Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
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This is no great Lordship for content of Ground, only the Soil, may be thought tolerably good, because the Book of Doomsday gives us Notice, that in those Days here were four or five several Manors, whereof Earl Alan of Richmond, had some, viz. two which were Unspac's before the Conquest, who paid the Geld for them as two Bov. ½. The Land being then one Car. Fredgis held this of Earl Alan, (fn. 1) and there had one Car, four Sochm. on one Bovat, and two Bordars, having one Car. There was a Priest and a Church, to which belonged the fourth Part of the Land. There was ten acres of Meadow. The Value of this in the Confessor's Time was 20s. then 12s. Another Manor in Sybetorpe this Earl had, which before was Osberts, who was rated for it to the Dane-geld at one Bov. and three Acres. The Land half a Car. There was a Priest, two Bord. four Acres of Medow. This had been 10s. but then was 4s. Value.
Of William Peverell's Fee here were two Manors, which before the Normans came, Leuvine and Turvert had, and were rated for them to the Geld at four Bov. The Land of them was thirteen Bovats. There Robert, the Man, (or Tenant) of William Pevrel, had one (Plow, or) Car. and five Villains, with one (Plow, or) Car. and one Mill. 20d. and seven Acres of Meadow. This was, in the Confessor's Time 40s. Value, then but 24s.
Here was another Manor, which before the Conquest Pileuvin had, for which he paid the Tax as two Bov. ½. The Land of it was one Car. Afterwards, when the great Survey was made by the Conqueror, Ilbert de Lacey had it. Arnegrime held it of him. There was one Car. in Demesne, and three Sochm. on half a Bovat of Land, and sixteen Bordars, having three (Plows, or) Carucats, and the third Part of a Mill, 10d and ten Acres of Meadow. The fourth Part of this Land belonged to the Church of the same Manor. There was a Priest. This kept the old Value of 30s.
Earl Alan's Part here, as most of the Richmond Fee in these Parts, was held immediately of the Family of Musters, of Treswell, in this County, where Robert de Musters, their Ancestor, had his Residence, and was called the Man of Earl of Alan, in Doomsday-book. (fn. 2) John de Musters, of Tireswell, Chr. 22 E. 3. claimed 3s. Rent here, whereof his Ancestor, John de Musters, was seised in the Time of King Richard the First, the Right of which descended to Robert his Son and Heir, and from the said Robert, to John his Son and Heir; who dying without Issue, it was inherited by William, his said Son's Brother, who in like Manner left it to Robert his Brother; from whom it came to his Son and Heir the said John de Musters, who then claimed it. (fn. 3) John de Musters, of Tireswell, Chivaler, by Fine, 22 E. 3. passed to Thomas de Sibethorp, Parson of Bekyngham, 3s. Rent in Sibthorpe, together with the Homages and Services of Robert, Son of William del Grene, of Sibthorp, Robert Adam, William Elys, Henry Elys, Robert de Stridelington, Parson of Skeldingthorpe; Isabell, who was the Wife of Robert de Stridelington; Robert, Son of Robert de Stridelington, and Isabell his Wife; John Alisaundre, of Sibethorpe, Simon de Sibethorpe, and John his younger Son; William, Son of Simon de Sibethorp, and Cecily his Wife; Constance, Daughter of Roger de Botelesford, of Sibthorp; Alice, Daughter of Constance de Botelesford; Sarra, who had been the Wife of Walter de Essewellethorpe, of Sibethorpe; Henry, Son of Walter de Essewellethorpe, of Sibethorpe; Hugh de St Paul, Geoffrey Bythelane, of Sibethorpe; John, Son of Geoffrey by the Lane; William, Son of John, Son of John de Cougham; William de Middelton, and Elias de Middelton, and their Heirs, for all the Tenements they held of the said Sir John de Musters, in Sibthorpe.
(fn. 4) Robert, Son of William del Grene, of Sibthorpe, 20 E. 3. claimed an Acre of Meadow, 16¼d. Rent, in Sibthorpe, as Heir to Gocelinus (de St. Paul) Son of Roger de Sibthorpe, which Gocelinus had it in the Time of Richard the First, and left it to his Son and Heir Thomas, who had a Son called Roger, who left it to his Daughter and Heir Alice, the Mother of William, Father of the said Robert del Grene, who passed it and other Things to the said Thomas de Sibthorp; so did Elias de Middleton, and William his Son, 23 E. 3. (fn. 5) which Elias claimed two Mess. three Tofts, three Bov. ½ of Land, ten Acres of Meadow, and 20s. Rent, in Sibthorpe and Syerston, from Tiricius de Sibethorp, his Ancestor, in the Time of Richard the First, who left his Right to Peter his Son and Heir, who did the like to his Son Robert, who had Henry, Father of Nichola, Wife of William, and Mother of the said Elias de Middleton. The rest who held any of this Fee, or most of them before-named, conveyed their several Interests to this Thomas de Sibthorpe, Parson of Bekingham.
(fn. 6) Lacie's Fee, it seems, came to Sir Stephen Waley's, of whom it was held in the Time of Edward the Third.
(fn. 7) The most ancient Lord of this Manor, that I have met with, was Raph de Sancto Paulo, who had a Daughter and Heir called Dionysia, married to Sir Alexander Bozon, of Kirketon, in Hoyland, Knight, in the Time of King Richard the First, who left it to a Son called Raph de Kirketon, who dying without Issue, his Brother Hugh Bozon, de Kirketon, was his Heir, and left to Simon de Kirketon his Son, who also had a Son and Heir called John de Kirketon, but he died without Issue, and so this Manor became the Inheritance of his three Sisters, Margaret, Wife of John, Son of Raph Chaumpneys, of Quaplade; Alice, Wife of Fulc Everard, of Sutton, the Black, and after of William, Son of Hugh del Flete; and Joane, first Wife of Peter Hodle, and after of the Elder John, Son of Sir Reginald de Aslacton, Knight, who passed this Manor by Fine, 20 E. 3. to the said Thomas de Sibthorp, having obtained the Shares of all the Co-heirs; and Regniald, Son of William del Woodhouses, (fn. 8) upon whom his Uncle the said John, elder Son of Sir Reginald de Aslacton, had settled the Reversion of it; after the Death of himself and the said Joane his Wife without Issue, and one, William Stanfords, confirmed his said Uncles Estate, made of it to the said Thomas de Sibthorp, with all the Appurtenances in Sibethorp, Shelton, and Kniveton.
Will. Pevrels Fee, I guess, was held by the Posterity of that Rob. before named in Doomsd. Book, which had their Surname from their Residence here.
Robert, son of Raph de Sibethorp, gave this Church to the Knights Templars, about the Time of Henry the Second, which several of his Heirs and successors confirmed. William de Sibthorp, and Simon, Son of William.
Simon de Sibethorpe, 15 E. 3. claimed the Advowson against Thomas de Sibethorp, (fn. 9) whereof his the said Simon's Ancestor Robert was seised in the Time of King Rich the First, and presented one Richard de Sibthorp his Clerk, who was admitted, and instituted in the said King Richard the First's Reign; from which Robert, the Right descended to Raph his Brother and Heir, who had William de Sibthorpe his Son and Heir, (who held half a Knights Fee here in the Time of Henry the Third, (fn. 10) and afterwards a fourth Part), which William had Issue William, the Father of Simon de Sibthorp, the Plaintiff. But Thomas pleaded that the forenamed Robert, gave the said Advowson to the Knights Templars, who presented John del Temple, Anthony Fraunceys, and Mr. William de la Bruere, their Clerks, successively in the Time of Henry the Third, and Gilbert de la Bruere, and upon his Resignation Mr. Stephen de Kynardesey, in the Reign of King Edward the First, and after annuling of the Order of the Knights Templars, this Advowson and 2s. 6d. Rent came to the Hands of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John's of Jerusalem; whereupon Thomas le Archer, then Prior, upon the Resignation of the said Mr. Stephen, presented one William de Aslacby, his Clerk, who was thereupon admitted, and instituted in the Time of King Edward the Second; and that the said Simon did release all his Right and Claim to to the said Prior, being seised of the said Advowson, as both he the said Simon, and William, Sons of William de Sibthorpe, had done before to the Knights Templars. And that afterwards Philip de Thame, Prior of the said Hospital of St. Johns of Jerusalem, in England, and the Brethren by the Consent of the whole Chapter, the Kings Licence also being obtained, did give the said Advowson and 2s. 6d. Rent to the said Thomas de Sibthorpe, and his Heirs for ever, in Exchange for three Mess. twenty Acres, one Carucat and an Half of Land, fifteen Acres of Meadow, thirty of Wood, 40s. 5d. ob. Rent, and the Rent of half a Pound of Pepper, and Pasture for ten and eight Oxen, with the Appurtenance in Niggeham and Wolevington, in the County of Berks.
This Thomas de Sibthorpe Parson of Bekingham in Lincolnshire, lived long and was a great Man in his Time; in Edward the Second's he began to found a Chauntry here, which, (fn. 11) in Time, when he became possessed of most of this Lordship, and Advowson of the Church, which he got appropriated, he Improved into a College, wherein was a Warden being a secular Priest, and eight or nine other Chaplains, and three Clerks or more, some to sing Trebles, or small like Boys, to help them to officiate daily in the Church of St. Peter at Sibethorp, and in the Chapels of St. Anne, St. Katherin, St. Margaret, and St. Mary Magdalene, in the same Church, for the Souls of King Edward the Second, and of King Edward the Third, (fn. 12) and of his Heirs: and for the Souls of the said Thomas de Sibethorp the Founder, Thomas de Baumburgh, John de Sibethorpe, Robert de Bardelby, Rorbert de Baldok, Clerks, Hugh le Dispenser the Younger, William the Father, and Maud the Mother of the said Thomas de Sibethorpe, Raph his Cousin, and all the Parents of them the said Thomas de Sibethorp, and John, and all Benefactors to the said Chapels and Chauntry, and for the Souls of William Durant, and Isabell his Wife, and of all the Faithful departed. Also to distribute every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, to the Poor of the Parish of Sibthorpe, seven Loaves of Wheat-bread, every Loaf weighing fifty Shillings, (that is two Pounds and an half Troy weight), so as that one of the said Chaplins should daily celebrate at the Altar in the Chapel there built to the Honor of the blessed Anne, the Mother of the Virgin Mary, for the Souls of Simon de Sibethorp, Robert de Stridelington, William the Father, and Hugh the Uncle of the said Simon, William, and Reginald, the Sons of the said Simon, and of Margaret their Mother, and of all the Heirs, Children, and Ancestors of the said Simion, and William his Son, and likewise for the Souls of the said Thomas de Sibethorp, William his Father, and Maud his Mother, and all the Faithful departed. And also that the said Warden, and all the said Chaplains and Clerks coming together in the said Chapel of St. Anne every Year, in the Eve of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Night before, do make an Anniversary with solemn Ringing, as for the Body present, for the ouls of the said Simon, William, Hugh, William, and Reginald, and of their Heirs, Ancestors, and Parents, and likewise on the said Eve and Day following, in the Chapel of St. Mary, for the Souls of the said Thomas de Sibethorp, the Founder, and William his Father, and of Maud his Mother, and of the said John and Raph, and all of their Fathers, Mothers, Ancestors, Parents, and the Benefactors to the said Chapels and Chauntrys, and of the Wardens, and all the Parisheners of the said Church. And that after Mass on the said Day of the Annunciation, the said Warden, and his successors, distribute threescore Farthings, or Bread to the true Value thereof, amongst the Poor of the Parish, which shall be then found in the Church-yard, and to every Chaplain Two-pence, and each Clerk there Ministring a Penny for ever. And there was likewise a Provision for one, (fn. 13) and thirty Wax Lights, and one Lamp to be ready to Burn at Certain Times in the said Church, Chapels and Chancel. And that one poor old or weak Man, who was to keep the Gate, and one poor Woman born in the Parish, every Day at nine of the Clock, eat in the Hall before the said College, one Repast of the Alms of the said House, and each of them have a Garment every Year delivered to them, at the Feast of the Conception of the Virgin Mary, and many other Ordinances, for which the College had the Manor of Sibethorp, five-and-twenty Mess. five Tofts, one Carucat, three Bovats, two hundred and four Acres of Land, seventy two Acres of Meadow, twenty Acres of Pasture 8l. 6s. 7d. Rent, with the Appurtenances in Sibethorp, Bokesworth, Sireston, Clyston, Astacton, and Thurverton. And the Church impropriate, and indeed, before the Dissolution, most of the Township. This Thomas de Sibethorp founded a Chapel and Chauntry, (fn. 14) at Bekingham, in Lincolnshire, where he was Parson, which he endowed with sixteen Mess. five Tofts, &c. and seven and forty Shillings of yearly Rent, with the Appurtenances in Bekingham, Sutton, Fenton, Thagelthorpe, Broughton, Stapelford, Skirches, and Barneby, out of which the Warden was to pay the Warden of Sibthorp 6s. 8d. yearly.
Thomas as de Sibethorp, (fn. 15) was to present a fit Chaplain to the Arch-bishop of York, to be instituted during his Life, and afterwards the Chapter of Southwell within fifteen Days of the Avoidance, else the Prior and Convent of Thurgarton within other fifteen, else the Archbishop of York to collate the said Chauntry, of Sibthorp to any fit Chaplain.
How this Thomas de Sibethorp was related to Simon, or any of this Family, I cannot certainly determine.
William Sibthorp, of Sibthorp, (fn. 16) being to go beyond the Seas, on the King's Business, did 13 R. 2. settle his Manor of Sibthorp, and eight Bovats (or Oxgangs) of Land there, and the Manor of Staunton on the Wolds, upon Sir John Leek, and Simon Leek his Son, intending they should have them, if his own Issue failed, though as his Declaration of the Trust he expresseth it, they ought to descend to one Petronilla Gauy. The rest of his Lands in Sibthorpe, and all his Lands, Tenements, Services, Rents, &c. in the Towns and Fields of Hokesworth, Orston, Staunton, Thurverton, Aslacton, Flintham, and Farnedon, with the Appurtenances, and all his Goods and Chattels, he then likewise conveyed in Trust, to the said Sir John Leek, and Simon Leek his Son, and William Leek, to pay his Debts, and fulfil his last Will, and keep his Children, appointing the surplusage of his Rents and Profits of his Lands, till his Son and Heir William Sibthorp should come of Age, to increase the Fortunes of his Son Gerard, and Daughter Margery, only Sir John Leek to have 100s. for his Pains, and Simon, and William, Leek five Marks a-piece; but if all the Children died under Age, the said Simon Leek to have all. The last I have noted of this Family is, William Sibthorp, Esquire, named in Aslacton, 4 H. 6.
Hugh, Son of Roger de Bingham, (fn. 17) gave two Bovats of Land in Sibethorpe, to William, Son of William de Selton, in the first Year after the Election of Simon de Langton, to the Archbishopric of York; but because that Land was then in the Hands of Galfr. fil. Pagan, and Galfr. de Tolnei, both of Newerch, for four Years, he found Pledges to give Seisin after the Expiration, viz. Walter del Hou, Ranulf Morin, and William, Son of Roger de Bingham, Roger, Heir of the said Hugh, then also passing his word: the Witnesses were William de Dive, William de Staunton, Gaifr. de Claipole, Richard de Selton, William de Hokesword, Raph de St. Paul, John de —, William de Bingham, Reginald de Aslacton, Walter Croc, Mr. Richard de Aslacton, Roger the Chaplain, who wrote the Cyrograph, and many others.
William Dayvill, 8 H. 5. (fn. 18) was summoned to answer Thomas de Grene of Sibthorp, concerning a Plea, that he should acquit him of the Service which the King exacted of him for the Freehold, which he held in Sybthorp of the said William.
William Laybourne the Younger (named in Hawkesworth), 7 E. 4. (fn. 19) was against Thomas Nevyll, Esquire, and John his Son, John Metheley, and John Saynton concerning a Plea of one Mess. and eight Bovats of Land, with the Appurtenances in Sybthorpe.
There was also a Recovery, 20 E. 4, (fn. 20) wherein John Byngham, Esquire, claimed against Thomas Seyman, and Elizabeth his Wife, the Manor of Horworth, with the Appurtenances, one Mess. eight Bovats of Land, with the Appurtenances in Sybthorpe, and likewise the third Part of fourteen Mess. two hundred Acres of Land, sixty of Meadow, sixty of Pasture, (fn. 21) and 40s. Rent, with the Appurtenance in Elston Sybthorp, Horworth, Flawbergh, Shelton, and Staunton.
The College of Sibthorp, 37 H. 8. (fn. 22) July 25, with all its Hereditaments, was granted to Richard Whalley, Esquire, and Thomas Magnus (the Warden who had it for his Life) and to the Heirs of the said Richard. His Grandchild Richard Whalley, of Kirketon by Screveton, Esquire, (though here were some Lands also which belonged to the College of Rotherham, (fn. 23) (fn. 24) founded by Thomas Rotherham, Bishop of Lincolne, and after Archbishop of York, in the Time of Henry the Eighth) entered and inclosed, and intangled, and sold this Lordship, which went from him, with other Lands in Carcolston, Hawkesworth, and Flintham, which were collateral Security only for this; but thereby became also at length the Possessions of the Right Honourable William, then Earl, now Duke of Newcastle, whose Trustees sold it during his Absence and the Kings to Edward Whalley, the Major General, Son of the said Richard, who had it from the Parliament then ruling likewise; but he being Attaint, the King at his Return, gave the then Marquiss of Newcastle this Manor, and all the rest of his own Lands forfeited to the Crown by any of the Purchasers; howbeit — the Son of John Whalley, whom the Major General his Father married to — the Daughter of Sir Herbert Springate, is now in Possession, by Reason of a Mortgage the Duke made to Sir Arnald Waring long since, but still kept on Foot.
In the Chancel there is a fair Tomb of Alabaster, made for Edward Burnell 1590. He married the Widow (being the third Wife) of Richard Whalley, the Patentee: it stands before one in the North-wall, by which is cut in a small Shield in Sone, A Spread Eagle. In the North Windows of the Church are the Arms of England and Spensers.
LORDSHIP is owned by the Duke of Portland, it is enclosed but not large.
In the village, which is small, lived the family of Burnell in a large mansion, of which a trace is not visible, except a very large Dove-house. The park, which adjoined it, is now in divisions of grazing ground.
The church has a broad square tower, plain, one aisle, and four bells. It has a spacious chancel; in which remains the monument of Edward Burnell, noticed by Thoroton. The date on which is 1589, not as he has it 1590. In addition to what he says of it, I give the following observations. The figure is as large as life; but very heavy. His head rests on a large book, probably intended for a Bible. In black letters are inferred. "By me Barbara Burnell, God grant us a joyful resurrection." Behind this monument is seen a portion of an arch in the wall (the other part being covered by the monument) under which is part of the form of an old tomb, I imagine that of the founder of the church; over which, also in the wall, is a niche adorned with rude short figures of warriors. The upper part of the niche is decorated with many devices and two praying angels. Our Saviour appears to be represented in the centre, holding a cross in one hand. At his feet are two figures seemingly intended for supporters.— This church, it is visible, had once two side aisles; one, I was told, was taken down about 40 years ago.
In the church-yard are remembered four children of the name of Hall, on one stone, who died infants, at the foot of which are these lines.
"The cup of life just with their lips they press'd, They found it bitter and declin'd the rest; Averse then turning from the face of day They softly sigh'd their little souls away."
Bacon ranks this as a Curacy, It is dedicated to St. Peter.