THE LORDSHIP of the Manor of Knowle is up for sale.
The title, which dates back to the 1086 Domesday Book, is being sold for offers in the region of £7,750.
While the Lordship was historically linked with the Manor of Knowle in Hampton-in-Arden, the new Lord or Lady of the manor will not be entitled to any property.
But they will be able to use the title on passports, chequebooks, and credit cards, and will be eligible for membership of the Manorial Society of Great Britain.
They could also be entitled to any mines, quarries or natural minerals found underneath the ground within the Manor’s land.
However, Robert Smith, of the Manorial Society of Great Britain, said: “A lot of Lords up north are rubbing their hands with the advent of fracking thinking they could make a few pounds.
“But I do not want people to think that this title is some sort of manorial Eldorado, though saying that I have heard of a few Lords and Ladies being ‘bumped up’ from coach to business class when flying because the airline staff think they’re terribly important.
“Across the country, most people who buy lordships are local people who care about their community.
“I would rather people think this is a bit of fun and a nice thing to own.”
The current Lady of Knowle, who does not wish to be named, was passed the title by her husband and has now decided to sell it on.
To register your interest in the title and to make an offer, contact Robert Smith via email on email@example.com or by calling 02015 821588.
THE HISTORY OF LORD OF KNOWLE
LORDSHIPS of the Manor are among the oldest titles in England and pre-date the Norman Conquest, begun by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The Lord of Knowle was located in the manor of Hampton-in-Arden at the time of the Domesday Book, which was compiled for the new king as an inventory of the landholdings in the new kingdom.
In 1200, Lord of Knowle William de Arden granted the Lordship of Knowle to his wife, Amice de Tracy.
It remained in the family until their grandson, William, left his to his wife Agatha.
Eight years later, the family conveyed the manor to King Edward I and his wife Queen Eleanor before it was granted to the Abbot of Westminster Abbey upon Queen Eleanor’s death.
The abbey was suppressed during Henry VIII’s Reformation in the 1530s, and the Lordship granted to the bishop of London.
But Queen Elizabeth I seized the title back in 1559 in order to grant it to her favourite suitor, Robert Dudley.
Upon his death in 1588 it reverted back to the crown and it was sold by King James VI and I (VI of Scotland and I of England) to Sir Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, in 1622.
The Lords Brooke held the manor until 1743, when another Fulk of family conveyed it to William Smith.
The title then passed through several hands until 1887 when Mrs J B Clarke was Lady of the Manor.
She conveyed it to Major S G Everitt, who lived at Knowle Hall and had rebuilt in the Italian style in 1849.
That family sold it to the late husband of the present owner, who still lives in part of the hall.