The Register: Iron-works

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Register and Records of Holm Cultram. Originally published by T Wilson & Son, Kendal, 1929.

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50b. (H. 1 and 2; D. art. 17).—William, earl of Albemarle, grants to Holm abbey a forge in Winefel [probably Smithy fell in Whinfell, west of Lorton] wherever required, with green and dry wood to make charcoal, and iron-ore (mina ferri) at Egremont. [He died in 1179.]

50c. (H. 1).—Cecilia, countess of Albemarle, to her stewards, sheriffs, bailiffs, etc. She has granted to Holm abbey one forge in her forest of Wynfell, and dead wood in the wood (boscum) between the Eigne [river Ehen] and the Koker [river Cocker] to keep up the forge; and iron-ore at Egremont; and pasture for two cows and two horses in the same forest; rent one mark of silver a year. [This grant is not included by pope Alexander in 1175 (no. 269). It must date between 1160, when she came into her estates by the death of her brother, 'the boy of Egremont,' and 1174–5.]

50d. (H. 2; D. art. 7).—Antony de Lucy grants to Holm abbey leave to take, carry and burn dead wood in his wood of Allerdale, to make charcoal for their forges in the Holm; but not to take charcoal in the said wood to smelt their iron-ore without special leave. The abbey to pay yearly at Michaelmas 4s. in silver. [Anthony f. Thomas de Lucy was sheriff of Cumberland at various dates from 1318 to 1341.]

50e. (H. 1).—Lambert de Multon grants to Holm abbey 24 dozen [loads] of iron ore (xxiiij duodenas mine ferri) in Coupland to keep up a forge, to be taken yearly from a place where he and his men get iron ore. Also right of way for the monks and their men and goods when carrying and digging. But the monks are not to smelt the said ore in his part of Coupland. They are to pay him half a mark of silver yearly. Witnesses—Alan de Multon, his brother, Patrick de Wirkenton, etc. [Lambert f. Thomas de Multon married one of the Lucy heiresses about 1215 and died 1246–7.]

50f. (H. 1).—Thomas de Multon, son and heir of Lambert confirms the last. Witnesses—Sir T. de Multon ['primus' of Gilsland], Sir Alan his brother, etc. [From this it has been inferred that Sir Thomas 'primus' had a brother Alan as well as a cousin of that name; but perhaps this Alan was brother to Thomas 1 f. Lambert of Egremont. Date about 1247.]

50g. (H. 1 and 2; D. art. 16).—Thomas [11] de Multon, lord of Copeland, son and heir of Sir Thomas de Multon, confirms [nos. 50e, 50f]. Witnesses—Sir Richard de Hodeliston, etc. [Sir Richard de Hudleston of Millom may date as early as 1314 (C. & W. Trans. xxiv, 200), and Thomas de Multon 11 died 1322.]