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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Bolum in the book of doomsday is certified to be one of the Berues of the arch-bishop of Yorkes great manor or Sok of Lanum. In Bolum likewise there was a manor of Roger de Buslies fee, which Turvert had before the conquest, for which he paid to the Dane-geld as seven bovats. (fn. 1) The land being then two car. There were four sochm. four bord. having three car. To this manor lay six bovats for the gold, of which the Sok was in Saundby. The land two car. There Gaufr. the man of Roger had one car. two sochm. four vill. three bord. having four car. ½. Meadow eight qu. long, two broad. Pasture wood one leu. long, three qu. broad. In king Edward the Confessours time this was valued at 40s. in king Williams at 50s.
(fn. 2) The mill of Bolum was of the demesne of Gringeley, and by Emme the wife of William de Luvetot, founder of the church of St. Cuthbert near Wirksop, with the consent and confirmation of Richard de Lovetot her son, given to that monastery to buy wine for the use of the mass, together with an essart of Asaley to make wafers.
(fn. 3) William de Lovetot, son of Richard, also confirmed that gift of his grandmother, and so did Matilda de Lovetot, wife of Gerard de Furnivall, only daughter and heir of the said William lord Lovetot, which said Matilda de Luvetot confirmed also to the said monastery, all Bollum in lands and meadow and mill, to which Richard de Luvetot her grandfather had given it.
(fn. 4) King Henry the eighth by his letters patents dated 28 Octob. 36 H. 8. granted to Robert Swyft, and William Swyft and their heirs, the manor of Bollome, and two mills in Bollome within the parish of Hayton, one called a Walk Mill, and two gardens within that parish called the Chappell, and the Old-yard, and five tofts in East-Retford, &c. all which, and many other lands and tenements then granted, were late belonging to the priory of Wirkesop; and from Swyft it was conveyed to Francis Worteley, and Mary his wife, and the heirs of Mary, 7 Eliz. It was lately the inheritance of Francis Worteley, knight and baronet.
(fn. 5) The tythes of the mills of Bolum were part of the vicarage of Clarburgh, by the ordination of Sewall, arch-bishop of York, 1258.
The arch-bishop of York gave the church of Bolum, with the appurtenances, which might be worth ten marks, and belonged to a prebend at York, (viz. in the chapel of St. Mary and All Angells, mentioned in East Retford) to William de Lanum in the absence of the prebendary.
William de Lovetot mentioned above by Thoroton as founder of the church of St. Cuthbert near Worksop, appears to have been a great benefactor to religious institutions. An old mutilated figure now in the church of Radford, near Worksop, is said to be a representation of that good man. It is copied fig. 1. page 264, but certainly does not rest now in the place where it was originally placed. His figure, with the others in the same plate, 2, 3, are now white-washed, not to make them shine, and are placed together. (fn. 6)