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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There was one bovat of this Township Soc to Ernehale, the King's own Land; but here were two Mannors which Aylric and Vlsi Swen had before the Conquest, which were accounted to the Dane-geld for seven bovats. The Land being for so many Oxen. (fn. 1) There Ambrose the Man or Tenant of William Peverell, whose Fee it was, had one car two sochm. three vill. four servants, with one plow or carucat. There were eight acres of meadow and small wood. In the Confessours time this was 30s. value, In the Conquerours 20s.
(fn. 2) Herbert de Bilbure gave to the Priory of Lenton one mark yearly, out of a mill which is between Blaccliff and Radford. This Herbert gave in Gunovelston and Molinton also.
(fn. 3) Symon, son of Simon, son of William, gave a mark of silver yearly of his mill in Bilboro, called Bobursmilne, in Lenton, for the soul of Walter (de Kime) his brother.
(fn. 4) Petronilla, who was wife of Stephen de Faukonberg, came and quit-claimed to Walter de Ryebof, and Isabell his wife, all the Land which was Simons, son of Simon, in Nott. and Derbishires, for herself and heirs for ever, (these persons are named in Cuckeney.)
(fn. 5) There was a Fine at Notingham, 3 Joh. whereby William de Gatton passed his right and title in three bovats of Land in Bileburgh, to Water de Riboef, and Isabell his wife.
Robert Fitz- Aman in King Johns time claimed as his right, against Simon de Kime, whom Walter de Ribof, and Isabell he wife, called to warrant, (fn. 6) half a Knights Fee in Bilenburgh, whereof Ivicia his grandmother was seised, in the time of King Henry the first; and from her the right descended to Robert her son, and from him to Raph his brother, father of the said Robert Fitz-Aman. Simon pleaded that the said Ivicia had an elder sister called Emme, who had a certain son called Robert, who had a son called Ivo de Heriz, then alive, who had as much right, and without him he would not answer. Robert acknowledged that Emme was the elder sister, but when the Inheritance was divided, to Emme was affigned Gunnolveston and Keilmerse, as her purpart, whereof her heirs were yet seised; and to Ivicia were assigned Molinton and Bloubroe, to which the said half Kinghts Fee belonged, for her purpart. Simon de Kime produced the Charter of King Henry the second, wherein was contained, that he granted and confirmed to Simon, son of William, which Simon was grandfather of the said Simon de Kime, all the Tenements which he held of him in Captite (to wit) Bilehurgh. Robert had the better at that time.
Philip de Kyme was found, (fn. 7) 11 E. 1, to have had a Knights Fee in Bilburgh.
Robert de Strelley held in Bilborough, in the right of Elizabeth his wife, half a Knights Fee of Walter Rybof of the Eschaet of Peverell. (fn. 8) Richard Ryof is also mentioned to pay for half a Knights Fee here. But Robert le Vavasor was the constant owner in the time of Henry the third, in whose reign he was many years High Sheriff of these Counties of (i) Nott. and Derb. viz. the 20, 22, 23, and the 30, till the 39.
This Mannor hath gone along with Strelley, as it still doth, some part of it being in Strelley Park.
The Rectory of Bilburgh was 10l. 'Tis now 6l. 2s. 6d. in the the Kings Books, and the last Patron that I have found is George Strelley, as his ancestors used to be formerly.
In this lordship, which is open fields, there are considerable coal-works. It is owned by Thomas Webb Edge, Esq. The Collieries are leased to a Mr. Walker, and a Mr. Barber; coals are got here a 100 yards. deep. The village is small.
The Church is dedicated to St. Martin, and consists of one aisle, and a tower with one bell. In the chancel are two old floor-stones with crosses thereon, much defaced.—See page 243, figure 8, vol. 1. Robert Grey, Dr. of Physic, died in 1708, aged 89.— Here is a pew for the family who live at the old hall at Broxtow, Mr. Toll's.
Patron. Thomas Edge, Esq. in 1783. Incumbent, Rev. Barlow Evetts, Rec. K.B. 3l. 12s. 6d. Clear yearly value in Bacon, 37l. 6s. 1d. Archidiac. pro Prox. 8s. 8d.— Val. in mans. & gleb. in Billborough & in parc. de Strelley, cum claus. in Broxtow, per ann. 1l. 6s. 8d. in decem. etc. Presentations the same as at Strelley.