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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GRESTHORP. and NORMANTON.
These both were of the see of Roger de Busli after the conquest, before which they were in many hands. In Gresthorp, Dunning and Gran. for their two ma nors answered the tax for six bov. and an half, and a fourth part of a bovat. (fn. 1) The land was two car. There afterwards in king Williams time, Roger the man (or tenant) of the said Roger de Busli had two car. and four sochm. twelve vill. one bord. having five car. There were three mills 20s. and twelve acres of meadow, and four acres of pasture wood. This part retained the old value 3l. having soc in Sudton.
In Normentune before the conquest five Taynes, Justan, Durand, Elward, Elmar, and A si had every one his hall, and every one was chargeable to the Dane-geld for one bov. and the fifth part of a bov. The land was twelve bov. There afterwards Roger, the man of Roger de Busli had nine sochm. four bord. having three car. and twelve acres of meadow. In the Confessours time the value was 10s. in the Conquerours 6s.— Here was also a parcel see to Scacheby, half a bov. ad geldam. There two vill. and two bord. had one car. Another part was soc to Fladburgh, of the bishop of Lincolnes fee, which was six bov. ad geldam. The land twelve bov. There eleven sochm. had three car. and six acres of meadow. Here was also a parcel soc to Dunham, the kings land, which was one bov. ½. to the geld. One moyety of this land belonged to Bodmeschell, and the other to Dunham, it was then waste, pasture wood three qu. long, two broad.
These townships, as most or all of that Rogers did, came to William de Lovetot, who give amongst the rest this church of Normanton to the priory which he founded at Radeford, by Wirksop, in the time of H. 1. as in that place will be shown. Matildis de Lovetot his great grand-child, (who was sometime wife of Gerard de Furnivall) gave the manor of Gresthorp, with the appurtenances, and Whistan in Yorkshire, except the advowson of that church, to Alda, who had been wife of William de Furnivall, (her son) in lieu of her dower, in the manors of Grengeley, Whystan, and Gresthorp, during her life, but it seems that before 52 H. 3. (fn. 2) Thomas de Furnivall had disseised the said Alda of her free. hold in the said Whystan and in Handefworth.
(fn. 3) Thomas de Furnivall the elder, 19 E. 2. held the manor of Gresthorp.
(fn. 4) William Furnell (lord of half Bothumsell, if not mistaken for Furnivall) held in Normanton and Gristhorpe, the fourth part of a knights fee of Matildis de Lovetot, and she of the countess of Ewe, and she of the king, of the old feoffment.
(fn. 5) The jury, 6 E. 3. found that Thomas de Furnivall, senior, when he died held the manor of Wirkesop' and this of Gresthorpe, of Philip queen of England, as of the honour of Tikhill, and that Thomas de Furnivalle, son of the said Thomas de Furnivalle, the elder, was then his heir.
(fn. 6) Michael de la Pole, 28 E. 3. had free-warren in Gresthorpe. Michael de la Pole, 7 R. 2. (fn. 7) settled the manor of Gresthorpe, with rents of assize, and seven bovats of land in North Clifton, on Michael de la Pole, his son, and Katherin his wife. The jurv. 7 H. 5. (fn. 8) found that Katherine, who had been wife of Michael de la Pole, earl of Suffolk, when she died held the manor of Gresthorpe, with the appurtenances in Gresthorp, Sutton, Normanton, and North Clifton; and that Katherine, Elizabeth and Isabell, daughters of Michael de la Pole, son of the said earl, and the said Katherine, were her cousins and heirs. The jury, 28 H. 6. (fn. 9) found that William late duke of Suffolk, when he died held joyntly with Alice his wife then living, the manor of Gresthorp and Normanton, &c. and that John duke of Suffolk was his heir.
There was a chapel in Gristhorp, founded in the honour of St. James, become ruinous and converted into a cottage and barne, which queen Elizabeth, among other things, 2 Apr. 16 Eliz. (fn. 10) granted to Alexander Rigby, and Percival Gunston, gent. and their heirs; and the next year, 22 Jun. 17 Eliz. (fn. 11) to John Sonkey, and Percivall Gunston, gent. certain parcels of land, and meadow in Gristhorpe, called Priest land, containing sixteen acres, and one little croft called priests yard, given for the sustentation of a priest in the said free chapel of St. James in Gresthorpe.
(fn. 12) The vicarage of Normanton was eight marks when the prior of Wirksop was patron: 'tis now 4l. 5s. 0d. in the kings books, and An. Darlin (or Daniel) patron.
[Throsby] Gresthorp and Normanton
Patron, the duke of Devonshire. Pri. Worksop propr. Incumbent, Revd. Thomas Clark. K. B. 4l. 5s. 0d. In B. clear yearly value, 35l. 14s. 0d. Now somewhere about 50l. 0s. 0d. Syn. 4s. Val. per ann: in mans: 6s. 8d. dec. in Greysthorpe hall, 10s. decim. lan. &c.