General history: Principal gentry seats, forests and deer-parks

Pages clxvii-clxx

Magna Britannia: Volume 5, Derbyshire. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1817.

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Principal Seats, Halls, Mansions, &c. the Residence of Gentry.

Names of the Seats. Parishes. Owners or Occupiers.
Alfreton Rev. Henry Case Morewood.
Aldercar Heanor In the tenure of Rev. John Smith.
Alderwasley Francis Hurt, Esq.
Allestrey I. C. Girardot, Esq.
Aston Rev. Charles Holden.
Bank-hall Chapel-en-le-Frith Samuel Frith, Esq.
Barlborough Cornelius Heathcote Rodes, Esq.
Barrow John Beaumont, Esq.
Barton-Blount Francis Bradshaw, Esq.
Beauchief-Abbey P. Pegge Burnell, Esq., (in the occupation of Broughton Stead, Esq.)
Bradley Godfrey Meynell, Esq.
Breadsall-Priory Mrs. Darwin.
Bridge-end Duffield G. B. Strutt, Esq.
Castle-field Derby John Burrow Esq., (in the occupation of the Rt. Hon. Lady Grey de Ruthin.)
Catton Croxall Eusebius Horton, Esq.
Croxall Late Thomas Prinsep, Esq. (uninhabited.)
Darley-Abbey Derby Robert Holden, Esq.
Duffield John Balguy, Esq.
Durant-hall Chesterfield Sir George Colvile, (in right of his Lady.) Adam Barker Slater, Esq.
Ednaston-lodge Brailsford Honourable Washington Shirley.
Etwall William Cotton, Esq.
Ford North-Winfield Mrs. Holland.
Foston. Scropton Charles Broadhurst, Esq.
Glapwell Bolsover Thomas Hallowes, Esq.
Hasland Chesterfield Thomas Lucas, Esq.
Hathersage Ashton Ashton Shuttleworth, Esq
Highfield Chesterfield Vincent Henry Eyre, Esq.
Hilcote-hall Blackwell John Wilkinson, Esq.
Holme-hall Bakewell Robert Birch, Esq.
Holt-house Darley George Mower, Esq.
Hopton Wirksworth Philip Ge!l, Esq., M. P.
Hopwell Sawley Thomas Pares, Esq.
Ingleby In occupation of R. C. Greaves, Esq.
Langley-park Godfrey Meynell, Esq.
Learn Eyam Marmaduke Middleton Middletoo, Esq.
Locko Spondon William Drury Lowe, Esq.
Longford Edward Coke, Esq.
Little-Longsdon Bakewell James Longsdon, Esq.
Markeaton Mackworth Francis Mundy, Esq.
Mearsbrook Norton Samuel Shore, Esq.
Measham-ficld Edward Abney, Esq.
Mellor Glossop Samuel Oldknow, Esq.
Millford Duffield G. H. Strutt, Esq.
Newton-Solney Abraham Hoskins, Esq.
Norton-hall Samuel Shore, jun. Esq.
Norton-house In the occupation of John Read, Esq.
The Oaks Norton Sir William Chambers Bagshaw, Knt.
Ogstone Morton William Turbutt, Esq.
Little-Over Mickle-over Baclie Heathcote, Esq.
The Pastures Mickle-over The late John Peele Esq.
Radborne Edward Sacheverell Chandos Pole, Esq.
Risley Rev. John Hancock Hall.
Romeley Barlborough Rev. Thomas Hill.
Shardelotv Aston Leonard Fosbrooke, Esq.
Shipley Heanor Edward Miller Mundy, Esq., M. P.
Smalley Morley John Radford, Esq.
Stainsby Horsley Edward Sacheverell Sitwell, Esq.
Stanton Youlgrave Bache Thornhill, Esq.
Stoke-hall Hope Honourable John Simpson, (intheoccupation of Robert Arkwright, Esq.)
Stubbings Chapelry of Wing worth C. Dakeyne Giadwin, Esq.
Tapton-Grove Chapelry of BrimingtonA family of the here ditary Avery Jebb, Esq.
Thurlston Chapelry of Alvaston Samuel Fox, Esq.
Tupton North-Winfield William Allwood Lord, Esq.
Walton Colonel Disbrowe, in the occupation of Edward Mundy;Esq.
Walton -Lodge Chesterfield Joshua Jebb, Esq.
Wheat-hills Mackworth In the occupation of Richard Bateman,Esq.
Willersley Richard Arkwright, Esq., M. P.
South-Winfield Winfield Halton, Esq.
Wirksworth-gatehouse Philip Cell, Esq.

Among the principal seats of Gentry may be reckoned, Alderwasley, Alfreton, AHestrey, Barlborough, Catton, Foston, Hopton, Learn, Locko, Longford, Markeaton, Norton-hall, Shipley, Stanton, and Willersley.

Forests and Deer-Parks.

THE King's forest of the Peak was of great extent. That in ancient times it was much infested with wolves is evident. A family of the hereditary name of Wolfhunt held lands by the service of keeping the forest clear of those destructive animals. It seems that they had ceased to be inhabitants of the forest before the reign of Edward II.; for a record of that period states, that Johnle Wolfhunt, son of. John le Wolfhunt, held certain lands by the service of taking and destroying all wolves that should come into His Majesty's forest of the Peak. The Peak-forest is spoken of as plentifully stocked with deer in the year 1634 (fn. n1) : it is probable that they were destroyed in the civil war.

Belper-park, belonging to the duchy of Lancaster, was kept up as a park in the early part of the seventeenth century. There were anciently six other parks in and near Duffield, belonging to the Earls of Lancaster.

Besides these there were, in the early part of the fourteenth century, not less than fifty-four deer-parks in Derbyshire, belonging to monastic bodies and individuals (fn. n2), as may be seen in the following table.

Parishes. Parks.
Alfreton One park.
All-Saints', Derby Lohg-Eaton.
Ashborne Tissington-park.
Ashover Overton-park.
Barlborough Three parks.
Bakewell Chatsworth-park.
——— Haddon-park.
Bolsover One park.
Breadsall One park.
Chesterfield Walton-park.
Cubley One park.
Doveridge Holt-park.
Dronfield Holmesfield-park
Duffield Champayne-park.
Heanor Four parks at Codnor.
— — Two parks at Shipley.
— — Aldercar-park.
— — Loscoe-park.
Horsley Denby-park.
Elmton One park.
likes ton Two parks.
Langley One park.
Langwith Two parks.
Longford One park.
Morley Kiddersley-park,
Morton One park.
Norton One park.
Kirk-Hallam One park, besides Maperley.
Ockbrook Two parks.
Pentrich Two parks at Butterley
Pleasley One park.
Repton One park.
Sawley Woodhall-park.
Scarcliffe One park.
ShirJand One park.
Smithsby One park.
Spondon Locko-park.
— — Stanley-park.
Stavely One park.
Sudbury One park.
South-Winfield Two parks.

There are now, we believe, only thirteen deer-parks in Derbyshire;viz. Chatsworth and Hardwick, belonging to the Duke of Devonshire; Bretby, to the Earl of Chesterfield; Sudbury, to Lord Vernon; Kedleston, to Lord Scarsdale j Sutton, to the Marquis of Ormond; Drakelow, to Sir Roger Gresley; Calke, to Sir Henry Crewe; Wingerworth, to Sir Henry Hunloke; Alderwasley, to Francis Hurt, Esq.; Alfreton, to the Rev. H. C. Morewood; Locko, to W. D. Lowe, Esq.; Norton, to Samuel Shore, junior, Esq.; and Stanton, to Bache Thornhill, Esq.


  • n1. Pegge's Collections.
  • n2. Quo Warranto Roll, and other records of the period. A few of the parks in this table are of later date, but have been long disparked.