Peverel is thought to have been the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror and as a favourite of the first Norman monarch, he fought along side his father at the Battle of Hastings.

Rewarded for his loyalty, the Doomsday Book mentions that he was the holder of one hundred and sixty two manors, forming collectively the Honour of Peverel, in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including Nottingham Castle. He also built Peveril Castle, at Castleton in the Hope Valley and is immortalised still in Manchester by the Peveril of the Peak pub on Great Bridge Street.

He died in 1114, but his son, William the Younger, supported King Stephen during the civil war of Stephen and the Empress Matilda, a time known as the ‘Anarchy’.

Later he would be banished accused of attempting to poison Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester and Matilda’s son Henry Plantagenet; the future Henry II, then Count of Anjou, who threatened to confiscate his estates and hand them over to the Earl of Chester.

When Henry ascended the throne, he carried out the threat but with the Earl of Chester now deceased, the Peverel estates became the property of the Crown


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