Edward, Lord Windsor (1532 – January 24, 1574), came from a major landowning family who held property in Islington, then in Middlesex, as well as estates in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, and Surrey. His family were of Norman ancestry that had steadily increased its possessions through the Middle Ages. They were hereditary wardens of Windsor Castle, which is how they got their name, but their close association with the monarchy temporarily lost them their lands on the defeat of Richard III in 1485. In 1542 Edward’s grandfather agreed to surrender one of the family manors, Stanwell between Hampton Court and Windsor to the crown, and was in return given the more modest historic farm of Hewell Grange, a manor of Tardebigge, in north Worcestershire.
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