Rosehall, Sarratt

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Rosehall, Sarratt
    ‘Parishes: Sarratt’, A History of the County of Hertford: volume 2 (1908):

    The manor of ROOSHALL (Rosehall, Rusthall) was held of the manor of Sarratt. Geoffrey de Siret, who was one of the knights of St. Albans in 1166, appears to have been a tenant of this fee, and it afterwards passed to Nicholas Belesmeins, and consisted of half a virgate of land. Nicholas was holding it in 1245, and in 1258 it was held by Roger son of Alured.

    Land in Sarratt was held by Robert de Roos of the abbot of St. Albans at the beginning of the fourteenth century. In 1336 this manor, under the name of the manor of Sarert, was settled upon Sir John de Roos and Alice his wife in fee tail. Sir John died seised of it in 1373 and at that time it was held of the abbot of St. Albans by the service of 30s. John’s heir was his grandson John, but the manor was held by his wife until her death in 1375–6. It afterwards passed to Sir Geoffrey de Brokeholes in right of his wife Ellen, heiress of John de Roos, probably his sister. Ellen died in 1419–20 leaving as her heirs her daughter Joan, widow of Thomas Aspall, and her grandson John, son of John Sumpter and Margery his wife, another daughter of Ellen. John Sumpter, a minor, died seised of half the manor in 1425–6, without issue, and his two sisters, Christine and Ellen, aged fifteen and fourteen respectively, were his heirs. Ellen married James Bellers, and Christine married Thomas Bernard. It would seem that a partition was made of the land of John Sumpter, and that his share of the Hertfordshire manors of Ellen de Brokeholes was assigned to his sister Ellen Bellers, and the Essex manors to Christine Bernard. In 1436–7 James Bellers and Ellen conveyed half the manor of Rooshall to Thomas and William Peck, and John Lane, and these feoffees in 1437 conveyed it to John Frank and others, probably trustees for some settlement. James Bellers afterwards died and his widow married Ralph Holte, by whom she had a son Thomas. Joan Aspall married Robert Armeburgh as her second husband, and in 1442–3 half the manor of Rooshall was settled upon Robert and Joan for their lives, with remainder to John Palmer and his sister Joan, in fee tail, and a contingent remainder to Sir Philip Thornbury, John Brokeholes, clerk, Henry Gawstang, Robert Armeburgh and John Gervays, and the heirs of Philip. Joan died seised of half the manor in 1443, but her husband survived her and held the manor for life. Joan’s heir was her cousin the above-mentioned Ellen Sumpter, then wife of Ralph Holte, who already possessed half the manor, and she and her husband claimed Joan’s share after her death against the feoffees to the uses of the above settlement. Their claim was apparently recognized, for in 1543–4 their son Thomas Holte sold the whole manor to Nicholas and John Lodington or Luddington. After the death of Nicholas, his wife Joan married Sir William Laxton, who held the manor jointly with his wife, and dying in 1556 left it by his will to Nicholas Luddington, his stepson, after the death of his wife Joan. In the following year Sir William’s heir Joan, wife of Thomas Wanton, daughter of his brother, John Laxton, confirmed the manor to Nicholas Luddington, and in 1570 Nicholas assured to his mother Joan her life interest in the estate. Nicholas sold the manor in 1583 to William Kindesley or Kingsley, who died seised of it in 1611. He left five sons, Thomas, Francis, George, William, and Edward, and this manor seems to have passed to Thomas the eldest, after whose death his widow Elizabeth married John Lane, and held the manor jointly with him. The manor afterwards came to the second brother Francis, and he was succeeded by his son William, who settled it in 1637 upon his wife Dorothy. William’s only daughter and heir married Robert Gilbert, and brought this manor to her husband, who bought the manor of Sarratt in 1659. Robert and Dorothy were succeeded by an only daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Williams, and she and her husband in 1701 conveyed the manor of Rooshall and Goldingtons to Daniel Clutterbuck. This conveyance was, however, probably made for the purposes of a settlement, for Rooshall came on the death of his father in 1737 to Sir Gilbert, son of Matthew and Elizabeth Williams. Sir Gilbert died in 1768, and was succeeded by his son Sir David. On Sir David Williams’s death the manor came to his son, a second Sir David, who, dying in 1798, left as his heir his daughter Sophia Charlotte, wife of Sir Thomas Tyringham Bernard. Rooshall, now Rosehall, Farm was sold with the manor of Sarratt (q.v.), and has descended with it to Mr. Peter Clutterbuck, the present owner. [1908]

  2. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Rosehall, Sarratt
    The church in Sarratt was featured in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.