Kingston Wood Farmhouse: Manor House

Kingston Wood Manor House


  • Kingston, Cambridgeshire
  • OSGB – TL 3277 5401


Medieval moat.


1066                            Held by the Crown.

1086                            The Crown granted it to Ralph de Banks.

1130-1131                   Held by William de Banks.

1166                            Held by Eustace de Banks.

1179                            Before: Eustace died and it was held by his son, William.

1205                            William died and his son, Eustace, inherited the manor.

1235                            Held by Geoffrey de Banks, Eustace’s son.

1250-1261                   After: Geoffrey died and it passed to Robert Mortimer.

1297                            William Mortimer died and his son Constantine, a minor, succeeded him.

*                                  Constantine passed the manor to his son, Constantine and his wife , Agnes.

1355                            Constantine died, a minor.

1358                            Agnes married Sir Thomas Gisling

1371                            Agnes was still living.

1382                            Constantine Mortimer’s younger brother, Robert, inherited when Sir Thomas Gisling died.

1396                            Described as being the ‘Manor of Margery’, widow of Sir Roger Mortimer.

1403                            The lands were divided and the manor went to Margery, granddaughter of Sir Robert Mortimer, and wife of Sir John FitzRalph.

1458                            Before: Elizabeth, daughter of Margery and Sir John FitzRalph, married Sir Robert Chamberlain.

1491                            Sir Robert Chamberlain was executed and his son, Ralph, succeeded him.

1496                            Elizabeth Chamberlain had married Roger Ormeston, and Ralph held the manor.

15-16 C                       Manor house.

1522                            Ralph died and his brother, Edward, inherited.

1541                            Edward Chamberlain died and his son, Ralph succeeded him.

1567                            Ralph settled the manor on his son, FitzRalph Chamberlain and his wife, Dorothy.

1575                            Ralph died.

16C                             Manor house built by Ralph Chamberlain.

1625                            Thomas Chamberlain gave all of the manors and lands of FitzRalph Chamberlain to John Crane, an Apothecary from Cambridge.

1652                            John Crane died and his wife, Elizabeth inherited.

1653                            The Court was held in Elizabeth’s name.

1662                            William Crane, John’s son, gave the manors to Sir Thomas Hatton’s executors.

1658                            Held by Sir Thomas Hatton’s son, Sir Christopher Hatton.

1682                            Held by Sir Thomas Hatton’s other son, Sir Thomas, who died without issue.

1685                            The manor was split between six sisters.

1685-1691                   The manor was consolidated and went to Sir Christopher Hatton, heir to Sir Thomas Hatton, and he conveyed it to Francis Henry Lee.

1717                            Lee’s son, Francis Henry and his wife Elizabeth, gave it to Colonel Thomas King, acting as an agent for Edward, Lord Harley, Earl of Essex and Philip Yorke, Earl of Hardwicke.

1720                            590 acres surrounded the manor house.

1739                            Philip Yorke, Earl of Hardwicke bought it from Edward, Lord Harley, and Earl of Essex.

18 C                            Remodelled façade.

1891                            c: The manor was sold off to pay debts incurred by the 5th Earl, to Thomas Charles Agar-Roberts, later Viscount Clifton.

1900                            Thomas Charles Agar-Roberts was Lord of the Manor.

1903                            Before: Held by P.A.S. Hickley, a Barrister.

1915                            P.A.S. Hickley died and it was held by his trustees.

1936                            Ladies of the Manor were Fanny Elizabeth Spearing and Beatrice Marion Lock.

1973                            Field Investigation.


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