Lordship Title of Windsor Underore or Windsor Underoure ID1686

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The manor of WINDSOR (UNDEROURE) is mentioned in 1291, when it belonged to Reading Abbey. It probably included the land lying between Windsor and Eton north-west of the castle, extending down to the Thames. It seems to have originally belonged to one Geoffrey Purcell, and to have been given by the Empress Maud to Reading Abbey in the reign of Henry I. This grant and another which gave the abbey a second hide of land in Windsor were confirmed by Stephen and by Richard I. The manor remained with Reading Abbey until the date of the Dissolution, when it was granted to Thomas Ward, from whose successor Richard Ward it was purchased by the corporation in 1539. The manor was confirmed to the town in 1604, subject to a quit-rent of £4 5s. 2¼d.
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