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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Bullwell Wood, or Bullwell Park.
The Wood of Bulwell Ground, or Bulwell Ryse, in the Forest of (fn. 1) Shirewood, was an ancient demesne Wood and waste of King Henry the third, and Edward the first, and parcel of the Forest. And Richard Oysell the Commissioner of King Edward the first, in the twenty-fix year of his reign, demised eighty acres of the said wood on the west side, to Philip Willoughby, Clark, his heirs and assigns, to inclose with ditch and hedge according to the Assise of the Forest, and so inclosed to hold for ever, paying yearly to the Exchequer 26s. 8d. Forty acres more of this Wood the said Sir Richard de Oysell demised to Thomas de Rydewalle, and his heirs, paying 13s. 4d. per annum; and the rest of it only in herbage to the Township of Bulwell, paying 5s. per annum.—
This, as the rest of the seven demesne Woods, and five Hayes, is said to be without the bounds of any Town or Parish, and to pay no Tythes. (fn. 2) Philip de Willughby aliened the eighty acres to William de Cossale, who gave them to the Priory of Newstede (as in Cossale is said,) who likewise had the forty acres also, till John, son of John, son of that Thomas de Ridewale, brought his suit before the Barons of the Exchequer in Hillary Term, 27 E. 3, upon which the Prior disclaimed them, and the Town of Bulwell was found to have pastured in them.
Sir William Trussebutts Lieutenant of Sir Raph de Nevill, Keeper or Warden of the Forest, and Richard Pensax, and John del Morhaghe, Verderers, and all the regarders of the Forest, and the whole Town of Bullwell, and many strangers on either part, (fn. 3) 29 E. 3, came to Bullwell Ryse, and measured out the eighty acres for the Priory; and at another day the forty acres for the said John de Ridewalt, after twenty-one foot to the perch, the Forest foot being eighteen inches long, which foot used in the time of Richard Oysell for renting the wastes of the Forest, was marked and graven in the Chancel Wall at Edenestowe, and in the Church of St. Mary at Nottingham, and at Newstede.
(fn. 4) Bullwell-Wood with Newsted Priory, 28 May 32 H. 8, was granted to Sir John Byron, Knight; it is now imparked, and in it is the Mansion-House of the Honourable William Byron, Esquire, only son of Richard Lord Byron.
(fn. 5) The Rectory of Bulwell was 5l. and the King Patron. 'Tis now in the Kings Books 5l. 6s. 3d. and Elizabeth Rosell, widow, Patroness, (it should have been Jane, I suppose.)
Lordship is divided property. In it are extensive lime-works. It is all inclosed but that portion which constitutes part of the forest. The village is large. In this place printing of cotton and bleaching employs many hands. The church is dedicated to St. Mary.
Patron of the living in 1771, was Godfrey Wentworth, Esq. Incumbent, the Rev. Robert Stanser, R. K. B. 5l. 5s. 10d. Clear yearly value in Bacon, 33l. Archiepisc. pro Syn. 4s. Archidiac pro Propr. 2s. Val. in mans. cum 2 bov. terr. ibid. per. ann. 1l. 6s. 8d. in un. bovat terr. gleb. in Hempsall 5s. decim. &c. Sir William Stanhope, presented in 1701, Godfrey Turner, Esq. in 1729.
without the village, is inhabited by a farmer of the name of Freeman. Near this place John Newton, Esq. resides in a newly erected dwelling called by some, Pye-wipe-hall, by himself and others, Bull-well-hall.