Hampshire Treasures

Volume 1 ( Winchester City District)

Page 169 - King's Worthy

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The Parish of Kings Worthy includes Abbots Worthy, which was a separate manor at the time of the Domesday Survey. Kings Worthy itself was then a Tithing of Barton Stacey, which was held by King Edward and then by King William after the Conquest. According to the Domesday Book the royal manor "was under the obligation of providing entertainment for the King for half a day; and Worthy is a village forming part of this manor." In the twelth century Henry ll granted the manor to Walter, his usher, for the annual rent of a pair of gilded spurs. Walter's brother Aimery le Despenser later succeeded to the manor, and King John confirmed the grant in 1205.

An ownership dispute arose in 1265 but the case was settled in favour of the owner as it was decided that "Adam had more right to the said manor than the lord King." Members of the de la Zouche family were lords of the manor from 1370 until 1502: the manor later passed to the Capell family, of whom Giles Capell was knighted for gallantry by Henry Vlll and Lord Capell of Hadham was beheaded in 1649 for his loyalty to the king. In 1773 the manor was sold to Sir Chaloner Ogle whose son Sir Charles Ogle sold it in 1826.

The Domesday Book lists the Manor of Abbots Worthy as belonging to St. Peter's Abbey, Winchester, which later became Hyde Abbey. It remained so until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when it was given by Henry Vlll to his Italian doctor, Augustine de Augustinis, in 1542. Three years later the manor came into the hands of Wriothesley, who became Earl of Southampton in 1547. Subsequent Earls of Southampton held the manor until the late seventeenth century, when it passed into the Russell family.

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