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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Selston, Doomsd. Salestone.
Salistune before the Conquest had three Mannors in it of three bovats, which Vlmer, Gladuin, and Vluric had. (fn. 1) The Land whereof was one car. This afterwards became the Fee of William Peverel, and there four vill. two bord. had two car. There was a Church, and three acres of meadow. In elder time the value was 8s. when the Conquerours survey was taken 10s.
(fn. 2) Ranulph de Wandesley is certified to hold Seliston of Robert de Stoteville, who succeeded Hubert Fitz-Raph, so that it seems the greatest part of this place was with Wannesley of the Fee of Raph Fitz-Hubert, except the fourth part which William de Roos mentioned in Greseley) is said to hold in the right of Eustacnia his wife, which was Peverells Fee, wherein was the Church, which Nicholas de Cantelupe gave to the Priory of Beauvale at the first (fn. 3) foundation (as in that place is shown) William de Roos, and Eustachia his wife, having in 17 E. 1, and 18 E. 1, recovered it against Ranulph de Wandesly.
(fn. 4) Hugh Fitz-Raph ancestor of Eustachia (mentioned in Greyseley) for the Love of God, and for the health of his Soul, and for the Souls of Agnes and Idonea his wives, of Raph and Hugh his sons, and for the Souls of all his Ancestors and Successours, gave to God and the Church of the blessed Mary in Stanley Park, and the Canons of the order of the Premonstratenses there serving God, seven bovats of Land in the territories of Paynesthorp and Seleston, to wit, those which John de Molinton, and Juge his mother held, and four bovats in the same territories, which Ida the wife of Henry the Clark held, and ten acres of Land measured by the perch of four and twenty foot in the territory of Wandesleg, which Hugh de Fraunceys held, with Tofts, Crofts, Homages, Services, Wards, Reliefs, and Eschaets, and he likewise confirmed to that Monastery, for the same reasons, fourteen bovats of Lands in Little Halum in Darbyshire, which the said Canons gave him in exchange for ten bovats in Seliston; he likewise gave them for the Soul of his wife Agnes, a toft lying near the toft of Grimhel, with one bovat of Land in Seleston and Wandesley; and another bovat in Seleston called Standelfcroft, and 11s. yearly Rent, which Nicholas de Wandesley paid him, and 3s. 6d. which Robert de Brunesley ought him yearly, and Rents of diverse others for tenements, which they held of him in Seleston and Wandesleg. The fourteen bovats in Halum, it seems, Hugo de Muscamp gave to Wido de Ver in Franke-marriage with Margaret his daughter, as the said Wido did to Adam, son of Robert, son of Ernisius, with Gundreda his daughter; but she had another husband called Nicolas de Chauencurt, who for her Soul, and the Soul of Wido de Ver her father, and of Robert de Muscamp her uncle, and of Robert de Chauencurt his own father, and of Erneburga his mother, gave them to that Abby, to which Simon, son of Walter de Ver, also confirmed and granted the same.
(fn. 5) By a Fine, 34 E. 1, between William de Cressy, and Johan his wife, Petents, and William de Gratton, and Isabel his wife, Tenants, and two mess. two carucats, thirty and seven bovats of Land, twenty acres of meadow, six cottages, two water-mills, eight acres of wood, 46s. Rent, with the appurtenances in Selleston, William and Isabel acknowledged the moyety of the said Tenements to be the right of the said Johane, and rendred them up in the Court to the said William and Joane, and remised and released from themselves, and the heirs of Isabell to them, and the heirs of Joane; for which the said William and Joane remised to William and Isabell, and the heirs of Isabell, all their claim in the capital messuage, and the moyety of all the Premises.
(fn. 6) King Richard the second, seeing his grandfather King Edward the third, had granted licence for the Prior and Covent of Beauvale, to purchase 10l. per annum, and also 20l. per annum, of Lands, &c. gave leave to Robert, Vicar of Greyseley, to give to that Priory three mess. twelve tofts, two carucats, three bovats, and fourscore and three acres of Land, and 4l. 12s. 7d. Rent, with the appurtenances in Selston, Wandesley, Brynnesley, Neuthorp, Watnow Chaworth, Brokebresting, and Hukenale-Torkard, which were held not held of the King, in full satisfaction of the said 30l Land and Rents. One mess. and two carucats of these were Hugh Cresseyes of Selston, and held of the Mannor of Wandesley, for which the said Vicar had also the special licence of William de Gratton, and Raph de Cressy, then resident at and Lords of Wandesley. These went with Beauvale, as in that place may be discovered, and some part of the rest with Wandesley, as I suppose.
(fn. 7) A mess. and one bovat called Bothweth in Selston, belonging to the Priory of Felley, 15 July, 35 H. 8, (fn. 8) were granted to Richard Andrewes, and Nicolas Temple, amongst many other things, who had licence the same year to alienate them to Rog. Greenehalgh of Teversall, and his heirs.
At Selston sometimes lived Mr. Jay. And since that house hath been purchased by Mr. Timothy Pusey, who made it his place of residence; he left only three daughter his heirs, one whereof (Sarah the eldest) was married to Gervas Clifton, eldest son of Sir Gervas, but she died without issue; another was wife of—Brooks of Norton in Cheshire; and the other which succeeded in this place, was first married to William Willoughby, Esquire, (descended from the family of Normanton on Sore, where the genealogy is therefore placed), and afterwards to Sir John Cooke of Melbourne, by whom she had no issue; but by her former husband she left Sir Will. Willoughby, Bart. and Mary, the wife of Beaumonte Dixie, Esquire, who is now become the Inheritrix of this place, by reason that the said Sir William Willoughby her brother left no heirs of his body lawfully begotten. He was very rich, and had the Lordship of Wortley in Yorkshire, by the settlement which his great grandmother the Countess of Devonshire made of it; but it returned also to the heirs general of the Wortleyes. He had two natural sons by the wife and widow of — Revell a Black smith, one called Richard Revell, the other Hugh Willoughby (who is now dead 1675,) for both which he made good provision in his Will, which his said sister and her husband have with great expence and loss, vainly hitherto endeavoured to destroy, it being strongly supported by the diligence and interest of Mr. Francis Willoughby of Wollaton, to whose son he gave the Lordship of Muscam: he died at Selston, Feb. 10, 1670, and had a solemn funeral in the beginning of May (as I remember) next ensuing.
(fn. 9) The Vicarage of Seleston was ten marks when the Prior of Beauvale was Patron.— In the Kings Books it is now 5l. value, and Sir William Willoughby remains the last Patron.
In the east Window of the south Ile, are these three Coats:—Or, a Fesse Dancette Sable, Vavasor. Arg. a Lion Rampant Queve Furche, sable, Cressy. Arg, a Chevron between three Martlets erected Sable.
In the Chancell east Window:—Gules, on a Bend Arg. There Roses of the first, and under it Willielmus Jay, Armig. sibi & hæred.—riam, Anno.—.
By the north Wall of the Chancel is a fair Tomb, whereon are the Arms of Willoughby with quarterings, and, Here lyeth William Willoughby, Esquire, sonne and heir of Sir Rotheram Willoughby of Muscombe in the County of Nott. Knight, and of Dame Anne his wife, one of the daughters of Sir Richard Wortley, Knight, and Elizabeth his wife, now Countess of Devon. He married Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Timothy Pusey, Esquire, who made this Monument in memory of her husband; and by her he had four children. He was aged twenty-one years and three quarters, and died the xii, day of Novemb. 1630.
Lordship is owned by Lord Melbourne, Lady Dixey, and others. It is an enclosed lordship of cold clay land. The village consists of several detached houses, and some cottages on the common.
The church is dedicated to St. Helen, has a tower with two bells, and consists of two aisles.
Patron, the King by lapse in 1749. Incumbent, Anthony Carr, V. K. B. 5l.— Clear yearly value 6l. 7s.—20l. Val. in mans. cum gardin. ibidem per ann. 3s. 4d. dec. molend. pul. porc. anc. ov. lin. &c. Pri Bello Valle. Propr.