The great survey made in the time of king William the first, showes that part of
Maplebeck was of the soc of Maunsfeld the kings own land, viz. as much as paid the
tax for two bov. the land four bov. (fn. 1) There three sochm had one car. But
the greater part of Mapleberge was soc to Chenesale and Cheversale (now Kneesall and Kersall)
which answered the geld for fourteen bov. The land being four car. There had Guslebert de Gand (whose fee it was then become) one car. and nine sochm. on ten bov. ½
of this land, and five bordars, having four car. and thirty acres of meadow, pasture
wood one leu. long, and three qu. broad.
(fn. 2) This was held anciently by the Burdons. John Burdon was a witness to the
charter of Anneissa, the daughter of William the constable of Chester, wife of Eustace
Fitz-John, and great grandmother of Roger the constable of Chester.
(fn. 3) John Burdon (probably son of the former) by the concession and confirmation
of John his heir, gave to the monks of Ruchford for the health (or safety) of his soul,
his wifes and childrens, and for his lord Roger the constable, and for the souls of his
lords John the constable, and Richard his father, and for the souls of his own father and
mother, and all his parents, and ancestors, one bovat of land in the territory of Mapilbeck as intire and free as himself had it, with all the appurtenances, and namely, pasture for one hundred sheep, five cows, and one bull, and eight oxen, and ten swine,
and one horse, and one masage, scituate on the west part of the town for building the
houses, in which are contained fourteen selions, and several other farts, one having
sixteen selions, another six, besides shrubs belonging to it: when he gave it, the monks
received him, his heir John, and his own wife, into their fraternity, and to sepulture,
and his body to be buried under their roof. For the better security of this alms he
was to procure the confirmation of the constable of Chester, and did put to the seal of
the chapter of Southwell, together with his own seal to this chartel.
(fn. 4) Roger the constable of Chester did accordingly confirm it, to whose charter were
witnesses, Richard Chester his brother, John Burdun the younger, Hugh Dispenser,
Thomas his brother, William de Lungvillers, and others.
William Burdun, and Roger his brother, were witnesses to John Burdons deed,
and I suppose his sons. William Burdun, 7 R. 1. (fn. 5) complained of Hugh de Red
merstweit that he drew Agnes the wife of him the said William into pleading in the
court Christian, contrary to the kings prohibition, he came and acknowledged it,
and was amerced three marks, and forbidden to draw her into plea.
(fn. 6) John Burdon (son of this John the Benefactor to Rufford as I guess) married
Alice, daughter of William de Bucton, who gave lands in that town to Blyth monastery, and brought a good augmentation to his family (as in that place will be noted)
and by her had a son named also John Burdon, who in the year 1224, confirmed his
mothers gift to that monastery; and likewise his sister Basilia's, and her daughter
Amabilia's, the wife of Hingram Bluet, as did also John Burdon his son; (fn. 7) he also
made agreement with the abbat of Rufford, concerning his fathers and grandfathers
gifts to Rufford, and augmented them, and at the intreaty of William the abbat his
kinsman he gave him and the covent, Robert, son of Gaufr. the carpenter, with all
his chattels, for which the said abbat gave him half a mark of silver, and a quarter
of wheat: The witnesses to this were Robert de Muscam, Hugh and Robert his
sons, &c. (fn. 8)
(fn. 9) John Burdon likewise confirmed to those monks the gift which Hugh de Muscham made in the territory of Mapelbek, viz. a wood called Miclehage, which the said
Hugh held of the fee of Gilbert earl of Lincolne, paying only 4d. for it yearly to the
men of Mapelbek.
(fn. 10) William Burdon was long prior of Blyth, he was there 1273, and 1300.
(fn. 11) John Burdon, son and heir of sir John Burdon, knight, was resident at Bucton, 6 E. 2. and in 2 R. 2. John Burdon was lord of Mapelbek. (fn. 12)
(fn. 13) Nicolas Burdon. 4 H. 4. did service in the battel of Shrowsbury, where he
was slain, his wifes name was Milicent. Sir Nicolas Burdon, knight, married Mil
lesent, the daughter of — Bekering, by whom he had a daughter and heir Elizabeth, married to sir Robert Markham, knight, son of John Markham the judge, (fn. 14)
and Elizabeth, the daughter of sir John Cressy his former wife, which sir John Markham afterwards married the said Millecent, widow of sir Nicolas Burdon, and by her
had sir John Markham the chief justice, who married sir Robert Markham his nephew both by his brother and sister, to his wifes niece Joane, the daughter of sir
Giles D'aubeney, and heir to her mother Mary his wife, one of the daughters and
co-heirs of Simon Leek of Cothum, esquire, as in that place is shown.
(fn. 15) By a fine, 23 H. 6. the manors of Mapulbek and Bughton, and the moyety of
the manor of Caunton, were settled on sir Robert Markham, knight, and Elizabeth
his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; remainder to the right heirs of Elizabeth.—
With the family of Markham of Cotham this manor continued, till sir Robert Markham, knight, the destroyer of that family, sold it to the earl of Clare, with whose
posterity it remains.
There was a very fair house at this town built by some of the Markhams, which,
as the tradition is, cost near as much as the whole lordship was sold for, which in the
year 1666, the present earl pulled down and sold the materials, whereof amongst
others I bought some small part, which I used in rebuilding my own house at Carcolston.
(fn. 16) Robert Filiol of Mapelbek gave to Rufford, with his body, certain small parcels there, which Thomas the husband of Serith his daughter confirmed.
There was a fine at York, 28 E. 1. (fn. 17) between Durand de Wydemerpol, quer.
and Alan de Threngston, and Elena his wife, imped, of 10s. rent, with the appurt.
in Mapulbek, the right of Durand, for which he gave them 10l. sterling.
The manor or grange here parcel of the possession of the abbey of Rufford, was
granted with that monastery, 29 H. 8. to the earl of Shrowsbury.
Lordship passed by marriage from the owners, in Thoroton's time, into the
Newcastle family. Here are a few freeholders beside. About these parts is some
usefull and, clayey, but not good grass or turnip land. The roads, in the winter
season, are intollerable: they are a counter part of the woulds in Rushcliff hundred,
and some parts of the north clay.
The village is small, as also is the chapel, which has a tower with three bells.—
Mrs. Burnell had the patronage. Propr. Knights Templars, 18l. certified value.