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Manorial Lordship of Caldecote or Lord of Manor of Caldecote is the ownership title of Caldecote Manor and its land, located in Newport, Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. It was introduced after the Norman Invasion. Urian Brereton was the first person to acquire this title. Paul G. Guppy holds the legal rights of the title as per the contract drawn up between him and the Manorial Counsel Limited on October 13, 2016, in compliance with the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 (Hatton Solicitors).


Before the Battle of Hastings, Norman Invasion in 1066, Caldecote was Edeva the Fair. After the Norman Invasion, in 1085, William the Conqueror ordered the commission of the Domesday Book. It was published in 1086 and divided the English counties into 13,418 manors under the governance of Lord of Manor. During this time, Caldecote was under the ownership of Bishop of Chester. The Caldecote Manor was transferred to Herbert Ruffus of Walsall in 1166 and was then passed to William Rufus. It then descended through Margaret, William’s daughter.

King Henry I granted the Lordship of Houghton Regis and Domesday manors to Dunstable Priory, the Priory Church of St Peter. King John supported the decision, and it resulted in an attack on gallows of the Priory at Eddesuthe by Eudo la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou. The Lords also broke open the Priory’s jail at Caldecote.


Manorial Lordship is not a title of nobility as per the modern British honours system and is related to property ownership. It is an ownership title that can be transferred, conveyed, and even sold. This title is inheritable by the Lord or Lady’s child after their demise. The title is also referred to as the incorporeal hereditament as per the law.


Year(s) Events
1100-1199 The ownership of Caldecote and Manor of Caldecote fell under King Henry I.
1327-1537 During the reign of Edward III, the view of frankpledge was accepted. The right to Caldecote remained under abbey until the frankpledge was dissolved in 1537.
1541 During the reign of Henry VIII, Manorial Lordship of Caldecote was granted to Urian Brereton and his wife, Joan.
1558-1603 Queen Elizabeth granted the rights of Caldecote to Thomas Reve and George Evelyn. The order of the Queen was not put into effect, which is why the rights were then granted to Edward Downing and John Walker in 1579. In 1590 the lordship was granted to John Pare, who then transferred it to Francis Bevell.
1613-1639 The lordship of Cadecote fell under Joseph and Thomas Medgate. They incurred a fine related to the lordship, but it remained under their ownership. Thomas then transferred the title to John Smith in 1639.
1654-1666 After the English Civil War, in 1654, John Smith transferred the title to his son, who sold it to John Lawrence in 1661. Andrew Campion received the title from John Lawrence, and it was then transferred to John Hockley.
1667-2019 From 1667 to 2019, no one in the country claimed the title. In 1723, Justus and Ann Gerhard took over the land without claiming the title. After the Industrial Revolution, Richard Gilpin took the land of Caldecote in 1822.
2020 The title of Manorial Lordship of Caldecote was claimed by Captain Sir Paul G. Guppy of Canada. He is the grandson of Anne May Downing, who was a direct descendent of Edward Downing. His claim was confirmed by UK National Archive Document and Buckinghamshire Archive on October 13, 2016. It has also been published in The Gazette.
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