Name: Hamon MASSEY
Birth: 1076 in Dunham, Lancashire
Hamon is thought to be the founder of the Mascy (Massey) family. The seat of his holdings was the Village of Dunham and his family lived at Dunham Massey Hall. His title was Baron de Dunham and his descendents would continue to live at Dunham Massey Hall until after 1458, when it became the possession of the Booth Family by marriage to a Massey Heiress.
At the time Hamon Lived at Dunham Massey Hall it was a three winged Manor, in the shape of a "U", surrounded by a Moat. The extensive grounds outside the Moat contained a Deer Park, Orchards, a River and several Fishing Ponds.
Later owners made many changes and it bears little resemblance to the origional Massey homestead. It now belongs to the British National Trust and is open to the public. It is located four miles south-west of Altrincham, which is a suburb of Manchester.
Sites obtained by Hamon in addition the the house in Chester and land in Wirrall peninsula, were Ullerton or Owlarton. It is located approx. two miles south-southeast from the town of Knutsford. Going northwest to the Mersey River, Northeast to Bramhall or Bromhale, which is those days would have been two miles s/w from Stockport, Thence below Stockport to the Mersey River.
With these two lines denoting the s/e/ and s/w/ boundary and the Mersey River being the northern boundary of an area having a triangular shape. At about the midway point of the northern boundary on the Mersey River would be the river crossing to the City of Manchester original location in Lancaster, which lies to the north of Chester.
This probably marks the area with the greatest holding of the Barons de Mascy in Cheshire. With these lands Hamon de Mascy had lesser Lords who held portions thereof for him or under his "right"
Examples would be Adae de Carrington and Alano de Tatton. Both constituted Estates granted to Hamon.
In 1092 King William Rufus was a guest at the Court of Hugh Lupus in Chester, at least two of his Barons attended the King, Hamon de Mascy and William Venables. They along with their entourage of adherents and servants of Hamon's, accompanied the King on a hunting expedition in the Wirrall Peninsula.
This probably took place on lands which had been set aside as a hunting preserve of the King and treated as his possession, which had not been the subject of a grant, not even to Earl Hugh Lupus.
No doubt it was a consequence of some occurrence on this hunting expedition that a new estate was given to Hamon l, in fee of Hugh Lupus. Pottington, the area which is called today the village of Puddington, was granted by the King himself, so that there after the de Mascy Cheshire Barons held it in fee of the King rather than in fee of the Earl.
For that reason Pontington was in later years especially prized. One can only speculate why King William Rufus made this generous grant. However, as soon as the Hunting party returned to Hugh Lupus' Castle at Chester, Hamon sought out a scrivener, possibly a Monk whose duties were appropriate to the purpose of recording as follows:
"I, William, King of England do give onto Mascy all my right, interest and title to the hop and hopland (Valley land) from me and mine with bow and arrow, when I shoot upon yerrow (the Place), and in witness to the sooth (action or statement) I seal with my wang tooth."
Inscribed as witness was William Venables "fratre suo".
In the consideration given to the first Hamon de Mascy it should be remembered that he was a part of the court and governing body of nobles in Cheshire at a time when it was a county Palatinate under Earl Hugh Lupus.
What this means is, that it's rule was like that under a country under martial law. At least Earl Hugh Lupus was not hampered by either King William the Conqueror or King William Rufus and he reigned in Cheshire as King. The Barons and their Lords were almost constantly put to defend against the Welsh on Cheshire's western border and to maintain control over the Saxons who made up the bulk of the population.
Hammon Massey, the first Baron of Dunham-Massey, held the towns of Dunham, Bowden, Hale, Ashley and half of Owlerton in Bucklow Hundred, under Hugh Lupus, Earl of Cheshire in the reign of William the Conqueror. All of which one Edward held formerly, as appears by Domesday Book. So it appears this Edward was dispossessed of his right herein and these lands given to Harmon by Hugh Lupus.
Harmon also had land in Maxfield, Hundred, Bromal and Pudding ton, in Virally Hundred and other places, at the same time.
Father: William de la Ferte MACE b: 1042 in Normandy, France
Mother: Muriel DE MORTAIGNE b: ABT 1040 in Normandy, France
Margaret SACIE b: 1075 in Dunham, Lancashire
- Hammon DE MASSEY b: ABT 1100 in Dunham, Lancashire
- Robert DE MASSEY b: AFT 1093 in Lancashire