Fiskerton, and Moreton

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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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Of the Soc of Horingham, in Fiscartune, and in Mortune, Walter de Ayncurt (whose fee it was) had in each half a car. for the geld, whereof the Soc belonged to Sudwell, and in each had one car. and three vill. having one car. (or plow). Here in Fiscartune was also a manor which Tori had, before the conquest, rated to the geld at two car. two bov. (fn. 1) The land whereof was then certified to be five car. There the said Walter had in demesne one car. eleven vill. having four car. There were two mills, one piscary, one pessage, 46s. 8d. forty two acres of meadow, pasture wood two qu. long, one qu. broad. In the Confessours time this was 3l. value, in the Conquerours, when the survey was taken, 4l. Walter had Soc in this Fiscarton, six bovats of land, whereof the arch-bishop had the Soc. There was some in Gipesmare, and Mortun, which was of the fee of Raph Fitz Hubert, and held by the lords of Annesley

This town of Fiskerton, Raph de Ayncurt gave to the monastery of Thurgarton, at the foundation, as in that place is said. The prior, 54 H. 3. (fn. 2) had market and fair granted in this manor of Fiskerton.

There was a chapel dedicated to the blessed Virgin Mother, founded within the court of the canons of Thurgarton, upon Trent, (fn. 3) at Fiskerton, to which many persons gave lands; as Robert de Birstall, who gave six selions on the east part of the sike of Morton in Wra, of his demesne, and 3 others upon Irnore, in pure alms, for the souls of William, his father, and Agnes, his mother, his own and his wives, and all his parents departed.

Walter, son of Pagan de Aflacton, remised and quit-claimed all the right he had in one bovat and an half in Fisk. to the said canons, which Lauretta, the daughter of Raph, the parson of Roldeston, held of the said prior and canons of Thurgarton, to whom Robert, son of William de Haeg, also released all his right in the lands of the said Lauretta, his grandmother.

(fn. 4) Osbert de Haneworth, called also de Morton, was a benefactor to the said chapel, who had a daughter married to Gaufr. de Deresburgh, sometimes called Julian, and sometimes Golderon, by whom she the said Julian or Golderon had likewife a daughter called Cecilia, married to Robert, son of Savain de Kelum. She had half a bovat in Morton, in frank-marriage, which in her widow-hood she gave to the said priory, excepting the third part of her toft, and seven rodes of land and meadow, which she gave to Osbert the milner, with Alice her daughter. Hugh son of Galfr. de Deresburg, brother to the said Cecilia, in the year 1248. confirmed her gift to the canons of Thurgarton.

Robert, son of Raph de Fiskerton, by the consent of Robert his son, for the health of his own soul, and the soul of Agnes his wife, gave to the said chapel a selion, which in times past Blacman, and Wolsi of Mortun, gave to the said canons for their brotherhood, and exchanged another, for which the canons gave him and his son 12s. and three quarters of rye, and one of barley. There were many other small benefactors.

(fn. 5) In the year 1328. the tythes of the demesne, and natives of Fiskerton, were valued at 100s. per annum. There were three carucats of land, each valued at 26s. 8d. The fishing then there was 66s. 8d. The water mill there 26s. 8d. The tythe of Roldeston mill 3s. 4d. The perquisites of the court 40s. The rents of assize of the natives (each whereof for the most part held one bovat and an half of land, and paid about 3s. and one cock and two hens) amounted to 49s. 4d. and thirty hens and cocks, then valued at 1d. ob. a piece, 3s. 9d. The rents of the cottagers, 7l. 6s. 5d. ob. The natives (or husbandmen) and cottages here did more work than those of Thurgarton, and had less meat, except at plowing and harrowing, (fn. 6) and at boondays only in harvest, which were once in a week, during that time, with two men for every husband (or farm) house, besides four other working days, in which there was no refection allowed: when they had, viz. at the said boons, every two had three boon-loaves with cumpanage. On Saturdays they carried, and did no other work.— All the customary (tenants) both in Fiskerton and Morton, one day in the year found each a man to cleanse the dam of Fiskerton mill; and if it needed more, they were to be allowed out of their other works. If any [braciatrix braciaverit cereviciam] Alewife brew ale to sell, she must satisfie the lord for toltester. If any native or cottager sold a male youngling after it was weaned, he was to give 4d. to the lord, If any native or cottager having a swine above a year old, should kill him, he was to give the lord 1d. and it was called Thistelcak. The work of a native was 12s. and of a cottager 10d. They were to carry to, or from the forraign granges at the will of the lord. and the women paid Marchetts, as in Thurgarton. The value of the works was 6l. 19s. 9d. The rents of assize to the priory in Morton, were but 9s. 7d.

(fn. 7) Roger de Ayncurt is certified to have held a knights in Morton, of Oliver de Ayncurt, of the old feossment, (but 'tis Morton in Darbyshire.)

The family of Cressover, were owners and resident here. There was an agreement between Henry de la Cressover, and Richard, the prior of Thurgarton, (fn. 8) that the prior should have the fishing of Holmsike, and a certain barn or grange built upon the land of the monastery, in the fields of Fiskerton, and Morton, without any disturbance, and that only Henry, and his heirs, should fish in Libpole, and Capelingpole, and that he and his successors should have a way under the paic of the prior and covent towards Southwell, and they should have reasonable passage for their cattel of Fiskerton, through his meadow on the Trent bank, to their ox-pasture. Will. de la Cressovere of Morton, by Southwell, in 17 and 18 E. 3. (fn. 9) by fine conveyed his manor of Morton and one mess. and two bovats in Farnesfield, to Benedict de Normanton, excepting six tosts, fourteen bovats of land, 7s. 1d. rent, and the third part of a mess. whereof he passed also the reversion, part of it being then held by Clementia, who had been wife of John de la Cressovere, and William, brother of John, for life, and some little by Maud, and Amicia, daughters of the said John de la Cressovere.

Some of this land, 15 R. 2. (fn. 10) belonged to the priory of Thurgarton; and I find that Thomas de Normanton, 13 H. 4. (fn. 11) had interest here, but further I find not, and therefore suppose it might be conveyed by him to the priory, as Annesleys land was, v. z. one mess. two tosts, six bovats of land, (fn. 12) which John de Horspole, clark, Thomas Normanton, of Normanton, and William Snawe, chaplain, had, of the seoffments of John Willughby, esquire, and Thomas de Willughby, knight, were, the Wednesday after Christmas, 13 H. 4. by their deed then dated at Morton; whereto were witnesses sir John la Zouch, knight, sir Nicolas Strelley, knight, sir William Nevile, knight, sir John Birton, knight. &c.

(fn. 13) Raph de Annesley, knight, had two sons, Reginald, the elder, and Raph, to whom his father gave the said six bovats in Morton; of this Raph came Robert de Annesley his son and heir, of whom came John, the father of another John, who had a daughter and heir called Isabell, married to John Ashewell, to whom by fine she gave the said land, who passed it to Richard de Winwyk, and William de Gunthorp, they to Richard de Crumwell, he to John de Willughby, and others, they to John de Horspole, and the rest as before is said.

There was an assize 18 E. 1: (fn. 14) between Robert de Annesley, plaintiff, and Agnes, who had been the wife of Henry, son of Sewall, defendant, concerning a place of land, sixty foot long, and forty broad, in Fiskerton, and Morton; the jury said that Robert was never in seisin, but they found (that Term) that she unjustly obstructed a certain way in Fiskerton, and Morton. (fn. 15) so that the said Robert could not drive his goods directly from his tenement in Morton, to his pasture of Mardelok, and the More, &c.

Fiskerton grange, 3 and 4 Ph. and Mar. (fn. 16) was granted to Edward Fynes, knight, Lord Clinton and Say, and Thomas Morryson; it was rated at 7l. 12s. 8d. and in the parish of Rolston.

Queen Elizabeth 21 Jan. 4 Eliz. (fn. 17) granted to Thomas Cooper, esquire, and his heirs, all the tythes, and demesne and manor of Fiskerton, and Morton, and the capital mess. called Ashwel hall, in Morton, and a little close called the Park, and other lands and pastures belonging to it, and other lands with the passage of Fiskerton, and two water mills on the river Greet, and lands in Gourton, and Bleseby, belonging to the priory of Thurgarton, &c.

(fn. 18) Sir Roger Cooper sold Ashwell-hall, and the manor, and some farms in Moreton, 1646. and the manor of Fiskerton, and Moreton, and the ferry at Fiskerton, and the tythes and farms there, in the year 1649. to Huntingdon Plumtre, esquire. Dr. of Physick, whose son and heir, Henry Plumtre, esquire, is the present owner of the said manor and farms in Morton, and the tythes of Fiscarton. And I suppose sir Roger sold some in Fiskerton, about or before that time, to Thomas Atkinson, of Newark, which Robert Atkinson, his son, hath since fold to Samuel Ellis. And some more in Fiskerton was also purchased by Ed. Standish, of Newark, of the said sir Roger Cooper, which is also now the possession of the said Samuel Ellis, all which was the demesne: and Thomas Cliffe, and John Cliffe, of Stoke, and John Cliffe, of Nott. have purchased the ferry, farms, &c. of Fiscarton, 1673, of the said Henry Plumtre, as I hear.

[Throsby] Fiskerton and Moreton.

In the former hamlet was anciently a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary; and it is of note for having once a religious house, dependent upon that at Thurgarton, as a cell to that priory.

The family of Cooper, which was possessed of the land here, has long since sold it, and it is now in the hands of a number of proprietors.

In Moreton is a brick chapel.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Ch. 54 H. 3. m. 4.
  • 3. Regist. de Thurg. p. 10 & 11.
  • 4. Ib. p. 13.
  • 5. Regist. de Thurg. p. 174.
  • 6. Ib.
  • 7. Test. de Nev.
  • 8. Regist. de Thurg. p. 14.
  • 9. Fin. lev. Pasch. 17 E. 3. & Hill. 18 E. 2
  • 10. Esc. 15 R. 2. par. 2. n. 35.
  • 11. Esc. 13 H. 4. n. 35.
  • 12. Regist. de Thurg. p. 191 & 192.
  • 13. Ib.
  • 14. Pl. de Banco Mich. 18 E. 1. ro. 63.
  • 15. ro. 71.
  • 16. 1 par. Orig. 3 & 4 Ph. & M. ro 44
  • 17. Par. 3. pat. 4 Eliz.
  • 18. Ex Autog. penes. Hen. Plumtre, Ar.