Fredville Park is still famous for its trees, the “Majesty Oak” is the largest maiden oak in England and is said by some to be a thousand or more years old. It is now unfortunately suffering from the ravages of time and has recently undergone some minor tree surgery. The once noted avenues of chestnut trees planted in the 18th century are now somewhat reduced in number, but the “Step Tree” still stands with some assistance.
The origins of the Manor of Fredville, owned since the middle of the 18th century by the Plumptre family, goes back to Domesday and beyond. Recent research has shown that Fredville’s history before its acquisition by the Boys family in 1485 is not as straightforward as previous histories have stated. Fredville, along with Esole, constituted the ancient manor of Essewelle recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, and which later became the knight’s fee of Essewelle, a part of the Dover castleward Barony of Maminot, which became the Barony of Say.