Lordship Title of Chalgrave ID14038

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The connexion of Albert of Lorraine with the Loring family, who succeeded him in the lordship of the manor, has been explained under Sharnbrook (q.v.), with which Chalgrave was held until 1386. After the death of Robert Loring, c. 1185, Chalgrave was valued at £22 8s. per annum, and free warren was granted in 1366 to Sir Nigel, the last male representative of this family, who took part in the French wars, fought at Sluys and Poitiers, and was one of the original Knights of the Garter when the order was founded in 1344. He retired to Chalgrave about 1365 and died c. 1386, leaving two daughters and co-heirs, to the elder of whom Sharnbrook was assigned, while Margaret, the younger, the wife of Thomas Pever of Toddington, acquired Chalgrave. Since this date up to the beginning of the 19th century this manor has always been held with Toddington, the chief seat (q.v.). By his will proved in 1429 Thomas Pever left to John Broughton, the husband of his daughter and heir Mary, 'the cattle quyke and dede upon the maner of Chalgrave, the whishe harry wilde hath in kepying with his ferme that is to wyte Oxen shepe with ledys and caudrons of Bras.' The last male representative of the family, who died some time after 1519, left a daughter and heir Anne, who in 1539 carried Chalgrave in marriage to Sir Thomas Cheney. Their son Henry married Jane daughter of Thomas Lord Wentworth, Lord Chamberlain to Henry VIII, on whom he settled the manor in 1564 and died without issue in 1587. His widow survived him until 1614, when on her death Chalgrave passed to her great nephew Thomas Lord Wentworth, afterwards Earl of Cleveland, who in 1641 tried to obtain an Act enabling him to sell his manors to redeem his debts and those of his son. An objection was raised by Tristram Woodward and Ellen his wife to the inclusion of Chalgrave in the bill, as the manor was mortgaged to them and leased to the earl for forty-one years. After this date there is no documentary evidence of the existence of the manor, but Lysons writing at the beginning of the 19th century mentions it as in the possession of the Hon. Thomas Conolly, a lineal descendant of the Wentworths. The Conolly family, however, hold no land in Chalgrave at the present day.
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