KEY HOLT CASTLE OWNERS
John de Warenne (7th Earl of Surrey) was awarded the Lordship of Bromfield and Yale in 1282 for successfully supporting Edward I’s conquest of Wales. By 1308 Holt Castle was complete and the title was then held by three generations of the de Warenne family. The seal shows Earl John de Warenne, in armour, on a barded horse, brandishing his sword. It also shows hauberk, coif and a surcoat of mail, a barrel helm with vizor down and prick spurs. On his shield and on the caparisons of his charger is the famous gold and blue check of Vermandois.
John de Warenne’s grandfather, Hamelin Plantagenet, adopted his very wealthy wife’s family name de Warenne which originated from the town and river of Varenne in Normandy.