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Victorian study of North Mymms

Chapter Three - Potterells

Taken from "The Victoria History of Hertfordshire"
edited by W. Page - 1908.

Welham Green north of Potterells c 1840
Welham Green north of Potterells c 1840
Potterells Grove was held at an early date of the manor of North Mimms by John Firth. The land which bore this name was acquired by the family of Lord Scales.

In 1417-18 William Swanlond granted to Thomas Knolles a rent due to him from Matilda, Lady Scales, for a tenement in North Mimms, and in the court of the manor held in 1454-5 it was presented that Sir John Fortescue had acquired from Thomas, Lord Scales, a tenement called Potterells.

When Robert Knolles was lord of the manor, Lord Scales claimed the overloadship of ‘a place called Potterell Roynge.’ In reply Robert declared that the manor of North Mimms by the yearly rent of 14s., and by suit of court, the customs of wardship, marriage, and release, at and since the time of his grandfather’s purchase, and that it had been acquired by John Fortescue.

Potterells continued to follow the descent of Brookmans, and in 1621 it is described as a manor appurtenant to Brookmans. In 1632 it was sold by Thomas son of Robert Faldo to Thomas and Marta Coningsby, and thus was united to the capital manor, becoming the head quarters of the Conningsby family at North Mimms.

From Martha Coningsby it descended to her second son Ralph, who died in 1703 without issue, and left Potterells to Roger son of his brother Thomas. Roger married Mary Fish and died in 1707, leaving Roger his third and eldest surviving son, his heir.

Roger Coningsby died in 1753 without issue and left Potterells to his cousins Charles De Laet and Catherine Dell jointly, with remainder to Charles De Laet. Catherine died in 1769, and Charles became sole possessor of the estate, which on his death in 1792 he devised to Justinian Casamajor, with remainder in tail male (1) to his six sons (omitting Justinian the eldest son), who were godsons of Charles De Laet, and to another godson Gervaise Tottenham Waldo-Sibthorp, father of Gervaise Tottenham mentioned earlier seems to have been possessed of Potterells.

He died in 1855 and was succeeded by his son Gercaise Tottenham, on whose death in 1861 the property came to his eldest son, Coningsby Charles Waldo-Sibthorp. The Potterells estate was sold by Mr. Sibthorp to Mr. T. Hamilton Bruce, and in 1893 Mr. Hamilton Bruce sold the house and the fields surround it to Mr. William Cotton Curtis, then residing at Potterells. Mr. Curtis died in 1905 and the property passed to his son, Mr. George Curtis, who lives there now with his sisters. The house is of red brick with slated roof and straight front and a high stone porch.

Middle English words and definitions
1: In tail male = A ruling where only male descendants of the original tenant in tail can succeed to the land. If the male line dies out, the land goes to the person next entitled. back to text

Useful links
Potterells - Dorothy Colville (North Mymms Parish and People)
The Sibthorp Story - Dorothy Colville (North Mymms Parish and People)


Victorian study of North Mymms - Index
Chapter One - Mimmine
Chapter Two - Manors - North Mymms
Chapter Three - Manors - Potterells
Chapter Four - Manors - Brookmans
Chapter Five - Manors - More Hall and Leggatts
Chapter Six - Churches
Chapter Seven - Advowsons
Chapter Eight - Charities

Note: The text above has been taken from "The Victoria History of Hertfordshire", edited by W. Page in 1908. It has been broken down into chapters for ease of reading and download. In all chapters the text is reproduced exactly as it is in the original document. Where words are used which are no longer in common usage, a number appears to the right of the word and a definition is offered. However people using these pages for research might need to have their own dictionary on hand to help understand the text. North Mymms is spelt North Mimms throughout, a difference explained in a feature written by Bill Killick on this site click here.

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