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Sir Edward Gage, son of Sir John Gage, K.G., who died on December 26th, 1567, was seized of the Manor and by his will:
In consideration of her years and the number of children it hath pleased Almighty God to send me of her body, for the which I take myself to be more bound and thankful to Him than for all the worldly goods and treasures, I give to my said well-beloved wife Elizabeth further all the whole rest of my Manors of Hedgecourt and Burstowe and my Manor of Marisfield and all my lands in Estgrinsted.
At an inquest held at Lewes on March 23rd following it appeared that the Manor of Shovelstrode was held of the Queen in chief by service of part of a knight's fee and was worth 14. 19s. lOd.
On April 12th, 1614, John Avenn became tenant of the site and demesne lands of the Manor for 21 years at an annual rental of 55, one fat bullock and six capons. Subsequent owners of all or portions of the Manor were Robert Goodwyn and his son-in-law, John Conyers, who both represented East Grinstead in Parliament, Sir William Gage, Bart. (1718), Sir John Major (1773), Sir John Henniker, Bart. (1787), and the Harcourt family (1835). The early Court Rolls of this Manor are preserved among the manuscripts of Lord Gage, of Firle Park, near Lewes.
This was formerly a Manor known also by the names of Haskenden, Harkenden or Stone Rocks. According to the Burrell MSS. it was contained within the parish of East Grinstead, and on an inquisition held in 1593 William Ridder was found seized of it. In 1627, at a Court held for the Manor of Horsted Keynes Broad-hurst, a presentment was made that Robert Goodwyn, the Covenanter M.P. for East Grinstead, held to himself and his heirs " a Manor freely called Stonrocks, alias Haskinden alias Placeland by the rent of 5d. yearly."
In 1579 John Payne died seized of a field called Conyclappers, held of John Duffeld, jun., as of his Manor of Hakenden in free socage by fealty and rent of Id., the field being worth 4.
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