Milton Keynes Lords of the Manor

Pre Domesday ~ Queen Edith
1066 ~ Godric Cratel (Walter Giffard / tenant called Hugh)
During the reign of William II, Henry I and King Stephen there are no records of the Lords of The Manor but it is known that the De Bereville Family held the Lordship
1154 Amabel de Bereville
1165 Hugh de Keynes
1222 Lucas de Keynes
1259 John de Keynes    The manor went to his wife Maud on his death
Then passed to their son Robert de Keynes during this time
1288 – 1349 Phillip de Aylesbury (married Margaret de Keynes, daughter of Robert in 1309)
Phillip is believed to be the person who built the current church and also Bird’s Cottage circa 1330.
The Lord would have occupied the Manor House – immediately to the west of the church.
Bird’s Cottage was built for his son Thomas de Aylesbury (~1314 – 1349) on his marriage to Joan Basset.
Thomas pre-deceased his father, so his son John (born 1334) became his grandfather’s heir.
1349 John de Aylesbury became Lord. He also lived in Bird’s Cottage after his marriage to Isobel Strange. They had 2 sons, Thomas and ??  He died aged 75 in 1409. Succeeded by his elder son.
Thomas de Aylesbury (1372 – 1418) married widow Katherine Pabenham. They had one son John and two daughters – Isobel and Eleanor.
John Aylesbury (1402 – 1422) As a minor (16¾) on his father’s death he could not immediately inherit the lordship. He was married at age 19 to Margaret Mortymer.  He died aged 20, two years after his father, leaving an infant son Hugh.
Baby Hugh de Aylesbury lived for only a year or so after his father. This ended the Aylesbury’s rule as norman Lords of the Manor.
His aunts both made good marriages, Isobel to Sir Thomas Chaworth, Sheriff of Nottingham; Eleanor to Sir Hugh Stafford, Governor of Calais, which began the Staffords‘ 200+ years as Lords of Milton Keynes.








                    Norman Rule

1436 Humphrey Stafford
1450 Humphrey Stafford
1488 Sir Edward Poyning
1521 Humphrey Stafford
1545 Sir Humphrey Stafford
1548 Humphrey Stafford
1595 John Stafford
1606 William of Blatherwyke
1629 William Stafford
1637 Edward Stafford
1638 Charles Stafford
1643 William Stafford
1652 Henry Stafford




                       The Staffords

1677 Heneage Finch and Daniel Finch
1682 Daniel Finch
1730 Daniel Finch
1769 George Finch
1826 George Finch (of Burley- On- The- Hill)
1870 George Henry Finch
1907 Allan George Finch
1914 Wilfred H. Finch (of Burley-On -The-Hill)



                       The Finches

1939 William Mitchell
1945 Merchant Venturers
bought by the Development Corporation when the New City of Milton Keynes was planned.


                      20th/21st Century