Name: William POURE , of Oddington 1
Birth: ABT 1133 in London, Middlesex, England
Death: AFT 1180 in Oddington, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England 1
In Edward the Confessor's time Oddington, assessed at 3 hides and half a virgate, was held freely by a certain Alwi, but by a charter dated 1065 the Confessor granted this estate together with Islip to the Abbot of Westminster. The king died before the abbey had taken possession, and William the Conqueror appears to have granted ODDINGTON manor to Hugh de Grantmesnil, Sheriff of Leicestershire, from whom it passed to his daughter Adeline, the wife of Roger d'Ivry. In 1086 she was holding it from the king, in commendatione as it was said, perhaps while the claims of Westminster Abbey were being investigated. These were eventually recognized, for on Adeline's death about IIII the manor did not descend either to her heirs or to those of Roger d'Ivry. The abbey remained overlord from the 12th century until the Dissolution: it administered the manor as a part of its liberty of Islip, and Oddington's lord therefore owed suit of court twice yearly at Islip. After the Reformation the manor was granted to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, and in the early 17th century was known as 'Westminsterside'.
The exact date when the Poure family, who were to be lords of the manor until the early 17th century, first became tenants of Westminster is not clear. The earliest record of the family's connexion with Oddington dates from the latter half of the 12th century, when William Poure of Oddington agreed to an exchange of land near Otley Grange with the monks of Thame. It is possible that he was the son of the distinguished civil servant Roger Pauper, Chancellor between 1135 and 1139, and son of the famous Roger, Bishop of Salisbury, by his mistress Maud of Ramsbury. Roger was styled pauper because of the contrast between his own poverty and his father's wealth. William Poure was succeeded by his son Gentischieve some time after 1180 and certainly before 1194.
From: 'Parishes: Oddington', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6 (1959), pp. 276-285. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63747&strquery=oddington oxford Date accessed: 14 May 2013.
NOTE: It is interesting that, in the Wikipedia article on Roger Bishop of Salisbury, William's possible grandfather, Henry of Winchester demanded of King Stephen that Roger be reinstated as bishop. Later it was Winchester Abbey which held the manor of Oddington at a time when the Poure family became tenants.
Father: Roger le POER , Chancellor of England b: AFT 1107 in Devizes Castle, Wiltshire, England
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