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The Barony of Dudley


The history of Dudley Castle and the Barony of Dudley

Dudley Castle was for many years the home of the Barons of Dudley, and hence they share a common history

Dudley Castle, like many castles in England, was founded shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. A formidable French knight by the name of Ansculf, who came from Picquigney, near Amiens, gained the estate of Dudley in 1070, following the unsuccessful rebellion of the Saxon lord, Earl Edwin of Mercia ...

Read more about the history of Dudley Castle and the Barony HERE ...


The Barons of Dudley, 1070 - 1757

The information below is drawn from the book "An Illustrated Chronicle of the Castle and Barony of Dudley", by John Hemingway.

1 Ansculf of Picquigy ?
2 William Fitz Ansculf ?
3 Fulke Paganell ?
4 Ralph Paganell 1130's - 1150
5 Gervase Paganell 1150 -1194
6 Ralph de Somery 1194 - 1210
7 Ralph de Somery 1210 - 1216
8 William Percival de Somery 1216 - 1222
Nicholas de Somery * 1222 - 1229
9 Roger de Somery I 1229 - 1235
10 Roger de Somery II 1235 - 1272
11 Roger de Somery III 1272 - 1291
12 Agnes De Somery 1291 - 1309
13 John de Somery 1309 - 1322
14 John de Sutton I 1322 - 1325
15 Hugh Despencer 1325 - 1326
16 John de Sutton II 1327 - 1360
17 Isabella de Sutton 1360 - 1397
18 John de Sutton V 1401 - 1406
19 Constance de Sutton 1406 - 1422
20 John de Sutton VI 1422 - 1487
21 Edward Sutton I 1487 - 1532
22 John Sutton VII 1532 - 1537
23 John Dudley 1537 - 1553
24 Edward Sutton II 1554 - 1586
25 Edward Sutton III 1586 - 1643
26 Frances Ward 1635 - 1697
27 Edward Ward I 1697 - 1701
28 Edward Ward II 1701 - 1704
29 Edward Ward III 1704 - 1731
30 William Ward 1731 - 1740
31 Ferdinando Dudley Lea 1740 - 1757

* Nicholas de Somery was only a child when his father died, and his lands were held in wardship. He died while still in his minority.


An Illustrated Chronicle of the Castle and Barony of Dudley - The Book

For much more information about the Barony of Dudley, read the book!

Book coverThis book, describing the history of Dudley Castle and the Barony was written by John Hemingway, the Archaeological Officer of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, and was published in 2006 by The Friends of Dudley Castle. 178 pages, including many (colour and black and white) pictures, with a soft cover. 12.50 (excluding postage and packing).

Details of the book and how to order it.