An estate called Wetmore, covering the whole of
Horninglow township, was allegedly acquired by
Burton abbey from King Aethelred in 1012. Although
the charter which records the grant is spurious, it
gives the estate as assessed for tax on 11/2 hide
(mansem) and notes that the abbot had given £70
for it, a statement reiterated in the abbey's annals. (fn. 5)
The abbey certainly held Wetmore by 1066, and in
1086 the manor was assessed at 11/2 hide with its
appendages, which presumably included the settlement at Horninglow. (fn. 6) The same assessment was
recorded in the early 12th century for 'the land of
the men' held 'in defence', meaning land which was
taxable by the Crown. (fn. 7)
Known as Horninglow by 1255, (fn. 8) the estate became a
tithing in Burton manor, and after the dissolution of
the abbey and then of Burton college it passed as part
of Burton manor to the Paget family. (fn. 9)
WYGGESTON HOSPITAL ESTATE
In 1521 William Wigston of Leicester, a merchant of
the staple at Calais, acquired land in Horninglow as
part of an endowment for a hospital he had founded in
Leicester, now called Wyggeston Hospital. (fn. 10)
||S.R.O., D. 3078/B/2/2; O.S. Map 6", Staffs. XL. NE. (1924
||Above, Burton, social and cultural activities (sport).
Rep. Chief Registrar of Friendly Socs. 1876, App. P, H.C. 429-
I, p. 402 (1877), lxxvii; inf. from Mr. S. Matthews, secretary of
Burton district assoc. of Oddfellows.
||Plaque in entrance hall.
Charters of Burton Abbey, ed. Sawyer, pp. 67-9; Annales
Monastici (R.S.), i. 184.
V.C.H. Staffs. iv. 43.
S.H.C. 1916, 219.
||Shaw, Staffs. i, App. to Gen. Hist. p. xvi.
||Above, Burton, manor.
||A. H. Thompson, Cal. of Charters and Other Docs. belong-
ing to Hosp. of Wm. Wyggeston at Leicester (1933), pp. 32, 39,