Parishes: Cliftons, North and South

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: Cliftons, North and South', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1790) pp. 378-381. British History Online [accessed 21 April 2024]

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In these Towns were four Manors of the Bishop of Lincolne's Fee, and one of Roger de Buslies. One Manor Ulviet had before the Conquest, and was rated to the Danetax for it at fix Bovats and an Half. The Land being then certified to be three Car. There afterwards had Bishop Remigius three Sochm. on three Bovats of this Land, and one Border, with one Car. there were thirty-one Acres of Meadow, Pasture Wood Half a leuc. long, and three qu. broad. In the Confessor's Time, this was 20s. value, in the Conqueror's 10s. Raph held it. Another Manor before the Normans came France had, which was rated to the Geld at three Bov. and an Half. The Land of it was twelve Bov. There Bishop Remigius had one Car. six Vill. and two Bord. hav ing one Car and an Half; there was fourteen Acres of Meadow. This was 40s. in the Confessor's Time; when the Conqueror made the Survey but 20s. value: Siuvale held it. Another Manor in Clifton, Ulviet had before the change, which he paid the Dane-geld for, as one Bov. and an Half. It was waste: Raph held it. There was a fourth Part of a Church, (fn. 1) and eight Acres of Meadow. In the Saxon Times the value was 10s. then in the Norman beginnings but 5s. Another Manor Agemund had, and in the Confessor's Time paid the Geld for it as two Bov. and an Half. The Land was then found to be one Car. The same Agemund held it under the Bishop, and had two Bov. of Land, three Car. and two Villians, likewise two Bov. three Car. (if it be not mistaken for three Acres. I cannot certainly understand this repetition of three Car.) and eight Acres of Meadow. In King Edward the Consessor's Time the value was 10s. in the Time of Doomsday Book 6s. Another Manor there was in Clifton, but of Roger de Buslies Fee, which before was Ougrim's, and paid the Tax for six Bovats. The Land whereof was three Car. There Roger the Man of Roger de Busli had one Car. one Sochm. on one Bov. of this Land, and seven Villians, with three Ploughs or Car. and the fourth Part of a Church, and thirty Acres of Meadow, Pasture Wood two qu. long, and Half so much broad. In the Confessor's Time this was 40s. value, in the Conqueror's when the Survey was taken 30s.

This of the Fee of Roger de Buslie, in the Time of King Henry the First, was William de Lovetots, as was all that which this Roger, the Man or Tenant of Roger, is said to hold in this County; by which, William was the Ancestor of William Pigot then enfeoffed of two Parts of a Knight's Fee, and Richard de Cliston's Ancestor of one Part, as the Red Book in the Exchequer, (fn. 2) in the Certificate of Nigellius de Luvetot, to King Henry the Second of his Knight's Fees in Huntendonsex, and of the honor of Roger de Builli in this County doth manifest, which is noted in Wisowe, as is also in the Fine in the 11 E. 3. which John de Lovetot conveyed to Richard de Willughby, and Joane his Wife, four Knight's Fees and 10l. Rent, with the Appurtenances in Wisowe, Kercolston, Eyleston, Flyntham, and this North Cliston, together with the Services of divers persons who held them, and amongst the rest of John, Son of John de Pigot of Dodington (in Lincolneshire, but not far distant. (fn. 3)

I suppose the Suttons of Averham had their first Interest here, by the Marriage of a Daughter, or Heir general of Pigot, (fn. 4) John de Willughby, Son of Robert de Willugby, late Lord of Cresby, and Katherin his Wife, 4 H. 5. granted and to Farm let, to Henry de Sutton, Esq. Hugh Huse Chr. William de Compton, Esq. and others, Lands and Tenements in Averham, together with the Manors of Kertlington, Cliston, Hardeby, and Kelum.

(fn. 4) There were two Fines levied in the Octaves of St. John Baptist, 22 H. 6. in the same words, except the names of the persons. One was between Sir Thomas Chaworth, Knight, Quer. and Richard Sutton, Esq. and Katherin his Wife, Deforc. of the Rent of a Pound of Pepper, with the Appurtenances in Hardeby, and of the Manor of Kertlington, called Pigot's Manor (or Pigot Hall) with the Appurtenances, except seven Mess. one Tost, two hundred Arces of Land, forty of Meadow, ten of Pasture, and twenty of Wood, with the Appurtenances in the same Town of Hardeby and North Cliston, in the same Manor. The said Richard and Katherin acknowledged the Premises to be the right of the said Thomas Chaworth, to whom they further granted, to gether with the said Rent, the Homages and Services of John Pigot, Knight, and his Heirs, for the Tenements which he held of them in the said Town of Hardeby, &c. The other Fine was between the same Sir Thomas Chaworth, and Thomas Curson, Esq. and Margaret his Wife.

(fn. 5) There was also a Fine levied, 21 H. 6. between John Archbishop of Yorke, Raph Crumwell, Knight, William Babington, Esq. John Cokfeild, Esq. &c. and Tho. Howson, Quer. and William Skypwith, of Hawburgh, Esq. and Joane his Wife, Deforc. of the Manor of South Clifton, with the Appurtenances thereby recognized to be the Right of Thomas, &c.

(fn. 6) There was a Recovery suffered by George Chaworth, Esq. 15 Eliz. wherein Edward Earl of Rutland, Lord Ross, William Paston, Thomas Stanhope, Bartholomew Armin, and Henry Chaworth, Esq. claimed against him the Manors of Sough Marneham, North Marneham, Cropwell Butler, South Clifton, and Annesley, (fn. 7) &c. In another, 17 Eliz. the same Earl and others claimed against Nicholas Buller, and John Gelsthorpe, the Manors, with Burton, with Burton Force, and Bridgeford on the Hill, who called to warranty George Chaworth, Esq.

(fn. 8) Hugh Willughby of Risley 22 H. 7. suffered also a Recovery of three Mess. six Bovats of Land, and 40s. Rent in South Clifton, and 6s. Rent in Torwell.

(fn. 9) Augustine Earle, 15 Eliz. claimed against George Willughby, Gent. and John Willughby his Son and Heir, the Manor of South Cliston, with the Appurtenances, and eight Mess. four Cottages, eight Tofts, one Dove-cote, eight Gardens, three hundred Acres of Land, sixty of Meadow, seventy of Pasture, twenty of Wood, one hundred of Moore, and 4l. Rent, with the Appurtenances in South Clifton, North Clifton, and Spaldforth.

(fn. 10) William Brun of Clifton held one Bov. in Clifton of Constancia de Lysures: about 50 H. 3. he committed thest, for which he was hanged.

(fn. 11) William Cause held Lands in South Cliston of Richard de Howell, by the Service of the eighth Part of a Knight's Fee; Thomas Cause, 20 E. 2. was found his Son and Heir, and to be then twenty-five Years of Age and upwards, and that he had Lands at Laceby in Lincolnshire.

(fn. 12) By an Inquisition taken at Nottingham, 18 Sept. 32 H. 8. it appears that William Dymock, of Cyton, in Leicestershire, Gent. died seized of Lands in South Cliften and Spaldforth, 10 June 1 H. 8. whose Sister Margaret married to — Alyn, had John Alyn, whose Sister Elena, was his Heir and Wife of William Gregory, who had a Son called Thomas Gregory, the Cousin and Heir of William Dymock, and was forty Years old at the Time of the taking the Inquisition.

(fn. 13) Laurence Sturtivant, 21 H. 8. claimed against William Abys two Mess. thirty Acres of Land, six of Meadow, ten of Pasture in Hareby and North Cliston.

Here was some Lands belonging to Torkesey Priory in the County of Lincolne, as in Saundby will be noted, 35 H. 8. granted to Philip Hobbye; but (fn. 14) 14 May, 3, and 4 Ph. and Mar. Raph Parker, Gent. and Henry Parker his Son and Heir, had Licence to Alienate the Demesnes and Scite of that Priory, and all and singular the Mess. houses, &c. in the Counties of Lincolne, Nottingham, and York, belonging to it, and all Mess. Lands and Tenements in the Parishes of Saunby, Clyston, Campton, Cotham, Retford, and Sturton in this County, to John Fenys, Esq. and his Heirs.

(fn. 15) The Vicarage of Clyston was 10l. and the Prebendary there (I suppose of Lincolne) Patron. The Vicarage of North Clifton is 7l. 6s. 0d. 0b. in the King's books, and the Prebendary Patron.

[Throsby] Cliftons North and South.

North Clifton land owners are principally Mr. Rawson, and Mr. Rivington, residents. South Clifton is owned, in a great measure, by Dr. Sibthorp, who owns the tithes, and some others. Together these lordships contain 2200 acres of land.

The village of North Clifton consists of about 60 dwellings, South Clifton, I judge, is less (fn. 16)

The church is dedicated to St. George, and stands between the villages. It makes a respectable appearance without, within nothing of note. It has a tower with three bells, a nave and side aisle.

Prebendary in the church of Lincoln, propr. and patron, Rev. John Robinson, vicar, clear yearly value 37l. 0s. 0d. King's books 7l. 6s. 0d. val. per ann. in mans. cum gardin. 5s. in decim. molend, &c. and decim. de Sutton, Clos.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Lib. Rubr.
  • 3. Claus. 4 H. 5. in dorso, m. 12. & 15.
  • 4. Fin. lev.
  • 5. Fin. lev. in craft. Purif. 21 H. 6.
  • 6. Trin. 15 Eliz. rot. 603.
  • 7. Pasc. 17 Eliz. rot. 603.
  • 8. Mich. 22 rot. 598.
  • 9. Mich. 14, & H. 7 15 Eliz. rot. 1154.
  • 10. Esc. 50 H. 3. n. 20.
  • 11. Esc. 20 E. 2. n. 21. Ex Bundell.
  • 12. Inqu. virtut. offic.
  • 13. Pasch. 21. H. 8. rot. 101.
  • 14. Par. 10. pat. 3, & 4 Ph. & M.
  • 15. Mss. J. M.
  • 16. At North Clifton, it may be observed, the inhabitants are Ferry-free. In consequence, the Ferry-man, and his dog, are indulged with a dinner each, at the Vicar's at Christmas; plumb pudding doubtless is part of the fare. I was told the parson's dog is turned out of doors while the Ferry-man's enjoys itself peaceably in cating. The Ferry-man also, on this day, receives of the inhabitants, a prime loaf of bread.