Sir Robert Brudenell was a successful barrister who became Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He looked after the affairs of King Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort and was summoned to Henry VIII’s first Parliament in 1510, knighted in 1517, made a Privy Councillor and in 1521 was made Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
After marrying Margaret Entwistle in 1485, who owned land in Leicestershire which is still owned by the Brudenell family today, he took over the lease of Deene in 1514.
Deene had belonged to the Abbey of Westminster since before the Conquest. A rent of £18.00 per year was payable, which had been in force since the reign of King John, and which continued to be paid until 1970!