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Robert Thoroton, 'Arnall', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, ed. John Throsby( Nottingham, 1790), British History Online [accessed 13 July 2024].

Robert Thoroton, 'Arnall', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Edited by John Throsby( Nottingham, 1790), British History Online, accessed July 13, 2024,

Robert Thoroton. "Arnall". Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Ed. John Throsby(Nottingham, 1790), , British History Online. Web. 13 July 2024.

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Arnall, Ernehale.

In Ernbale King Edward the Confessour had a Mannor which answered the Geld or Tax of those times for three plow-land, or three carucats. The Land was three car. Three King William had one car. or plow, (fn. 1) 20 vill. and four borders, having seven plows, or seven car. pasture wood in several places there leuc. long, and three leuc. broad. The value in King Edwards time was 4l. and two sextaries of honey; but in King Williams 8l. and six sextaries of honey. This Mannor had Soc in Broncote, Waleton, (I suppose meant for Wollaton,) Lenton, Broculstow, and Bilburgh.

Here was a Family took their name from their residence at this place, whereof Rich. de Ernehale, 22 H. 2, (fn. 2) gave account to the Sheriff of x marks, for his amercement for his Forest trespasses. William de Beleu, son of Robert de Beleu, who married Alice the daughter of (fn. 3) William de Arnal, gave her in Dower at the Church-door before marriage, all his Land in Lamcote; remainder to the heirs of their bodies: to this were witnesses Mr. H. de Arnall, Walter de Sneynton, Henry de Bully, Chaplains, Adam de Burgunvill, Raph, son of William de Arnall, William Marescal, &c. Raph de Arnale in 1278, was a Knight. The Jury, 19 E. 1, (fn. 4) found that Raph de Arnehale held of John de Nevill, in the Town of Arnehall, one mess. with a garden, and three bovats of Land, paying him 22s. 4d. a year, and an essart in the fields of Basford of John de Cokfeild, and Stephen de Pancester for 2s. per annum, and of divers others, as of Raph, son of Raph de Crumwell in Lamley, two bovats, and the like: Raph, son of William, son of the said Raph de Arnall, was then his heir.

(fn. 5) Gervase, son of Richard de Arnall, 14 H. 3, held three bovats, and one Culture with essarts.

(fn. 6) But in a Book of Fees in the Exchequer Herbert de Nevill, (rather Hugh, as I suppose) is said to held the whole Town of Arnall, and the fourth part of Woodbourgh, for which he paid yearly 10l.

(fn. 7) King John in the fifth year of his reign, the fourth of May at Winchester, granted to Hugh de Nevill, and his heirs, the Mannor of Blanston for the fourth part of a Knights Fee, and the Mannor of Ernehale in Fee Farm for 10l. and the Service of the fourth part of a Knights Fee, and fourscore and ten acres of essart in the said Mannor of Ernehale, free and quiet from the regard and view, &c. and all manner of priviledges.

(fn. 8) Hugh de Nevill held the fourth part of a Knights Fee in Arnall, which Hugh de Nevill his father held.

(fn. 9) The Jury before Galfr. de Neyvill, and Henry de Perepont, Justices of Assize, at the Inquisition at Blitheworth the Wednesday next after the Feast of St. John Port Lat. 8 E. 1, found that John de Nevile held pleas in his Court of Arnall, concerning trespasses made of the Vert in his Wood of Arnal, which is within the bounds of the Forest, and made attachments for the same, and suffered not his dogs to be expeditated, and not by his own proper authority, but as his Ancestors did, from the time Hugh de Nevill the Justice, who held Pleas for the King concerning the Forest, and was grandfather of this said John, who held the Mannor of Arnall at the time of that said Inquisition.

(fn. 10) Robert, Bishop of Bath, 18 E. 1, impleaded Sampson de Stredeley, and others, for cutting the Woods at Arnall, who pleaded that the Bishop had nothing in that Mannor, but in the name of Guardian of Hugh, son and heir of John de Nevill, whose that Mannor was; and seeing he was not so named, they demanded judgement, &c. upon which the Bishop desired licence to recede, and had it.

(fn. 11) The Jury, 2 E. 2, said that Jordan the Rector of the Church of Arnall, cut and took twenty Okes, whilest that Mannor was in the Kings hands; William de Arnall sixteen, and Raph de Arnall six, &c.

(fn. 12) The Mannor of Arnall, 4 E. 2, was settled by a Fine on Hugh de Nevill, and Ida his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; remainder to the right heirs of Hugh, who, 9 E. 3, (fn. 13) left John de Nevill his son and heir. Hugh de Nevill, son and heir of John de Nevill, 13 E. 3, (fn. 14) gave account of 10l. of the Farm of Arnall, by the hands of John de Verdun.

(fn. 15) The Jury, 41 E. 3, found it not to the Kings loss if he granted licence to Humfrey de Bohun Earl of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, to give the Mannor of Arnale, which he held of the King in Capite by Knights Service, and the Service of 10l. yearly rent paid into the Exchequer, to Sir Nicholas Tamworth, Knight.

(fn. 16) Thomas Duke of Gloucester, who married Alianor, one of the daughters and heirs of the said Humfrey de Bohun, and Joane his wife, left this Mannor, 21 R. 2, to his son Humfrey.

(fn. 17) The Jury, 35 E. 3, found that Richard Pensax of Skegby left his son William his heir, who, amongst other Lands, held one mess. in Arnale, and two virgats of Land of the Earl of Northampton.

(fn. 18) The Mannor of Arnehale (possibly Arnales) 11 E. 2, by Fine was settled on Raph de Crophill, and Maud his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; remainder to the right heirs of Raph. The Jury, 14 H. 6, found that the Mannors of Arnald, and of Tiercewell, were by Fine, 5 H. 5, (fn. 19) settled on John Merbury, Esquire, and Agnes his wife, and the heirs of their bodies, &c. and that the Mannor of Arnald was held of Margaret, who had been the wife of Sir Thomas Rempston, Knight, as of her Mannor of Arnald, and that Walter Devereux, Esquire, was cousin and heir of the said Agnes, viz. son of Walter, son of the said Agnes. (fn. 20) The Jury, 16 H. 6, found the same, saving that Elizabeth, wife of Walter Devereux, was daughter and next heir of John Merbury.

A Fine was levied at Westm. the day after the Ascension, 8 H. 4, (fn. 21) between Sir Roger Leech, Knight, William Babington, John Folejambe, and Peter de la Pole, Quer. and William Bourghchier, Knight, and Anne his wife, Deforc of the Mannor of Arnall, with the appurtenances, whereby it was settled on the said John Folejambe, and his heirs. Sibylla Beauchamy, when she died about 7 H. 5, (fn. 22) held two parts of the Mannor of Arnall; the remainder was to Sir Roger Leech, and others.

(fn. 23) Sir Nicholas de Strelley, Knight, 9 H. 6, died seised of two bovats of land, and twelve acres of meadow in Strelley, which in his life time he held of Margaret, the wife of Sir Thomas Rempston, as of her Mannor of Arnale. Margaret, the wife of Sir Tho. Rempston, Knight, Nicholas Wymbish, and others, 19 H. 6, (fn. 24) had pardon for having acquired of Sir William Plumpton, Knight, cousin and heir of John Folejambe, the Mannor of Arnall without the Kings licence. (fn. 25) She died 32 H. 6, solely seised of the Mannor of Arnall, Sir Thomas Rempston being then her son and heir.

(fn. 26) The 20 H. 6, the Castle and Mannor of Wressyll in Yorkeshire, the Mannors of Burwell, Ledenham, and Washingburgh in Lincolneshire, and the Mannor of Bullwell, and also the Fee Farm Rent of 10l. per annum, in Arnall in this County, were granted to Raph Crumwell, Knight, and his heirs. By an Inquisition taken at Nottingham the Thursday after Palm-Sunday, 23 H. 7, before Sir William Perpoint, Sir Edward Stanhope, Knights, Raph Agard, &c. concerning intrusions, or hauntings in the Kings Forest or Chases, &c. (fn. 27) it appears that Sir William Hastings, Knight, was seised in the Mannors of Lamley, Arnald, and an annual Rent of 10l. called Everingham Fee in Gedling, and died the 24 Jun. 1 E. 5, whose widow Katherin Hastings held them till 20 Apr. 22 H. 7, and from that, till the taking the said Inquisition, William de Hastings, one of his younger sons, had the Mannor of Arnall, and Everingham Fee, and Richard de Hastings, another, the Mannor of Lamley. All Mess. Lands and Tenements in Arnall, parcel of the possessions of William Hastings, Esquire, (fn. 28) 24 March, 2 and 3 Ph. and Mar. were granted to John Parratt, Knight, and his heirs.

The Mannor of Arnall came to the Family of Hastings, and 4 E. 4, to George Duke of Clarence, and after it was John Beaumonts, who, in the time of Edward the sixth, conveyed the same to the Crown, with other Lands, in satisfaction of a great debt due for the arrears of his Office, as Receiver general of the Court of Wards; it anciently consisted of a small demesne, and the main part of it were Copy-holders of Inheritance: they in King James's time purchased the Mannor for the preservation of the Customs and Commons, the Township being within the Forest of Shirewood, and Mr. William Stanhope, half brother to Philip first Earl of Chesterfeild, hath the demesnes.

Another Mannor was Sir Thomas Rempstons, and came after to the Lord Ferrers of Chartley, and was late the inheritance of Samuel Cludd, gent.

(fn. 29) The Rectory of Arnall, 24 Aug. 41 Eliz. was granted to John Flint, and Wm. Jenkinson, and their heirs, at the extent of six pounds per annum.

(fn. 30) The Vicarage of Arnell was 8l. when the Dean of Leicestre was Patron. 'Tis now 7l. 18s. 1d. 0b. value in the Kings Books, and the Earl of Devonshire Patron.

[Throsby] Arnall,

a newly enclosed lordship which extends three miles endways into the forest, and mostly good land. A Mr. Cope is a principal proprietor. The village is near a mile in length, in it are many new buildings. Cotton-mills have been erected here on a large scale, by Messrs. Dawson and Hawksely. Here is also a worsted-mill, that employs fifty children.

The Church is dedicated to St. Mary, has a tower with five bells, a nave and side ailes.

Patron, Duke of Devonshire. College of Newark, in villa Leicester, Propr. Incumbent, Rev. William Walker, V. K. B. 7l. 17s. 8d. Clear yearly value in Bacon, 24l. 11s. 8d. Archiepisc. pro Syn. 4s. Val. in mans. cum gleb. ibid. per ann. 1l. 6s. 8d. Pens. rec. coll. 1l. 6s. 8d. decim. fœn. lan. agn. &c.


  • 1. Lib. Doomsd.
  • 2. Pip. 22 H. 2
  • 3. Autog. pen. Tho. Rosell, Ar.
  • 4. Esc. 19 E. 1, n. 7.
  • 5. Fin. 14 H. 3, m. 9.
  • 6. Lib. seod. in Scac.
  • 7. Chart. Ant. B.B. 19 & M.M. 10.
  • 8. Test. de Nev.
  • 9. Esc. 8 E. 1, n. 47.
  • 10. Pl, de Banc. Pasch 18 E. 1, 10, 47.
  • 11. Esc. 2 E. 2, n. 96.
  • 12. Fin. in Oct. Purif. beat. Mariæ, 4 E. 2.
  • 13. Eso. 9 E. 3, n. 49.
  • 14. Pip 13 E. 3.
  • 15. Esc. 41 E 3, n. 4.
  • 16. Esc. 21 R. 2, n. 29.
  • 17. Esc. 35 E. 3, part. 2, n. 30.
  • 18. Fin. lev. in Oct. S. Hill, 11 E. 2.
  • 19. Esc. 14 H. 6, n. 32.
  • 20. Esc. 16 H 6, n. 43.
  • 21. Fin. in craft. Aseen. 8 H, 4.
  • 22. Esc. 7 H. 5, 237.
  • 23. Esc. 9 H. 6, n. 28.
  • 24. Par. 3 pat. 19 H. 6, m. 27.
  • 25. Esc. 32 H. 6.
  • 26. Par. 2, pat. 20 H. 6, m 12.
  • 27. Ex Inq. pen. meisps.
  • 28. Par. 8 pat. 2 & 3, Ph. & Ma.
  • 29. Part. 6, pat. 14 Eliz.—
  • 30. Mss. J. M.