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History Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight

Waytes Court

REF NR: 517

"It has been suggested that the manor of WAYTES COURT was represented in 1086 by the 2 hides in Calbourne held of the Bishop of Winchester by Herpul. It is certainly identifiable with the messuages, land and rent at Brighstone given by Henry le Wayte in 1321 to William le Wayte and Alice his wife, and confirmed by Alice widow of Henry a few months later. This property remained in the Wayte family until the 17th century. Thus it descended to Thomas son of the last-named William Wayte and thence to John son of the latter. In 1414 Thomas son of John was involved in a successful suit concerning the ownership of the property against John Gawen, who claimed it in right of his wife Edith. John Wayte was dealing with the manor in 1530–1, and in 1633 Alexander Wayte sold it to Sir John Oglander, who purchased it for his nephew, the son of his sister Mary the wife of Thomas Kempe. 'Wayght of Wayghtes Coorte hath been a very awntient gentleman in owre Island,' Sir John Oglander notes. 'I bought itt [Waytes Court] of him for my nephewe Kempe for 2500£, so Wayght is nowe extinct.' The manor apparently passed from the son of Mary and Thomas Kempe to Amy 'daughter of Thomas Kempe,' who married Roger Clavell of Smedmore, co. Dorset. She died in 1682 and her husband in 1686, and this manor fell to the share of one of their daughters, Bridget wife of John Eastmont of Sherborne, co. Dorset. Bridget died in 1690 and her husband in 1722, leaving a daughter Dorothy, who married Carew Hervey Mildmay and was dealing with the manor of Waytes Court in 1723. She died without issue in 1742, and on her husband's death in 1784 he left his estates to his great-niece Jane Mildmay, who married Sir Henry Paulet St. John, afterwards Sir Henry Paulet St. John-Mildmay, the third baronet. He and his wife made a settlement of the manor in 1808, and the estate has since descended with the title, being now held by Sir Henry Paulet St. John-Mildmay, bart., of Dogmersfield Park."

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