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This situation continued throughout the 18th century and by 1795 it was owned by Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Baronet of Castle Goring, grandfather of celebrated romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
In 1815 the ownership of the house and land passed to Sir Timothy Shelley, 2nd Baronet, father of the poet Shelley.
When Gregory’s son, Richard, came of age in 1654 he inherited the house, but set about extending and largely rebuilding the house.
A date plaque above the entrance porch shows the date 1656, along with the initials ‘R H M’ for Richard and Mary Haines, and as can be seen to the left, the date features elsewhere, including this drain head.
This included his ‘feether beeds’ (feather beds) and ‘brase pootes’ (brass pots).
The precise date of construction is uncertain, but is believed the earliest portion of the house dates back to the 14th century, and records reveal a ‘house and yardland’ were transferred from Philip of Wantley to John of Wantely in 1327.
By 1560 when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, West Wantley was recorded as Crown land and was granted to a Robert Mitchell, but by 1633 West Wantley had been purchased by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The young visitor grew up to become Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill.
The couple married in 1908 and had a long and happy marriage lasting 57 years until the death of Churchill in 1965.