Good Lord! Ottery title up for sale at £10,000

The Ottery St Mary coat of arms. The Lordship of the Manor is up for sale with a London auctioneer.

The Ottery St Mary coat of arms. The Lordship of the Manor is up for sale with a London auctioneer.

If you have ever dreamed of becoming ‘Lord of the Manor’ then now is your chance as the Ottery title is up for sale.

For less than £10,000 somebody could be the proud owner of the 1,000 year-old lordship after it was sold by the Kennaways 25 years ago.

It is back on the market and included in the title is the right to hold a market and fairs in the town, what is part of a unique opportunity to own a piece of the town’s history.

It was granted by King Edward the Confessor to the cathedral of St Mary’s in Rouen, Normandy in northern France in 1061, and the original royal charter is preserved at the British Museum.

Reference to it can be found in the Domesday Book and the title was bought in 1355 by the Bishop of Exeter.

But once Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries the lordship changed hands several times before eventually being bought by Sir John Kennaway, the first Baronet of Ottery St Mary, who also bought the Escot Estate, the family seat.

It passed down through the generations until the fifth Baronet, also named Sir John Kennaway, sold the title in 1986.

Stretching across 10,000 acres, from East to West Hill and six miles from north to south, it is one of the biggest manors in the country.

The new Lords or Ladies of the manor will be able to use the title on their passports, chequebooks, credit cards, and will be eligible for membership of the Manorial Society of Great Britain.

Lordships of the Manor are the oldest titles in England and although some come with mining or fishing right to the land in which they cover, the auction catalogue says ‘purchasers should not expect a manorial Eldorado’.

The Ottery title is being sold through the Manorial Auctioneers of London available at offers around £8,950, see www.msgb.co.uk for more details.

What would you do if you were Ottery’s Lord of the Manor? Contact us below or on Twitter @SidmouthHerald


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