 1648, leaving the manor to his son, a third John. This John settled the estate in 1675 on himself for life with remainder to his younger son Lovelace Hercy, whose descendants were still living at Cruchfield in 1887. The house has belonged since 1891 to Mrs. Henderson, but the manorial rights are in abeyance.
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