The History of Ellington Thorpe Manor

Historical notes about the Manor of Ellington Thorpe, Huntingdonshire, England, UK


The overlordship of ELLINGTON THORPE or SIBTHORPE or GRYMES MANOR belonged to Ramsey Abbey as a member of the barony of Broughton. Eustace de Sibthorpe held lands in Alconbury about 1200. Walter de Sibthorpe granted lands in Sibthorpe to Hugh, abbot of Ramsey (1216-31), and his son Robert conveyed a virgate of land in Sibthorpe to William de Beville and Isolda, his wife, in 1240. Robert married Cecily, daughter and co-heir of Richard de Beville of Upton.

Ramsey Abbey Arms

The Armorial Bearings of Ramsey Abbey.

The Armorial Bearings of Ramsey Abbey.

Or a bend azure with three rams' heads argent thereon.


He was succeeded by James de Sibthorpe 'his heir', whose wardship and marriage were granted by the abbot to Geoffrey de Mortimer. James seems to have taken the name of Grim and in 1279 as James Grim was holding a knight's fee in Sibthorpe of the Abbot of Ramsey jointly with Nicholas de Grafham. His demesne land in Sibthorpe included a carucate of land and a windmill for which he paid 10s. yearly to the shrine of St. Ive. He was succeeded by Robert Grim, who died seised of the manors of Sibthorpe and Upton in 1298, leaving a brother and heir Ralph. In 1316 Alice, apparently widow of Ralph, was holding Upton, but by 1338 Robert Grim, possibly son of Ralph and Alice, settled the manor of Upton on himself and Katherine his wife. Robert died seised of Sibthorpe in 1349, leaving a son Robert, aged 15 years. The last Robert was born at Sibthorpe on Monday after the feast of St. Dunstan 1335; his birth, it is stated in the proof of age, was entered in the missal of Ellington church, and on the Sunday previous the great bell of the church of Alconbury, when being rung for mass, fell to the ground and was broken to pieces. Robert married Margery Greenham, who after his death married Sir Thomas Burton of Tolethorpe (Rutl.), and in 1372 Katherine Grim, daughter of Robert and Margery, conveyed Sibthorpe to Sir Thomas Burton and her mother, Margery, for their lives. Sir Thomas Burton died in 1382, but Margery was living in 1412.

The manor seems to have passed to Ralph Grim, from whom it went to three co-heirs, who were the wives of Thomas Punt, John Sapcote and William Par. Thomas Punt, late of London, died in 1454 seised of a third part of lands in Ellington and Sibthorpe lately belonging to Ralph Grim. He left a son Robert, whose wardship was delivered by his mother to the Abbot of Ramsey as chief lord. In 1552 Robert, son of Thomas Punt and Margaret his wife, possibly the grandson of the previous Robert, conveyed a considerable property in Ellington, Sibthorpe and Alconbury to William Hensune. In 1566 Richard Henson and Alice his wife granted a property in the same places to William Laurence. Between 1560 and 1570 William Laurence was acquiring lands in these places from the Sapcotes and Holcotes, who seem to have been the representatives of the co-heirs. The manor at this time was known as the manor of Grymes, but its later descent is lost.

Victoria County History - Published in 1932