Monday, 16 September 2013

The Manor at Harrow

The manor-house at Harrow was one of the occasional residences used by the archbishops of Canterbury during the middle ages. Becket often stayed here when he was in the vicinity of London, and it is mentioned a number times in the story of his life.

In 1170, soon after his return from exile, Becket, was making his way to king Henry's hunting lodge at Woodstock, to pay his respects to the young king (heir apparent) Henry Plantagenet and to give him a present of three first-rate horses [chargers] which had specially brought with him from France. The prince had earlier that year been crowned the Young King by the archbishop of York, and was now associated with his father in the governance of the kingdom. As he made his way towards Becket was stopped by two knights and received an order to proceed no further and return immediately to own diocese in Canterbury. Becket did as he was told, and on his return passed some days at his manor of Harrow, where he kept great hospitality. During this time he exchanged presents with Symond, the abbot of St. Albans, the neighbouring monastery. Symond also invited him to stay at St. Albans for Christmas, but Becket declined the offer. He had returned by way of Harrow probably to deal with the case of a refractory priest [Nigel de Sackville, vicar of Harrow], who had occupied this post without his consent and had refused access to his officials. Symond had probably been consulted by Becket about this. Nigel de Sackville was later, when he was back at Canterbury, excommunicated by Becket for his offence.

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Headstone Manor - Wikimapia

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