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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In Redeford, in the time of King Edward the Confessour, Alvric had a Mannor which paid the Dane-geld for three car. The Land of it being then returned to be three carucats. There William Peverel (whose Fee it afterwards became) in Demesne had two car. (fn. 1) Eleven vill, four bord, having four car. There were four Mills 3l. and thirty Acres of meadow, and three acres of small wood, and half a Piscary (or Fishing.) This retained the old value 3l. Of this same Land Vlvod held one bovat in Tayn-Land.
This Town William Peverel gave to the Monastery which he founded at Lenton (as before is shown) with which it was ever mixed, and so continues.
(fn. 2) Robert, son of Philip of Radeford, granted and confirmed to God, and the Church of the holy Trinity at Lenton, four bovats of the Villanage of Radeford, quit of all Services belonging to him, and twenty-four acres of his Demesne, with the Appurtenances, which his father gave and granted to that Church, to which he also gave all the Land in Aldiswrd, which was of his Fee, with a Meadow called Bradmedow.
(fn. 3) Walter arch-bishop of York, 12 Kalend, of March in the 8th year of his Pontificate, being then at Lenton, admitted Mr. Raph the Clerk, presented by the Prior and Covent of Lenton, to be perpetual Vicar of the Church of Radeford, which Vicarage he made to consist of the whole Altarage of that Church, and four bovats belonging to that said Al tarage, with the Tythes coming of those four bovats, and likewise the Tythe of two Mills, and all that Toft which lies between the Toft of that Church, and the Water which is called Lene; but the Vicar was to sustain the burdens of the Bishop and Archdeacon, viz. Synodals and Procurations, &c.
Thomas Elingham, Prior of Lenton and that Covent, 9 H. 5. (fn. 4) demised to Hugh Willoughby, Richard, Nicolas, and Thomas his sons, their Land which lay with the Precinst of Radford, between the inclosure called Stokkinge on the South part, and the Field of Broxtow on the North, abutted on the inclosure of John de Brokstow on the West, and on the East head, on the High-way which leads from Baokestow to Radford, during all and any of their lives, paying 2s. per annum, by equal portions at the Feasts of the the Invention of the Cross, and St. Martin in Winter: but every day the Rent should happen to be unpaid after the set time, it was to be doubled, and the Priory was to have free passage over it with Carriages all the time as the said Hugh and his sons had.
(fn. 5) The Reversion of the Herbage and Paunage of the Aspley Wood in Radford, parcel of the Mannor of Lenton, demised to Edward Southworth, gent. for twenty-one years was granted, 6 Eliz. to Richard Pype, of London, Leather-seller, and Francis Bowyer, of London, Grocer, together with the Site of Wallingwells Priory, and many other things, August the fifth.
Aspley-Wood Hall was the dwelling place of Thomas Blyth, named in Mapurley, in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
(fn. 6) The Vicarage of Radford was 5l. when the Prior of Lenton was Patron. 'Tis now 3l. 9s. 4d. in the King's books, and his Majesty Patron.
Has a little church in disorder, dedicated to St. Peter. The village is a little paradise; or, rather, a portion of it in the possession of Mr. Elliot, of Nottingham. Upon a small scale he shews the conception of a large and chaste mind, so far as relates to embellishment and landscape. Almost every thing you could wish to see in extensive pleasure grounds, you see here in miniature; water, and various foliage happily blended in groupes, and temple forms, changing as it were their order at every footstep, where space seems boundless, are here delightful; nothing robs you of that pleasure but a knowledge of the lack of extension. This place must be delectable to its owner.
The lordship is in several hands, and is enclosed, much of which appears in a high state of cultivation.
Patron the King. Prior. of Lenton propr. Incumbent Rev. William Pickering.— V. K. B. 3l. 9s. 4d. halfpenny. Clear yearly value 23l.—40l. Archiepisc pro Syn. 4s. Archidiac pro Prox. 6s. 8d. Val. in ter. ten prat. & past. ibid. 1l. 10s. decim. herbag. de Sutton Moor. 8s. dec. proca. anc. lin. canab. lan. agn. dec. moland. &c.