Henry VIII’s Ownership of Llanthony Secunda Manor

Although slightly misleading as a statement Henry VIII did own Llanthony Secunda Manor, he acquired it in 1536 when he also acquired a massive amount of lands in England and Wales at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Although he probably never visited what is particularly interesting about his ownership is that he kept records of all his newly acquired properties.

KnightHenry VIII appointed Clement Dace as his Bailiff and farmer of Llanthony Secunda Manor. The details of Dace’s collection made in 1540 are as follows:

  • Assize rents, rents of customary tenants payable at the terms of the annunciation of the blessed Mary and St. Michael Archangel equally as by a certain rental mode thereof by Auditor 106.7d
  • Farm of the rectory with all houses situated within the site and all manor of tithes, offerings, revenues, and emoluments pertaining to the said rectory. £16.
  • Portion of tithe- namely tithe hay in Beesditch, wolpittes, Newmeade, Caerwent’s Mead and the Moors 16.10d
  • Perquistes of Court 5. 0.d
  • Sum of Total Receipts £22. 8. 11d
  • Payments to the church 20s 0d
  • Annual Pension paid to the vicar of the parish church of Caldicot in augmentation of his salary 10s 0d
  • Fees stipends and expenses of the steward and in fees of the accounter and bailiffs 20s 0d
  • Stipend of clerk of auditor 2s 0d Expenses of steward journeying to Caldicot for holding the courts there this year 9s 2d
  • Total expenses 31s 2d

In 1557 the manor was sold. Richard Seyborne purchased it for £174.5.6 the value arrived at was the total of the yearly rents and perquisites at thirty years purchase.

*d was equal to 240 pennies