1536 - 1747

Including The Parish Boundary of Great Stanmore 1680

Stanmore: Pre-Roman - Domesday 1086

Stanmore: From Domesday To The Dissolution of the Monastories 1536

The Grove, by Any Other Name, it's First Owners and Occupiers

The Grove, Joseph Gillott 1853-1872.

The Grove, 1872-1906 Eliza Brightwen

The Grove, 1906 - The Mountbatten Connection

The Grove, 1923 - The Cunard Connection.

In 1542 Chamber, for consideration of £2400 sterling, surrendered to King Henry property in Essex, London, and Great Stanmer Manor, the last named consisting of ten messuages, a windmill, one hundred acres of land, fifty acres of meadow, one hundred acres of pasture, eighty acres of woodland, one hundred acres of heath and gorse, one hundred shillings rent in Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, and Harrow, and the advowson of the Church. In 1547 the Manor was granted to Sir Peter Gambo or Gamboa for services in the King's wars, three years later in 1550 the Manor once again become the property of the Crown after Sir Peter was murdered.

Queen Elizabeth leased the Manor in turn to various owners and in 1604 the reversion was granted to Sir Thomas Lake a distinguished servant of Queen Elizabeth and James l. He seems, however, never to have taken possession, for at the death of John Burnell, Lord of the Manor in 1605, the lordship remained for twenty six years in the name of his wife, Barbara. After her death Sir Thomas Lake (son of the first Sir Thomas) assumed possession. The Manor changed hands repeatedly until 1713, when it was passed by marriage into the hands of the Earl of Carnarvon, who in 1719 was created Marquess of Carnarvon and the first Duke of Chandos. The first Duke died in 1744 and was succeeded by his son Henry, the 2nd Duke of Chandos.

The second Duke, much to his chagrin, and the surprise of the country at large, found that the estates were heavily encumbered through his father's speculations, and petitioned the House of Lords for permission to sell the house and lands. This was agreed, but it was too large a place to find a purchaser as a whole, and in 1747 the mansion and lands were sold.

The Bounds of the Parish and Manor of Great Stanmore 1680.

Court Baron and Survey of Matthew Smith, Esquire, Thomas Lechmere, Esquire and John Fisher, Gentleman, ther holden on Wednesday, the Seventh day of April in the Thirty second year of the Reign of our Lord Charles the Second by Grace of God of England. Scotland, France and Ireland King, defender of the faith, etc., and in the year of our Lord 1680, before John Collins, Gentleman, Steward of the Mannor aforesaid.

ffrom Bentey corner upon the Comon to sheepe washing pitts abutting upon Bushey Comon: And from thence by the inward Hedge of the ffeildes of the widow Grubb abutting North upon Aldenham Comon:

ffrom thence by the insides of the ffrith groundes along by the Parke Pales to the place where the Old Windmill stood and a little House where one Crane dwelt:

ffrom thence by the corner of a ffeild called Pages Grove belonging to Sir Lancelott Lake:

ffrom thence by the wood-hedge of the said Cloysters through the two Weld-feildes to a long pightell and House and Orchard adjoining to the high way leading to London:

ffrom thence cross the Highway downe the Marsh-lane leading to Bush Grove corner abutting upon the Comon called the Marsh:

ffrom thence to the noted place an Ash in the Marsh neer longe Croft gate:

ffrom thence cross Two ffeildes that were taken out of the Marsh Comon and inclosed by Sir Lancelott Lake to a little Cottage belonging to William Parrott:

ffrom thence by Ludpitts hedge to Gile'sParke through two pasture ffeildes and downe by the hedge of a ploughed ffeild leading to Stanmore Marsh to an Oak standing vpon a Pond Banck neer part of Staynes Mead:

ffrom thence along Staynes Mead hedge to Downer's pightle and uppe the said pightle to Gile'sParke East and along to Staynes Mead South and downe Staynes mead by Downer'spightle againe to the lower end of the said Pightle to the south corner of itt:

ffrom thence crosse Staynes Mead to long Mead corner and to Pages ffeildes by Goblin Oake on the East along the Hedge side to Honey-pott Lane:

ffrom thence downe Clerkes-Staples by the Hedge side to the lower End of itt and round the said ffeild to Kenton Comon field Gate abutting North on Staples lane:

ffrom thence round the farther Comon field to Bloxmore* West in the Parish of Harrow to the Middle Comon field abutting vpon Dun-field* to the West and to the corner of a field called Stockin Grove abutting vpon Lamper-field* West in the Parish of Harrow:

ffrom thence to Thorne-Croft corner North and soe by the said Hedge to high Downes, and soe by a little field called Underhills in the Parish of Harrow:

ffrom thence up the Lane to Mill Hills and soe downe Mill-hill to a ffeild called Barretts and thence to a field called Cock-Allens abutting West vpon a field called Butchers in the Parish of Harrow:

ffrom thence cross Colliers-lane into a field called Stanmore Croft abutting vpon Muttons on the West in possession of widdow Sears in the Parish of Harrow:

ffrom thence to Oake in Stanmore Mead that partes Stanmore and Harrow Parish:

ffrom thence by a longe hedge to a ffeild called Rumms on the West up to Bently ground belonging to Mr. John Coghill:

ffrom thence by the side of a banke through Hasle-Grove field by a Banke on the West to Bently Corner to the crosse and the stone by the high way.

* The three Common fields of Harrow Weald, abutting on the Common fields of Great Stanmore.