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Walter de Beauchamp

Birthplace: Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1133 (38-48)
Burgh By Sands, Cumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh de Beauchamp, of Bedford and Matilda de Taillebois
Husband of Emmeline d'Abetot
Father of William of Elmley, 1st Baron of Beauchamp; Matilda (Maud) De Beauchamp and Walter de Beauchamp
Brother of Simon de Beauchamp, “the Dapifer”; Robert de Beauchamp, of Bedford; Maud de Beauchamp; Nicholas de Beauchamp and William Peveril de Beauchamp, Sr.

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Walter de Beauchamp, of Elmley

Walter de Beauchamp is the son of Hugues de Beauchamp and Matilda Taillebois.1 He married Emmeline d'Abetot.1

Child of Walter de Beauchamp and Emmeline d'Abetot

William de Beauchamp+1


[S1916] Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family."

Walter de Beauchamp

Birth Abt 1068 of Elmley Castle,Worcestershire,England

Father Hugh de Beauchamp, b. Abt 1040, of,,Normandy,France

Mother Adeliza Matilda Tailboys, b. Abt 1044, of,,Normandy,France

Family Emmeline d'Abetot, b. Abt 1075, of,Barley,Derbyshire,England

Married Abt 1102 of,Worcester,Worcestershire,England


1. William de Beauchamp, b. Abt 1095, of Elmley Castle,Worcester,Worcestershire,England

  d. 1170

2. Payne de Beauchamp, b. Abt 1102, of Bedfordshire,England
3. Hugh de Beauchamp, 1st Baron, b. Abt 1104, of,Eaton

  d. 1187, Palestine 

4. Dau of Walter Beauchamp, b. Abt 1108
5. Emma de Beauchamp, b. Abt 1109, of Elmley Castle,Worcester,Worcestershire
6. Stephen de Beauchamp, b. Abt 1134, of Elmley Castle,Worcester,Worcestershire,England

 d. 1185

7. Maud Beauchamp, b. Abt 1151, of Elmley Castle,Worcester,Worcestershire,Englnad
8. Richard Beauchamp, b. Abt 1153, of Elmley Castle, Worcester, Worcestershire, England

M E Sorley: The Sorley Pedigrees P. 25

M L Call: The Royal Ancestry Bible Vol 2 Chart 1638


Elmley Castle

Elmley Castle
Elmley Castle (population 497), nestling at the northern slope of Bredon Hill, is reputed to be one of the 10 most beautiful villages in England and is a classic ‘picture postcard’ village.

The earliest reference to Elmley occurs in the year 780AD in a charter of King Offa granting land to the Church of Worcester there, but the place was cleared and settled by the Saxons possibly 160 years before this. At his time the village was called Elm-laeh, meaning clearing in an elm wood.

We have one clear glimpse of Elmley, shortly before the Norman Conquest, and that is to be found in a charter of Bishop Lyfing of Worcester granting a lease of church lands there in 1042. The boundaries of the ancient settlement appear to be not very different from those of the present parish.

The Queen Elizabeth pub at Elmley Castle The Queen Elizabeth pub at Elmley Castle

The castle at Elmley was built shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Elmley passed to the Norman High Sheriff of the county, Robert D’Abitot. Walter de Beauchamp later succeeded the D’Abitot estates. The Beauchamps later became Earls of Warwick and the family coat of arms, the ragged staff, is to be found inscribed on the ancient font that stands in the parish church of Elmley.

Walter de Beauchamp was succeeded by his son William who took over the castle at a time which more or less coincided with the feudal wars of 1135-1153. During this time many new castles were built and many old ones brought up to date and it is more than likely that the castle of Elmley was extended at this time. The Castle of Worcester suffered severely at the hands of the Barons, with the result that the nearby castle of Elmley not only gained in strategic importance but actually supplanted Worcester as the chief seat of the Beauchamps.

As the castle on the hill grew in importance, the small Saxon church in the village had to be extended. In 1234, Walter Beauchamp received a gift of 10 does and three bucks from the King for the Deer Park behind the church. To this day Elmley still has its deer.

Park House in its heyday Park House in its heyday

The latter half of the 13th Century saw the final glory of the castle. A number of Elmley men fought with the Royalist baron Beacuamp in the Battle of Evesham in 1265, which saw the demise of the barons leader, Simon de Montfort. The good service rendered by Lord Beauchamp seems to have induced the King to bestow some special privileges on the village. He granted the inhabitants the power of holding a market every Wednesday and an annual fair for two days on the Feast of St Lawrence and the following day, August 10th and 11th. These markets required space; that is why, so tradition has it, the main road through the village as far as the church gate is exceptionally wide. There are the remains of the old market cross in the village.

Traditional transport in the modern day Traditional transport in the modern day

William Beauchamp’s death marked the end of the greatness of Elmley Castle, which was allowed to fall into a state of gross neglect. As time passed by this great castle became a quarry for the building of houses in the village, farmsteads and dry walling. The old bridge which crosses the Avon at Pershore was certainly constructed from stone taken from the castle.

In 1544 Henry VIII sold the Manor of Elmley, including the castle and park, to Christopher Savage and so the Savage family became the sole owners of the Manor of Elmley. Shortly after this, the Savage family built their mansion house behind the church. The mansion stood as the home of the squires of Elmley until it was sold in 1948. It has since made way for a housing estate.

In the year 1575, a unique event occurred in the history of the village – the visit of Queen Elizabeth I. There are very few villages in the realm which can boast of a visit and stay by the reigning monarch. The exact reason for her visit is unclear but she arrived from Worcester on Saturday, August 20th, 1575, and remained until Monday 22nd when she and her large retinue were entertained by William Savage. It is to this date that we attribute the introduction of the ancient oak pews in the church.

Old home Many of Elmley's oldest homes are still beautifully maintained

Elmley Castle’s main street has changed relatively little in the last 400 years, although there are modern housing development in other parts of the village. The village has an active social side with a first school, cricket club and village stores open several days a week.

At one time not so long ago the village had three pubs but the Plough Inn and the Old Mill have now closed. However, after being closed for several years, the Queens has recently reopened under new ownership.

Born in Elmley Castle. Chronologically he could be the son of Hugh de Beauchamp and Matilda [de Rye?}; but this is unproven and he would have had to be a younger son.

WALTER [I] de Beauchamp of Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, son of --- ([1080/95]-[1130/May 1133]). His birth date is estimated very broadly based on his marriage before 1114. Henry I King of England notified "Osberto de Abetot et ministris [et] forestariis de foresta de Feccham" that he had granted a fox-hunting licence in his forest in Feckenham to "Waltero de Bello Campo" by charter dated to [1110/16][910]. Henry I King of England notified "Osberto vicecomiti et omnibus forestariis de Wirecestrasera" that he had granted a wolf-hunting licence in his forest in Worcestershire to "Waltero de Bello Campo" by charter dated to [1106/13][911]. Henry I King of England granted "totam terram Rogeri de Wygrecestra", in and around the town of Worcester, to "Waltero de Bello Campo" by charter dated to [1114, after 15 Aug][912]. Henry I King of England notified the bishop of Worcester that he had granted "vicecomitatum de Wigresestrasia" to "Waltero de Bello Campo" by charter dated to [Dec 1113/Apr 1116][913]. "…Walto de Bello Campo…" subscribed the charter date [3/10] Jun 1123 under which Henry I King of England granted the lands of "Edrici fil Chetelli" to "Walto de Gloec"[914]. Henry I King of England notified the bishop of Worcester that he had granted "terram que fuit Adelize uxoris Ursonis de Abbetot sicut ipsa Adeliza eam ei concessit" to "Waltero de Bello Campo" by charter dated to [1123/Jul 1129][915]. The 1130 Pipe Roll records "Walto de Belcapo" in Wiltshire (two entries) and in Gloucestershire[916].

m (before Aug 1114) [EMMELINE], daughter of URSE de Abitot & his wife Adelisa ---. Round states that the wife of Walter de Beauchamp was the daughter of Urse de Abitot but he does not cite the corresponding primary source which confirms that this is correct[917]. Ellis says that "Emmeline Roger’s sister was wife of Walter de Beauchamp, who obtained the fief of Urso and the shrievalty of Worcestershire, which Henry I confirmed to him, together wih the office of one of the king’s dispensers which Robert brother of Urso had formerly held, and the land given him by Adelisa the widow of Urso"[918]. If this information is all correct, it appears to establish Emmeline’s parentage and marriage. The corresponding sources are set out in the Beauchamp cartulary, and quoted above under Emmeline’s husband’s entry. The documents do not explicitly state that Walter’s wife was the daughter of Urse de Abitot and brother of Roger de Abitot, but this is a reasonable implication. The latest date of her marriage is assessed from the dating of the first of these charters. The primary source which confirms her name has not yet been identified.

The early writs do suggest that he had attained his majority by c. 1110.

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Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Elmley Castle, Elmley, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 41
Age 43
Burgh By Sands, Cumberland, England
Elmley Castlse, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
December 17, 1932
Age 43
December 17, 1932
Age 43
December 17, 1932
Age 43
December 17, 1932
Age 43