My friends down the road from me have bought a beautiful cottage on the land once owned by the manor of Loughton. The cottage was built on 1842 and careful examination of the deeds and documents show that some of the land around this cottage was bought from The manor of Loughton in the 1940’s.
The Manor of Loughton can be traced right back to Anglo-Saxon days, nut the ownership took a different turn after the Normans invaded in October 1066.
William the Conqueror (known by the French as Guillaume le Batard) seized all the land belonging to the English nobles, most of whom perished with King harald at Hastings. The area of the Manor of Loughton was given to Robert, the Norman Earl of Mortain. It passed through marriage to the d’Aquila family (who were instrumental in founding Michelham Priory (well worth a visit) in 1229. The land stayed as part of this estate until it became part of the Earl of Oxford’s land, the de Vere family. From them it passed down to the Pelham family. The Pelham family came to prominence when Sir John de Pelham took part in the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.
So, the wonders of this cottage, in memory of the history associated with it have had made a hand-crafted, bespoke, door knocker in the form of a Pelham Buckle.
Look at this picture!