Master Camden mentions Bridgeford to have been built by King Edward the
Elder, (fn. 1) which it might likely enough be, if that was not mistaken for some Buildings,
which may have been within Nottingham, on the South Side of Trent, where there is Ground
enough within the Limits of it near the Bridge-End, for such a Purpose; and I rather
suspect it because before the Saxon Government was changed, I find Bridgeford (fn. 2) a Mem
ber of Clifton Sok, and not of Nott. and it paid the Dane-geld as twelve Bovats. The
Land was three Carucats. There William Peverell had half a Car. in Demesne, three
Sochm. four Vill. two Bord. having four Car. ½ and twelve Acres of Meadow. In
Gamston of Clifton Soc also was as much as was rated to the public Geld at six Bovats.
The Land one Car. There two Sochm. had one Car. and seven Acres of Meadow.
And there William Peverell had in Demesne two Car. and eleven Vill. and four Bord.
having four Car. In Adbolton of the same Soc was there also six Bov. ad geldam. There
was also a Manor in Adbolton, (fn. 3) which Godwin the Priest had before the Conquest, rated
to the Tax at six Bovats. The Land one Car. There William Peverell had in Demesne one Car. and six Vill. and one Bord. having two Car. or Ploughs. There was
a Church and six Acres of Meadow. The Value of this in the Confessor's Time was
10s. and in the Conqueror's 20s.
The Family of Lutterell were the most eminent and ancient Owners of Gamston, that
I next meet with. The Sheriff William Briewerre, 6 R. 1. (fn. 4) gave Account of xxxiiiis.
of the Lands of Calfr. Luterell, who had been misled, as most of our Gentry were, by
Earl John into a Rebellion against his Brother King Richard the First. In the first
Year of King John, (fn. 5) the said Galfr. gave Account of fifteen Marks to have seisin of
xlivs. and viiiid. Land in Glifton (Soke) whereof he was disseised by Occasion of Earl
John. In the second Year of King John, he with William Fitz-Wakelin, (fn. 6) was an
Overseer of Hugh Bardolf's Expence of xxxl. for inclosing of Bolsovre Park for King
John. Andrew Lutterell, 30 H. 3. had Free Warren in his Demesne Lands in Cameleston and Bruggoford, 36 H. 3. he gave the King three Marks of Gold to have the
Liberty not to be Justice, Sheriff, or any other Bailiff for the King, during his whole
Life; and that he should not be in Assizes, Juries, or Recognizances.
In the 49 H. 3. (fn. 7) Galfr. Son and Heir of Andrew Luterell deceased, did his Homage.
Robert Luterell, 9 E. 1. claimed against Richard Son of Raph Bugge, seven Virgats, and twelve Bovats and a half of Land, with the Appurtenances in the County of
Nott. as his Right. And Richard called to Warrant Agnes de Vescy, who came upon
Summons, and further called to Warrant John De Ferrars under Age, Son of Robert
de Ferrars by the Charter of William de Ferrariis, Grandfather of the said John his
Heir, which testified, That the said Will. De Ferrariis, gave the said Land to William
de Vescy in Frank Marriage, with Agnes his Daughter. Robert Luterell, 25, E. 1.
was dead: he held certain Lands and Tenements in Cameleston and Bridgeford, (fn. 8) with the
Advowson of the Church of Bridgeford, of Robert de Tiptost, by the Service of half
a Knight's Fee, and a capital Mess. in Cameleston, and xii. Bovats in Demesne in Bridgeford; he held in Cameleston five Virg. of Annoro de Pierpont, and five Bovats in Huckenhall, belonging to the Manor of Camelston: Galfr. Luterel his Son and Heir was then
above 21 Years of Age.
Mr. Robert Luterell, Parson of Irnham, (fn. 9) who about the Year 1303, gave Lands to
the Priory of Sempingham in Ketton, Cotesmore, Casterton in the County of Rutland, and
in Stanford in the County of Lincolne, to maintain three Chaplains, one in the Church
of St. Andrew, at Irnham, another in the Chapel of St. Mary, beneath the Manor he
gave in Stanford; and the third in the Conventual Church of Sempingham, celebrating
for his Soul, and to sustain Scholars, studying Divinity, and Philosophy at Stanford, in
convenient Times, was of this Family it seems.
Galfr. Lutterell (fn. 10) (fn. 11) by his Deed dated at Irnham, in Lincolnshire, the first Sunday
after Trinity, 13 E. 2. settled the Manor of Cameleston and Bruggford, with the Advowson of the Church of Brugeford, with all his Lands and Tenements in Basingfeild,
and other Places, which the Lady Joane, Wife of Sir Robert Lutterell, held for her
Life on Guy Lutterell, during the Life of the said Galfr. afterwards to Andrew, Son
of the said Galfr. and to Beatrice his Wife, Daughter of Galfr. Scroop, and the Heirs
of their Bodies; for want of which to Galfr. Brother of Andrew, and to Constance his
Wife, Sister of the said Beatrix, and the Heirs of theirs; Remainder to the right Heirs
of Galfr. the Father. There was a like Settlement then made of Irnham and Salteby,
and Lands in Correby, Kesseby, and Haverthorp, &c. in Lincolnshire. It appears that Sir
Andrew Lutterell, settled the Manor of Cameleston and Briggeford, (fn. 12) and the Advowson of Brigsford, and all his Lands in Briggesford, Cameleston, Basingfeld, Normanton, Torlaston, Keworth, and Nottingham on himself and Hawisia his Wife, and the Heirs of their
two Bodies; Remainder to his right Heirs; and that 14 R. 2. Sir Andrew Lutterell
Chr. was the Heir of the said Sir Andrew the elder. (fn. 13) Galfr. Lutterell settled this
Manor with the Advowson of the Church of Brigford on William Belers, and others.
Galfr. Loterell Chivaler Lord of Irnham, about 6 H 5. died seised of the Manor of
Camelstone and Brigeford, and Hoton Paynell in Yorkshire, &c. leaving the Lady Hawisia de Belesby, the Wife of Galfr. de Hilton, his Sister and Heir. Galfr. or Godfr. de
Hilton was his Son and Heir, 1 E. 4. who had Daughters and Heirs; one, I guess,
was Hawisia; Wife of Laurence Brewerne; but 'tis certain that Elizabeth, Wife of
Richard Thymelby, Esquire, was one, whose Son and Heir Sir John Thymelby did
Homage, 14 H. 8. (fn. 14) after the Death of his Father, the said Richard, which happened
24 Apr. (fn. 15) then last past, being seised of the Moiety of the Manor of Camelston and
Brigford, and Advowson, &c. the said Sir John being then above forty Years of Age,
who died 3 E. 6. and left Richard Thimelby his Son and Heir; whose Son, John
Thimelby, Esquire, as I take it, sold his Interest to Sir Henry Pierpont, Father of
Robert Earl of Kingston, Father of the Right Honorable Henry Marquis of Dorchester,
the present intire Owner of all the three Townships. There was a Fine levied, 14 and
and also 15 H. 7. (fn. 16) between Sir Henry Willughby, Knight, Thomas Hunston, and
Thomas Hartwell, Compl. and Lawrence Brewerne, and Hawisia his Wife, Deforcients, of the Moiety of the Manor of Cameleston, with the Appurtenances in Briggesford,
Basingfeild, Normanton, Tollerton and Kaworth; and a Recovery suffered; 19 H. 7. (fn. 17) of
the said Moiety, with the Moiety of the Advowson of Briggeford, &c. wherein the
said Lawrence and Hawisia were called to Warrant. Walter Bec, 4 E. 1. was certified
to have had Assize of Bread and Ale in Bruggeford, and afterwards William de Bec, in
Brigford, and the Lady of Cameleston to have had free Warren.
The Manor of Adbolton was held by the Family of Strelley. (fn. 18) Walter de Stradleye
held of the Honor of Peverell in Stradley, Adbolton, Curtling Stoke, &c. 13 Joh. And
Robert, Son and Heir of Robert de Strelley, 16 E. 1. held a Knights Fee in Strelley,
Adbolton, Corting-stoke, &c. of Honor of Peverell. By a Fine, 31 E. 1. between Sampson de Strelley, and Philippa his Wife, Quer. and Henry de Whattone of Stoke, Deforc. ten Mess. three Tofts, one Mill, sixteen Bovats, and twenty-five Acres of Land,
with the Appurtenances in Orton, Salterford, and Adbolton, and the Advowson of the
Church of Adbolton were settled on the said Sampson, and Philippa; and the Heirs of
their two Bodies; Remainder to the right Heirs of the said Sampson; (fn. 19) by her he had
Stephen and John, who had no Issue, and Robert who had two Daughters and Heirs,
Cecily, Wife of William Eland, of Algarthorp, where their Descent will be noted; and
Alice, Wife of Thomas Basily of Radcliff, whose Heir was married to Roseli of that
Place, as there also may be seen. In the Time of H. 7. Elands part descended from
Henry Eland to Mary the Daughter of his Son Thomas Eland. And afterwards was
Sir Nich. Byrons, and after that . . . . Halls. George Hall's Father sold it to Robert Earl
of Kingston. Sampson de Strelley had a Son named Richard by a former Wife, Progenitor of the Strelleys of Woodborough, who, it seems had some Share here; for the
Heirs of Richard Strelley accounted for 2s. 6d. for the eighth Part of a Knights Fee
here, 3 H. 4. (fn. 20) to the Aid for marrying Blanch that King's eldest Daughter. And
(fn. 21) Queen Elizabeth 18 June, in the 41 Year of her Reign, granted among other
Things, a Capital Mess. here with Lands here and in Bridgeford, at the Bridge End,
Parcel of the Possessions of Robert Strelley, of the yearly Value of ivl. viis. ivd. reserving that Rent to Sir Henry Pierponte, and his Heirs, who was Grandfather of the
before named Henry Marquis of Dorchester.
The Church of Bryggford, the Parish whereof extendeth into Camelston, Basingfeild,
and Adbolton, was 14l. (fn. 22) Value, when Mr. Thymbylby was Patron. But is now 16l.
13s. 2d. in the King's Books, and the Marquis of Dorchester Patron. The Rectory
of Adbolton was 10l. and Mr. Rosell, Patron. And is now (the Town being wholly
enclosed) 2l. 13s. 9d. in the King's Books, and the said Marquis Patron, and is shrunk
to a Vicarage, but I have not seen how.
LORDSHIP is old Inclosure; and owned principally by John Musters, Esq. of
Colwick, who is Lord of the Manor. When I visited this place, I was told that there
had been found in the Lordship, some few years since, several Roman Coins.
The Village is in general well built, and consists of about thirty Dwellings. Mr.
Hornbuckle, a Gentleman of considerable property, resides in one built in a pretty stile.
A Resident, of the name of Easton, is now in good health at the advanced age of
ninety. The Clerk informed me that there was not a dissenter in this place.
The Church is dedicated to St. Giles, has a nave and side aisle, with three bells in
a light tower. In the windows are some remains of painted glass; it is well pewed
and kept clean. Near the church door is a grave stone to the memory of John
Billings, who died in 1785, aged 82. He died suddenly. Some friend caused these
apposite lines to be placed on it.
"He fell like Autumn Fruit, that mellowed long,
Much wondered at because he dropt no sooner.
Fate wound him up for three score Years and ten;
Yet freshly run he on some Winters more,
Till like a Clock, worn out with beating time,
The Wheels of weary Life, at length, stood still."
The Patron of the Living is Mr. Musters. Incumbent the Rev. Mr. Thompson, who
is Resident. Living in Bacon, 16l. 14s. 2d. supposed worth 200l. per Annum. Tenths
1l. 13s. 5d. A Rectory Archcepisc. pro. syn 4s. Archidiac pro prox 6s. 8d. Pans solrect de Holme annual, 2s. Vol. In mans. cum. ter adjac. unacum. 2 tov. ter. gleb. per
Ann. 1l. 6s. 8d. dec. &c. Thomas Fuller presented in 1692. Millicent Fuller, Widow,
in 1723. Mundy Musters, Esq. in 1749. John Musters, Esq. in 1770.