Monday, November 22, 2010

The Malletts

The Malletts was once a substantial medieval hall belonging John Edy, at one time steward of the Longueville estates. The first reference to it appears in his will:
John Edy, in his will dated at Malletts, 20 September 1487, desired to be buried in the churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene, in Stony Stratford, and bequeathed various sums as follows : 
Ad opus Scti. Egidii 6s. 8d.;  
to the carver for making the roof of St. Mary Magdalene chancel, £5;
towards making the gabell window, 40s.; 
to St. Giles' steeple, 40s., and if not made m two years the 40s.  to go to St. Ann's Isle, at Bradwell. (The "Isle" or aisle at Bradwell was a chapel at the Priory.)
John Edy founded a gild in 1481. The house was on the edge of St Mary Magdalene churchyard, approximately at the end of Vicarage Rooad today. The Stony Stratford circa 1680 map shows its location and the fields which by this time had become attached to the house  - a kind of sub-manor.

Thomas Piggott of Beachampton married Edy's daughter Isabel and inherited The Mallets estate, although it was Piggott who probably gave it its name, since his coat of arms was based upon "Three Mallets".  Piggott was a prosperous 15th century lawyer. Oliver Ratliffe is of the opinion that stewards of the Wolverton Manor continued to live there until Dr John Radcliffe took possession in 1712, but the steward at that time and who continued working for the new owner, John Battison was living at Quinton and there is no suggestion that any of Radcliffe's estate managers lived there. 

The house and the land were purchased in the 19th century by William Golby. In 1830 he pulled down the mansion and retained a barn. In 1865 this barn was renovated, a second story added, and converted into a house known as "The Ring" taking its name from the adjacent land where horses were broken in.There were quite a few acres associated with the house as can be seen from the map.

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