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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Most of this Hamlet seems to be involved in Collingham, yet the Book of Doomsday shows Part of it to be of the Soc of Houton, of the Fee of Raph de Limesi, which was rated to the Geld or Tax at one Bov. The Land was two Bov. There five Scohm. and fix Bord. had two Car. (or Ploughs.) There was a Church and a Priest, with one Car. and fourscore Acres of Meadow.
(fn. 1) William, Son of Roger de Houton, released to Adam, Son of Richard de Harthill, and his Heirs, all manner of demand concerning Customs and Services for the Land which the said Adam held of him in the Town of Dornethorp.
Adam de Hertehill gave to Roger, Son of Roger Deyncurt, with his Alice Daughter in Frank-marriage, all his Land in Derlesthorpe, or Dornethorpe, with all Homage, Reliess, and Services. Sir Richard de Hertehill confirmed to his Sister his Father's gift of all his Lands in Dornethorpe and Collingham, reserving to himself and his Heirs the Service of the twelfth Part of a Knight's Fee. Alice, after the death of her Husband, Roger Deyncurt, gave all her Interest to the Priory of Thurgarton, to which Roger de Brettevile, and Amabilia his Wife, named in Houton, also released their claim in eleven Tosts, and four Bovats in Dornethorpe and Collingham, in the Year of our Lord 1263, and levied a Fine at Lincolne, 47 H. 3. five weeks after Easter the same Year, for which the said Roger and Amabil were to be taken into the benefits and Prayers, which should from that Time be done, or made in that Church for ever.
(fn. 2) Adam de Harthill had two Bovats here by Fine, 16 H. 3. from Nicolaus de Breydeston, and Alice his Wife, before Stephen de Segrave, Adam de Novomercato, William de Eboraco, William Basset, Mr. Robert de Shardestogh, Mr. Roger de Cantelupe, and William de Insula the King's Justice Itinerant, at Nottingham the Day after Trinity Sunday.
(fn. 3) The Prior of Thurgarton, and the Abbat of Peterborow, agreed that all the Tenants of that Prior and Convent in Dornethorp, ought, and were accustomed each to plough three Days in the Year, viz. in Winter Seed Time, in Lent Seed Time, and in the Time of Fallowing (Warecti). Each Plough was to have every day four Loaves, and four Herrings. They were likewife to reap two Days and an Half in Autumn, and to have their wonted Meat of the Abbat once in the Day, and the second Day likewise, if he would have them all the Day, otherwise after nine of the Clock they were to go away without Meat; the third Day they were not to reap but till nine of the Clock without Meat. Besides they were to put into the Abbat's Fold all the Sheep which they had in their possession or custody in the Winter, except their own or their children's, which lived with them in the House (manu pasti) and if any were sold, or removed from them, they were to procure as many other in their Places, for the Abbat's Fold. Besides they were to attend the Courts at Colingham, and the like.
(fn. 4) Grey of Landford, had a Mess. and twelve Acres of Land here, and as much in Landford, said to be held by petty Serjeancy of the King in Capite, by paying 11s. 8d. per Annum.
(fn. 5) The Manor of Darnethorpe, late belonging to the Monastery of Thurgarton, together with the Lands and Tenements, and Appurtenances thereto belonging there and in South Colingham, 4 July, 36 H. 8. were granted to John Bellowe, and John Broxholme, and their Heirs.
The Church, I believe, hath been long gone.
[Throsby] Denthorp or Dernthorp,
A hamlet to Collingham. Bruff a site which bears a name only, tradition says, ages since was destroyed by an earthquake.