Honour of Grafton
The Honour of Grafton is a collection of manors in the south east of Northamptonshire, England. The Honour is historic, dating back at least as far as 1542 when a bill for its management was before parliament.
Modern villages within the Honour include all or part of Abthorpe, Alderton, Ashton, Blakesley, Blisworth, Cold Higham, Furtho, Grafton Regis, Greens Norton, Hartwell, Passenham, Paulerspury, Potterspury, Roade, Stoke Bruerne, Shutlanger, Silverstone, Towcester, Whittlebury, and Yardley Gobion, and also encompass Whittlewood Forest.
On her death it was intended to pass to Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington but by the time the Queen died in 1705, Arlington was also dead, so the Honour passed to Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, his grandson and heir. The Dukedom of Grafton had been created for one of Charles II's natural sons by Lady Castlemaine. Wakefield Lodge, near Potterspury, was rebuilt by the 2nd Duke as his residence in Northamptonshire, but the main ducal seat is Euston Hall in Suffolk. The Dukes of Grafton kept their Northamptonshire estates until 1921.