VENABLES,  LEGH , and STANLEY   Families:   "Tatton Hall"

Source:   "Visitation of Cheshire 1580"

Our Ancestors:  William Bostock (b1450) of Whatcroft, Stapleton, Bostock and London;  was the 4th son of Adam  Bostock(b1412) and  Elizabeth Veneables.


"Sir William Venables, Knight, of Bradwall, 2nd son of Sir William Venables, Baron of Kinderton, alive in 1300.

married: Agnes Legh; daughter and heiress of Richard de Legh of the West Hall, High Legh

William Venables and Agnes Legh had  son: 

+ 1st wife of Sir John Legh was Maude, daughter of Sir John Arderne of Aldford.

+ 2nd wife of Sir John Legh was Isabel  "Ellin" Baggilegh:   daughter of Sir William Baggilegh

Daughter of John Legh and Isabel "Ellin" Baggilegh:

(Thomas Massey of Pottington married the daughter and heir to Valentyne of Lancashire.  His son John Massey inherited the estate and lands of Pottington, Lancashire  Their sons:)

Thomas Massey of "Tatton" married Margery Legh;  (daughter of Sir John Leigh of Bouthes, and  Ellin Baggley/Baggileigh).       :

Geoffrey Massey of "Tatton" married Jane Stanley; daughter of Sir William Stanley of HOLT.  (Williams Stanley, descendent of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby in 1553, Lord High Steward of England; the highest judicial power under the King)

Descendent of Thomas Massey and Margery Legh:

Sir James Massey inherited the estate and lands of his father John Massey of Pottington.   Known to us today as
"TATTON PARK", Knudford.   
James married Katherine Veneables.  Tatton Park was the seat of the Liinon Fitton of Dunham Massy family from the time of Henry VIII until  the end of the 15th century; when it passed, by marriage, to William Stanley, son and heir of Sir William Stanley of Holt Castle, county Denbigh.  

The direct line of the Fitton's terminated in an heiress who married a Venables of Kinderton.  Richard Venables had two daughters: Alice Venables and Douce Venables were co-heiresses of Kinderton.  Alice married Sire Edmund BTrafford and Douce Venables married Sir Robert Booth.  The Venables estate was divided.

Great-Great son of John Legh and Isabel "Ellin" Baggilegh:  

Sir John de Legh of Booths, Knight, aged 24 in  (1438) was killed in the Battle of Blore Heath, . He was great-great grandson of John and Isabel  Baggilegh  

 John Legh of Booths, son and heir died 1470.
married:  Emma Grosvenor; daughter and co-heiress of Robert Grosvenour
(Richard le Grosvenor acquired the Holme estate: a moated house/estate
Richards son:  Sir Robert Grosvenor gained a great addition to his estate by marrying the heiress of Pulford."
 Hulme. (They had one son and Emma subsequently married Raufe Egerton in 1474.)

 John Legh of Booths, Esq., son and heir of John and Emma: died (1484) married: Ann, daughter of Sir William Boothe, Knight, of Dunham Massey. John Legh and Ann had  daughter:

Elizabeth Legh: married Peter Shakerley and took with her the Hulme estate of her paternal grandmother.
The Legh of Booths estate then went to John Legh's uncle, Peter Legh. 

 Peter Legh of Booths,  age 30 in  (1485). 

Peter  Legh, Knight :  married: Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Andrew Brereton of Brereton, They had four sons and four daughters

Manor of Sandbach:

Source:  "History of the Ancient Parish of Sandbach:"  by:  J.P. Earwaker The Legh family are decendents of John de Leigh and Richard de Sandbach; High Sherriff in 1224.

John de Leigh married the only daughter of Richard de Sandbach:  Elizabeth Isabel Sandbach.  She inherited her father's estate of "Little Hassall" and it passed into the Leigh family upon her marriage to John Leigh

John Leigh was a direct descendent of Randle de Mechines, Earl of Chester in 1086. After John Leigh's death,  the Manor of Sandbach  "Little Hassell" passed into the  Thomas Stanley family in 1423. Thomas Stanley married Margaret Bostock;  daughter of Adam Bostock  (b1325/30),and Margaret  Wettenhall Bostock.

Thomas Audley Stanley married Margaret Bostock.  Margaret was first married H. Davenport of Henbury.

Thomas Stanley's father: Thomas Audley; youngest brother of James "Lord Audley" married the daughter and sole heir of Sir Henry de Stanley.  Thomas Audley became Thomas Stanley upon the marriage.: 

          Exerted from the “Baldwin Project”       LEICESTER AND RUTLAND 

Story of Sir William Stanley:  


IN Bosworth Field , olose by the pleasant town of Market Bosworth , was fought the last battle in the thirty years' long Wars of the Koses. Here Henry Tudor (who was descended from John of Gaunt), at the [146] head of 6000 men, met Richard III. with an army twice as large. The tyrant king cast his eyes round the field, and, seeing his rival at no great distance, he drove against him with fury, in the hope that either Henry's death or his own would decide the victory between them. He killed with his own hands Henry's standard-bearer; he dismounted another knight; he was now within reach of his rival, who declined not the combat. Then Sir William Stanley, breaking in with his troop, surrounded Richard, who, fighting bravely to the last, perished by a fate too mild and honourable for his detestable crimes. The body of Richard, thrown carelessly across a horse, was carried to Leicester amid the shouts of the crowd, and was buried at the Grey Friars' Church of that place. Crown Hill, close by Bosworth Field , is still shown as the spot where Lord Stanley placed the crown upon Henry Tudor and proclaimed him king, Henry VII., the first of our Tudor sovereigns.

We must not omit to notice the beautiful Vale of Bever, "large, and very plentiful of good corn and grass," which lies to the north of Melton Mowbray. At the head of it is Bever, or Belvoir, Castle, upon a steep hill of red gritstone, such another "princely brow" as Windsor , with a wide view over a pleasant and fertile land.



VENEABLES Property passed to the Vernons by marriage:

Gilbert Veneables of Bollin/Bolyn;  came to Wales and England with "William the Conqueror".

 Gilbert Veneables was the younger brother of Stephen, Earl of Biois, living in 1086.  Peter Venables was the last male heir of the family, dying in 1679.  The estate of "Kinderton Hall" passed to Peter's daughter Anne Venables; wife of Montague, Lord Norreys.  Anne was known as the "Countess of Abingdon" in 1715.  The Barony of Kinderton passed to the Vernons of Sudbury, county Derby; in right of Mary, only sister of the last Baron of Kinderton.   Mary  married the first Lord Vernon.

Hugh Venables of Shipbrook, Baron of Parnell and Kinderton, married Agatha Vernon. Their daughter Katherine Venables married Sir James Massey of Pottington, Lancashire.Their daughter Elizabeth Venables married Sir Adam Bostock (b1412), Knight and Lord of Bostock. Hugh Venables gave his son Harmon Venables the lands of Winnington and Radnor.

The youngest son of Hugh Venables, of "AGDEN HALL": : Thomas Venables of Horton, in Hartford, near Northwich had son George Venables.  The direct line ended in George Venables, whose sole daughter and heiress: Elizabeth Venables married Sir Philip Touchet Chetwode of Oakley Hall in the county of Stafford.. .Sir Robert Touchet of Lawton and Tattenhall; married Alice; daughter and co-heiress of Roger Fitz Alured.  Ancestor of the Barons Audley and the Touchets of Whitley. During the time of King Henry II, Sir Robert Touchet owned the township lands in Anlubry in Over Whittley.  His descendent Thomas Touchet built the "Whitley Chapel" in 1672.  His son, William Touchet died in 1684. William's daughter and heiress married Philip Chetwode of Oakley Hall.

Edmund Audley, son of Lord Audley of Heyley (Earl of Ireland and "Caslte Haven") BECAME  Edmund Touchet.  He studied at Oxford and became a prelate lawyer.  He also became the Bishop of Salisbury; died in 1624 and is buried in Ramsbury.


.Adam  (b 1412) married Elizabeth Venables of St. Martin Parish; daughter  and one of two heiresses of Sir Hugh Venables of Shipbrook; Baron of Parnell and Kinderton. Their sons were: Ralph (b1434/40), John of Belgrave (b 1436); Nicholas of Mobberly (b 1437);  and our descendent: William  (b 1450) of Whatcroft, Stapleton, Bostock and London ."

 SOURCES are listed at the bottom of my main webpage.


Researched and Posted By:  Wanda Bostic Dunlap   Sept 2009