St Briavels Castle: From Hunting Lodge to Hostel
The Three Castles I Visited In Wales
Hailes Abbey Church
Hailes Abbey
Beverley Minster
Scarborough Castle
Out of the Ark (Anne Hathaway’s Cottage)
Back From My Northern Medieval Adventures
Gloucester Cathedral and Edward II’s Tomb – in a very different light
A Brief Foray into Despenser Country – Glamorgan
Hugh the Younger’s Tomb at Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival – Stalls and Entertainment
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival – The Battle
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival 2008
Chepstow Castle Field Trip
Clipstone Palace – A Forgotten Medieval Site
A Brief History of Rochester Castle


3 Responses to Places

  1. Doug Pickford says:

    Hi, I wonder whether you may have heard of Hug Bridge on the River Dane separating Cheshire and Staffordshire? It is at a place called Rushton Spencer, once owned by the Despencers. The bridge was originally Hugh’s Bridge from Hugh Despencer

    • Julie Frusher says:

      Hi Doug, that was some really interesting information. Thank you. I was, to begin with, puzzled, as I didn’t recognise the manor as one of Hugh Despenser the younger’s, but upon doin a bit of research I note that it belonged to his father, also Hugh until the estate (along with all other estates) was confiscated by the crown after his (and his son’s) executions in 1326. Here is the relevant information from British History Online (which, no doubt, you may have already seen):
      “Originally the northern part of a manor called Rushton, (fn. 50) Rushton Spencer had emerged by the early 13th century as a separate manor called HUGBRIDGE. It was then held by Sir Hugh le Despenser of the earl of Chester for a chief rent of 1 lb. of pepper. (fn. 51) By 1251 the same rent was paid to Dieulacres abbey, (fn. 52) which probably acquired the overlordship when Earl Ranulph granted Leek manor to the abbey in 1232. Dieulacres still demanded the rent for Rushton Spencer manor at the Dissolution. (fn. 53)

      Sir Hugh le Despenser was succeeded in 1238 by his son Sir Hugh (d. 1265). The latter’s son Hugh, created earl of Winchester in 1322, was executed in 1326, and in 1327 the king granted RUSHTON SPENCER to Sir Roger Swynnerton.”

  2. Doug Pickford says:

    Hi Julie.
    Rather late with my reply I am sorry, but health has been against me.
    Thank you so very much for taking the trouble to find that info. It will be very useful. The De Spencers owned quite a sizeable chunk of Cheshire and Staffordshire – the area in which Gawain and the Green Knight is thought to have been set.

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