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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DARLETON. DERLINGTON. RAGNALL. RAGENHILL. and KINGSHAUGH.
The book of doomsday shows that Derlington and Ragenhill were two of the four Berues of the kings great manor of Dunham: the other two Wymenton and Swarnesterne, are now totally lost, except the remembrance of some closes of Wympton, or Swensterne yet continue.
(fn. 1) The men of Derleton and Ragenell, 11 H. 3. had pasture for their cattel in the wood of Kingshaugh, as they were wont in the times of king Henry the second, and king John, until the said king John made the houses be built, and the wood inclosed, and a parkmade thereof, which was in the time of king Rich: 1: (fn. 2) his brother, against whom, when he was earl John, he made war in this place.
(fn. 3) Baldwin (or Brian) de Insula, chr. 14 H. 3. had a grant of the Haie of Kingshagh, to him and his heirs.
(fn. 4) King Edward the first left to farm to the men of Ragenhall and Darleton the said towns for, &c.
(fn. 5) There was an inquisition taken at Blithewath, 8 E. 1: before Galfr: de Nevill, and Henry de Perepunt, justices of assize, by the kings open writ, amongst other matters, if Galfr: de Langley, by his own authority held the township of Derleton and Kingeshay, and a certain part of the town of Bolewell deaforested, so that the kings ministers could not make their attachements, and do other things belonging to their office there: The jury said that Galfr: de Langle held only Kingeshay deafforested, and that it was of the kings demesne, and that he held neither Derleton, nor Bolewell, but that the king held in demesne a certain part of Derleton, and William de Valence another part, and that it was out of the bounds of the forest.
(fn. 6) Before that Galfr: de Langele had Kingshawe, viz: 43 H: 3: Simon de Montefort earl of Leicester, and Alianor the countess, the kings sister had it.
(fn. 7) George duke of Clarence 3 E: 4: by vertue of the kings letters patents to him granted, was to receive 14l. yearly of the farm of the manors of Derlington and Ragenhill, by the hands of the sheriff of Nott: and Derb.
(fn. 8) Ranulf (son of or) Fitz-Engler. the sheriff, 2 H: 2: gave account of 7l: of the firm of Derlinton:
(fn. 9) William Fitz-Randulf, 20 H. 2. gave account of 8l. and 8d. of the assize rent of Derlinton.
(fn. 10) Philip Minekan who had Clipston, and the Hays, &c. 9 Joh: ought at half year to answer the king for this farm, as the sheriff said.
(fn. 11) Roger de Ros (Cyssor Regis) 29 H: 3: gave account of the issues of the manor of Kingshawe.
(fn. 12) Isabell who had been the wife of John de Castre, 17 E: 2: had the kings pardon for the transgression which she made in acquiring together with her said husband the manor of Kingshaugh.
(fn. 13) There was a recovery in the court of Dunham, 13 and 14 H: 6: which was then Henry lord Greys (of Codnor) and Margaret his wifes, and William Lucys, knight, and Elizabeth his wifes, between John Moreby, and Eustachia his wife, and John Fordham, and Matilda his wife, plaintiffs; and John Brauncepath, the elder, and Joane his wife, and Thomas Brauncepath, defendents, of six mess: ten tosts, one hundred acres of land, and sixty of meadow, with the appurtenances in Dunham, Ragenhyll, and Wympton.
(fn. 14) In another recovery 10 H: 7: Robert Neyvll claimed against Hugh Fordham, six mess: &c: in the same places, and Lanam.
(fn. 15) Richard Nevill, gent: John Hewet, yeoman, and Thomas Nicolls, yeoman, 38 H: 8: suffered a recovery of the manor of Kingshawe, and lands in Darleton, Dreyton, Tuxford, and Newark, and called William Mering, esquire:
(fn. 16) Augustine Erle, 8 Eliz: suffered another of the said manor of Kingshawe, with the appurtenances; and called William Mering, knight: Kingshawe is now the inheritance of sir Richard Earle under age, grand-child of sir Richard Erle of Thragelthorpe in Lincolnshire.
(fn. 17) William Nevile of South Leverton; brother of Thomas Nevill of Rolleston, had a son named George, who married Isabell, the daughter of John Croftes of Ragnall, and his heir, and thereby became owner and resident at this place: he had by her many children; Robert Nevill, his son who succeeded him, married the daughter of —Woodford, and begot on her several sons and daughters; Robert his eldest, was husband of Alice, daughter of Thomas Boswell of Chete in Yorkshire, and father of George Nevill, who had to wife Barbara, one of the sisters and heirs of sir John Hercy of Grove, where the chief residence of his posterity hath by that occasion been for the most part since, and that of Ragnall is now the possession of Robert Mellish, esq; father of Reason Mellish:
(fn. 18) Francis Meverell, esquire, died 16 Decemb: 7 Eliz: and left Sampson Meverell, his son and heir within age: he had the manors of Throwley, and Froddeswell in Staffordshire, Tiddeswell in Darbyshire, and this manor of Darleton:
(fn. 19) The owners of Ragnall town (all which held in ancient demesne of the manor of Dunham) 1612, are said to be Gervas Nevill, gent: Hugh Dobson, gent: William Addye, Robert Nevell, Edward Clark of Erengley, George Fetch, Augustine Hawkesmore, the heirs of Francis Stone, Gilbert Nevill, esquire, William Hawkmore.
Land is enclosed, and was lately purchased by Mr: Calvert, late steward to Mr. Walker of Rotherham, Yorkshire, who has been selling portions, or farms, to different people.
The village is much diminished in size of late years.
The chapel, which is dedicated to St: Giles, and is a member of Dunham, has a little tower: Here are two brass figures, of a man and woman; but no inscription:
Ragnal is considered now as a part of Darleton: Here is a dwelling, of no inferior order, lately occupied by Charles Mellish, Esq; who died July 14, 1781: