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Bindon Manor is probably one of the oldest sites of which we have knowledge in English History. Roman coins have been found near here dating from 49AD, but 1500 years before the Romans came there were agricultural settlements nearby. The old Iron Age fort of Hawksdown, visable across the valley, was occupied by cattle-farming people who lived here about 200 years before Christ.
The Axe Valley may have been a frountier to the tribesmen of Devon, Dorset, and Somerset, and when the Romans conquered these people they established roadways like the Fosseway, which is believed to have started at Axmouth. These roads replaced the old ridgeways which crossed the countryside on the upper parts of the hills. The Great Ridgeway runs parallel to the sea just south of Bindon Manor. It is now a tarmac/bituman road.
When the Romans left England unprotected in 442AD, the Saxons had already begun raids on East Anglia.
In the year 611AD, Cynegils recieved the kingdom in Wessex and held it for 31 years.
In the year 614AD, the Saxons, Cynegils and Cwichelm fought at Beandum also read as Beamdune and killed 2065 Welsh. It is now refered to as the Battle of Bindon.
Later the tribes of Dorset were taken into the Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The Saxons did not occupy the whole of Devon until 658AD.
The Bindon Manor of Saxon times was part of the Royal Manor of Axmouth, in Devon, which belonged to the Saxon kings. Alfred the Great left the Manor to his younger son, Athelweld, when he died in 901AD.
[What was Bindon Manor called in the times of Alfred the Great and his son Athelweld ???? - author, John Day, Web Master]
Exeter had been sacked by the Danes early in Alfred's reign, and in his grandson's time, this was said to have been avenged by Athelstan's victory c937AD which may have been fought between Axminster and the sea. There is, however, some doubt as to where this battle was fought.
The Manor remained Royal up to the time of the Domesday survey in 1086AD, and the King had here "eight villeins, twelve borders and four servants".= [8 peasant farmers holding land from his lord who had to do a few days work per week for his lord to use the lords land, 12 peasant cottagers who used only a few acres but paid no rent, and 4 household servants]
It was in the reign of Henry I, (Henry Beauclerc) (1086-1135)(reigned 1100-1135) that the
Royal Manor of Axmouth in Devon, was given to Richard de Redvers, the Earl of Devon, and some years later in the reign of Henry II (1154-89) Richard de Redvers, the Earl of Devon, gave the Manor to the Abbey of Montebourg in Normandy.
Bindon Manor was not included in the grant to Richard de Redvers, and this suggests that it had already become an independant freehold on its own in the reign of Henry I.
In a book titled "Place Names of Devon", Bindon is noted in the area of Axmouth, the references are to this place as: Bendon 1238; Benedon 1311; Bynedon 1314; with the possable meaning "hill where beans grow" or old english for "hill of bees".
Crown Pleas of the Devon Eyre - Hundred of Axmouth - 1238 AD
Peter de Bolonge, a servant of the Prior's was killed by a man from Axmouth called Robert de Bendone, who hid him in the sand. This happened one Saturday, in the Prior's wood, and as he did not return home he was looked for through the whole hundred till the following Thursday, when he was found on the sea shore by an Axmouth woman named Joan, with the whole hundred nearby. He was viewed by the coroner. Meanwhile Robert [de Bendone] fled with all the goods he had except for a little grain worth two shillings. The fugitive was appealed by the dead man's brother and Robert [de Bendone] was outlawed in the County Court.
Philip de Bendone, the fugitive's Lord, should answer for the value of the corn as he was then the bailiff of the hundred.
[Baliff = in Medievil times was an officer under the Sheriff executing writs and processes, performing seizure of chattels to meet an obligation or obtain satisfaction by their sale, and arrests; he was an agent or steward of a landlord - he was the Sovereign's representative in a district, esp. chief officer of a hundred..... eg Hundred of Axmouth]
Would not he; Philip de Bendone, have a substantial home for that period in the position that he held ????
[Does this then mean that this Philip de Bendone, was perhaps the Bindon or a descendant of, the original Bindon who lived at the Manor House and named it Bindon Manor; thus ????
I guess I have to take into account that the word de means of (of Bindon) and not, son of Bindon
- author, John Day, Web Master]
Bindon Manor - In 1314 AD, an inquisition of the lands of Richarde de Bindune describes the property as a "messuage and a carricate of land", but it is only from the start of the fifteenth century that a consecutive history can be found..
William Wyke (1), of North Wyke, married
Katherine in 1370, daughter of and co-heir of John Burnell, Esq. of Cockatree,
Devon. They had two children. Richard and Roger Wyke.