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                                                               THE LORDSHIP OF BLAKEWELL, DEVON

                                LORDSHIP of  BLAKEWELL      
·  ENGLAND                                                                                                                                  MARWOOD PARISH, BRAUNTON HUNDRED     



        The current Baron and Baroness of North Cadbury also hold the title

                                         Lord and Lady of Blakewell.   



The Lordship of the Manor of Blakewell is a feudal lordship with a long history and is kept alive by the current custodians on behalf of the nation.


Blakewell is a hamlet in Marwood parish, 3 miles (5 km) N of Barnstaple in the North Devon district.               


Devonshire Original Thomas Moule Map c.1840 hand-coloured





By AD 857 Brantona (Braunton) was apparently a royal holding, the manor of King Æthelbald of Wessex ..... Other lands of the manor lays in Marwood (at Blakewell).....  (Domesday Book 1086)

                                         Domesday Book extract for the Manor of Bakewell

1086 The Lordship of Blakewell in Devon has been recorded in Domesday Book. Baldwin the Sheriff (Baldwin FitzGilbert of Brionis or Moels) hold Blakewell as tenant-in-chief.   

1086 Robert de Pont-Chardon hold the lordship of Blakewell from Baldwin the Sheriff.                                   

1086 Robert de Pont-Chardon, a knight who came over with William the Conqueror and received the manor of Heanton from Baldwin the Sheriff (d.1090), 1st Baron of Okehampton. He also hold the Manor of Blakewell. His Devon estates comprised the following manors, all in North Devon and all held from Baldwin the Sheriff :

  • Blakewell (Marwood parish, Braunton hundred)
  • Braunton (Braunton hundred)
  • Heanton [Punchardon] (Braunton hundred)
  • Hagginton (Ilfracombe parish, Braunton hundred)
  • Charles (anciently Charnies) (Shirwell hundred)
  • Mockham (Charles parish, Shirwell hundred)                                                                    

date unknown - Sir William I de Punchardon, eldest son of Robert, who retained the Devon and Hampshire estates but those in Hertfordshire and Somerset fell to younger brothers.   

date unknown - Roger de Punchardon (d.1243), eldest son. After a few transactions with his brothers Reginald and Robert, he confined his interest to Devonshire. 

1243 Sir William II de Punchardon (d.1265), eldest son of Roger, succeeded his father and largely increased the estates.

Sir William's widow Ermegard de Punchardon outlived him twenty years and married Alexander de Viteri, who tried unsuccessfully to retain possession of some of the Punchardon manors.        

date unknown - Sir John de Punchardon, son and heir, last of the direct male line. Mention of him is frequently made in various documents down to 1296. It seems to be sure that until the death of Sir John, the male line with all the Devonshire possessions are also hold the Lordship of Blakewell. 

Sir John left three daughters as co-heiresses: Ermegard, heiress of Heanton Punchardon, wife of Sir Philip de Beaumont, Mabil, wife of Sir Henry Raleigh, Pilton and Margery, who married twice, firstly Sir Richard Beauple of Langkey and secondly Joel de Buckenton. The Heanton Punchardon estate which included the manor of Blakewell went to the oldest daughter Ermegard. With her the possessions went into the Beaumont family.


date unknown - Sir Philip de Beaumont, (b.1315)

date unknown - John de Beaumont, (b.1340, d. 1379) son and heir of Sir Philip. John married Joan Stockhay and had two children Katherine and William.

1407 Sir William Beaumont, (b.1367, d.1408) Sheriff of Devon in 1399, held Blakewell and other manors of the Punchardons. 

1411 Thomas Pyllond held Blakewell as two messuages and one corucate as a 1/2 fee of Sir William Beaumont. Afterwards the manorial Lordship of Blakewell has not been further mentioned. 


         The Lordship title has been dormant for approximiately 599 years 

                                          and was duly conveyed in 2010.                 


2010 Jörg Hubert Dumke and his wife Regina obtain the Lordship of the Manor of Blakewell.















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