Prebendaries: Welton

Pages 104-105

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 3, Lincoln. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1977.

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Manor of Welton (Lincs.) gr. to bp. by king William I 1072 (R.A.L. I no. 2, cf. no. 3); said in 1103 × 06, ? 1106, to have been gr. 'in prebenda' by William I (Regesta II no. 746 = R.A.L. I no. 31); held in 1086 by six cans. with five teams in demesne (D.B. I 344a); held in c. 1118 by cans. (Lindsey Survey pp. 240-1); conf. to cans. by pope 28 Apr. 1139 (R.A.L. I no. 249); conf. as preb. by pope 6 Feb. 1146 (ibid. no. 252 p. 198) and 5 June 1163 (ibid. no. 255 p. 205); called 'prebende de Welletona' 1155 × 58 (ibid. nos. 118-19). Certain judicial liberties in the manor (ibid. II nos. 497-8). See also Dij/88/3/1-12.

By 1254 the manor apportioned between five prebs. (Val. Norwich p. 279). (fn. 1) If conjecture relating to the name of Welton Paynshall is correct (list 68), the separation had already begun by the third quarter of the 12th cent., although the names of the other four prebs. originated later (see below).

Church of Welton: first mentioned Dec. 1267 when a vicar occ. (Rot. Gravesend p. 26); vicar had £10 from prebs. Brinkhall, Westhall, Paynshall and Beckhall in 1291, but presum. not from Ryval (Taxatio p. 56b); five prebs. shared right to present vicar, 17 Oct. 1300 (Reg. II fo. 2v).


M. Nicholas Tessun (fn. 2)

Bp.'s clk. Not called can. 20 Sept. 1244 (Rot. Grosseteste p. 79). First occ. as can. 10 Nov. 1244 (Westminster 'Domesday' fo. 451v). Occ. as one of prebs. of Welton, either Beckhall or Brinkhall, 1254 (Val. Norwich p. 279). Also preb. of Salisbury and archdcn. of Bath. Still alive [1267] (Medieval Archives of Christ Church, ed. N. Denholm-Young (Oxford Hist. Soc. xcii) p. 33).


  • 1. One of these five, either Beckhall or Brinkhall, is called 'Welleton' Remig'' in 1254. The name is difficult to explain, as there was no can. of Lincoln called Remigius. Perhaps bp. Remigius's name was attached to the preb., but if so, it is strange both that there is no earlier evidence and that the name did not survive later.
  • 2. See Biog. Ox. III 1857.