Sulgrave Manor – Ancestral Home of the Washington Family in England
George Washington’s ancestors moved from Washington Old Hall home in Wessyngton to near Banbury in Oxfordshire when in 1539 George Washington’s ancestor Lawrence Washington bought the Priority of St. Andrew and converted it to a manor house that he named Sulgrave. This was shortly after King Henry VIII had dissolved the monastaries. Then, sometime after 1558, Lawrence Washington added above the door the words ER to indicate “Elizabeth Regina,” in honor of Henry VIII’s daughter Elizabeth I. What motivated Lawrence Washington to move to Sulgrave was the growth of the wool industry in England, with Lawrence Washington becoming successful in the wool trade. After moving to Sulgrave, he became Mayor of Northampton. George Washington is descended from Lawrence Washington through his son, Robert Washington whose brother Lawrence was to marry Mary Argall, the mother of Samuel Argall who was to become Deputy Governor of Virginia and famous for taking Pocahontas captive. Below is a land grant signed by George Washington’s ancestor Robert Washington.