Madeley Old Manor

Madeley Old Manor was a medieval manor house at Madeley, Staffordshire. It is now a ruin, with only fragments of its walls remaining. The remnants have Grade II listed building status and the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1] The Tudor manor house is illustrated by Michael Burghers as it appeared in 1686 in Plot's History of Staffordshire, together with the formal gardens and a later east frontage.[2]

The manor, which had previously been leased to Sir Francis Poyntz, was sold in 1547 by Sir Edward Bray and Dame Joan, daughter and heiress of Sir Matthew Browne,[3] to Thomas Offley (d. 1582), Merchant Taylor, who married Joan Nichols, and became Lord Mayor of London in 1556. Five generations of Offleys lived at the manor including three John Offleys who served as High Sheriff of Staffordshire.[4] Sir Thomas Offley's son, Henry, married Mary, the daughter of Sir John White (of Aldershot), Lord Mayor of London (1563-64).[5] Henry Offley's son and heir was Sir John Offley,[6] who married Anne, daughter of Nicholas Fuller M.P.,[7] and several of their children married into notable families: William married Frances, daughter of John Lane of Bentley;[8] Elizabeth married Sir Robert Jenney, son of Sir Arthur Jenney of Knodishall, Suffolk;[9] and Katherine married first Thomas, son of Thomas Willis, and secondly his cousin William Willis.[10]

Thomas Offley's great-great-grandson John Offley (b. 1649) married Anne Crewe, heiress of Crewe Hall, Cheshire. Their son, John Offley, changed his name by a 1708 Act of Parliament to John Offley Crewe when he inherited his mother's estate.[11] Their grandson John Crewe (1742–1829) later became 1st Baron Crewe.[12]

Madeley Manor was abandoned and fell into ruin following the building of the second Madeley Manor (O.S. Map Reference SJ 7759 4591).The family eventually made Crewe Hall their principal seat.


  1. English Heritage: photograph and architectural description of listed building
  2. R. Plot, The Natural History of Stafford-shire (Oxford: printed at the theater, 1686), Table XVI, at p. 223. See Staffordshire Past Track, Madeley Manor House: engraving.
  3. Feet of Fines (Staffordshire), Trinity term, 1 Edward VI, cf. G.C. Bower and H.W.F. Harwood, 'Pedigree of Offley' The Genealogist XIX, 1903, pp. 217-231, at p. 218, note 1.
  4. History of Madeley village
  5. A.M. Mimardière, 'White, Sir John (d. 1573), of London and Aldershot, Hants.', in P.W. Hasler (ed.), The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1558-1603 (Boydell & Brewer 1981), History of Parliament Online.
  6. A. Thrush, 'Offley, Sir John (1586-1645) of Madeley, Staffs. and London', in A. Thrush and J.P. Ferris (eds), The History of Parliament; 1604-1629 (Cambridge University Press 2010), History of Parliament online
  7. Bower and Harwood, 'Pedigree of Offley', at p. 218. A. Thrush, 'Fuller, Nicholas (1544-1620), of Gray's Inn, London and Chamberhouse, Thatcham, Berks.', in A. Thrush and J.P. Ferris, The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629 (Cambridge University Press 2010), History of Parliament online.
  8. J.E. Bailey, The Life of Thomas Fuller: With notices of his books, his kinsmen, and his friends (Basil Montagu Pickering, London 1874), p. 12, note.
  9. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry (1847), p. 648.
  10. H.S. Grazebrook (ed.), The Heraldic Visitations of Staffordshire made by Sir Richard St George, Norroy, in 1614, and by Sir William Dugdale, Norroy, in the years 1663 and 1664 (Mitchell and Hughes, London 1885), pp. 224-26. (Hathi Trust.)
  11. Deed Poll Office: Private Act of Parliament 1708 (7 Ann.). c. 3
  12. The Peerage website
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