Ham, Surrey

In the first three editions of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, we stated that Hubert de Anstey owned Ham in Surrey. Our logic behind this was as follows: a) in 1141 Geoffrey de Mandeville was granted Anstey, Braughing and Ham manors as a package; b) in 1143, Anstey, Hertfordshire was taken off him and granted to Hubert the Anstey patriarch; c) Hubert also was granted Braughing; d) at the end of the 12th century descendants of Hubert owned Nutfield (right next door to Ham in Surrey) – as such we concluded e) that Anstey, Braughing and Ham manors must have been granted to Hubert as a package in 1143. However, we now know that Braughing was NOT granted to Hubert together with Anstey Manor in 1143; he received Braughing in exchange for Bendish. As such we have to conclude that in fact Hubert did NOT own Ham in Surrey.

We shall add this updated information to the fourth edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘. Of course anybody who has evidence to the contrary, please get in touch at research@theansteystory.com.

Gary

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