Parishes: Thorpe by Newark

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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'Parishes: Thorpe by Newark', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1790) pp. 351-353. British History Online [accessed 25 April 2024]

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In Thorpe, the Fee of Rad. de Limesi, before the Conquest Ulvirc had a Manor then rated to the Dane-Geld, (fn. 1) at six Bov. and an Half. The Land four Car. There afterwards Manfrid the Man or Tenant of Raph de Limesi, had one Car. and nine Villians and five Bordars, having three Car. and seventy two Acres of Meadow: the Value is omitted.

(fn. 2) In King John's Time, Malger de Torpe, was summoned to warrant to the Prior of Haverholme, the Advowson of the Church of Thorp, who came and confirmed the Grant of it, made by Walter de Torp his Father, to the said Prior and his Successors, who then produced the Chartel or Deed of the said Walter. And it appears, 22 E. 3. (fn. 3) that Priory enjoyed this Church accordingly.

In the Record of Nomina Villarum, 9 E. 2. Thorpe and Cotum answered for a whole Villa, and Richard de Thorpe, and John de Mounteney, were certified to be Lords.

There was a Fine leived at Nottingham, 3 E. 3. (fn. 4) between William de Thorpe, Knight, and Margaret his Wife, Quer. and Hugh de Goushull, Parson of Radcliffe, Deforc. of the Manor of Thorpe, with the Appurtenances, five Bovats of Land, five Acres of Meadow, seven Marks 2s. 1 ob. 1 q. Rent, and Rent of four Hens, and six Geese, in Stoke, Eyleston, Newark, and Northgate by Newark, whereby the Premises were settled on the said Sir William and Margaret, and the Heirs of the Body of Sir William; Remainder to Herbert his Brother, and the Heirs Males of his Body; Remainder to the right Heirs of Sir William de Thorpe.

(fn. 5) Sir Edmund Molineux, who was Serjeant at Law, and Justice of the Bench, during the King's Pleasure, 22 Oct. 4 E. 6. was Son of Sir Thomas Molineux, of Hawton, by his second Wife, the Daughter of — Cotton of Cheshire, and had this Manor, and bought the Lands which were the Knights Hospitallers of St John's of Jerusalem, in this Place, belonging to the Preceptory of Eagle in the County of Lincolne, formerly the Knights Templars, of one — Thorpe, who, together with — Lister, had them from the Crown, 35 H. 8. and was succeeded here by his Son John Molineux of Thorpe, and he by his Son Edmund, who left a Son called Sir John Molineux, who sold this Place to John Halsey and others.

The Township is inclosed, and the capital Messuage, and Grounds near the Town, are now the Inheritance of Robert Butler, Esq. whose Father Robert Buttler re-edified the ruined Church.

(fn. 6) There was a Recovery suffered, 6 Eliz. wherein Robert Fletcher, and John Fawconer, claimed against John Molineux, Esq. three Acres and one Rood of Meadow, and one hundred Acres of Moore in Thorpe and Stoke by Newark, and Common of Pasture for all manner of Cattle in four hundred Acres of Land in Thorpe and Stoke; and Robert Markham, Esq. George Nevill, Esq. and John Arnald, Gentleman, were called to warranty.

Divers of the Closes are the Inheritance of Sir Francis Leek, Knight, and Baronet, whose Father William Leek, was Son of Sir Francis Leek, by his second Wife, the Daughter of — Edgioke, after married to Sir Gervas Clifton; which said William's second Wife, — the Daughter of — Orme of Elston, still keeps them in Jointure. She was since married to — Druell, who is also dead.

(fn. 7) The Rectory of Thorpe was 10l. Value when the Prior of Brodholme, (perhaps mistaken for Haverholme) was Patron. 'Tis now 8l. in the King's Books, and the King himself Patron.

In the Church was an ancient Tomb, wheron lay one in Armour and Mail, crosslegged, and on his Shield Azure, a Fesse Arg. betwixt three Lions Rampant Or, which is oft also in the Window, Thorpe: and the Inscription is,
Hic jacet Dom. Willielmus de Thorpe, miles, & Domina Margareta uxor sua . . .

Here was Staffords and Bouns Earl of Northampton.

And, Or, a Lion Ramp. Az. a Bend Gobony Arg. and Gules.

Barry of six Arg. and Az. Grey of Codnar.

Gules a Fesse Barry betwixt three Libards Heads, Or.

Quarterly Arg. and Sab. a Bend Gules.

Arg. three Martlets sab.

Quarterly per Fesse indented.

Ermine and Arg.

Barry of six or Az. a Canton Ermine.

Or three Chevrons Gules.

Gules, a Saltier Arg. Nevile.

Azure on a Bend Arg. Cotised betwixt six Lioncels Ramp.

Or three Mullets Sab. Boun.

{Throsby] Thorpe by Newark

LORDSHIP is chiefly in the hands of Pendock Neale, Esq. of Tollerton. It is old inclosure, and but a small lordship of cold land. Here are only about nine houses indifferently built.

The church has a low tower with three bells, and consists of one aisle. It is dedicated to St. Laurence, an old stone figure lies just under the reading desk, which I suppose is that mentioned by Thoroton above. Little more of the inscription is now left than Magareta. See the plate page, 243, fig. 2. An old stone remembers Adam de Thorp, figured with his shield and helmet. Another had a figure with an inscription, also, but now mostly obliterated.

Patron, the King. Incumbent, the Rev. William Rastall. The King's Book, 81. Yearly tenths 16s. Archiepisc. pro Pens. & Synag. 13s. 4d. Archidiac. pro Prox. 6s. 8d. Val. per Ann. inter. gleb. & prat. 1l. in dec. garb. &c. Pens. sol. pri. Averhomle, 1l.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Pl. de Banc. — Joh. rot. 5.
  • 3. Par. 2. pat. 22 E. 3. m. 30.
  • 4. Nom. Vill.
  • 5. Apud Nott. dic Lunæ prox. post festum S. Martini, 3 E. 3.
  • 6. Trin. Eliz. rot. 121.
  • 7. Mss. J. M.