Lordship Title of Yeldon ID13934

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In 1086, besides Yelden Manor, Geoffrey de Trailly held a nameless 4-hide manor which has been satisfactorily identified with Chellington. These manors, like other lands belonging to the Bishop of Coutances, were later attached to the honour of Gloucester, and were so held by the mesne lords certainly till the 17th century. Between the years 1201 and 1212 Walter de Trailly is returned as holding four knights' fees of the honour of Gloucester (representing the Coutances fee) and two knights' fees of the honour of Warden (representing Albreda's portion). The next evidence obtainable is that of the Testa de Nevill some forty years later. The entry concerning the 'baronia de Trailly' (here so-called for the first time) is confused and misleading. It is said to include nine fees, whose names with those of their respective holders then follow. The fees were distributed among the parishes of Yelden (1 fee), Chellington-with-Hinwick (1 fee), Roxton (1½ fees), Turvey (1 fee), Ludgershall (1 fee), Holcote and Biddenham (2 fees), Northill (1 fee), and Southill (½ fee). Of these, the Yelden, Chellington, Turvey and Ludgershall fees had formed part of the Bishop of Coutances' lands at Domesday, whilst Hinwick, Holcote, Biddenham, Northill, Southill and Roxton had been attached to Walter Espec's lands; that is to say, of the nine fees given under this 'baronia' five and a half can be traced to the honour of Warden. Now all these fees are stated to be held of the honour of Gloucester, which statement is itself a contradiction in terms. The Coutances property did, as shown above, become part of the honour, and with one exception the Warden fees are subsequently found attached to it, the Traillys appearing as intermediary lords between the tenants and the honour. This exception is Northill, the only part of the Warden barony which was held by the Traillys in demesne, and which at the time of the Testa was held by William de la Zouche in right of his wife Maud widow of John de Trailly. Northill is invariably held in chief, and in 1272 on the death of John de Trailly is expressly stated to be held of the king in chief by barony, whilst Yelden, Chellington and other places following immediately after are said to be attached to the honour of Gloucester. It is Northill then, formerly part of Warden barony, which gives the clue to the origin of this barony of Trailly, which appears never to have been a barony in the technical sense, for the de Traillys seem neither to have received summons as barons, nor ever to have claimed such summons as their right. Yelden Castle formerly stood on the south bank of the Til in the east of the parish, where considerable earthworks probably dating back to British times are still to be traced. There is no direct evidence that the castle was of masonry, though the Lysons state that 'beyond the moat appear traces of walls for a considerable space.' The inquisition of 1361 which they quote makes no mention of the castle as such, but merely says that 'the site of the manor is in ruins' and worth nothing.
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