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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Upwey; Upway; Waybaioux; Wayboyeux; Waybayouse; Wabyhouse

In the civil parish of Weymouth.
In the historic county of Dorset.
Modern Authority of Dorset.
1974 county of Dorset.
Medieval County of Dorset.

OS Map Grid Reference: SY66318493
Latitude 50.66311° Longitude -2.47800°

Waylim has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Licence to crenellate issued to Ellis de Rabayn for his dwelling place of his manor of Waylim, co. Dorset in 1264. Elias de Rabayne was granted licence to hold a market at his manor at Lyme Regis in 1271.

The original manor house was at the site occupied by Upwey House. (

One of the earliest lords of Upwey was Ranulph de Baieux. In the time of Henry III. John Baieux left two daughters as his sole heirs. The King granted the marriage of one of them to Elias Rabayne, an eminent man of the period, who under colour of that grant carried the other daughter over the seas, so that he might seize the whole estate. The result did not come up to the expectation of the crafty EIias, for his estates were forfeited to the King as a punishment for his covetousness. (Treves)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1264 Feb 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The identification as Upwey House as the site of the medieval manor house of Upwey appears to unsupported. It is not adjacent to the parish church but the village is in a gorge, liable to flooding, and the topography may have effected siting. Rabayne's tenure of this manor was fairly short but long enough to build a new manor house. However, it may well be he obtained the licence to crenellate purely to secure his claim to the manor and to curry royal favour or, more likely, to show, with an impressive parchment with royal seal attached by bright coloured silks, his royal favour to the local population. Wherever the C13 manor house was located the lack of remains and history suggest the house was not strongly fortified and the local topography would prevent moat building in any part of the manor.
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