d'Averanches, William


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  • Name d'Averanches, William 
    Gender Male 
    • According to plaque in Dover castle a William Avranches was a Lieutenant or Deputy constable in 1272 -1307 Is this the one?

      The following reference could possibly be referring to William as Auberville is sometimes used instead of Averanches

      After this it became part of the possessions of the family of Auberville. William de Auberville owned this manor in king Henry III's reign; at the latter end of which, and in the beginning of the next of king Edward I. it was, as appears by antient court-rolls, and other evidences, the patriomony of the antient family of Northwood; one of whom died possessed of it in the 13th year of king Edward I. (fn. 27) His descendant, Sir John Northwood, paid aid for it in the 20th year of king Edward III. as one quarter of a knight's fee, which Henry Northwood held in Littlehoo, as a member of the manor of Stockbery, held in capite, to which this of Hoobery, alias Littlehoo, was afterwards annexed and esteemed but as one entire manor. It continued in the descendants of Sir John Norwood in the reign of king Richard II. but in that of Henry IV. it was become the possession of Nicholas Carew, of Surry, and John Cornwallis, of London, who joined, in the 5th year of king Henry V. in the sale of it to Richard Bryan; and he, in the 1st year of Henry VI. passed it away to Roger Arpylton, one of the auditors to that prince, as he had been to his father, king Henry V. and Agnes his wife, widow of Thomas Covele, commonly called Cowley, and the reversion in see to her son, Thomas Covele; to whom, after her decease, this place accordingly descended. His grandson John, son of William Cowley, for so he then wrote himself, conveyed Howbery, in the 19th year of king Henry VIII. to John Judde; whose widow, Elizabeth, was in possession of this place at the latter end of queen Elizabeth's reign, particularly in the 35th, as appears by several records and court rolls. Her daughter, Mabilla, carried it into the family of Fane, from whence it was passed by sale, in the 22nd year of king James I. to Robert Draper, esq. (fn. 28) after the death of whose grandson, Col. Cresheld Draper, about the year 1694, this manor, with other lands in this parish, was sold by his heirs to Sir Cloudesly Shovel, whose youngest daughter Anne, carried it in marriage to her second husband, John Blackwood, esq. as has been already related, under Newbery and Marshal's-court, whose son, Shovel Blackwood, esq. on his father's death in 1777, succeeded to it, and having next year procured an act of parliament for this purpose, alienated it with the Iron-Mills farm in this parish, to Harman Berens, esq. of Kevington, whose son Joseph Berens, esq. of that place, is the present owner of both these estates

      From: 'Parishes: Crayford', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 263-285. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62814&strquery=auberville. Date accessed: 30 November 2007.

      THE MANOR of Horsemonden was part of the antient possessions of the archbishopric of Canterbury, the archbishop holding it of the king in capite as one knight's fee, of whom it was again held by the noble family of Clare, earls of Gloucester and Hertford.
      It appears by the inquisitions returned into the exchequer in the 13th and 14th years of king John, of the knights fees and other services held in capite, that this place was then in the possession of the family of Albrincis, (fn. 1) one of whom, William de Albrincis, or Averenches, dying s. p. Maud, his sister, at length became her brother's heir, and entitled her husband, Hamo de Crevequer, to the possession of it. He died in the 47th year of king Henry the IIId.'s reign, before which however, this manor seems to have passed in marriage with one of his daughters, Elene, to Bertram de Criol.

      From: 'Parishes: Horsemonden', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 311-322. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62911&strquery=albrincis. Date accessed: 03 December 2007.
    Person ID I7353  Hougham
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 

    Father d'Averanches, William
              d. Bef 1230 
    Mother Living 
    Family ID F2781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Family ID F2783  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Dover Castle and the d' Avranches
    Dover Castle and the d' Avranches
    Several d' Avranches (forerunners of the Houghams) held key appointments at Dover Castle.