Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
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Here was Soc to the King's Manor of Flintham, as much as answered the Tax for three Bov. The Land was four Bov. There one Sochm. had half a Car. and an Acre of Meadow. Before the Conquest Elsl had a Manor here, which paid the public Geld as one Car. The Land was twelve Bovats: (fn. 1) There Earl Alan (of Richmond) whose Fee it became afterwards, had one Car. three Sochm. five Vill. having two Car. There was a Priest and half a Church, and one Mill 10s. and five Acres of Meadow. This in the Confessor's Time was 20s. Value, in the Conqueror's, when he made his Survey, 40s. Earl Alan had another Manor here, which before was Ulurick's, rated also to the Geld at one Car. The Land twelve Bov. likewise there was one Vill. and one Bord. Another Manor in this Place Ulviet had before the Norman Invasion, which was then discharged in public Payments for five Bov. and 1-third. The Land was then one Car. There afterwards Roger de Busli had one Car. and two Vill. with one Car. (or Plow.) and four Acres of Meadow. This kept the antient value of 10s.
It seems the Family of Musters, of Tireswell, was first enfeoffed of Earl Alan's Part here, which was called Richmond Fee, because Wm. de Musters, acquitted the Abbats of Welbek and Neubo, (fn. 2) and divers others for the Scutage which he received of them, viz. 6s. 8d. for their Tenements in Kniveton, of Richmond Fee, granted to King Edward the Second, in the fourth Year of his Reign, and other Times, and particularly for seven Bovats and an half of geldable, and two Bovats of the glebe of the Church of Kniveton. (fn. 3) The Land which the Abbey of Welbeck held here in Villainage, was given by Euftachius de Mortayn, and held of Richmond. But Adam de St. Maria, who was Lord of Rowmarrais, in Yorkshire, and Bulcote, and Knyveton in this County, whose second Daughter and Heir Lucia, was married to — de Annesley, gave to this Abbey the Land which John Gouyell held in Kniveton, together with eight Bovats of Land in Flintbam, whereof the Grange had two, and Robert de Sibbethorp six, concerning which Land, the said Abby paid Ward and Scutage to Sir John de Hannesley, and he to the Lord of Bentley by Doncaster, Paganus de Tiptoft, and he to the chief Lords of Tickbi'l.
(fn. 4) Adam de Sancta Maria gave to the Church of Wellebek, with his Body, and for the Souls of Afice and Albreda his Wives, and Barthol, his Son's, the whole Service of Robert de Kniveton.
Eustachius de Moretein gave to Mr. Robert de Byngham, and Alice, the Daughter of John de Uvethorp, all his Demesne in the Town and Territory of Kniveton, of the Fee of Hugo Selvein, with the Right of Patronage of the Church, as much as belonged to that Demesne, with the Seat of a Mill upon the Trent, and suit to it when it should be repaired, of all them of his Men, whose Ancestors used to grind there, reserving only four Shillings per Annum Sterling. And beside he granted them for the same Rent, and their Heirs and Assigns, all that part of the Mess. of Robert son of Hugh, which the said Robert held of him of the same Fee, and the Cuftom of all his Tenants in this Town, to grind at the Wind-Mill of the said Robert, till the Water-Mill upon the Trent should be repaired: All this did Mr. Robert de Kniveton (called before de Bingham) and Alice, the Daughter of John de Uvethorp, give to the Abbey of Wellebeck, as they had it of Eustachius de Moretein. Philip Marc, then Sheriff of Nott. was Witness, which shows it to be in King John's Time, or the Beginning of Henry the Third's. (fn. 5)
Hugh Silvein gave to Gaufr. de St. Medardo his Brother, all his Part which he had of the Land at Kniveton, and to his Heirs for ever, but if he had none by his Wife, then his Brother Jordan should have it.
(fn. 6) William de Malebisse, and the Abbot of Welbeck, held in Kniveton three Parts of a Knight's Fee, of Alice Countess of Augi, or Elve Lady of Tikhill. The Canons of Neubo in Lincolnshire, 19 H. 3. (fn. 7) had a Confirmation of the third Part of the Church of Knyveton by that King, said to be of the Gift of Richard Malebisse; and that King, 36 H 3. (fn. 8) confirmed the Gift of William, Son of John Malebisse, being his Capital Mess. and his whole Demesne in Kniveton, and a Toft and Croft of the Gift of Hugh, Son of Robert, Son of Hugh de Knyveton, to the said Abbat of Neubo, who was impleaded, 1 E. 2. (fn. 9) by Joan, the Widow of John, Son of John, Son of Nicolas de Knyveton, for the Advowson of the Church, but the Abbat recovered it, because her Husband, the said John, did not present when he ought.
John, Son of Raph de Kniveton, and others, 9 E. 1. (fn. 10) claimed against John, Son of John de Knyveton, that he should acquit them of the Service, which the Abbat of Wellebek exacted of them for their Freehold, which they held of the said John, in this Town.
(fn. 11) John, Son of Raph, had a Daughter named Emme, married to Richard de Kniveton Son of John de Birton, by whom, 3 E. 3. she had a Son called Henry, Son of Richard de Kniveton.
The Abbat of Neubo is said to have Court Leet, and Court Baron, Wards, Marriages, Reliefs, Villains, Felons Goods, and Free Warren here, but I have not seen authority sufficient to conclude it was so.
There is mention likewise of John, Son of Nicolas de Knyveton, John del Holme, and Alane de Otringham as Owners here. And Hugo de Thurverton about 43 E. 3. (fn. 12) or before, had been concerned here.
A Mess. Tost, and six Bovats of Land, about 26 E. 3. (fn. 13) were taken into the King's Hand, by reason of Felony which Agnes, Wife of Robert le Ward, had committed, which were held of William de Wakebrugge, who held them of Thomas Atte Halle, of Knyveton.
The Jury, 15 R. 2. (fn. 14) found it not to the King's Loss, to grant Henry le Scroop Chr. Roger, Vicar of the Church of Benington, and William de Canewyke, Chaplain, Licence to give three Mess. fifty-seven Acres of Land, three of Meadow and 10s. Rent in Knyveton, to the Abbey of Naubo, which were held immediately of that Monastery, for 13s. 4d. per Annum, and Suit of their Court, from three Weeks to three Weeks, which the said Abby held of the Honor of Richmond, then in Queen Ann's Hand, which she held in Capite as of the Crown.
(fn. 15) It seems Thomas Babington also about 6 E. 4. had some Interest here.
All Lands and Tenements in the Parish of Kneeton, in the Tenure of Robert Mower, late belonging to the Monastery of Welbek, May 1. 35 H. 8. (fn. 16) were granted to Edward Fynes Lord Clinton and Say, and Robert Tirwphitt, Esquire, to be held by them and their Heirs in Capite.
(fn. 17) Sir Edward Molyneux, Knight, 6 E. 6. held the Mannor of Kneton of the King in Capite, by the Service of the fortieth Part of a Knight's Fee.
(fn. 18) There was a Recovery suffered, 16 Eliz. wherein Robert Fletcher, and John Lascells, Gent. claimed against John Molyneux, Esquire, two Mess. two Tofts, one Dovecote, two Gardens, one Hundred Acres of Land, ten of Meadow, twenty of Pasture, and 26s. 8d. Rent in Kneton, Screton, and Carcolston, who called to Warrant Richard Whalley, Esquire, and Thomas Whalley his Son.
This Lordship was inclosed in my time by George Lassells, Esquire, and shortley after sold to the Lady Dormer, from whom it passed to Sir Henry More, and so to the Marquiss of Dorchester, who about the Year 1665, sold it to Sir Francis Molyneux, Baronet, who hath repaired and new built the Seat, and makes it his Habitation.
There was a good share bought of Edward Mower, and some of Thomas Beane, which Mr. Pochin, of Leicestershire, sold to old Mr. Francis Hacker; and his Son the Colonel hath sold it to Elizabeth, the Relict of Francis Thornehagh the Colonel, now Wife of William Skeffington, Esquire, whose it is at this present.
My Brother-in-law, Mr. John Story, hath a considerable Share, and resides in this Town, where his Grandfather William purchased some of Mr. Molyneux, which his Fa ther John encreased, and added to it some which he bought of Richard Alvey of Colston, and Henry his Son. There is Robert Holmes hath a small Freehold also, and I think no more.
(fn. 19) The Vicarge was 6l. when the Abbat of Newboe was Patron. 'Tis now 4l. 9s. 4d. ob. in the King's Books, and Sir Francis Molyneux Patron.
LORDSHIP contains 1000 acres of land, old inclosure. At the death of Sir Charles Molyneux, whose ancestor, Sir Francis, lived here, this manor descended to his two nieces and coheiresses, Miss Molyneuxs, one of whom is dead; the other not only holds the manor but is the impropriator of the living. John Laycock Storer, Esq. of Nottingham, owns a portion of land.
This is a perpetual curacy of small value: the duty is done by Mr. Popplewell, of Flintham. The family mansion, which stood near the church, occupied by the Molyneuxs, was pulled down in 1781. The church has a tower with three bells.