At the Domesday Survey Bramdean was called Brondene and was held by Miles the Porter from the king. Bramdean had been three manors held by two freemen in the time of King Edward. Miles the Porter and his descendents kept the king's gaol in Winchester, but later members of the family, having adopted the surname de Bramdean, neglected their duties as king's gaol-keepers. Richard I relieved the de Bramdeans of their duties and put William de Hoe in their place.
When King John came to the throne Henry de Bramdean disputed the award to William de Hoe, but King John disregarded the claims of both men and granted the custody of the castle and gaol of Winchester, together with the Manor of Woodcote in Bramdean, to Matthew de Wallop and his heirs. Further disputes arose, and the manor with the responsibilities of gaoler passed into the hands of other families. Tenure of Wood cote Manor depended upon custody of Winchester Gaol until the seventeenth century, when the manor was bought by the Venables family.
The Manor of Bramdean, which had been taken away from Henry de Bramdean by Richard 1, belonged to the Prior of Selborne until 1486, when it was transferred to Magdalen College, Oxford.
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