Lords of The Manor



Earl Algar, son of Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lady Godiva.

William the Conqueror.

Held by the Crown until granted to

Henry de Ferrers.

Walter de Somerville.

William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby.

Robert de Ferrers, Earl of Derby.

The Manor was forfeited to the Crown as a result of the Rebellion of 1263.

Henry III, who gave it to his youngest son,

Edmund, Earl of Lancaster.

The Manor reverted to the Crown as a result of Edward II’s pursuit of the Earl of Lancaster from Burton on Trent and Tutbury to his defeat at Boroughbridge in 1322, and subsequent execution.

The Duchy of Lancaster.

James I. The Manor became one of a number of Royal Estates,known as ROYAL CONTRACT ESTATES, leased to the trustees of his son, Prince Charles.


Charles I. The Estates were assigned to Edward Ditchfield and others as trustees of the City of London in satisfaction of the loans they had made to the king. The reversion of the Estates was granted to the City of London by letters patent of 9th.September, 1628.

(CLRO) & (DOL).

The City of London.

The City sold Barton Manor and Park on the 25th.May, 1633 for the sum of £1,999-4s-4½d.


to Robert Osbolston and Thomas Williams.


Citizens of the City of London and and Freemen of the Haberdashers’ Company.

Osbolston & Williams bought the Manor from the City of London in trust for Alderman Edward Bromfield.


Edward Bromfield.

He became Lord of the Manor in 1634, and Lord Mayor of London in 1636. He was knighted in the following year.


The dates given below are the first and last dates when the names appear in the description of deeds given in the index of the Catton Hall collection. They only give a very rough indication of when they were Lords of the Manor.


From To
John Bromfield. (Knighted by 1654) 1644 1686
Charles Bromfield. 1686 1691
Mary Bromfield (His widow). 1691 1701
Charles Bromfield (Son of Charles & Mary) 1710 1733
Married to Dame Theodosia in 1720. (Knighted in 1720)
William Busby (1733?)
Edward Busby of the City of London. (Charles’ nephew) Married to Theodosia Jevon in 1736. 1733 1749
Theodosia Busby (Edward’s widow). Possibly followed by John Horton 1754 1756
John Shadwell Horton (son of John) 1780 1786
Eusebius Horton. 1786 1800 (to 1823)
Lady Anne Beatrix Wilmot Horton (nee’ Horton). (Married Robert John Wilmot Horton) 1823 1871
Anne Augusta Wilmot Horton 1871 1843
Augusta Theresa Wilmot Horton. (Married Arthur Anson) 1843 1899
Henry Anson Horton. (He assumed the surname Horton) 1899 1925
Col.George Anson 1925 1957
David Neilson 1957 1998
Robin Neilson 1998

(CLRO) City of London Records Office.

(DOL)  Duchy of Lancaster.

(DRO)          Derbyshire Record Office.

The affairs of the manor were dealt with by the Manor Court, supervised by the Lord or, in his absence, by his bailiff or steward. The Court was concerned mainly with such things as rents, fines, fees, disputes, changes in tenure, and the day to day organisation of the Lord’s demesne, according to the custom of the manor. The Lord also controlled the rights for hunting, fishing and forest grazing, especially the pannage of swine.

(NOTE :- Edward Bromfield was a member of the Leathersellers’ Company of which he was the Master in 1625. In 1636 he changed over to the Fishmongers’ Company, becoming the Prime Warden. He became a Sheriff of the City of London in 1626 ).