Manors

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History: Manors
 
Of the 5 hides at Litlington in 1066 Earl Alfgar had held 45/8, which in 1086 were held at farm of King William by William the chamberlain and Odo the goldsmith.  Henry I probably gave that manor to his natural son Robert, earl of Gloucester (d. 1147), with whose honor of Gloucester the lordship afterwards descended, passing through Amice, one of his son William's daughters and heirs, to the Clares.  In the partition of their lands among coheirs in 1317 their rights over Litlington were divided.  For more, please visit:
 
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Some 115 a. in Litlington, acquired by the first earl of Hardwicke with Brewis manor in Steeple Morden, were reduced at inclosure to 89 a., of which Lord Robartes had by 1896 sold 50 a. to the Fosters. They also bought in 1870 the Grays' 55 a. and in 1917 92 a. owned since 1828 by the Dickasons.  Thomas Russell (fl. 1811–64) owned after inclosure 106 a., and bought 92 a. in 1849 and 85 a. in 1854.  In 1876 the 170 a. owned until 1854 by the Wescombs were added to the Russell property.  Thomas's son, T. W. Russell, died owning c. 400 a. c. 1902; his son J. G. Russell sold c. 1914 300 a., resold in 1918.  The county council bought Hill farm of 186 a. in 1919, while another 135 a. further south were bought in 1922 by G. R. C. Foster. So, in the 1920s, the Cambridgeshire county council owned c. 363 a. retaining c. 355 a. in 1977, while 1,267 a. belonged to the Foster estate until the 1930s.  For more, please visit:
 
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