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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In Herdrebye there was some Soc to Newark, which paid the Dane-geld for one Bov. but besides that the Bishop of Lincolne had a Manor, which, before the Conquest, was Godwin's, and paid the Tax for six Bov. The Land whereof was two Car. (fn. 1) There was, when Doomsday Book was made, five Vill. had two Car. and twelve Acres of Meadow, Pasture Wood half a leuc. long, and half a leuc. broad. This before in the Confessor's time had been 40s. but then was fallen to 20s. value.
(fn. 2) The Bailiffs of the Bishop of Lincolne for Newark, about 53 H. 3. distreined Bryan de Herdey by nine Oxen worth 4l. to pay 5l. to the Abbess of Grace dien.
(fn. 3) The Jury, 9 E. 1. were to determine whether forty Perches in length, and eight in breadth, with the Appurtenances in Herdeby, were Frank Almaigne belonging to the Church of Clifton, of which William de Langwath was then Parson, or the Lay Fee of Brian de Herdeby. They found half against Brian, and half against the Parson, viz. four in breadth only belonged to the Church. But the Jury, 10 E. 1. (fn. 4) found one Mess. six Acres and an half of Land in Herdeby to belong to the Church of Clifton, and not to be the Lay Fee of this Brian de Herdeby.
(fn. 5) Richard de Weston, 19 E. 1. had Free Warren in Hertheby, both in Nottingham and Lincolneshires.
(fn. 6) Clifton and Herdeby 9 E. 2. answered for one Villa, and the Lords were then the Bishop of Lincolne, and John de Weston.
(fn. 7) At the Assizes at Nottingham 4 H. 4. Robert Sutton recovered his seisin of the Manor of Herdeby, and Elizabeth, who had been the wife of John Pigot, was amerced.
This Manor remains still to the Family of Sutton, the present heir whereof is now the young Lord Lexngton.
(fn. 8) William Holstock claimed against Ambrose Sutton, 3 Eliz. the Manor of Harby, and twenty Mess. six Barns, twenty Cottages, &c. with the Appurtenances in Clyfton, and view of Frank-pledge in Clifton: this, I suppose, was Sutton of Lincolne.
Parishes to Clifton. It has a little chapel of one aisle. Principal land owners are the Duke of Portland, and Dr. Sibthorp. It contains about 700 acres, enclosed, of rather marshy land. The inhabitants here have a simple tradition, that a Queen Catherine resided ages since, at this place. Foundations of some capital buildings are here frequently discovered, which foster the tradition.