Thorley Manor

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Thorley Manor is a manor house just outside Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight, England. Built in 1712, it features a modillion cornice, hipped roof, as well as tall chimneys. [1]

Manor house country house that historically formed the administrative centre of a manor

A manor house was historically the main residence of the lord of the manor. The house formed the administrative centre of a manor in the European feudal system; within its great hall were held the lord's manorial courts, communal meals with manorial tenants and great banquets. The term is today loosely applied to various country houses, frequently dating from the late medieval era, which formerly housed the gentry.

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England

Yarmouth is a town, port and civil parish in the west of the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. The town is named for its location at the mouth of the small Western Yar river. The town grew near the river crossing, originally a ferry, which was replaced with a road bridge in 1863.

Isle of Wight county and island of England

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Early history

Richard de Redvers obtained this manor from Henry I, and it remained an appanage of the Lordship of the Isle, until Isabella de Fortibus sold it to the Crown. After being in the family of the Montacutes, it was granted to Edward of York, by Henry IV; to George, Duke of Clarence, by his brother; was resumed by the Crown on his attainder; and finally granted in the reign of Elizabeth to David Urry, Esq., reserving to the Crown a rental of £30 17s. 5d. per annum. It afterwards passed by marriage into the Lucy family, and thence by purchase into that of Holmes.

Richard de Redvers English noble

Richard de Redvers, 1st feudal baron of Plympton in Devon, was a Norman nobleman, from Reviers in Normandy, who may have been one of the companions of William the Conqueror during the Norman conquest of England from 1066. His origins are obscure, but after acting as one of the principal supporters of Henry I in his struggle against his brother Robert Curthose for control of the English throne, de Redvers was rewarded with estates that made him one of the richest magnates in the country. He was once thought to have been created the first Earl of Devon, but this theory is now discounted in favour of his son Baldwin.

Henry I of England 12th-century King of England and Duke of Normandy

Henry I, also known as Henry Beauclerc, was King of England from 1100 to his death in 1135. Henry was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and was educated in Latin and the liberal arts. On William's death in 1087, Henry's elder brothers Robert Curthose and William Rufus inherited Normandy and England, respectively, but Henry was left landless. Henry purchased the County of Cotentin in western Normandy from Robert, but William and Robert deposed him in 1091. Henry gradually rebuilt his power base in the Cotentin and allied himself with William against Robert. Henry was present when William died in a hunting accident in 1100, and he seized the English throne, promising at his coronation to correct many of William's less popular policies. Henry married Matilda of Scotland but continued to have a large number of mistresses by whom he had many illegitimate children.

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Formerly, a considerable part of this manor was a warren, and a grant of "one fifth of the conies in the manor of Thorley" was made by Isabella de Fortibus. The name of one of the Warreners has descended to posterity—Walter White, who held the office in the time of Edward III.

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This article includes text incorporated from William Henry Davenport Adams's "The history, topography, and antiquities of the isle of Wight (1856)", a publication now in the public domain.

  1. Lloyd, David Wharton; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006). The Isle of Wight. Yale University Press. pp. 33–. ISBN   978-0-300-10733-3 . Retrieved 8 July 2011.

Coordinates: 50°42′01″N1°28′51″W / 50.7004°N 1.4807°W / 50.7004; -1.4807

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