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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In Torneshay of the Soc of Newark, there was a parcel charged to the Dane-tax at one Car. and was reckoned together with those Towns before named in Spaldford, of the Bishop of Lincolne's Fee. Yet Walter de Clifford, (fn. 1) and Agnes his wife, by Fine in the third year of King John, conveyed the Advowson of the Church of Turnehage to Thora Prioress of Brodholme, and her Nuns there, for which they received the said Walter, and Agnes, into all the benefits of that House. Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincolne, 10 E. 1. (fn. 2) had Free Warren here in Thornehagh.
Fulc le Strange, and Alianora his wife, held the third part of this Manor, and he, after her death, by the Courtesie of England. John le Straunge, 17 E. 2. was found by the Jury, their son and heir, and to be then above eighteen years of age; he had Lands in Huntingtonshire, and Shropshire.
(fn. 3) In 27 E. 3. I find Sir Thomas Bret, Knight, called of Thornehagh, and after; and sometimes written Byrt, and sometimes Bert.
It is said 10 R. 2. that Giles d'Aubeney Chr. then dead, long before his death enfeoffed Henry Molyns, William d'Aubeney, and John Haywood Chaplain, of Lands here, as parcel of the Manor of South Ingleby in the County of Lincolne; and it appears, 12 R. 2. (fn. 4) that d'Aubeney Chr. died seised of one hundred Acres of Wood, one hundred Acres of Pasture, with the Appurtenances in Thornehagh by Brodholme, as parcel of the Manor of South Ingleby in Lincolneshire, of the grant of Mary, the wife of Raph d'Aubeney his Father, paying her for the whole Manor fifty marks per annum, during her life, which Manor was held of the Lord Ros, as of his Castle of Bever, by the Service of 32s. yearly Rent.
(fn. 5) George Nevill, Esq. 9 Eliz. suffered a Recovery of the Manor of Thorney, with the Appurtenances, and sixteen Mess. twelve cottages, eight Toft, one Dovecot, twenty Gardens, four hundred Arces of Land, one hundred of Meadow, three hundred of Pasture, three hundred of Wood, forty of Marsh, one thousand of Moore, sixty of Turbary, one thousand of Furz and Heath, and 7s. Rent, and 1lb. of Pepper, with the Appurtenances in Thorney, Wiggesley, South Clifton, North Clifton, and Spaldford, and called, &c. Sir William Mering, Knight.
This Manor was purchased by George Nevill of Grove, Esq. (being the inheritance of the Merings) and by him settled upon two of his younger sons, Gervas Nevile, and Dionyse Nevile, whose heirs the Nevils hold it at this day.
(fn. 6) The Rectory of Thorney, and right of Patronage of the Vicarage, late belonging to the Priory of Brodholme, 1 May, 35 H. 8. was granted to Edward Fynes Lord Clynton and Saye, and Rob. Tirwhit, Esq. and their heirs, (fn. 7) who 3 May, had licence to alienate it to William Mounson, Esq. and his heirs, who, 20 November 37 H. 8. (fn. 8) had likewise licence to alienate the said Rectory and Advowson, and forty Acres of Land, twenty Acres of Meadow, and forty of Pasture, with the Appurtenances in Thorney, Wiggesley, and Brodholme, to Roger Frape and his heirs.
(fn. 9) Here was a Mess. and some Lands lying in Thorney, in the occupation of Edward Lee, also belonging to the Monastery of Brodholme, 20 Aug. 36 H. 8. granted to Rob. Brookesby, and John Lyon, and their heirs.
(fn. 10) The Vicarage of Thorney was eight Marks when the Prioress of Brodholme had the Patronage. It is now 4l. 7s. 6d. in the King's Books, and John Disney, Esquire, Patron.
Fields are inclosed. They contain about 800 acres of land. George Nevil, Esq. is the owner, who resides here in an eligible dwelling with agreeable pleasure grounds attached to it. The village is small.
The church is dedicated to St. Helen, has a low brick tower with two bells, a nave and side aiste. In the chancel a near rural monument remembers Farrington Nevile; she died Nov. 16, 1760. aged 66 years. On a floor stone; George Nevile died Dec. 23, 1742, aged 46. Catherine Nevile, his wife, died the 9th of Sept. 1766, aged 66. Richard Rothwel, Esq. of North Collingham, died in December 1727, aged 55 years. Others of the Nevile family, besides those above-mentioned, are noticed in this church.
Patron, George Nevile, Esq. Incumbent, Hugh Palmer, Cur. Bacon says clear yearly value 15l. 1s. 6d. King's books 4l. 7s. 6d. val. per. ann. in man cum gardin 5s. in dec. lan. &c. cum dec. frum, &c. de dom. de Brodholme. The King presented in 1703.