Lordship Title of How End or Reddings ID1145

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The manor of HOW END or REDDINGS MANOR has its origin in a portion of the 4½ hides held in 1086 by the wife of Hugh Grantmesnil, and then valued at £4. Parnel, the heiress of the Grantmesnil family, in 1168 married Robert de Beaumont Earl of Leicester, and their son Robert the fourth earl granted 1½ hides in Houghton to Reading Abbey. The Abbots of Reading held this property in free alms of the honour of Leicester. In 1286 the abbot claimed to have a view of frankpledge in Houghton and to have a gallows there, but, as he did not appear at the inquiry, his rights were taken into the king's hands. In 1330 he successfully claimed rights of free warren there. In 1291 the yearly value of the manor was £12, while the value at the Dissolution was £10 15s. 11d. Elizabeth made a temporary grant of rent from this manor to Sir Francis Walsingham and others, which rent (£9 13s. 7d.) was granted by James I in 1609–10 to Christopher Hatton and Francis Needham. The same year James I appointed Edward Lord Bruce steward of the manor. By 1657 How End Manor had been leased to the Blofield family, and in that year Elizabeth Blofield, widow, Giles Blofield and Mary his wife put it into the hands of trustees. Possibly Mary survived her husband and married Nicholas Harkett, who with his wife Mary alienated the manor in 1674 to Nicholas and Nathaniel Lawson. By the beginning of the 18th century the manor was held by the steward of the Ampthill honour, Charles Bruce, and its further descent is the same as that of the manor of Dame Ellensbury (q.v.).
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