Lords of the Manor of Bisley
The Hamlet of Bisley was originally part of the manor of Byfleet, owned by Chertsey Abbey (probably from it's foundation in AD 666).
From 1337 to 1533 the manor was granted to the Duchy of Cornwall, reverting to the crown when there was no Duke. The Dukedom of Cornwall always belongs to the eldest son of the Sovereign. Cornwall was the first dukedom ever conferred in the Kingdom of England, being created for Edward, the Black Prince, the eldest son of Edward III in 1337. After Edward predeceased the King, the dukedom was recreated for his son, the future Richard II. Under a charter of 1421, the dukedom passes to the Sovereign's eldest son and heir. If the eldest son of the Sovereign dies, his eldest son does not inherit the Dukedom. However, if the eldest son should die without children, his next brother obtains the Dukedom. Underlying these rules is the principle that only a son of the Sovereign — never a grandson, even if he is the Heir Apparent - may be Duke of Cornwall.
In those days, Windsor Forest extended as far as Woking - it is likely that the Dukes and Sovereigns visited the area on hunting trips but otherwise would have taken little or no interest. When James I granted Bisley to Sir Edward Zouch in 1620 (along with Woking and Chobham), it became split from Byfleet and has been a separate manor ever since.
In 1298, Henry de Leybourne sold a piece of the land (approx 52 acres) to Hugh de Smershull, which thus became detached from the rest of the hamlet and is the piece shown on the tithe map as 'Bisley detached'
|Prior to 1250||Chertsey Abbey||1511-1514||Henry VIII|
|c.1250-1267||Richard de Lucy||1514-1514||Prince Henry|
|1267-1285||Geoffrey de Lucy||1514-1533||Henry VIII|
|1285-1294||Geoffrey de Lucy jnr.||1533-1536||Catherine of Aragon|
|1294-1325||Henry de Leybourne||1536-1547||Henry VIII|
|1298-1305||'Bisley detached' to Hugh de Smershull||1547-1553||Edward VI|
|1305-1319||'Bisley detached' to Amicia de Chabeham||1553-1558||Mary I|
|1319-1325||'Bisley detached' to John de Arderne||1558-1603||Elizabeth I|
|1307-13??||Peter de Gaveston||1603-16??||James I|
|13??-1327||Edward II||16??-1612||Prince Henry Frederick|
|1327-1330||Queen Isabella||1612-1619||Ann of Denmark|
|1330-1336||John of Eltham (Earl of Cornwall)||1619-1620||James I|
|1336-1337||Edward III||1620-1634||Sir Edward Zouche|
|1337-1376||Prince Edward (The Black Prince)||1634-1644||James Zouch|
|1376-1377||Prince Richard of Bordeaux||1644-1708||James Zouch jnr.|
|1377-1399||Richard II||1708-1715||Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland|
|1399-1413||Prince Henry||1715-1736||John Walter Esquire|
|1413-1421||Henry V||1736-1752||Abel Walter|
|1421-1422||Prince Henry||1752-1814||George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow|
|1422-1453||Henry VI||1814-1827||Thomas Onslow, 2nd Earl of Onslow|
|1453-1461||Prince Edward of Westminster||1827-1870||Arthur George Onslow, 3rd Earl of Onslow|
|1461-1483||Edward IV||1870-1911||William Hillier Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow|
|1483-1483||Edward V||Nov 1894||Bisley Surrey Parish Council established and formed under the "Local Government Act".|
|1483-1484||Prince Edward of Middleham||1911-1945||Richard William Alan Onslow, 5th Earl of Onslow|
|1484-1485||Richard III||1945-1971||William Arthur Bampfylde Onslow, 6th Earl of Onslow|
|1485-1486||Henry VII||1971-2011||Michael William Coplestone Dillon Onslow, 7th Earl of Onslow|
|1486-1502||Prince Arthur Tudor||2011 to date||Rupert Charles William Bullard Onslow, 8th Earl of Onslow|
|1502-1509||Prince Henry Tudor|