The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham: Volume 3, Stockton and Darlington Wards. Originally published by Nichols and Son, London, 1823.
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PARISH OF ELWICK.
The Parish of Elwick, or Elwick-hall (fn. 1) is bounded by Monk-Hesilden and Hart on the North, by Hart and Greatham on the East, by the Chapelry of Wolviston and by Grindon South, and by Sedgfield on the West. Within these limits it forms a very irregular figure, stretching in length from North to South, and following on its Western and South-eastern boundaries, the irregular course of the Emilden and Claxton becks.
The Parish forms but one Constablery. There is no village (for that of Elwick is in the Parish of Hart), but it includes the manors, granges, or farmholds of Amerston, Newton Hansard, Bruntoft, Close, and Stotfold.
The first boundary at the gate going out of the glebe in the road to Trimden, John Speck's land on one side the road, and William Jourdison's on the other. The iid in High Stotfold Moor, in a corner beneath a hill close by the beck side, butting on Mr. Maire's land, in the parish of Sedgefield. The iiid in a corner of Amerstone farm, North-west of the Gill, between Sir Edward Smith's land and Mr. Maire's. The iiiith in Close farm in the Gill by the beck side, where the water makes a peninsula, butting on Sr Edward Smith's land, and near Mr. Tempest's. The vth in Poplar-row farm, in the corner of a field butting on Mr. Tempest's and Mr. Spearman's land. The vith in Newton-Hansard, in a field butting on Mr. Tempest's land in Grindon Parish, and on Mr. Hogg's land in Wolviston Chapelry. The viith in High Bruntoft, at a gate in the Gill, butting on John Grange's land in Wolviston Chapelry. The viiith in the Stobb farm, close by the beck side, butting on the glebe land, and on Mr. Smith's, in the township of Newton. The ixth in Low Stotfield, in the meadow-field near the beck side, butting on Claxton lands, in the parish of Greatham, and on Brereton lands, in the parish of Stranton. The xth in Middle Stotfield Pasture, and the gate going into the landing, and butting on High Stotfield grounds, and on Grace Ranson's and William Chilton's lands, in the parish of Hart.
- Robert Parker, Rector.
- John Arrowsmith.
- George Wilkinson.
- Francis Sheraton.
- Thomas Wilkinson.
- Entry in the Par.Reg.
- John White.
- Robert Thompson.
In its original state was a little picturesque, grey structure, with a low massy tower and buttresses. It occupies a remarkable knoll, or swell, on the edge of a deep gully, or ravine, which divides it from the long scattered village of Elwick Eastwards. The prospect from the church-yard stretches far and wide over the level cultivated country to the South and East, with the lofty Beacon-hill on the North-west.
The nave, divided from the chancel by a low circular arch, has ailes formed by round pillars, supporting pointed arches. The tower seems added to the nave on the South, in front of the South aile (fn. 2).
- Memoriæ Sacrum
- Roberti Parker, S. T. P.
- cujus propé corpus requiescit.
- Qui stirpe antiquâ et honestâ,
- in agro Staffordiensi, ortus,
- apud Carthusianos, literis imbutus fuit;
- deinde Cantabridgiæ,
- omni liberali doctrinâ politissimus,
- literas sacras præcipué coluit,
- Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ decus et tutamen;
- regi et reipublicæ amicus,
- suavissimis moribus, incorruptâ vitâ,
- res sacras hujus parochiæ rector
- per annos xxxvi feliciter curavit.
- Obiit xviii die Augusti;
- Anno Christi mdcclxxvi.
- ætatis lxxiv.
- Hoc marmor Thomas Parker, eques auratus, et
- serenissimo regi, Georgio Tertio, a consiliis
- secretis, fratri de se optimé merito mœrens posuit.
Succession of Rectors.
- Stephanus, Rector Eccles. de Ellewick, occ. 1200.
- William de Gypwico (fn. 3).
- Luke de Perers, occ. 15 Apr. 1327.
- Richard de Castro Bernardi, 1352.
- Walter de Hareham, 1353.
- John del Bek, 1359.
- John de Castro Bernardi, 1361.
- Hugo de Westwyk, 1362.
- John Atte Lee, 1367.
- William de Trafford, 1368.
- John de Battisford, 1373.
- John Bowring, 1376.
- Thomas Wyot, 1378.
- John Gyll, 1400.
- Will. de Winlaton, 1424. p. m. Gyll.
- Robert Heighington, 1501.
- Thomas Atkynson, 1546.
- George Clyffe, S. T. B. (fn. 4) 1562.
- Henry Ewbank (fn. 5), A. M. 1598.
- Gabriel Clark (fn. 6), A. M. 1620.
- John Cosin (fn. 7), S. T. B. 1624, p. res. Clark.
- John Bowey, an intruder, ejected 1660.
- Daniel Bollen, A. M. 1660, p. res. Cosin.
- Dennis Granville (fn. 8), A. M. 1664.
- George Brereton, A. M. 1667, p. res. Granvill.
- Hamond Beaumont (fn. 9), A. M. 1672, p. res. Brereton.
- John Bowes (fn. 10), S. T. P. 1701, p. m. Beaumont.
- William Eden (fn. 11), 1715, p. res. Bowes.
- Robert Parker (fn. 12), D. D. 1741, p. m. Eden.
- William Vaughan (fn. 13), A. M. 1776, p. m. Parker.
- George Sayer (fn. 14), A. M. 1777, p. res. Vaughan.
- George Watson, A. M. 1783, p. res. Sayer.
- Joseph Richardson (fn. 15), D. D. Queen's Coll. Oxon.
Aymundestun (fn. 16) was granted by Gilbert Hansard to St. Giles, of Kepyer (fn. 17), and passed at the Dissolution, with the other lands of the Hospital, to Cockburn, Lord of Black Ormiston, who sold to Heath (fn. 18).
In 1590 John Heath, of Kepyer, Esq. died seised of the manor or chief messuage of Amerston, held of the Queen by the fortieth part of a knight's fee (fn. 19). In 1600 John Heath, his son, sold the estate to Henry Dethicke, Master of Greatham Hospital (fn. 20), whose son and heir, Martin Dethicke, survived him in 1613, and soon after sold to the Ashmalls, who made Amerston their seat for several descents.
The family terminated in the Rev. Ferdinando Ashmall, who survived all his father's house, and attained the extraordinary age of a hundred and four. His trustees (fn. 21) (for he was, like his fathers, a Catholic,) sold Amerston in 1762 (fn. 22) to Humphrey Robinson, whose nephew George Robinson, of Amerston, is the present owner.
Pedigree of Dethick, of Amerston.
‡ His grandson, Henry Dethick, Richmond Herald; died in 1707, and left a son Henry (æt. 18, 1692,) apparently the last of his family, for he is stated in the newspapers of the day to have married a young woman of the Mitre Coffee-house, with a view to prevent the name of Dethick from becoming extinct. In his will, dated 1740, “being now in bed, where I have been confined by a rheumatism fitt about eighteen weeks,” he constitutes his wife Susanna Dethick sole executrix; proved 1742.
Pedigree of Ashmall, of Amerston.
Newton-Hansard derives its addition from the ancient Lords of Walworth. It was afterwards the estate of the Lords Dacre, of Gillesland; of William Dacre, Chivaler, who died in 1362, seised of the manor of Newton-Hansard, (which Alice Countess of Lincoln sometime held, and died without an heir,) held by the fourth part of a knight's fee (fn. 23), leaving Ralph Dacre his brother and heir, who granted the estate for term of his life to Catharine, of Whitfield (fn. 24), who, with the consent probably of Dacre, passed the estate by fine to John Nevill, of Raby, in whose descendants it remained vested, with the neighbouring estate of Stotfold, till the forfeiture. In 1575 Queen Elizabeth granted, inter alia, the tenements called Swainston and Newton-Hansard, parcel of the possessions of the Earl of Westmorland, to Thomas Calverley and Henry Anderson, Esquires (fn. 25). In 1638 Sir John Calverley, Knt. of Littleburn, died seised of the manor of Newton-Hansard (fn. 26), and it was the estate of his grandson, Sir Henry Calverley, Knt. of Eryholme, in 1684 (fn. 27). It afterwards passed by purchase, with Poplar-row, to the Smiths of Burnhall, and it was again alienated some years ago to the wealthy family of Thelluson.
Stotfold (fn. 28),
On the South-eastern verge of the Parish. The manor belonged to the family of Kilkenny (fn. 29), whose descent has been stated under Stanley (vol. II. p. 229), and was held of the Bishop by sixpence, Wodesilver. Stotfold afterwards passed by purchase to the Nevills (fn. 30), and was alienated immediately before the forfeiture, by Charles Earl of Westmoreland, to William Selby, of Newcastle (fn. 31), whose son, Sir George Selby (fn. 32), settled this and other estates (charged with a provision for his own daughters) on his brother Sir William Selby, of Shortflatt. From the Selbys the estate passed to the wealthy families of Carr and Milbank. Ralph-John Fenwick, Esq. M. D. purchased High Stotfold from the executors of Ralph Carr, of Cocken, Esq. and sold the same estate to Jonathan Backhouse, Esq. of Darlington. Middle Stotfold belongs to the family of Shipperdson (fn. 33) by purchase from Milbanke. Low Stotfold was alienated by John Hall, of Weston Colvill, in Cambridgeshire, Esq. (son and heir of General Thomas Hall) to Watson Alcock, Esq. of Stockton, surgeon, 3 April 1818 (fn. 34).
Bruntoft (fn. 35).
Odo, Ralph, Robert, and Philip (fn. 36) were successively lords of the vill, and assumed the local name (fn. 37). Philip de Bruntoft sold the manor to John, son of Peter, of Hertelpole (fn. 38), whose son William Fitz John de Hertelpole stiles himself lord of Bruntoft in 1312. The estate a century later had become vested by purchase in the Claxtons (fn. 39), and in 1484 fell, on partition, to Sir William Bulmer, who married Margaret, eldest of the four coheirs of Sir Robert Claxton (fn. 40).
By Ind. 8 July 1605, Sir Bertram Bulmer, of Tursdale, Knt. and Henry Bulmer, of Guisbrough, co. York, Esq. granted the manor of Bruntoft, alias Burnetofte (sometime the estate of Francis Bulmer, father of Sir Bertram), to John Fetherstonhalgh, of Stanhope, Esq. Ralph Fetherstonhalgh, Esq. son and heir of John, settled the same estate (with lands in Wolviston) in trustees, for the use of his second son Ralph Fetherstonhalgh (fn. 41). 14 July 1652 Christopher Fulthorp, Esq. (the surviving trustee) released to the same Ralph Fetherstonhalgh, then of North Auckland, Gent. who conveyed, 20 July 1652, to William Pennyman, of Gray's Inn, Esq.; and he, 20 Jan. 1652-3, granted the same manor of Bruntoft, and lands in Wolviston, to Jerrard Salvin, of Croxdale, Esq. whose descendant, William-Thomas Salvin, Esq. is the present proprietor.
The Close, a warm, ancient farmhold on the South of Emilden Dene, was part of the old Elwick (fn. 42) estate of the Nevills, derived from Bruce and Fitz-Ribald. The Booths and Radcliffes lived here as tenants to the Earls of Westmoreland. By letters patent, 26 Apr. 29 Eliz. 1587, the Queen granted the Close (inter alia) to Charles Blenkensop, Gent. and John Taylor, who conveyed to Watts, Bayning, and Alabaster. By Ind. 6 May 1607, Sir John Watts, Alderman of London, Paul Bayning, Esq. and Thomas Alabaster, merchant, granted to Sir George Frevile, Knt. (for 1200l.) all that capital messuage called the Close, late in the tenure of Roger Radcliffe, Esq. parcel of the possessions of Charles Earl of Westmoreland, attainted, to hold in common socage of the manor of East Greenwich, under 13l. 6s. 8d. crown rent (fn. 43). In 1637 (Ind. 10 Aug. 13 Car.) Nicholas Frevile, Esq. nephew and devisee of Sir George Freville, sold the same estate to Gerard Salvin, of Croxdale, Esq. for 2,640l. (fn. 44) William-Thomas Salvin, Esq. is the present owner.
There was a chantry in the church of Elwick, founded by Walter de Cumba, who gave by charter to Robert Gernet, of Ellewyk, and Anastasia his wife, all his land in Bruntoft, charged with the payment of six marks annually to the Church of St. Peter, of Ellewyk, in consideration of which payment the Rector for the time being shall provide a Chaplain to sing, for ever, for Walter and all his benefactors (fn. 45).
Bruntoft tythe, &c. of two farmes belonginge to the D. and C. letten to Mr. Anthony Gibson, for 6l. To John Mainsforth, of Wolviston, the tithes of a quarter of a farme, 14s. To John Wardaile another farme, 15s. per ann. by 2s. 6d. per month (fn. 46). To James Rawling the tythes of Ranson's lands, and of the lands allotted for payment of Mr. Charles Elstobb's wife's (fn. 47) portion in Bruntoft, 5l. per ann. 16s. 8d. monthly. To Barnard Jackson the tithes of his half farm in Bruntoft, 29s.
In 1684 the freeholders in the whole parish of Elwick were, Sir Henry Calverley, of Newton-Hansard, Knt. (at Eryholme, in Yorkshire); Thomas Ashmall, of Amerston, Gent. Recusant; Thomas Mainsforth; Anthony Salvin, Esq. Close (Trustee for Jerrard Salvin).
*** 20 Sept. 27 Eliz. Henry Bulmer, Gent. demised three tenements in Bruntofte to Thomas Thadie, Gent. for 31 years, under 8l. rent. 5 Aug. 3 Jac. Bryan Thadie, Gent. son and heir of Thomas, and Nicholas Curwen, of Fayrholme, co. York Gent. and Emmote his wife, joined the Bulmers in a fine to John Fetherstonhalgh.