SUTTON in ASHFEILD, and HUCKNALL HUTHWAYT.
THIS Sutune with Hochenale Houthweit, and Skegeby were Berues of the Sok of
Maunsfeild, which was King Edward the Confessours Land, and afterwards King
William the Conquerours.
(fn. 1) Gerard, son of Walter de Sutton, gave to God and the Church of St. Peter at
Thurgarton, two bovats of Land with his mother when she took the habit of Religion,
and the Church of the same Town, his brother Robert being converted to religon or dead.
Ranulph the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire confirmed it for the soul of his Lord King
(fn. 2) Jordan de Snitterton (Darbish) had some yearly Rents by the Assignation of
William de Ferrariis, sometime Earl of Darby, whereof there was an arrear which Robert de Marcham, and Sarra his wife, 42 H. 3, by Fine released to Robert, son of Harvey, viz. 40s. and so did Gerard de Sutton, as in right of Alice, sometimes his wife,
which Sarrah and Alice were daughters and heirs of the said Jordan.
(fn. 3) Jordan, son of Gerard de Sutton, added some small parcels also to the Monastery
(fn. 4) Sutton in Ashfield and Hucknall were a whole Villa, and not Gildable, being of the
ancient Demesne of the Crown, except the fourth part which Jordan of the same held of
the King with the Advowson of the Church.
(fn. 5) The Jury, 16 E. 1, found that Jordan de Sutton held in Darbishire, something in
Snitterton of his own, in Matloc Iboll Peuerwich of the Inheritance of Amicia his wife: in
this Sutton he held one mess. and twelve bovats of Land, and two bovats in Hothweit, for
which he paid 14s, per annum to the King, and did Homage and Service and Suit to
Maunsfeild Court from three weeks to three weeks, and Suit in the Kings Army in Wales
for forty days with one man, horse, haubergeon, cap of iron, lance and sword; he held
likewise ten acres where the Mill used to be set in Sutton Sthawe; he had 24s. Rent in
Sutton on Sore, and Bonington, and 60s. 6d. of the heirs of Sir Hugh de Capella in Kirketon and Screveton, as in those places is said. John his son and heir was then above seventeen years of age.
(fn. 6) About 33 E. 1. John de Sutton died seised of the Mannor, and the third part of
Snitterton, leaving John his son and heir sixteen years old and more. John de Sutton,
16 E. 2, (fn. 7) had licence to alienate two parts of the Mannor of Sutton upon Ashefeild to
John his son, and Amicia his wife.
(fn. 8) The Jury, 6 E. 3, found it no less if the King granted to John de Sutton of Ashefeld, Clerk, that he might give ten acres and an half of waste in Sutton, held of the King
by 5s. 3d. yearly to the Exchequer, to Robert de Henoure of Sutton, and his heirs males;
remainder to Alianor, daughter to the said Robert and hers; remainder to Beautrix her
sister, and hers; remainder to John, son of John de Sutton, and Avicia his wife, and the
heirs males of the body of the said Avicia, for want whereof to revert to the said John
de Sutton, and his heirs.
(fn. 9) Thomas de Mareslee purchased one mess. one bovat, and one acre of Land, half an
acre of meadow, with the appurtenances in Sutton in Ashfeild of Roger de Somervile, who
bought them of John de Sutton. By a Fine, 20 E. 3, (fn. 10) they were settled on Tho.
de Merseley, and Agnes his wife, during their lives; and afterwards on John de Montford, and Maud his wife, and their heirs.
(fn. 11) Roger Greenehaugh, Esquire, of Teversholt died 23 Jan. 5 Eliz. seised of this
Mannor; Elizabeth, the wife of Francis Molyneux, and Anne, the wife of Gervase Nevill, Esquire, daughters and co-heirs of Thomas Greenehalgh, Esquire, son and heir of
the said Roger, being then his heirs.
There was a Recovery, 14 Eliz. wherein Robert Rockley, Thomas Draxe, and Henry
Nevile, Esquire, claimed against Gervase Nevile, Esquire, and Anne his wife, the Mannor of Sutton in Ashfeild, (fn. 12) and ten mess. ten cottages, twenty gardens, ten orchards,
five hundred acres of Land, two hundred of meadow, four hundred of pasture, twenty
of wood, and twenty of furz and heath, with the appurtenances in Sutton, Ashefeild, Claworth, Bekingham, Hothewayt, and Selleston, and likewise the Mannor of Rowthorne in
Darbyshire. And another (fn. 13) Recovery, 16 Eliz. wherein Nicholas Hardwick, and
Richard Eckingfeild claimed against James Hardwick, Esquire, these Lands in larger
particulars, who called to warrant Gervase Nevyle, and Anne his wife. This Mannor
remains the Inheritance of the Right Honourable William Earl of Devonshire, who is
son of Earl William, son of Earl William, son of Elizabeth Countess of Shrowsbury, sister
of James Hardwick, Esquire.
In 1612, the owners of Sutton in Ashefeild are set down, William Lord Cavendish,
Edward Langford, Thomas Clark, William Lyndley of Skegby, Gent. and Edward
(fn. 14) The Forest Book mentions many Essarts and Inclosures made in Fullwood, an old
decayed wood, now only a great common without wood, to belong to Hucknall Howthwayte.
(fn. 15) At the Assises at Nott. 28 E. 3, John, son of Hugh Cole, recovered his seisin of
one mess. one carucat of Land, and 20s. Rent in Hothewayts Hokenale, and William, son
of John Cole, was amerced.
(fn. 16) In the year 1328, the Church of Sutton on Ashefeld yielded twenty marks yearly
Rent to the Priory of Thurgarton, and there was then half a carucat, which then also was
a mark Rent, and the Tyth of the Watermill was then 5s. and John Fraunceyes paid for
a tost 2s. which made the whole 14l. 7s. per annum.
[Throsby] Sutton in Ashfield
Lordship is owned principally by the Dukes of Portland and Devonshire, between whom
there has been sometime since some accommodating matters, in exchange of land.
Samuel Bristow, Esq. has two farms near the village. The land is chiefly enclosed.
In the village, which is very large, are several dissenting meeting-houses.
The Chapel has a spire with three bells and is dedicated to St. Mary. It is built on a
tollerable large scale, and is well galleried, but I am informed, insufficient for the congregation.
Certified value, 14l. 6s. 8d. Duke of Devonshire presents. Incumbent, Rev. Tho.
Hunt, Cur. Pri. Thurgarton, Propr.