Britwell Manor, afterwards called Britwell or Brightwell Court, is first mentioned in 1338 in
the possession of Edmund de Bereford.
The Britwell family ended in a female heir who
carried the estate in marriage to the Attegate family
of whom Thomas (Atte)gate is mentioned in connection with
Britwell in 1484.
His daughter and heir Alice Gate married Robert Woodford of Ashby Folville. In 1523 they settled Britwell and 200 acres of land on themselves for life with reversion to their son Thomas Woodford and Elizabeth his wife.
Thomas was succeeded in 1545 by his son and
heir James. He died some time after 1588, in
which year Britwell was settled on his wife Katherine
for life with reversion to their son Robert, who with
his mother Katherine was defendant in an action
brought in 1596 by Helen Wentworth about common
Katherine Woodford died two years later
and the lands and manor-house, then called Britwell
Place, reverted to Robert, who died in 1599, leaving
a young son John and a widow Ursula, afterwards
wife of Hugh Holland, with whom she lived in the
By his will Robert had given his
friends power to sell his lands in Britwell, and they
were apparently conveyed by John Woodford and
others to Anne, widow of Sir John Hart.