688-689 Oliver de Vaux, was one of the barons in arms against King John.
In the 13th of John's reign, Oliver paid five hundred marks, and five palfreys, for license to marry Petronill, a widown of William de Longchamp, daughter and heir of Guy de Croun, feudal lord of Croun, by whom he had three sons, Robert and William who died without children, and John, who succeed to the estates, but died in 1288 leaving two daughters.
~Burke's A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Extinct, Dormand and Abeyance, pg.
532 In the thirteenth year of the reign of John, Baron Oliver gave five hundred marks and five palfreys for license to marry Petronill to obtain her estate.1 Oliver was one of the Barons who met at Stamford and at Brackley ordering King John to restore the ancient rights and liberties of the people.1 In the thirteenth year of the reign of Henry III, Baron Oliver was called upon to support the king in Wales, and supplied twenty-two knights. John, who succeeded to the estates, was steward of Aquitane, in 1283, and had an allowance of 200 pounds, per annum, for his support in that office. in 1288, leaving his two daughters, his heirs: Patronilla, m.
Later, in the 29th year of the reign of Henry III, he supplied 32 knight’s fees and a half.1 One of the Barons in Arms against King John. to William de Nerford, who in the division of the estates had Therston and Shotestram, in the county of Norfolk; Wysete, in Suffolk, the moiety of a messuage in London, called Blaunch - Apleton, and other lands, amounting to twenty five knights' fees; Maud, m.
It contains a collection of exotic conifers including taxodium, cryptomeria, and numerous pines underplanted with box and yew.
Some of the trees are very mature, particularly the cedars.
This drive dates from c 1830 and was put in place by Baron Sondes, the lodge, game larder, and dovecote being designed by Donthorn.