Pre 1700

Pre 1700s

The earliest record of Lordship of the Manor dates back to King Offa of Mercia who gave the Manors of Staines, Feltham and Hanworth to the Abbot of Westminster. During the reign of Edward the Confessor, the Lordship was held by Ulf, a servant and keeper of the Kings Horses. 

When King Harold was killed, and his army defeated, the Manor of Hanworth passed into Norman hands.

King William passed many Manors to Earl Roger de Montgomery, one of which was Hanworth. 

The manor was granted to Christina, daughter of Alexander de Hornden and In 1294 it was given to Henry Dayrell. It stayed in the Dayrell family until 1377, when it was conveyed to Alan Ayette and John Chamberleyne. In 1378 it was wholly owned by Chamberleyne, who then passed it to Thomas Godlake. One of Godlakes tennants was Sir Nicholas Brembre, who was twice Lord Mayor of London.

Thomas Godlake kept the manor until 1389. After this, until the around 1500, the names of Thomas Rothwell and Sir John Crosby were linked, but no solid proof is to be found.

In 1501. the manor was passed to Peter Christmas, who was a cousin of the Crosby's, although in the same year it was conveyed to Sir John Huse, who then instructed the Grocers Company to sell it.

It was around this time, Henry VII became interested, possibly as a home for his eldest son, Arthur and his new wife, Princess Catherine of Aragon.

Henry kept Hanworth, a favourite hunting ground, until his death on 22nd April 1509 and then it passed to his second son, who became Henry VIII, who also enjoyed hunting at Hanworth. 

Mary Tudor, later Queen Mary once lived at Hanworth, when Sir Richard Weston was Lord of the manor. When Henry VIII died it was passed to the Dowager Queen, Catherine Parr, who lived at the manor with her husband, Sir Thomas Seymore, and her step daughter, the Princess Elizabeth.

Edward VI was the next holder of the manor, and upon his death, it was passed to Queen Elizabeth I, who leased the manor to Sir William Killigrew. 

Killigrew's tenancy continued through James I reign, who often stayed at Hanworth. The Arms of James and Killigrew were placed in the old church in stained glass. 



Killigrew died in 1620, and the manor was passed to his son, Robert, and in 1627, Sir Francis Cottington became owner of the manor of Hanworth after Robert transferred the remaining lease to Cottington. When the Civil War ended, the Manor House was searched and seized by Parliamentarians.

Hanworth became the property of John Bradshaw (Cromwells cousin) after the fall of Charles I, and was passed through more families, including the Cottingtons again, and the Chambers family.