Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1796.
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There was soc to the Kings manors of Bodmeschell in one Moreton, and the other Moretune ten bov. ad geldam. The land four car. There seven sochm. one bord. had four car. Pasture wood two qu. long, one broad. Of Roger de Busli's fee in norther Moreton were two manors, which before the conquest Alfrid and Luschell had, paying to the geld for two bov. The land two car. was waste, pasture wood one qu. long, half one broad. In the Confessours time the value was 16s.
(fn. 1) The jury, 30 H. 3, said that Thomas de Stratton held of Robert de St. George in Moreton two bov. and an half of land for 16s. per annum, and Richard Abbat the third part of a bovat in the same town for 5s.
(fn. 2) Robert le Vavasor of Morton near to Retford, married Matildis, the sister and heir of James, Matthew, and Roger, sons of John, brother and heir of Adam and Robert, sons of Gley the Britain, lord of the manor of Stiteley and Mekesburgh, which Gley had a brother who begot Mabilia de Brochton of Craven, who had to her husband John de Mounden, who begot on her a son named also John, which second John had two daughters Matildis and Agnes, who dyed without heirs, so that John le Vavasor, son of the said Robert, claimed to be heir of the said sisters, and left the inheritance to William le Vavafer his son and heir.
(fn. 3) It appears, 5 E. 3, by a writ of Certiorari that Isabella, who had been wife of William de Saxam, recovered by a writ of Cui in vita against Henry le Scrop one mess. and 100. acres of land in Little Morton, as her right and marriage.
(fn. 4) William, son of Gilbert de Normanton, by Bommsell (perhaps the same with Northen Moreton) did Fealty to William Burdon prior of Blyth, for half a bovat with one mess. in Normanton by Bothamsell, and acknowledged to owe 4s. per annum, and gave 8s. for relief.
Normanton grange belonged to Wellbeck.
(fn. 5) The owners of Babworth town in 1612, are thus set forth, Gilbert earl of Shrows bury, William lord Cavendishe, Robert Swifte, knight, Matilda Bevercotes, widow, William Jessop, gent. Nicolas Young of Babworth, Anthony Johnson, Bryan Sturges, Philip Collye, Robert Hemsworth, Robert White.
(fn. 6) The rectory of Babworth was 20l. when the prior of Newstede was patron: 'Tis now 14l. 19s. 7d. value in the Kings books, and Sir Edward Worteley the last patron.
A small place.