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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Leuric, before the coming in of the Normans, had a Mannor in (fn. 1) Wandeslei, which paid to the Geld or Tax of those times as five bov. of Land. The Land of it was then found to be sufficient for one plow or one carucat. Afterwards it became the Fee of Raph Fitz-Hubert, who had there half a car. and three vill. and two bord.— There was a Priest and half a Church, and four acres of meadow, feeding or pasture wood, four qu. long, and four broad. In King Edward the Confessours time the value of it was 8s. in the Conquerours, when the Book of Doomsday was made, 10s.
(fn. 2) Ranulf de Wannesle is certified to hold a Knights Fee of Hubert Fitz-Raph in the time of Henry the second, of the old foeffment, that is, whereof his Ancestor was enfeoffed before the death of King H. 1.
(fn. 3) In the Pipe Rolls of 22 H. 2, William de Wandeslega gave account of two marks of the Amercements of the Forest, and Ranulf de Wandeslega of three marks.
(fn. 4) Raph de Wandesleia gave to God and the Church of St. Mary of Felley, and the Canons there serving God, the whole Land which Richard, son of Walter, held, with all its easements and appurtenances, and the said Richard, with his sect, with all liberties belonging to the Town of Wandesleia: witness Philip Marc the Sheriff of Nottss. Adam de Seyn Martyn, Stephen the Dean of Gresley, Adam, Parson of Selston, Galsr. de Insula, Herbert his brother, Richard his son, Walter de Estweyt, Raph le Poer, Saphri le Frop, &c. Nicolas de Wandeslei confirmed to the same Church the (fn. 5) Land which Richard Naht held in Thorp, viz. that which Raph de Wandesley his brother gave: The witnesses were Sir Walter de Estwayt, Iwan Briton, Raph de Poer, Reginald de Annesley, Roger de Watenowe, Henry de Estweyt, Peter de Russale, John de Perepount, Thomas the Clark of Annesley, Galsr. del Held, and many others.
(fn. 6) Henry, son of Paschal de Estweyt, 4 H. 3, had a pardon for the death of Ranulf, son of Ranulf de Wandesle.
(fn. 7) Nicholas de Wandesley his heirs and successours, and their tenants or men, were to make reasonable hedges and fences about their Winter-feed in their assarts, and about the assarts which were made in his Fee before Easter-day, 15 H. 3, which Walter the Prior of Felley obtained by an Assize against him the said Nicholas and Peter de Russale, and Alexander, son of Hubert, and Jordan de Bothweyt, and Judge de Berhis, and Will. Bausaw, and William, son of Swane, and Richard, son of Swane, and Raph Testard, and Adam, son of Walter of Selston, and Godsr. de Westwood, and Ranulph de Westwood, in which there is mention of a way which was considered by the view of Walter de Estwayt at that time High Sheriff, and the view of 12 Knights which were in the Assize.
(fn. 8) Walter the Prior of Felley, and the Covent of the same, agreed with Alexander de Wandesley concerning a certain Assize of Novell disseism of common of pasture, of a certain assart of the said Alexander in Wandesley, in a place which was called Drihirst, in which they released all their right and claim in forty acres of it measured by the perch of 24 feet, which was assarted and inclosed at the Purification of St. Mary, 24 H. 3.
(fn. 9) Ranulph de Wandesley, son of Alexander de Wandesley, gave to the Priory of Felleyfor the sustentation of one Canon of their number, daily celebrating Divine Service in his Chappel of Wandesley beneath his Mannor, the Rent of sixty shillings yearly to be received of certain of his Freeholders, and their Lands and Tenements in Selston, Westwode, Thorp, and out of his Mills.
(fn. 10) Thomas the Prior and Covent of Felleybound themselves and their successours, to Sir Ranulph de Wandesley, Knight, and his heirs and assigns possessing the Mannor of Wandesley by any title whatever, to find one religious Canon of their House in the Chappel beneath his Mannor of Wandesley, for the said yearly Rent of sixty shillings, which he gave them. Their Instrument, wherein is contained all the several articles of their agreement, what the said Canon is to do and have, bears date at Wandesley, 1279, the Tuesday after the Feast of St. Edmund the King and Martyr, the witnesses being Sir Richard Launcecumbe, Rector of the Church of Derle, Sir Roger le Power, Rector of the Church of Penkeston, and Sir Robert de Stretley, and Sir Robert Saucheverell, Knights, and Roger de Burnisle, and Hugh de Chauomer, and others.
(fn. 11) In 33 E. 1, there was a partition made of the Mannor of Wannesley between Will. de Gratton, and Isabel his wife, and William de Cressy, and Johan his wife.
(fn. 12) A Fine was levied in the Kings Court at Yorke, 33 E. 2, and afterwards recorded the same year at Westm. between Roger de Cressy, Querent, and Thomas de Cressy, and Margery his wife, Deforcients, of fourteen mess. fourscore and thirteen bovats of Land and an half, seven acres of meadow, 27d. Rent, and the third part of two mills, and of three hundred acres of wood, with the appurtenances in Wandesley, Selston, and Brunnesley.
(fn. 13) In a Plea for a mess. in Nottingham, 3 E. 3, before William Herle and his fellows, the Munday after St. Martin at that place, Johan, who had been, wife of William de Cressy, daughter and one of the heirs of Ranulph de Wandesleye, and William, son of William Folejambe of Gratton, cousin and the other of the heirs of the said Ranulph, were called to warrant.
(fn. 14) At the Inquisition taken at Nott. the Saturday after St. Laurence day, 22 E. 3, before John Vaux, John de Musters, and John del Ker, Collectors of the aid of 40s. for every Knights Fee, to make the Kings son a Knight, the Jury found that Thomas de Gretton (and in some other Inquisitions the heirs of Will. de Gretton) Johana de Cressy, and Hugh de Cressy held a Knights Fee in Wandesley, which Ranulph de Wandesley held in times past.
(fn. 15) Raph de Cressy of Selston, granted to Thomas Columbell of Sandiacre his brother, his Mannor of Wandesley. Thomas Columbell of Thorp in the Clotts, passed it to Sir Henry Perpownt, Knight, John Bowes of Cortingstok, John Manchester, John Melton of (f) Normanton, Thomas Derley of Thorpe, and Thomas Waryn Clerk of Boney, who after the rest had released to him, 13 Febr. 8 H. 6, passed it to John Cokfeild of Nuthall, Esquire, Thomas Wartre, John Oteway, Thomas Woodhall, Clark, and John Chamberlain of Watnow, who passed it to Sir Robert Strelley, Knight, William Vout, Clark, John Milner, Clark, and Robert Brige of Selston.
Raph Shelton of Shelton in Norfolk, Esquire, cousin and heir of John Cokfeild, released it to John Fitz-Herbert, Galfr. Staunton, John Bland, Clark, Robert Trewluffe, Clark, and John Hygate, Clerk, who, 8 Novemb. 11 E. 4, passed it to Gervase Clifton, Esq. upon condition that he should pay 120l. he being Sheriff of this County, John Rosell, Esquire, and John Kelom, the Coroners, made warrants for his seisin of Lands in Selston, which he recovered before Judge Litilton at Nott. on Saturday the Feast of St. James, 12 E. 4, against Thomas Brige of Selston, viz. fourteen mess. one hundred and sixty acres of Land, seven of meadow, ten of wood, and one hundred of pasture. He passed it to Richard Middleton, Esquire, and the Lady Maud Greene his wife, Robert Throgmorton, Esquire, and Nicholas Russell, Clark, to whom also Thomas Brigge of Nott. son and heir of William Brigg theretofore of Selston, released all his right in the Mannor of Wandesley, with the appurtenances in the Town and Parsh of Selleston.
Richard Middleton, and Maud his wife, 18 E. 4, levied a Fine of the Mannor of Wannesley, called Cressy Fee, to John Stanhope, John Fitz-Herbert, Thomas Molyneaux, Thomas Orston, Robert Yole, John Blande, Clark, and Robert Treulofe, Clark. John Bland passed or released it to John Prior of Beauvale, and the Covent of the same, with which it remained; and amongst the rest of the Lands of that Monastery, came to the Lord Capell, with whose posterity, viz. the Earl of Essex it still continueth.
(fn. 16) There were two Recoveries in 18 H. 7, wherein Thomas Medylton claimed against Robert Throkmorton, Knight, and William Rolleston, the moyety of the Mannor of Wannesley, with the appurtenances, and ten mess. four hundred acres of Land, one hundred of meadew, three hundred of pasture, four hundred of wood, one hundred of furz and heath, and 40s. Rent in Wannesley and Selston. The same Thomas Medylton at the same time claimed the Mannor of (fn. 17) Gratton in Darbish. against the same persons.
(fn. 18) There was a Recovery, Eliz. of these two Mannors, wherein John Byron, Knight, and Francis Molyneux, claimed against Robert Flecher, and Edmund Stephenson, who called to warrant Robert Agarston alias Middleton. This Robert seems to be son of (fn. 19) Gilbert, as was also Francis his younger brother buried at Selston, Aug. 10, 1558.— Robert himself was buried there also, May 3, 1567, and was father of Will. Midleton, buried at Selston, Sept. 18, 1624, which William died at Cotgrave, where he had a daughter Mary, the wife of John Whallay; her mother was Troth, daughter of Roger Columbell of Darley in the County of Darby: she was also mother of John Middleton, who died about 1642, and had to wife Anne, daughter of Raph Bache of Stanton in the Peak, by whom he left issue William Middleton of Wannesley, and John, who died a batchelor. William was aged about forty-four years, 1673, and by his first wife Martha, daughter of Brian Norton of Bullingbrook in the County of Lincolne, had a son John Midleton heir apparent of this Mannor and Gretton in Darbishire, and of a parcel in Brunnesley: but he and his son (who as I have heard married—the widow of — Shepheard of Hempshill) are now, viz. 1675, both dead.