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Shellingford Manor

British History

n 1538 the manor was surrendered to the king, (fn. 20) and in the following year was granted at a rent of £4 17s. 6d. to Alexander Unton, (fn. 21) who in 1508 had obtained a thirty-three years' lease from the abbey. (fn. 22) In 1544 Alexander obtained a grant of the reversion of the manor of Hatford (q.v.) after the death of his wife Cecily, and from this date onwards the history of the two manors is identical until 1598, (fn. 23) when Shellingford was purchased by the courtier and diplomatist, Sir Henry Neville, from the trustees of the late Sir Henry Unton. (fn. 24) Sir Henry Neville died seised of the manor in 1615. (fn. 25) His heir was his son Sir Henry Neville of Billingbear in Waltham, who in 1620 sold the estate to John Packer of Westminster, (fn. 26) who had acted as secretary to his father while ambassador in France.