Bryngwyn House (also known as Ty-Mawr/Great house) was originally owned by the Cistercian monks of Llantarnum Abbey. Then it belonged to the Herberts and was part of the Estate of the Lordships of Abergavenny. In 1561 it was sold to Henry Morgan who owned it until 1784 In 1829 it was sold to a Mr Price, who kept hounds. Reginald Herbert bought it in 1901. It is now owned by Mr. and Mrs Inglefield. (notes by Judy Cecil, 1/04/2013)
THE MANOR of Bryngwyn -- was part of the lordship of Abergavenny in the 14th Century. It is mentioned in documents of 1325 when John de Hastings was the 12th Lord and 1348 when Lawrence de Hastings was Lord. The main part of the manor became alienated to the Abbey of Llantarnam and has long been associated with the manor of Wentsland under the title of the manor of Wentsland and Bryngwyn.
1492 - ABSTRACT Jasper, uncle of the king, Duke of Bedford, Earl of Pembroke and Lord of Bergaveny. Greeting in the Lord Everlasting. Know that we, the aforesaid Duke have given yielded and by this our present writing confirm to Hoel ap Gwilym David ap Griffith one messuage and ten acres of land arable pasture and wood with appurtenases lying within our manor of Brungwyn in our lordship of Bergaveny formerly of David ap Gwilym Arloth and David ap Griffith ap Ithel and ten acres of meadow ,with garden in the Argoyde of Brungwyne formerly of the aforesaid David ap Griffith ap Ithel all of which .... .Hoel formerly held of us according to the custom of our manor. To have and to hold.........(the aforesaid property)................to the aforesaid Hoel ap Gwilym David ap Griffith his heirs and assigns paying for it as rent to us and our heirs 3s. 11d. sterling at the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. Michael the Archangel by equal portions and sixpence of increased annual rent paid at the aforesaid festivals. And suit at our great court of Bergaveny thrice yearly and at the court of Brungwyne when occasion demands and five shillings in the name of heriot when necessary and all other services a free tenant of ours should perform and we warrant the aforesaid lands to Hoel and his heirs in perpetuity in witness whereof we make patent these our letters. with the following witnesses: Walter Herbert, Knight, our present steward of Bergaveny, John Thomas our sergeant there, Morgan ap David ap Gwilym and others. Given (dated) at Bergaveny under our chancery seal 10th day of October in the eighth year of Henry the seventh after the Conquest. (Bryngwyn House records, transcribed, SI0011a.rtf)
The abbey dissolved in 1539 and in 1560 Queen Elizabeth granted the manor of Wentsland and Bryngwyn to William Earl of Pembroke who in 1561 sold it to William Morgan. It continued in the family of Morgan of Llantarnam and the co-heirs but all the lands in Bryngwyn have long since been sold and by today the manor of Wentsland and Bryngwyn. In 1829 it was sold to a Mr Price, who kept hounds.
Note: 1778: Walter and Mary Jones of Bryngwyn Manor as indicated in Walter's (undated) Last will and testament)
Last will and testament of WALTER JONES, Bryngwyn Manor
Sworn as the said Walter Jones shall in and by his last will and testament in writing give, devise, limit or appoint the same and for want of such gift desire ? or appointment, then to the use and behalf of the said Walter Jones his customary heirs and assigns forever according to the custom of the same Manor upon which the said Walter Jones present in Court prayed to be admitted tenant to the premises according to the form and effect of the said surrender to whom the Lord by his said deputy steward did grant the premises aforesaid with the appurtenance and delivered thereof by the Rod. To have and to hold all and singular the premises aforesaid with the appurtenances to the use and behoof of the said Walter Jones and Mary his wife for an during the term of their natural lives and the life of the longest liver of them and from and after the decease of the survivor of them to the use of such person and persons for such estate and estates and to and for such uses, intents and purposes and in such manner and form as the said Walter Jones shall in and by his last will and testament in writing give devise limit or appoint the same and for want of such gift devise consultation or appointment then to the use and behoof of the said Walter Jones, his customary heirs and assigns forever according to the custom of the said Manor. rendering therefor yearly unto the said Lord, his heirs and assigns, rents burthen and customs and services therefore before due and of right accustomed and the said Walter Jones is there of "emitted tenant and did to the Lord fealty and the admission of the said Mary is respected until ?
Examined by: William Morgan and John Jones, Homagers. Examined by: R Morgan Kinsey, Steward (transcription of SIOO12.tif from Sam Inglefield)
Manor of Tregare, Bryngwin Penrose and Henllis Cwm... Membris.....
The Court Baron of the right honourable -- George Nevill, Baron of Abergavenny, Lord of the Said Manor, held at the dwelling house of Jacob Herring, Innholder in the Parish of Penrose within and for the said Manor on Wednesday the twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight (1778) Before Baker Gabb, gentleman, Deputy Steward and William MORGAN, gentleman, and John JONES, Homagers then and there present.
To this court came Walter Jones of the Parish of Lanarth in the County of Monmouth, Cordwainer, Customary Tenant of the said Manor and Mary his wife and in full and open Court (the said Mary going first) solely and secretly examined by the said deputy steward) Did Surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the hands and acceptance of his said Deputy steward according to the custom of the same Manor. All that one piece or parcel of pasture land containing one Acre more or less situate lying and being in the Parish of Bryngwyn nearing and abutting to customary lands of John ?? Phillips -- to the Lands now or late of Charles Howell on the East and to the customary lands late in the possession of John Roberts but now of William Morgan of Bryngwyn, Esquire on all of most parts and sides thereof. And also all that messuage, garden and two pieces of parcels of land containing by estimation two covers be the same more or less situate lying and being in the Parish of Bryngwyn aforesaid all which said premises are within and parcel of the said Manor with the appurtenances To the use and behoof of the said Walter Jones and Mary his wife, for and during the term of their natural lives and the life of the longest liver of them and from and after the decease of the survivor of them to the use of such person and persons for such estate and estates and to and for such now intents and purposes and in such manner and --- (nb. ends here)(transcription of SIOO9.tif from Sam Inglefield)
A unique feature of Bryngwyn Manor is the gravestone of a beloved Donkey. This gravestone is located in the back-garden of the Manor. It is difficult to read - there appears to be two animals buried here - one died aged 33 and the other one died in 1932.
In 1901 the estate amounting to some 450 acres was put up for sale and was bought by Reginald Herbert of Clytha for $10,000. He rebuilt Bryngwyn House and his nephew Owain Williams lived there. In 1966, the Manor was purchased by Mr. and Mrs S. Inglefield. (notes by Judy Cecil, 1/04/2013 and Inglefield family records)
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