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History Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight

Wootton Manor

REF NR: 514

"WOOTTON (Odetone, xi cent.; Woditon, xiii cent.) was held by Queen Edith, and at the time of Domesday was in the king's hands, being valued at £3. The manor was held of the honour of Carisbrooke by the service of finding a horseman for the defence of the Isle of Wight in time of war, and doing suit at the court of knights at Newport every three weeks. It had passed by the 13th century to the de Insula or Lisle family, and was held by John son of William de Lisle at the end of the century. It had probably also been held by Walter de Lisle, who was patron of Shorwell in 1205, and is supposed to have built the church of Wootton. He died about 1224, when his son Geoffrey succeeded. Geoffrey died about 1251–2 holding land of Baldwin de Lisle, but the names of his manors are not given. His son William was succeeded by a son John, and he is the first member of the family who is known to have held Wootton. He died about 1301–2, leaving a son John, who succeeded to the estate, and obtained a grant of free warren there in 1306. He died in 1331 seised of the manor of Wootton, which then included a rabbit warren and a fishery in an arm of the sea. He was succeeded by a son Bartholomew, to whom the manor was delivered in September 1331. He died in 1345 holding the manor jointly with his wife Elizabeth. Sir John Lisle, son of Bartholomew, died abroad about 1370, and to his son and successor John the grant of free warren made in 1306 was confirmed in 1390. He was succeeded about 1427–8 by a son John, on whose death in 1470–1 the estate passed to his son Nicholas. Nicholas Lisle, then Sir Nicholas, died in 1504 and was succeeded by a son Sir John. He, the last of the direct line, died in 1523, leaving a niece Mary, married to her cousin Thomas Lisle, his heir. Sir John had, however, bequeathed the manor of Wootton to his cousin and heir male, Lancelot son of George Lisle, an uncle of Sir Nicholas, in tail-male with remainder to Thomas and the right heirs of John. Lancelot died seised of the manor in 1543, leaving a son and heir Thomas, who died in 1562. Anthony, son of Thomas Lisle, held Wootton at his death in 1604, having settled it on his son William on his marriage with Bridget daughter of Sir John Hungerford, kt., in 1603. The manor then followed the same descent as Ellingham until about the middle of the 18th century."

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