Historic Manors and Estates in Ramsgate
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From about 1712 to 1790 Manston Manor was the home of Anne Powcies wife of John, Viscount St. John but eventually passed to his grandson, George, Viscount Bolingbroke. Viscount Bolingbroke during 1790 conveyed it to Mr. Gibbon Rammel of Nash Court and by 1800 it had been alienated again to Richard Brice and converted into a farm house.
Ossunden Grange was during 1538 settled by dotation of Henry VIII on the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury in perpetuity.
During 1538 Newland Grange was settled on Henry VIII and remained so until 1 Edward VI when it was granted to Archbishop Cranmer. Newland Grange continues to remain in the hands of the Archbishop. Lessee and occupier during the 1800s was Mr. Gilbert Bedford and afterward his widow.
Manor of St. Laurence aka Upper Court
The manor of St. Laurence was originally held by Robert de St. Laurence (temp. Edward I) by knight's service. During 20 Edward III it passed to the Criol family and thereafter passed eventually to Sir. Thomas Keriel aka Criol K.G.. During the time of 38 Henry VI the manor was alienated to John White, a merchant of Canterbury who died 9 Edward IV whereupon the manor passed to his descendant Robert White in the time of 12 Henry VIII and continued in that family. About the time of 4/5 Philip and Mary Upper Court passed by sale to Roger Bere aka Byer and was succeeded to by his son, John Byer. At the time of 1 Eliz. I. Byer alienated it to Thomas Johnson, who died 8 Eliz. I. and passed it to his son Paul Johnson. The manor continued with his descendants to circa 1 Anne when it was sold to Edward Brooke, Gent. of Nether Court. Upper Court was demolished early in his ownership and about 1800 the property was sold to T. Garrett, Esq.
In the Parish of St. Lawrence, Nether Court is the seat of the late T. Garrett, Esq., Lieut. Colonel of the East Kent Yeomanry, which station we understand he occupied upwards of 30 years. Nether Court has a handsome modern appearance, though it is supposed to have been built 150 years ago. It is situated in a small park well sheltered with lofty trees, and surrounded with pleasure grounds. The interior is elegant and commodious: the drawing room is lined with Dutch embossed leather, in good preservation. Nether Court is distant from Ramsgate one mile west, from Canterbury 16 miles, and from London 70 miles.
Nether Court was anciently part of the possessions of the family of Sandwich to temp. Edward III when it was hen held by Nicholas de Sandwich. After this family had become extinct here, it passed to the family of Goshall aka Goshale of Goshal, Ash, Kent til temp Henry IV when it was carried in marriage by a female heir to one of the family of St. Nicholas, of whom Roger St. Nicholas died in possession of it during 1484. Nether Court passed to his daughter and sole heir, Elizabeth, who carried it to her husband John Dynley of Charlton, Worcerstershire, whose eldest son Henry then alienated it to Maycott. Maycott sold it soon to Lucas and during 1 Eliz. I. Lucas passed it to Thomas Johnson. At length it came by purchase, about Queen Anne's reign, to Edward Brook, Gent. who rebuilt the mansion. After which the manor was divided in moieties, one of which became vested in Mr. Mark Sellers Garrett, the other in the name of Moses, of whose two children Mr. Garrett purchased their moiety, and thus became possessed of the whole. Mr. Mark Sellers Garrett died in 1779 and the estate devolved on his son, Thomas Garrett, Esq..
Clyvesend or Cliffs End
Anciently possessed of the Abbot and Convent of St. Augustine and in their own occupation until 1538 when it was seized by Henry VIII. Between 1800 and 1900 Cliffs End was in hands of the Right Honourable Earl Cowper.
Gentleman's seat of the family of Ellington up to the end of Edward IV. During that time the property passed to the possession of the family of Thatcher. During the time of 1 Eliz I it passed to Spracklyn. One of Spracklyn's descendants, Ellington Spracklyn, on 11 December 1652, murdered his wife, Catherine, who had been the daughter of Sir Robert Lewknor, of Acrise. Ellington hung and the house passed to his son, Mr. Spracklyn of Peter House College, Cambridge but the possession being owed due to encumbrances to one Mr. Troward, whose descendant William Troward died possessed of it during 1767 intestate and without issue whereupon it passed in equal parts to two nieces, Susan wife of Robert Buck of London, and, Mary wife of Robert Guinsley Ayerst, Clerk of Canterbury, the two daughters of Sarah his sister, who married Alban Spencer, Gent. Mrs. Buck's moiety was settled on her husband who devised it to his relations in Yorkshire and they are now (mid-1800s) possessed of it. Mrs. Ayerst's moiety was alienated to John Garrett the tenant of this estate, who, by his Will, devised it to his nephew John Garrett, Esq., who now (mid-1800s) possesses and resides at Ellington.
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).
2C. Greenwood, comp. Epitome of County History, vol. 1, County of Kent. (London, England: privately printed, 1838).
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