Eriswell Hall

Eriswell Hall as it is nowEriswell Hall is located behind Eriswell Hall barns. It has a long history which has been researched by Dr Joanna Martin, a professional historian based in Hitcham. Dr Martin has provided us with with a comprehensive chronological history of this building and its occupants.


History of Eriswell Hall
Before 1066 Manor at Eriswell held by Godwin, thane of King Edward the Confessor
1086 Domesday Book - manor held by Eudo the King's steward
c.1200 Manor of Eriswell held by Baldwin de Rochester (main residence Newsells, Hertfordshire)
1235 Passes to son William de Rochester
1248 Passes to brother Peter de Rochester
1255 Passes to son Henry de Rochester then to his son Sir Ralph de Rochester who dies without issue, leaving Eriswell to his wife Eva, the daughter and heir of Gilbert Pecche and niece of Hamon Pecche
By 1269 Eva marries Sir Robert de Tuddenham (I)
1309 Sir Robert dies and Eva survives him
1311 Eva dies and the manor passes to her son of second marriage Robert de Tudenham (II) b.1280
1337 Passes to his cousin Sir Robert de Tuddenham (III) b.1325 and underage
1362 Passes to his son Sir John de Tuddenham b.1345 who marries Margaret widow of Sir Thomas Grandison and daughter of Sir Robert de Weyland of Charsfield by Cecily, daughter of Thomas Baldok. Margaret is heiress to her brother Sir Edmund d.1369 and she inherits Oxburgh in Norfolk
1392 Sir John de Tuddenham dies and a third of Eriswell passes to his widow Margaret (d. 1416) Remainder passes to Sir John's grandson Robert Tuddenham (V)
1415 Robert Tuddenham (V) dies without issue and the estate passes to his brother Sir Thomas b.1400 in Eriswell
1427 Sir Thomas inherits Oxburgh from a cousin and makes it his own seat
1462 Sir Thomas is beheaded after an abortive Lancastrian plot, leaving no children. Heir is his sister Margaret widow of Edmund Bedingfield d.1451
1476 Margaret dies, heir is grandson Sir Edmund Bedingfield b.1443. They cease living at Eriswell and the estate is divided into two parcels, Eriswell Hall Farm and Chamberlain's Hall Farm, both leased out
1496 Oxburgh and Eriswell inherited by the next Edmund Bedingfield
1553 Inherited by son Sir Henry Bedingfield b.1510
1582 Inherited by son Edmund Bedingfield
1585 Inherited by son Thomas Bedingfield who has to sell their ancestral seat Bedingfield Hall due to recusancy encumbrance (tax on Catholics)
1590 Inherited by son Sir Henry b.1582 "the Cavalier", a Catholic recusant
1611 The will of Osmund Pyzane, tenant of Eriswell Hall, mentions his son-in-law Thomas Draper
1640 Eriswell Hall, mill and warren let to Thomas Draper
1649 Eriswell estate confiscated by Parliament from "the Cavalier" and sold to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England
1660 Colonel Thomas Bedingfield, son of Sir Henry, enters the manor in an attempt to reclaim it but fails. He dies in 1665 without issue. A Chancery decree of 1661 declares the New England Company the legal owner of the Eriswell Estate
1716 Tenant is Mr John Cocksedge d.1729
Before 1820 Robinson family lease Eriswell Hall for a number of generations
1817 Enclosure Act, reorganisation of land and new farm buildings constructed for tenants
1839, 1855 Tenant is Philip Newdick, farmer
1869 New England Comapnay sells Eriswell Estate to Maharajah Duleep Singh
1894 Eriswell and Elveden sold to first Lord Iveagh