The earliest spelling is FROLI Other spellings: FROELI, FROILL, FROILLE, FROYELE, FROYELL, FROYAL. Froli was a Royal Manor in the reign of Edward the Confessor, and was held by the king “in his own person”. Froli is mentioned in Domesday.
1086 The manor was given by William the Conqueror to the Nuns of St.Mary’s Abbey, Winchester (Nunnaminster), and was held by them until the Dissolution in 1540. This refers mainly to the part now known as Upper Froyle.
At Lower Froyle were two sub-manors:-
1. Husseys - first mentioned in 1262. Held by Walter Heuse (Hussey), sold to Thomas Colrith in 1416. Became the property of the Jephsons in about 1639. In 1652 sold by the Jephsons to John and Robert Fiennes, and bought from the Fiennes in 1656 by Bernard Burningham. The manorial rights remained with the chief manor.
2. Brocas - John de Brocas, a refuge from Gascony, took service with Edward III. He fought at Crecy and at the siege of Calais, and for his services he became Sir John Brocas and received manors at about seven places in Hampshire, including Froyle. Brocas was acquired by the Jephsons in about 1639 and sold to the Fiennes in 1652. By 1639 it had, like Husseys, become part of the chief manor.
1540 The main, or chief manor was acquired by William Jephson, and held with the additions of Brocas and Husseys later by his descendants, until 1652.
1652  John and Richard Fiennes, younger sons of Viscount Saye and Seale, bought the whole of the estate. They sold Husseys to Bernard Burningham in 1656, but not the manorial rights. 
1666  Samuel Gauden of Lincoln’s Inn Fields bought the whole of the estate, except Husseys, from John and Richard Fiennes. He probably built the Pigeon Loft at Froyle Place as the stone (now in the Church) says S.G.1686. He died in 1693. Tomb in the Chancel. 
1693  Jonathan Gauden, son of Samuel Gauden, died 1705. Tomb in Chancel. 
1705  Gauden Draper, nephew of Jonathan Gauden, died 1710. Tomb in Chancel.
1710  William Draper, son of Gauden Draper. (The Dower House, which stood in the Park opposite the School, was built for Gauden Draper’s widow). William Draper died in 1765. His daughter, Mrs. Mary Nicholas, paid forfeit for not having him buried in woollen. Tomb in Chancel. 
1765  Mary Nicholas, daughter of William Draper (his son died in infancy). Mary married William Nicholas, who died in 1764. 
1770  Sir Thomas Miller, 5th Baronet, formerly of Lavant, near Chichester, purchased Froyle Place with the whole of the manorial rights. Mary Nicholas kept the Dower House and part of the Park, and she and her descendants, the Moodys, lived there until 1860. Between 1770 and 1780 the Lower Froyle part of the estate was sold to Sir Thomas Miller, the Burninghams and the Westbrooks. 
1816  The Rev. Sir Thomas Combe Miller, 6th Baronet, second son of the 5th Baronet. He became vicar of Froyle in 1811, and was largely responsible for the rebuilding of the Nave in 1812. His elder brother, John, died before 1816, so he became both Vicar and Lord of the Manor. For many years he had a curate named Aubutin who was largely responsible for the preservation of the stained glass in the Church. Sir Thomas Combe Miller, Bt. died in 1864. 
1864  Sir Charles Hayes Miller, 7th Baronet, son of Sir Thomas Combe Miller. He founded Froyle School. He died in 1868. Coffin in vault in churchyard. 
1868  Sir C.J.Miller, 8th Baronet, (then a boy nine years of age). He went away to school, and afterwards entered the Army, the affairs of the estate being carried on by his uncle. He came back to Froyle in 1892, but did not live at Froyle Place. From 1868 until the Trustees of the Lord Mayor Treloar College purchased it in 1947, Froyle Place was let to various tenants. Sir C.J.Hubert Miller died in 1941. Coffin in vault in churchyard. 
1941  Mrs.Loyd, niece of Sir C.J.Miller. Mrs.Loyd sold Froyle Place, and 63 acres of the Park to the Trustees of the Lord Mayor Treloar College in 1947, and the rest of the estate with the manorial rights in 1949. 


It is thought that at the Conquest, in 1066, the ‘great Norman Baron’ Hugh de Port from Port-en Bessein (Basing) held the Froyle manorial rights as ‘under Lord to render military service’. He was given 54 other Hampshire Manors.

Extract from Victoria County History - Alton Hundred.

“Hussey’s farm lies to the east of the parish. The manor of Hussey’s is mentioned as early as 1262-3; a tenement, consisting of a messuage, mill, and a caracute of land, was then acquired by Walter Hussey (Heuse) of his brother William, and Agnes, his wife. Nicholas Hussey held land in Froyle in 1336, and Nicholas Hussey, and Christine his wife, in 1382. In 1414, they conveyed to, amongst other persons, Richard Wyett, who, in 1416, acknowledged money received of Thomas Colrith for the “manor” of Husseys. This is the earliest mention that has come to light of the holding as a “manor”. Husseys probably descended, as did Coldrey, to Sir Richard Holt, and from him to Sir Edward Berkeley, who was a free suitor to the lady of the chief manor of Froyle in 1502.

In 1539, at the time of the suppression of St. Mary’s Abbey, Winchester, the rent for Husseys was paid by Sir Richard Lyster, chief Baron of the Exchequer. In 1557, Husseys was conveyed by John Gyffard, and Susan his wife, to John Fitzwilliam, who, in 1564, died seized of it, leaving a son and heir, William aged fifteen. The manor had before 1659, become the property of the Jephsons, owners of the chief manor of Froyle, and was sold by them in 1666 to Samuel Gauden, and the manorial rights have presumably remained in the subsequent owners of the manor of Froyle. In the rental of 1415, Nicholas Hussey is returned as tenant, and held the property described as seven virgates of land, and two mills, and held at a rent of 61/-.”

Extract from ‘Highways and Byways in Hampshire’ by D.H. Moutray Read.

“John Brocas, founder of the family, was one of three brothers educated at the Court of Edward II and his successor. A Gascon knight, by name Arnald de Brocas, is mentioned by chroniclers as having fallen ’in partibus Scotiae’, and this fact, in connection with the upbringing of the Brocas brothers, has led to the assumption that the royal proteges were the sons of Arnald, probably a victim at Bannockburn. At any rate John de Brocas was ’valettus’ to the King in 1314, and ten years later his brother was rector of Guildford, and Arnold, the youngest, became master of the Horse to Prince John.

On John de Brocas was bestowed the post of ’Custos equorum regis’, no sinecure under the third Edward, with his large studs and all his “coursers, palfreys, trotters, hobbies, genets, hengests and somers”, not to mention the important “destrier”, or ’Great Horses’. The King not only knew a good horse but paid high prices for his fancy, as witness such items in the Issues of the Exchequer as:-

“For the purchase of the three undermentioned chargers, to wit, one called Pokers, of a grey colour, with a black head, price 120l.; another called Labret, dappled with grey spots, price 70l.; and the third, called Bayard, of a bright brown-bay, with the two hind feet white, price 50l.”

At least £2,400, £1,400. and £1,000 of our money. But those days saw the apotheosis of the horse. He had no rival. Without him war, commerce, even everyday intercourse was literally at a standstill. He gave the very name to the age - chevalry. So John Brocas, ’Gardein de nos grands chevaux’, in official “tunic of blue, and cape of white Brussels cloth”, was an important and most occupied personage

In 1337, Sir John de Brocas was chief Ranger of Windsor, and Warden of Nottingham Gaol, as well as Master of the Horse. In 1337 he was given the estate of Froyle as a reward for loyal services to the King. But the Brocas who cut his name highest on the pinnacle of fame was Bernard, Sir John’s third son. He it was who married, (as his second out of three wives), Mary des Roches of Roche Court, and he acquired Beaurepaire. He was a friend of the Black Prince, and of William Wykeham. He lived for some 65 years, took part in the French Wars, was Constable of the Aquitaine, Master of the Buckhounds, Constable of Corfe Castle, Warden of Episcopal Parks, Controller of Calais, Chamberlain to Queen Anne, Captain of Sandgate Castle, and in Hampshire he was a Knight of the Shire and Commissioner for Defence. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded by another Bernard, his son by his second wife, Mary des Rochas.

This Bernard was executed at Tyburn for his part in the plot to kill the King, (Henry Bolingbroke, Henry IV), at Oxford in 1399. The Brocas family held Froyle until 1539.

The earliest known spelling of the name is Bromwycham, which means “House of Broom Village”. William de Bromwycham came over with the Normans, and, about 1100, was granted lands where the city of Birmingham now stands. After several centuries the family name became Burningham, and the place name Birmingham.

In about 1172, Piers de Bromycham (or Bermynghame), went to Ireland with Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, and helped to conquer that country for Henry II. He was created Lord of Athenry in County Galway, and afterwards other members of his family were granted estates in Northern Ireland. Peter Burningham came to Froyle in 1612.

In about 1612, Peter, the fourth son (hence the Martlet Crest) of Baron de Bermyngham of Athenry, settled in Froyle at Cattleys, where Froyle House now stands, and his son Bernard bought Hussies (or Husseys) in 1656.

From 1710 - 1765, William Draper was Lord of the Manor of Froyle. His only son died in infancy. His daughter, Mary, married William Nicholas in 1748.

Two memorials in the Church state that William Nicholas was Lord of the Manor of Froyle. In fact, William Nicholas died in 1764, the year before his father-in-law William Draper. William Draper’s tomb in the Chancel says Lord of the Manor, as does also the Burial Register, but there is no mention of Lord of the Manor on the tomb of William Nicholas in the churchyard, or in the Burial Register. Mary, his wife, died in 1791.

They had two sons, William Draper Nicholas who died in 1786, and John Nicholas, who died in 1778. Also three daughters, Ann Nicholas who died in 1826, Mary Annabella who married Vernon Moody - she died in 1829. This Mary Annabella had two daughters: Mary Elizabeth Moody, who died in 1855, and Rebecca Annabella Moody, who died in 1860. The third daughter of Mary and William Nicholas married Rev. Wheddon.

All these tombs, with the exception of John Nicholas, are in the churchyard on the South side. John Nicholas was buried in Barbados.

The residence of the Nicholas family, and afterwards the Moodys, was in the Park opposite the School, and the present school premises formed the kitchen garden. The pond and well in the park are still called Moody’s pond and Moody’s well.

There is a date on Ann Draper’s stone in the church. The date is given as 173½. The entry in the Burial Register records the death of Mary Draper as 1732. Probably the stone was placed in the Chancel many years after, and they were not certain whether she died in 1731 or 1732.

The first Miller entries in the register are as follows:-

1778 Buried Ann, daughter of Sir Thomas Miller, Bt. 
1783  Buried Frances, daughter of Sir Thomas Miller, Bt. 
1784  Buried George, son of Sir Thomas Miller, Bt. 

This Sir Thomas Miller, Bt., was the 5th Baronet. He was M.P. for Lewes, 1774 - 1778, and Portsmouth, 1806 - 1816. He died in 1816, but was not buried at Froyle. He was twice married. His second wife was Elizabeth Edwards. She died in 1800, aged 50. His eldest son, John, died in 1804, aged 34. Sir Thomas Miller purchased Froyle place in 1770.

In 1790 Hannah Miller (daughter of Sir Thomas Miller, Bt.) married at Froyle, Sir John St. Leger Gullman, (spelt also Gilman and Gillman). She died in 1803, aged 39. Sir John Gullman died in 1816, and their son, John, died in 1812.

The first baronet, Sir Thomas Miller died in 1705, and is buried in Chichester Cathedral, as is also the second baronet, Sir John Miller who died in 1721.