Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet

(The Waldegraves also owned the Manor of Wormingford Hall)
This is not a definitive Waldegrave Tree, but an `attempt` to see which family members lived in Smallbridge

John de Waldegrave (England)

One daughter (b abt1004)which married Gurin in exchange for the restitution of her fathers lands seized by William 1.

Guerin Warin (de Waldegrave) (Norman)
b abt 1000, who came over with
William the Conqueror in 1066

See Notes 4 to 7 below

Children:- Warin (1225)
- de-Lindsey (1066)

(Waldgrave, Northants)
Children:- John (1250)

daughter of Riston (b1225)

JOHN WALDEGRAVE (b1250 d1305)
Sheriff of London
(Waldgrave, Northants
Children:- Walter (1271)

daughter Joan of Sir Henry Hastings

(Waldgrave, Northants)
Children:- Richard (1303)

(Walgrave, Northants)

MP for Lincoln
(Waldgrave, Northants)
Children:- Richard (1335)

Waldgrave, Northants

RICHARD WALDEGRAVE (1335-1401or 1410)

(Born Waldgrave Northants then moved into Smallbridge 1383/4)
Buried 02 May 1401 Bures
Richard (1380)

JOAN BUERS (1339 1406)
daughter of Silvester Buers.
Joan(or Joan) carried the Manors of Silvester Hall
and Nether Hall over to the Waldegraves due marriage widow of Robert de Bures

(1380 1434) Buried 02 May 1434

Smallbridge Bures
Children:- William (b1393 Smallbridge)


SIR WILLIAM WALDEGRAVE (1415-1454) Served in AginCourt, Buried 02 May 1434
Smallbridge, Bures
homas b1425 d1500 in Smallbridge. married
Elizabeth FRAY b1441 d1478 .
Richard was b abt 1427 Smallbridge, d1439 in Smallbridge,
Anne Agnes b abt1429 in Waldegrave, Northants d1453 in Bedingfield, . She married Thomas BEDINGFIELD, b abt1428 in d1453 Hartismere,

JOAN de DURWARD (1397 1450)


THOMAS WALDEGRAVE (1425- 1500) Buried 29 Apr 1500 Bures

Joan b abt 1459/61 in Smallbridge, d1491. married William WINGFIELD 1486.
William b1462 Berley, Essex d1526 in Smallbridge,
married Margery WENTWORTH b1453 d1540 in Smallbridge.
Catherine b abt 1463 Smallbridge.
married George MANNOCK.
Edward b abt 1464 Borley, d1501. married Mary MANNOCK.
Ann b1466 in Smallbridge.
Richard b1468
Jane b 1470 Smallbridge married Thomas MANNOCK.
Jane b1465 Smallbridge
b1466 Smallbridge
b1474 Smallbridge
b1458 Smallbridge

ELIZABETH FRAY (1441 1478)


Smallbridge, Buried at Bures

Ten Children see below

of Codham Hall, Yorks
(1453 - 1540)
Buried at Bures

b1479 d1539 Smallbridge

not married  
b1483 Smallbridge
married Lord John MARNEY; born Abt. 1480.  
b1487 Smallbridge
married Robert DRURY  

b1485 Smallbridge

married John Saint JOHN  
b1495 Smallbridge
married (1) William Le HUNT; born Abt. 1490; married (2) BARLEY  
b1489 Smallbridge
not married  
b1491 Smallbridge
married John SPRING  
b1493 Smallbridge
married (1) John FYNDAR; married (2) John MARNEY  

b 10 Aug 1483
d: 8 Jul 1528

Buried Bures St Mary

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married Anne Drury b1435 d1572

William b1507 in Smallbridge d1554.
Richard b1518 in Smallbridge,
George b1511 in Smallbridge, d1551
Anne b1506 in of, Barrow, Suffolk,
Phyllis b1508 Smallbridge,
Edward b1511 in Lawford, d1584

George left in his "Will" to Anne, the Manors of "Smallbridge, Netherhall, Overhall, Ropers" at Bures in addition to the "Manor of Wormingford".

After George died Anne, married Thomas Jermyn (d1552) of Rushbrooke. They had two sons John and Thomas
Anne was buried at Depden in 1572

(10)Anthony b1477
married Elizabeth GRAY Mary and Elizabeth Waldegrave - great grand daughters of Anthony See Note 2 and 3

d1554, Calais France


Dorothy b1530 in Smallbridge, She died in Smallbridge.
Margery b1541 in Smallbridge,
Mary b1544 in Smallbridge, d1605
William b1539 in Smallbridge d1613, buried in Bures

m Julian Rainsford b1505 d1581




Margery (Wiseman) died in Wormingford Hall 1548



William Waldegrave >>>
b1539 d1613


William, b. 1564.
Anne b 1566; m.John Withypole
Thomas b. 1567.
Edward b. 1574.
Francis b. 1575.
Alis m. Anthony Cook

Elizabeth m.Thomas Beckingham

Mary d. 1599.

married Elizabeth Mildmay
b1480 d1581

died Smallbridge









William Waldegrave >>>
b1515 d1613

Elizabeth or Judith Waldegrave (by Judeth)

William of Smallbridge (by Jemima)
Jenemache (by Jemima)
Philippa (Jemima)

married1: Judeth Jermyne

married2: (Jemmimah) Bacon





There may be some truth in the tale. Sir William's son (another Sir William) lived at Church Hall with his second wife, the Lady Jemmimah. She was the neice of Sir Francis Bacon, the Lord Chancellor, and was at one time one of the Queen's Ladies. Therefore it is possible the Queen paid a social call on Lady Jemmimah and accorded the honour of her Cypher to Church Hall out of the esteem she had for Sir Francis and his family.
Lady Jemmimah's retired to the Dower House of Wormingford Hall but continued in control of the Church Manor and the Parsonage House


William of Smallbridge >>>

Thomas Waldegrave of Smallbridge
Elizabeth of Smallbridge

married Frances Athlow




Thomas Waldegrave of Smallbridge Thomas Waldegrave of Smallbridge married Jane Kemp I beleive this may be the Thomas who sold Smallbridge to John Currance (see below)
Elizabeth of Smallbridge Elizabeth of Smallbridge married John Cordell d1690  



It would appear that the Waldegraves not only owned "Smallbridge" but the adjoining property of "Wormingford Hall" from 1383 until 1702.
Previous owners being the `de Poyning` family who owned the manor in 1254 (feet of fines 1310 - 1311)
1702 would have been the time the Waldegraves vacated Smallbridge.

Wormingford has two manors, viz., Wormingford Hall and Church Hall, and John Jolliffe Tufnell is lord of both; but a great part of the soil belongs to Geo. Nottidge, Esq., and several smaller owners. Wormingford Hall, now a farm-house, had formerly a park; and a mere of 12A., formed by the Stour, opposite Smallbridge, belonged to it.
Ref:- White's Directory of Essex 1848

Land transfer. Wormin[g]ford Hall, Essex.
Deccimo Sexto die Novembris Anno die Millimo Sexcent. ‘20th Aug 1691’
in ink on verso. Reign of William and Mary. Named parties includes Baron Thomas Waldegrave, John Harrison, gentleman, and Richard Newton. Refers to Mount Bures [Essex]. Refers to sale of tenements or cottages. Signed by John Harrison. In Latin. Provenance unknown.
Ref:- http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu

By 1383/4 the manor was held by Richard Waldegrave
He or his heir of the same name held it in 1420
and then it passed to his son Richard (d. 1435),
and to Richard's son Richard (fl. 1455)
In 1480 Elizabeth, widow of Sir Thomas Waldegrave, held the manor with her second husband William Say.
They were followed by William Waldegrave (d. 1526)
William's son George (d. 1528)
and by George's son William (d. 1553)
From William's son, Sir William (d. by 1584)
it passed to his son William (d. 1610)
William's son William (d. 1612), whose widow Jemima held in dower in 1635.
Their son William Waldegrave (d. by 1650)
succeeded, then his son Thomas Waldegrave.
Thomas sold the manor with Church Hall in 1702 to John Currance, whose son Clement held it in 1704.

Ref:- A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10

...................................the third sister being ["sister Waldegrave"] Jeminma Bacon who married, firstly, Sir William Waldegrave(circa 1650) [ex of Smallbridge] of Wormingford Hall, of a familly closely connected to the Harris family of Essex,

Later Wormingford Hall was owned by Abraham Constable who`s uncle was John Constable RA,

The end of the Smallbridge occupancy

Note 2.
After 350 years the last Waldegrave in Bures, Elizabeth widow of John Barrington died at High Pale (Bures)
Ref:- The Church of St Mary the Virgin Bures, Handbook

Note 3.Elizabeth and her sister Mary were the final co-owners of the Smallbridge Estate.
Ref: Isacc Wyncoll (e)web page
This may have been superceeded by the History of Essex information above, giving Thomas Waldegrave as the final owner

Note 4. Many Waldegrave family trees show Geurin`s birth as AD1000 in Waldgrave, Northants.
Records indicate he came over with William 1 in 1066.
(a) If he was born in Waldgrave
during ad 1000, why did he return to France and then return with William some 26years later.
(b) The concept of Gurein being born in Waldgrave is incorrect, he was really a native of France or Germany
(c) Morant states both Guerin and John Waldegrave met after John`s lands had been confiscated, this would have been after the invasion in 1066.
Why had they not met before in Waldgrave, considering Guerin would have been there for the past 26yrs.

None of these sites produce any evidence he was actually born in Waldgrave so I find this statement unsubstantiated and confirmed by Morant below.

Note 5. According to Morant, the Waldegrave family is "said to have flourished in this Kingdom before the Conquest and to have been originally seated in Northamptonshire, where they gave name to the parish of Waldegrave. John de Waldegrave, it is reported (see Weever's Funeral Monuments, p.757-758), lost his lands upon the Conqueror's invasion, but having an only daughter and meeting with a namesake of his in William's service that was come out of Germany, upon conferring together they found they were related, and the German promised the other to obtain a restitution of his lands, and a pardon from the Conqueror if he would give him his daughter in marriage. It was accordingly performed. The pardon and re-grant of the lands, in old French, with King William's seal, remained in the possession of the Lord of Navestock Manor in the year 1612" (see Morant's Essex, vol. i. p.181).
Ref:- Isaac Wyncoll (E)web page

Note 6. I think that the Norman who comes over must be a straight Guerin Warin who marries a WALDGrave and the Waldgrave is the old Anglo Saxon (German) name. Warin is a French /Norman name, and Waldgrave is definitely not.
Rebecca Fraser - Author and Historian

Note 7. Guerin or Warin de Waldergrave a Norman came to England with William the Conqueror and by his command married the daughter and sole heir of William Waldegrave, Twyvell and Slepton.
Surnames were introduced by the Normans and were noted with a "de" as in William de Waldegrave The family derived their name from a German name "Wald" meaning Power or Authority and the Saxon word "Gereva" now contracted into "Grave" meaning Governor
Ref:- The History and Antiquities of All Saints Church, Sudbury
published 1851

Note 8 A dower house is usually a moderately large house on an estate which is occupied by the widow of the late owner. The widow, often known as the "dowager" usually moves into the dower house, from the larger family house, on the death of her husband, the new heir occupies the now vacated principal house.

Research by Alan Beales 16/05/2010
Birth/death dates may be +/- a few years