Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
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Part of Brancote the Book of Doomsday shows to belong to Ernehale, the Kings mannor and was rated to the tax at six bovats, the land of it being six bovats: and part to Dlaveston (now Wollerton) of William Peverels fee, charged to the dane-geld as six bovats also, yet at that time waste.
But the principal part seems to be four mannors, which Ulchel, Godric, Alvric, and (fn. 1) Levric had before the conquest, and paid to the dane tax as twelve bovats for them. The land whereof was then certified to be no more. Afterwards William Ostiarius (the usher, or porter) whose see it was, had two car. four Vill. four Bord. having three car. and a half This part in the Confessours time was 60s. value, but when the great survey was made by the Conqueror 20s. was the rate of it.
(fn. 2) Herbert de Brampcote confirmed to the holy Trinity and the monks of Lenton, the gift which Axor, son of Ulfac, made of two carucats of the fee of Arnale which the said Herbert held in Brampcote, leaving his heirs the curse of Almighty God, and his own, if they should ever attempt to go against his grant. H. de. Nevill confirmed eight bovats of land in Brampcote, and four in Sutton, of his soc of Arnale, concerning which there had formerly been some controversie in the Kings court, to the said priory, reserving 12s. yearly rent to himself, and his heirs: to this deed were witnesses H. de Burgo, the Kings justice, William Briwer, Stephen de Sedgrave, Raph de Nevile, Phillip Marc, William Rufus, Robert de Harleston, Walter de Estwayt, John de Leke, Helyus Briton, Gervas de Arnale.
Herbert de Rifely, and William de Rifely, and the Nuns of Sempringham, held half a knights fee here, which is said to be of the fee of Mortimer; and Henry de Birchinwood the sixth part of a knights fee. (fn. 3) Nicholas Birchwood did suit for eight bovats of Land in Bramcote, to the honour of Pevrel, 21 E. 1.
(fn. 4) In the nom. Villar. 9 E. 2. Robert de Byley, and the prior of Sempringham, are certified to be Lords. (fn. 5) And in 3 E. 3. Robert de Billy of Bramcote claimed assize of bread and ale of his tenants in Bramcote. As the said prior did free Warren in his demense lands here at Trowel, and Chillwell. Afterwards John de Beley held that which was Riseleys; and 22 E. 3. that which was Birchwoods, was become Richard de Willughbyes of Wallaton, with which family it continued, and with his posterity, lords of that place, still remaineth. (fn. 6)
Richard, son of Richard de Willughby, 13 E. 2. released to John del Ker of Rotington 9s. 8d. rent out of 10s. 4d. which the said John was to pay to Richard, as part of 1l. 9s. 4d. which Richard had by the grant of John de Thorneton, out of a mess. and four oxgangs in Bramcote, which the said John was to hold of the said Richard by service, &c. (fn. 7) Here was a place called Karr mannor, and some lands which were Sir William Babyngtons lord of Chillewell, whereof his son William Babington, Esquire, was found heir 33 H. 6. Some part of this town belonged to Attenborow parish, as in that place may be discerned. (fn. 8)
The manor of Bramcote, formerly belonging to the priory of Sempringham, was by Queen Elizabeth, by her letters patent dated 14 July, in the sixth year of her reign, amongst other things granted to Charles Jackson, and William Mason, and the heirs of Charles. (fn. 9)
Richard Handley, yeoman, purchased the Sempringham lands, and left his son Henry, father of Henry, at Bramcote, and Gervas his second son, who married An. the daughter of Jerome Brand of Staunton at Wilford, where his posterity in the male-line still continueth. (fn. 10)
Henry Handley had a manor here, whereof he (having buried his only son Percival Handly) made some settlement for pious or charitable uses: but his kinsman Robert Harding barrester at law, keeps it in his possession, though Gervas Handly of Wilford, did make some attempt to obtain it before he died, by suit at law.