d'Averanches, William

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  • Name d'Averanches, William 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1230 
    Notes 
    • Constable of Dover Castle 1226 Confirmed by plaque in Dover Castle



      Confirmed the grants of land in Northeye which his mother had made to Edmund son of William Goding. Geoffrey and Simon witnessed this grant of their brother William.

      Claimed the manor of Averanches against Hugh Bigot Earl of Norfolk 1224

      Constable of Dover Castle Lord Warden of the Cinque ports

      Defended Rochester Castle against King John 1202, was taken prisoner and held until 1221

      William de Auberville, senior, on his foundation of the priory of West Langdon, in 1192, gave to it this church of St. Mary of Ledene, in pure and perpetual alms, which was confirmed by Simon de Albrincis, (fn. 1) and by Sir Simon de Cryoll, great-grandson of the former. After which, archbishop Walter granted licence for the canons of the priory to serve in it themselves, which prevented a vicarage being endowed in it; and the prior and canons thenceforward appropriated the whole profits of this church to themselves. In which state it continued till the dissolution of the priory, which happened anno 27 Henry VIII. when it was suppressed, as not having annual revenues of the amount of the clear value of two hundred pounds, and was given, with all its lands and possessions, to the king, who in his 29th year, granted it, among other possessions of the priory, in exchange to the archbishop. In which state it continues at this time, his grace the archbishop being now entitled to the rectory of this church, with the manor of Liddon appurtenant to it.

      From: 'Parishes: Liddon', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 127-132. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63468&strquery=auberville. Date accessed: 05 December 2007.

      Is the Simon his father or a son?

      THE MANOR OF CAPELL, called likewise the manor of St. Mary le Merge, was antiently part of the possessions of Nigell de Muneville, whose descendant William de Muneville leaving an only daughter and heir, she carried it in marriage to William de Albrincis, or Averenches, whose son, of the sams name, leaving likewise an only daughter and heir Matilda, she entitled her husband Hamo de Crevequer to it. He left four daughters, of whom Elene, married to Bertram de Crioll, on the partition of their inheritance, entitled her husband to this manor, and he died possessed of it in the 23d year of Edward I. leaving two sons John and Bertram, who both died s.p. and a daughter Joane, who upon the death of the latter became his heir, and carried this manor, among the rest of her inheritance, in marriage to Sir Richard de Rokesle, whose eldest daughter and coheir Agnes entitled her husband Thomas de Poynings to the possession of it; in whose descendants it continued down to Sir Edward Poynings, of Westenhanger, (fn. 1) governor of Dover castle and lord warden, who in the 12th year of king Henry the VIII.th's reign gave it in marriage with Mary, one of his natural daughters, to Thomas Fynes, lord Clinton and Saye, to whom this manor was confirmed in the 30th year of it. His son Edward, lord Clinton and Saye, in the reign of queen Mary, passed it away by sale to Mr. Henry Herdson; after which it continued in like manner as Folkestone, and his other estates in this neighbourhood, till the death of Sir Basill Dixwell, bart. of Brome, about the latter end of king Charles II.'s reign; soon after which Oliver Wright and others, under the direction of the court of chancery, in 1691, conveyed it to William Young, who pulled down the antient mansion of this manor, and built the present court-lodge of it. At his death he devised it to his son Nicholas young, who died unmarried; upon which it came to his sister Elizabeth, who had married first Henry Hughes, esq. by whom she had a daughter, married to the Rev. John Minet, of Eythorne; and 2dly, Wm. Veal, esq. of Dover; and on her death, by the entail of her father's will, it came to her son by her second husband, Young Veal, who by recovery in 1744, barred the future remainders. After his death it was sold in 1753, under a decree of chancery, to William Minet, esq. of London, who died possessed of it in 1767, and by will devised this manor, with Church and Capell-sole farms, and other lands belonging to it, to his nephew Hughes Minet, esq. of London, who is now the owner of them. (fn. 2) This manor is subject to a castle-guard rent to Dover castle.

      From: 'Parishes: Capell', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 142-147. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63470&strquery=averenches. Date accessed: 05 December 2007.
    Person ID I7351  Hougham
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2007 

    Father d'Averanches, Simon
              d. 1214 (1203/4?) 
    Mother de Criol, Cecilia 
    Family ID F2444  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 de Bocland, Maud 
    Children 
     1. d'Averanches, William
    +2. d'Averanches, Matilda Maud
    Family ID F2781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Matilda or Maude? 
    Family ID F2434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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