John Dallingridge (c.1365 - 1408)

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Birthplace: Bodiam Castle, Sussex, England
Death: Died
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DALYNGRUGE or DALLINGRIDGE & Bodiam Castle. (Sussex, England) extracts from History Today, Jan, 1995, by Nigel Saul


Bodiam castle in Sussex was the creation of one combative egotist.......... The builder of Bodiam was an ambitious retired war veteran and future councillor of Richard II, Sir Edward Dallingridge. In October 1385, Edward Dallingridge had secured a licence to crenellate from the king entitling him to 'strengthen with a wall of stone ... and construct and make into a castle his manor house at Bodiam, near the sea in the county of Sussex, for the defence of the adjacent county and resistance to our enemies'. Edward Dallingridge was a scion of a lesser gentry family of the Sussex weald. The family's holdings were small, consisting chiefly of a few parcels of land at Dalling Ridge, near East Grinstead. The rise of the family in the fourteenth century owed much to a series of lucrative marriages, contracted over a couple of generations. The first of these was the marriage of John Dallingridge, Edward's father, to Joan, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Walter de la Lynde, which brought into his possession the manor of Bolebrook in Sussex and a moiety of that of Laceby, Lincolnshire. In the next generation, Roger, probably John's eldest son, substantially added to the family lands by marrying Alice Radingden, another co-heiress; by this match he acquired the manor of Sheffield in Fletching -- now better known as Sheffield Park (NT) -- and four other manors. On Roger's death without issue in 1380 these estates passed to his brother, Edward. Edward, in the meantime, had already added to the family's possessions by marriage. In 1364 his father had contracted an alliance between him and Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Wardieu of Bodiam. Wardieu died in 1377, and Edward then entered into his wife's inheritance. This was an ample one, consisting of the manors of Bodiam and Hollington in Sussex, a number of properties in Kent, and the manors of Sywell, Hannington and Arthing-worth in Northamptonshire. Dallingridge quickly sold off the outlying midland manors and made his principal residence at Bodiam. In later years he bought up a number of other properties in Sussex, and by the time of his death in 1393 he was one of the richest landowners in the county. It is hard to say what income he enjoyed from land, but it could hardly have been short of [pound] 200 - [pound] 300 per annum -- five or six times the threshold for knighthood.

Sir John Dallingridge dies leaving no children. His widow Alice retains possession of her husband's lands for life.

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1365
1365
Bodiam Castle, Sussex, England
1408
1408
Age 43
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