Allington shown within Hampshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||West End|
|District||Borough of Eastleigh|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Allington was recorded as Ellatune in the eleventh century and in the thirteenth as Aldington. It is recorded in the Domesday Survey as being held by William Alis and contained two mills and a church. The land was granted to Alis in 1204 by Godfrey de Lucy, the Bishop of Winchester, with pannage rights given to the Priory of St Denys, which had just been founded. William Alis' descendents continued to hold the land, with Roger Alis recorded as the owner in 1223 and his son Thomas receiving the rents from the manor with his father's consent. Another William Alis possessed the estate until he died in 1304 without male issue, leaving the property to his two daughters with his widow retaining a life interest.
The daughters were Isabella, who was married to Robert le Helyon, and Margaret, who had married William le Rolleston. They each inherited a portion of the manor, the history of which diverges at this stage.
Two years after Margaret inherited her moiety, it passed to Richard Woodlock. Woodlock died in 1318 with his son William inheriting the moiety; his wife Margaret possessed this part of the manor in 1347, and when she died it passed to John Woodlock and his wife Agnes. They owned the moiety in 1379 and passed it on to their daughter Joan, who was in possession of it by 1408. Joan had two husbands, William Oysell at the time of her ownership of the moiety and William Park later on. In 1408 the property was transferred to John Fromond, steward of Winchester College. When he died in 1420 all his property in Allington was left to the college, to help clothe the Winchester College Chapel Choir, with his wife retaining a life interest until her death in 1442.
Two years after his wife inherited the other portion of the estate, Robert le Helyon purchased a dwelling and further land from Valentine and Ellen de Chaldecote. All of this passed to his son Thomas in 1326, but within four years the land was owned by another son, Walter, suggesting that Thomas had died. In 1408 this moiety was held by John More and his wife Amice, and they granted a portion of it to John Fromond of Winchester College at the same time as Joan Woodlock's land was transferred to him.
The land that was not transferred to Winchester College passed to John and Amice More's son, Henry, and his wife Christine, then onwards to their son Nicholas. Nicholas More died in 1496 and the land was divided between his infant daughters, Joan and Christine. Christine married John Dawtrey but died without having children, and her portion of the estate transferred to Joan. Joan's first husband was William Ludlow, and her second was Robert Temmes. She outlived them both, having had a son, George, with Ludlow, who inherited the estate on her death in 1563. George Ludlow died in 1580 with his son, Sir Edmund Ludlow, inheriting the estate. In 1618 the king granted Ludlow free warren. In 1622 Ludlow sold the lands for £900 to John Major of Southampton, who died eight years later with the lands passing to his son Richard. When Richard Major died his nephew Major Dunch inherited the manor; by 1672 Dunch was also in possession, though inheritance, the nearby estates of Baddesley and Townhill before inheriting Major's portion of Allington.
Dunch's properties were inherited by Frances Keck, and purchased by John White in 1750. White passed the estate on to Nathaniel Middleton, who sold it to William Gater (sometimes recorded as Cator) in 1799. Middleton was the sheriff of Hampshire in 1800. The property stayed in the Gater family until Caleb William Gater of Salisbury sold it to Lord Swaythling.
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- Woodward, Bernard Bolingbroke; Wilks, Theodore Chambers; Lockhart, C. (1861). A general history of Hampshire. Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward, Theodore Chambers Wilks. Retrieved 27 August 2013.