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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There was a Manor in Stauntune of the Fee of R. Earl Moriton, which before the Conquest Stori (a great Man in these Parts) had, and discharged it to the Public Tax for three and a half Bovat. The Land was one Car. There Alured the Man (or Tenant) of the Earl had one Car. six Vill. three Bord. with two Car. (fn. 1) (or Plows) there was twenty Acres of Meadow. This in the Confessor's Time was 40s. Value, in the Conqueror's 20s. Another Manor here of the same Earl's Fee, Frane had before the Conquest, and paid to the Geld for it as one Bov. and one third, the Land was half a Car. when the Survey was made; three Vill. had there one Car. or Plow. In Stantune belonged to Plumptree as much as paid the Dane. Geld for half a Bovat. There one Vill. had five Oxen in Plow, this was of the Fee of Roger de Busli. Here was also some of William Peverell's Fee of the Soc of Clifton, which paid the Geld for two Bov. and one Quarter, which with what was of that Sort in Willebe, Cauord, and Normantune, was two Car. of Land, and there were upon it four Sochm. one Vill. one Bord. having three Car. There William Peverell had in Stantune one Car. (or Plow) and two Acres of Meadow.
Peter Fitz (or Son of) (fn. 2) Osbert held the fifth Part of a Knight's Fee here, in the Time of Henry the Third, of the Honor of Peverell, and about 21 E. 1. Cecilia, (fn. 3) Daughter of Seman de Stokes, held the eight Part of a Fee of the same Honor. Nicolas Son of Seman de Stoke, could not say in a Suit he brought but that three others, not named, held Lands in Staunton upon Seggswold, besides Thomas de Rempston, and Cecilia his Wife, who were therefore dismissed.
Robert de la Sauce held here the eighth Part of a Knight's Fee (fn. 4) of the Honor of Peverell all the Time of Henry the Third, and is mentioned still, 11 E. 1.
There was a Fine leived at York, 30 E. 1. (fn. 5) between Raph de Vylers, Quer. and John de Lymare, and Cecilia his Wife, Deforc. of the Manor of Staunton by Keworth whereby it was settled on the said John and Cecily, and the Heirs which he should beget on her Body; Remainder to the right Heirs of Cecily; from this Man 'tis like it had the Name of Stanton Lymar.
There was another Fine, 10 E. 2. (fn. 6) between Nicholas de Wydmerpole, and Alice his Wife, and Robert, Son of the said Nicholas, Quer. and Durand de Wydmerpol, Deforc. of fix Meff. and eight Virg. of Land, with the Appurtenances in Widmerpole, and Staunton by Wydmerpol, thereby settled on the said Nicholas, Alice, and Robert for Life; Remainder to Thomas, Son of Nicolas, and the Heirs of his Body; Remainder to the right Heirs of Nicholas. John, Son of John de Staunton Lymar, (fn. 7) held at the Day of his Death the Manor of Stanton Lymar, of Thomas de Widmerpole by the Service of the Service of the eighth Part of a Knight's Fee, Cecily and Margaret, 3 E. 3. were found to be his Daughters and Heirs.
The Family of Sibthorp, as in that Place may be seen, had Interest here. So that of Swillington, as in Boney; and so had that of Cliston, as in that place may be observed, which now remains intire Owners of this whole enclosed and depopulated Lordship.
The Rectory was 46s. 8d. and Mr. Stainton Patron. Now in the King's Books it is 2l. 13s. 4d. and Sir Ger. Clifton Patron, as his Ancestor was in the Time of Edward the Third.
This Lordship contains 900 acres of land. Sir Mark Parsons, of Epsom, Bart. owns the greatest part. Lady Powis owns a portion. The land is a sandy wet soil, and lets from about 5s. to 7s. 6d. per acre, and some of it very dear at that moderate price. It is old inclosure.
In the Village are about 18 dwellings.
The Church is below description: it is of all others, within and without, the most despicable place I ever beheld. One family, I am told, only, goes to the church on the sabbath, which makes a congregation of 4 or 5 people. The other families are all dissenters or absenters, and like the good folk in Cromwell's time, break the church windows: so says Mr. Churchwarden:—Gervas Lee, rector, died 1668. Sir John Narson, Knight and Bart. lies underneath a slate stone: he died in 1704, aged 48.- - -An old alabaster stone has black letters defaced, with the figures of some praying children. My friend, a reputable grazier, who was with me, observed at leaving this place, that transportation from his native land would be preferable to him than be forced to earn his bread in this lordship, or to be obliged to serve his maker in this church: as to the idea of his being buried in the church, it hurt his feelings; his homestead to him was much more eligible.
Patron, Sir Mark Parsons. Incumbent, Rev. Samuel Davenport, of Horsely, in the County of Derby. Supposed worth 50l. per ann. In Bacon it is ranged among the livings discharged and valued at 43l. 0s. 0d. Archiepics. pro Syn. 4s. Archidiac, proprox 3s. 4d. Val. in mans. cum un. virg. ter. ibid. per ann: 6s. 8d. in dec. garb. &c. Lady Parsons presented in 1721, 1733. Sir Mark Parsons, Bart. 1780.
Register begins in 1735. In the earliest 5 Bap. 6 Burials in 5 years. In the latest, 19 Bap. and 9 Buried. Copy from it "Ann Butt, daughter of Thomas Butt, Bap. 17th June, 1788, at the age of 20 years." And on the same day it appears from the marriage register, that she was married to Francis Needham. A wit might have said that it was to her a day of sprinkling.