Annex 5

The de Mandevilles & Moone Hall

I can find nothing of the origin of the name. I guess it is simply a sloppy corruption with time from

Ma ‑NdEv‑‑LLe                   to                            MooNE haLL

In 1755 Morant says it is aka JOYS – I do not find this proper name anywhere (though one is reputed to have written an early version of the Prayer Book and a Vicar of Clare had a similar name). Morant’s dates are inconsistent.

t.r.e.A freeman held it v.i.
1088The Manor of Moone Hall is said to have existed in the Honour of Mandeville.

Geoffrey of Magnaville (sic) is certainly in LDB with an “annexation” in Ch 90 sn 26 which “A Freeman” held before 1066 in Lordship. I cant see that Geoffrey held any other land in Stn though he did have dozens of other holdings recorded in LDB
Presumably therefore the 1st recorded Lord of the Manor of Moone Hall was this unnamed freeman for the period from before 1066 to 1088, when he became subject to de Magnaville.
1144Aug Geoffrey, the 1st Earl was killed struck by an arrow @ Fordham in the fens @ Cambridgeshire on the Suffolk Border.
1177Geoffrey, 2nd Earl dies It was presumably this Earl of Essex who had been ordered in about 1170 to arrest Becket, not the lord of Stambourne Manor.
1190William, 3rd Earl dies
1213Geoffrey FitzPeter, 4th Earl dies.
1213-1216Geoffrey, 5th Earl = Isabel. He annexed her father’s title of Earl of Gloucester & signed the Magna Carta.
1227William, 6th Earl, dies.
Maud, sister to this Wm = de Bohun.
1252Richard Wytsand, Sheriff of Essex & Herts, held some 150a of the Honor of Mandeville. This is Morant’s earliest datum.
1262Baldwin de Wytsand dies; he held of Humphry de Bohun as part of the Hr of Mn.
1272Walter Jeround dies. He = Agnes. John [? Jeround too] succeeds.
1281=9EdIAgnes, Lucy & Elizabeth appear.
1284Baldwin s o Baldwin de Wytsand dies; he held of E of Hereford.
This sequence is unclear – check.
1327Willelmo de Baldwyn is the name in the Lay subsidy [xviii d ob] 10th highest of the 21 ratepayers.
1348John Joye or Toye was Vicar of Clare.
1372John de la Lee, Alice deNeville, John Weld held land, perhaps ex Lucy & Elizabeth de Wytsand.
1376Hugh de Bray, who held 60a of the E of Hereford, dies.
“Then” Alice Gestingthorpe held of Wm q.v.
1398William, bro of Thos E of Stafford, dies. The estate goes to the McWms, clearly via Gestingthorpes, “& so up to 1616”. The first Edward McW lived, according to my McW calculations, about 13901430. The first owner of both Moone & Stambourne manors may have been his father Charles who lived 1350-1410.
1430-50Thomas II McW was lord.
1450-64Wm McW was lord; I guess he lived in a wooden hall here; q.v. Edward.
1464-79Edward II McW inherits from his brother. He owned Alkeborrow @ his death and may have lived there.
1479-90His son John is lord.
1480Roger Hyde, the freeholder 1980-98, says he has evidence from the P R O that it was built in this year by the Macwilliams; it seems they did own all the village by then so presumably must have agreed if indeed this be the date of construction. He has not produced this evidence for me & the papers probably disappeared in one of the later tenancies. If substantiated it was built by or on the authority of John McWilliam who must have lived in a Wooden Hall, probably within the moat. It is likely that the first part built was the main hall parallel to the road. It has double door openings at each end, either of which could be the service cross wing. The tall wing aligned W to E at the S end, which is thought to be the court room was probably built later for that purpose. I have seen a drawing prepared by an archivist during the tenancy of Keith Cramp but it did not date the timbers.
1490-95Edward III McWm is lord.
1499-1506This is the period when Christina Hartishorn is Lady Tyrell @ Colchester. Henry I McW did not legally become lord until her death in 1506. He will probably have lived in the wooden hall during this period; he must have authorised construction of Moone Hall if RCHM is correct; given his church activities he probably was the titular builder too.
1500c.The RCHM gives this as the date of the construction.
XVIICSaid to be the date of the massive Chimney. I guess the saloon bar wing, with its massive, pre-armada, beams was early XVIC.
1755Morant writes that it is now the Lion Inn.
1760Wm Key is recorded as a Landlord by the measures Inspector but he does not specify of which Public house.
I doubt any of the following were actual owners before Roger Whittaker bought the freehold from Whitbreads.
1765Jacob Chandler.
1813Tim & Eliz Bowyer.
1835Frederick Sparrow.
1839Shadrack Sparrow.
1848Mary Bowyer.
1876Lewis Lewsey.
1877Emma & Harry Loyd.
1902Jane Bedford.
1926Sidney Walls.
1933Jas Buckland & Carmen Noakes.
1966Robin & Averil Swetland; Whitbreads owned it as a tied house and undertook a sympathetic & thorough restoration.
1977Gordon Mackay for owner Roger Whittaker who purchased it from Whitbreads.
[this is the 3rd appearance of the name Whittaker in my history.]
1980Roger & Doreen Hyde who still own it in 1996.
1983Keith Cramp.
1988Ian Guthrie.
1993Fred Swallow.
1994Peter Page.
19941 June to 14 Aug: David Hindley was a tenant of Roger Hyde after which it closed as a hostelry. It is now occupied as a private dwelling. Application for change of use 21 October.
1995February: Many changes and building of garages are occurring but the council has so far refused permission for the building to change its status from being a public house. An appeal requesting business use has been lodged.
1997Application to enclose the frontage was allowed up to about 6 feet from the highway.
1998Sold to private persons who have discovered an old carved beam in the south wall of the old public bar.

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