Maunsfeild and Woodhouse

Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.

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Robert Thoroton, 'Maunsfeild and Woodhouse', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, ed. John Throsby( Nottingham, 1790), British History Online [accessed 14 July 2024].

Robert Thoroton, 'Maunsfeild and Woodhouse', 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 14, 2024,

Robert Thoroton. "Maunsfeild and Woodhouse". Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 2, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Ed. John Throsby(Nottingham, 1790), , British History Online. Web. 14 July 2024.

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In Maunsfeld King Edward the Confessour had a Mannor which paid to the Dane-geld for three carucats, and six bovats. The Land was then nine carucats or plow-lands. King William the Conquerour had there two car. or plows in Demesne, and five Sochmans on three bovats of this Land, and thirty-five Villains, twenty borders with nineteen car. and an half, (fn. 1) one Mill, one Piscary 21s. twenty-four acres of meadow, pasture wood two lev. long, and two broad; there were then two Churches and two Priests.— Schegeby and Sutun were Berues or Hamlets of this great Mannor, the Sok whereof extended into Warsop, Clune, Carberton, Clumber, Buteby, Turesby, Thorp, Scoteby, Rounton, Edenestowe, Grymeston, Echering, Mapelbek Besthorp, Carentune, Schitinton, Carenton, Raneby, Bodmescill. It had likewise Soc in Wardebec Wapentak, afterwards called Oswardebec Sok and Mannor, being a great share of the further or Northerly part of Bersetlowe Wapentach, these other already named, being some in Broxtow, and some in Thurgarton and Lee Hundreds, as in their proper places may be seen.

(fn. 2) William Rufus gave to the Church of S. Mary of Linc and Rob. the Bishop of that Church, for the soul of his father, and of his mother, and his son, the Church of Oschinton (now Orston) and the Church of Chesterfelt, and the Church of Eseburn(now Ashbourne in Darbyshire) and the Church of Maunsfeld, and the Chappels which are in the Berewies, which lie to the said four Mannors, with Lands and Tythes, and all things which belonged to the said Churches in the time of King Edward: this gift was made the day after that, on which his Arch-bishop Anselme was made his Leige man.

(fn. 3) Henry de Hastings held the whole Town of Maunsfeild with the Sok, viz. Wudebus, Sutton, and Nettlewurd, and received yearly of the Farm 32l. 3s. 10d.

(fn. 4) The King, 6 E. 2, granted the Mannor of Maunsfeld, with the Soke and Farm of Lindeby, and Carleton Mill in this County, the Mannor of Geytington in Northantss. and Harewell in Barkeshire to John Comyn after the death of John Comyn Earl of Boghan.

(fn. 5) John de Hastings, 12 E. 2, prayed the King concerning the Mannors of Maunsfeld, Oswoldbek, and Leirton in this County, which King Henry the third, that Kings grandfather, gave to Henry de Hastings his great grandfather, and Ada his wife, in the twenty-second year of his reign.

Oswardebek continued to that noble family of Hastings, as in that place may be seen. But Queen Isabell, 3 E. 3, (fn. 6) claimed the Mannor of Maunsfeld, with the Soke belonging to it, and therein view of Frank pledge, and emendation of the Assize of Bread and Ale broken, Pillory, Tumbrell, Gallows, Wrek, Weyf, and a Market every Thursday throughout the year. At the same time Mr. Anthony de Bek, Dean of Lincolne, pleaded that he was Parson (fn. 7) [Persona personata] in the Church of Maunsfeld, as in right of his Deanery, and that he had diverse Tenants belonging to his said Parsonage, and that he and all his Predecessours Deans of Lincolne, used to have Assife of Bread and Ale.

(fn. 8) Richard de le Vache, Knight, 35 E. 3, is called Lord of Maunsfeld, but it seems he held it, but for life; (fn. 9) he had Rent of Assise here of the Free-holders 17l. 13s. 4d. and two Water-mills worth 8l. per annum in the Town, and one in Maunsfeld Woodhonfe, and another in Sutton members of this Mannors, and 18d. Rent out of Carberton Water-mill, and the Perquisits of Maunsfeld Court, then valued at x marks, and he had likewise eight marks fix shillings and 8d. yearly Rent in Lindeby of the Tenants at Will.

(fn. 10) The King, 2 R. 2, March 12, committed the custody of the Mannor of Maunsfeld to John the son of John de Burie, Knight.

(fn. 11) The Jury, 11 H. 6, found that Alianor, who had been wife of Nicolas Dagworth Chr. when the died held the Mannor of Maunsfeld and Lindeby, and that John Inglefeild, Esquire, was then her son and heir.

(fn. 12) King Henry the sixth, in the thirty-first year of his reign, granted the Mannors of Maunsfeld and Lindeby to Edmund Earl of Richmond his brother, and Jasper Earl of Pembroke, and likewise the Mannor, Demesne, and Town of Clipston in Shirewood.— Henry Earl of Richmond, was son and heir of the said Edmund.

By Act of Parliament, 6 H. 8, the Mannors of Clipston, Lindeby, Maunsfeld, Maunsfeld Woodhonse, and Sutton in Ashfeild, amongst very many others in other Counties, were settled on Thomas Duke of Norfolk (for his great Victory over the King of Scotland at Floddenfeild) but were then exchanged by the King for some others: and this is now the Inheritance and makes part of the Titles of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle..

(fn. 13) The Men of Maunesfeild, I Joh. gave the King fifteen marks for having Common of Pasture in the Park of Clipeston, as they were wont to have it before the Park was inclosed. King Henry the third, 11 H. 3, (fn. 14) granted the Men of Mansfeld, that they and their heirs should have a Market at his Mannor of Maunsfeld, and commanded the Sheriff accordingly. (fn. 15) It seems they gave the King five marks for his Charter to have a Market there on Mondays. It appears, 14 H. 3, (fn. 16) that the Men of Maunsfeld are to have Housebote and Haybote in the Forest of Shirewood. (fn. 17) And in 1 and 2 E. 3, that the Tenants were to have Common of Pasture in a place called Woodhouse Wood.— King Richard the second, in the first of his reign, granted a Fair every year on the Feast of St. Peter.

(fn. 18) In a Forest Book of Parchment written 1520, or 1533, wherein are the Customaries of the Mannors of Arnall, Mauncefeld, Edwynstowe, and Southwell in this County, and of Horeston and Bollesour in Darbishire, and to which is annexed that of Warsop in Paper, the Customary of Mauncefeld begins thus, "Be it had in mynd that the Towne of Maunsfeld Wodhouse was burned the Saturdaye nexte afore the Fest of Exaltation of the holy Crosse, the yere of our Lord M, CCC, IIII. And the Kirk Stepull, with the Belles of the same, for the Stepull wes afore of Tymber werke: And part of the Kyrk wes burned." Afterwards there followeth several Heads of the Customs of the Mannor, as That the "Tenaunts be fre of blode, and lefully may marye them after ther willes aswell men as women. That the Eyres as sone as they bene borne byn of full age. That Lands are departabil betwex sonnes, or doughters if ther be no sonne," and the like.

(fn. 19) William de Steynesby held some parcells of Lands in Mansfeld, and Mansfeld Woodhouse for 3s. 1d. per annum, and had two sons found his heirs, and of full age according to the Custom of the Mannor, Jocelin nineteen years old, and Nicholas fourteen.

(fn. 20) The Jury, 12 R. 2, found that Godfrey Foljambe Chr son of Godfrey, son of Godfrey Foljambe, Knight, held. when he died, one Mess. and half a Carucat of Land in Mansfeld Woodhouse, ancient Demesne of the Mannor of Maunsfeld, by diverse Services, viz. 13s. 4d. per annum Rent, and Suit to the Court from three weeks to three weeks, of bei ngthe Kings Forester there, Frank-pledge, Constable of the Peace as oft as his course shall happen, or he be chosen by the neighbours, &c. Alice his daughter being his heir. Sir Robert Plumpton, Knight, was her husband, and about 11 H. 6, (fn. 21) died seized of one bovat in Mansfeld Woodhouse, called Wolssiunt Land, and one essart in the same Town at Wadgate near Woodhouse Mill, held by the Service of winding an Horn, and driving or frighting the Wolves in the Forest of Shirewood; William Plumpton was his son and heir by the said Alice. This amongst other Lands is now the Inheritance of Sir John Digby, Knight, who hath his residence here.

Rowland Dand, Esquire, hath also an House and good interest here.

Sir William Willoughby, Baronet, had a House which Sir Thomas Blackwell built, which is now Mr. William Pinkeneys, who hath made a Park towards Shirbrook and Warsop this year 1673.

Mr. William Clarkson of Kirkton hath also an House here, and Richard Neale, and diverse others.

William Chappell, D. D. the Reverend Bishop of Cork and Ross in Ireland was born here: his brother John Chappell was also a learned man.

Richard Sterne, now my Lord Arch-bishop of York, was born at Maunsfeild.

(fn. 22) There were in the Church of Maunsfeild, before the time of Edward the sixth, ten Chantries whose Lands Queen Mary gave in Fee to Christopher Granger, clark the Vicar, and William Wilde, and John Chambers, the Churchwardens of the Parish Church of Maunsfeild, by the name of the Governours of the Lands and Possessions of the Parish Church of Maunsfeild, 24 Febr. 4 and 5 Ph. and Mar. to sustain one Chaplain or Priest.

(fn. 23) The Vicarage of Maunsfeild was 81. 'Tis now 7l. 7s. 6d. value in the Kings Books and the Dean of Lincolne continueth the Patron.

(fn. 24) In the year 1339, John the Prior of Felley, and the Covent of the same, obtaining the Church of Annesly for their proper uses, at the request of Robert Stuffyn of Neuwerk, who had acquired and bestowed on them the Advowson of the Church of Avinburgh, besides many other Munificences, ingaged for themselves and their successours, to find a secular Chaplain, and to pay him and his successours six Marks of silver yearly, to pray for the said Robert and Alice his wife, whilst they should live, and for the Squls of Richard Stuffyn, their Fathers, Mothers, and Ancestors, and for the Soul of John, son of Hugh de Portesmouth of London; and after the Death of the said Robert and Alice, for their Souls, and all the faithfull, at the altar of the blessed Mary, in the Church or Chapel of Mauunesfelld Wodhous; which said Robert Stuffyn during his life, in every vacancy was to present a fit Chaplain to the Archbishop of York, the See being full, or else to the Dean and Chapter of York; and after his decease his sons Richard, Robert, William, and James, which of them should survive him according to their seniorities, for their respective lives, within fifteen daies of the avoidance, afterwards the Prior of Felley, or if he slipt the fifteen daies, the Vicar of Maunsfeild, and if he did, the Archbishop or Dean and Chapter of York.

In Mansfeild Church South Isle East Window, —Arg. a Lion Ramp. sable amongst Cinquefoiles Gules, Pierrepont, quartering Arg. fix Annlets sable, 2. 2. 2. Maunvers. And Azure three Hedgehogs, Or, 2. 1. Heriz, with a Fox for the Crest, and two more for supporters.—Sable, a Buck couchant Arg. impaling Arg. a Falcon rising Sable.

This is again in another South Window, and by it:—Arg. three Unicorns Heads erased sable, impaling Gules, two Chevrons Arg.

In another England with a Bendlet Azure.

And in the same,—Azure three sixfoyles, and Crusuly Arg. Darcie.

In another South Window:—Bendy of six Arg. and Gules quartering Varry, and Barry of six Or and Arg. and Gules a Crosse flory Arg. impaling a Tower Arg. and Nebule Or and Sable.—Azure three Flowers de Lis Arg. quartering Or three Palets Sable, quartering Gules a Lion Ramp. Arg.

In the top of another England.

In another South Window:—Varry Or, and Gules, Ferrars.—And Arg. three Crossecroslets Fitche Sable, and on a Chief Azure three Mullets pierced Or.

On a Tomb of — Blackwell:—Arg. a Greyhound in course sable, and on a Chief indented of the second, three Beasants, quartering Erm. on a Bend Gules three Escallops Or, impaling Azure a Chevron Erm. between three Gryphins heads erased Arg. —The Crest a Dog head and neck coliared cooped.

[Throsby] Mansfield.

Leland's account of this place is not favourable.—" Soone after I entered within a mile or less into the very thick of the woody forest of Shirewood, where is great game of deer, and so I rode a v miles in the very woody ground of the forest, and so to a little pore street a thoroughfare at the end of this wood." (fn. 25)

Among the towns in the forest, Mansfield claims the pre-eminence, whose name some bring in to confirm the claim of the German family of that name to antiquity, asserting that the first Earl of Mansfield, whom they fetch from hence, was one of king Arthur's Round Table. Our Kings used to repair hither for the pleasure of the chase, and to use the words of an old inquisition, "Henry Fauconberge held the mannor of Cuckney, in ferjeantry by the service of shoeing the King's palfrey when the King came to Mansfield."

The manor came by descent to the Portland family, who now enjoy it. And I find that the Duke of Portland, liberally, gives permission to any gentleman to kill game.

At present Mansfield is a flourishing and genteel market town, in general well built; but the approach to it, the Southwell road, is low and extremely sandy. The entrance here is a counter part so Sneinton, near Nottingham, for as in that place here you see several dwellings in this, cut out of the sandy rock, and the chimnies of the habitations standing above the surface of the earth made thro' the rock.

The late Earl of Mansfield took his title from this town

Mansfield is certainly an ancient place, and some think of high antiquity, as Roman Coins of Vespasian, Constantinus, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, and others have been found in and near the town; and the discovery near Mansfield Woodhouse, related page 173, is an indisputable proof of the Romans having a station or settlement in this neighbourhood.

The narrow street, coming out of Mansfield, to Warsop, is called Leming Lane; it is remarkable that there are two other Roman Roads so called, one in Essex, the other is well known in Yorkshire. Leming, it should be understood, is a British word, signifying a stony way, Lhe a way, and Mean a stone; great part of the road to Woodhouse is upon a rock. There are some very old Houses, but the most ancient is supposed to be that in Church-street, now the White-Hart Inn, which was, temp. Hen. 8, the residence of Lady Cicily Flogan, —fee figure I, the small House adjoining was formerly a part of it. I do not find that there are any traditional accounts of Lady Flogan's Family, nor was there an inscription on her Monument. This good Lady was a great friend to the Church and Parish of Mansfield, as appears by her Will; and by a singular Donation, she enjoins the Tenants of certain Lands, which are now called Bull Land and Boar Land, to keep a stout and able Bull and Boar for the use of the Parish; as this is not mentioned in her Will, it was probably given in her life time. (fn. 26)

Moot-Hall in this place is where the County Meetings are generally held, on account of the central situation of Mansfield.

A Copy of Lady Flogan's Will.

Here is a Free School founded by Queen Eliz. with two Scholarships of 10l. each per annum, at Jesus College Cambridge. It is governed by a head Master and Usher. Two thirds of the Church Lands go to the Vicar, two thirds of the remainder to the Master of the School, and the remainder to the Usher. (fn. 27)

There are now several considerable Manufactories in Mansfield: Messrs. George and Richard Burden have one in Cotton and Thread; Messrs. Stantons, in Cotton and Thread; Messrs. Stanford and Burnside in Cotton, and a Foundery; Messrs. Smith and Sidons, Weaving; Messrs. Bagshaw, Walker and Sims, in Woollen; Mr. Aeton, one of Chimney Pieces, a composition laid on stone and coloured, a good imitation of foreign Marbles; Stocking Manufactories; a great trade in Free Stone, particularly with Nottingham; and the Malt Trade is still carried on with success

In consequence of its extensive Commerce, this opulent Town encreases much.

The late Vicar, the Rev. Mr. Plumbtree of a very ancient and respectable Family in this County, died in Feb. 1782 and was succeeded by the Rev. John Durham, the present worthy Vicar.

Register of the Parish of Mansfield from the Year 1753 to 1792.

Years. Baptisms. Burials.
1753 95 60
1754 76 82
1755 100 67
1756 89 75
1757 93 118
1758 82 66
1759 88 59
1760 111 92
1761 97 67
1762 103 84
1763 113 103
1764 102 73
1765 104 62
1766 98 132
1767 114 74
1768 110 96
1769 130 77
1770 120 102
1771 128 84
1772 126 90
1773 121 110
1774 103 64
1775 122 90
1776 106 111
1777 129 86
1778 127 88
1779 132 110
1780 138 93
1781 122 101
1782 111 105
1783 114 91
1784 145 93
1785 166 133
1786 144 125
1787 152 109
1788 141 126
1789 139 166
1790 162 102
1791 179 121
1792 165 97

Colonel Litchfield has an estate and houses in Mansfield parish. In the year 1762, he built a good house at the east end of the Town, called Ractliffe-gate where he resides.

When the Duke of Kingston raised a regiment of light horse, Col. Litchfield was appointed a Lieutenant, and served in that corps at the battle of Culloden, where that regiment distinguished themselves by their gallant behaviour. In the Year 1747, he got a troop in the Duke of Cumberland's regiment of light horse. In the Year 1761, he was appointed Leiut. Col. to the 7th regiment of dragoons, which he commanded at the batle of Herenhauzen. On the peace he retired to Mansfield.

In Mansfield was born Dr. William Chappell, and educated in grammaticals here, bred up in Arts and Sciences in Christ's College, Cambridge, Dean of Cassels, Provost of the College of the Holy Trinity at Dublin, and at length Bishop of Corke and Rosse, in Ireland. He was a close reasoner and a very notable disputant, but favoured Mr. Perkins and his side. He got a name of killing his respondent by this accident. At the publick commencement at Cambridge, solemnized in the presence of King James I. Dr. Roberts of Trinity-College, being respondent in St. Mary's, Mr. Chappel opposed him so close and subtilly, that the Doctor not being able to solve or answer his arguments, fell into a swoon, so that the King, to hold up the commencement, undertook to maintain the Thesis, which Chappell prest so home, that the King thanked God the opponent was his subject, and not another's, left he should lose his throne, as well as the chair. In the beginning of the late rebellion in Ireland he came into England, and having lived a very retired life a few years, died at Derby in 1649, and was buried at Bilsthorpe in this county,—see page 194, vol 3.

John Gladwin Esq. has an estate, and houses in Mansfield parish, he is of an ancient family in Derbyshire. His brother the late general Gladwin enjoyed the paternal estate at Stubbin near Chesterfield.

Monday Sep. 5, 1757, there was a great riot at Mansfield on account of the Militia act, as there had been in several other places, when the gentlemen of the county were proceeding to business, a mob of about 500 persons entered the room and demanded the papers of names of persons liable to serve, which had been delivered by the respective constables; being refused, they took the papers by force, and carried them in triumph through the streets of Mansfield, and those gentlemen they met in their rout they ill treated, among whom was Sir George Savile.

The Church of Mansfield is dedicated to St. Peter, and is a commodious place of worship. Thoroton, above, has noticed the lands and mentioned the ten chantries within this church. In addition to what he has given as church notes. The following are from Gervais Holles M. S. S. collections in Bibl. Harl. Brit. Mus.

In Fenestris Chori.

"In a pane a Man in complete armour white, parcell guilt, his head bare, his lookes yellow, before him a booke open lying as it were upon a carpet, embroydered with cincquefoyles kneeling upon a carpett, his hands closed and elevated. Underneath written. Orate pro anima Pierpont.

In the next pane, a woman in red kneeling, hir handes closed and elevated.

In the next a man with a shaven crowne kneeling, a booke open before him.

Blakewall unus Magistrorum.

A brasse plate on a gravestone.—"Here lyeth the corps of John Chambers, and Alys his wife, who lived in the feare of God 33 yeares, and had issue together seven sonnes, and seven daughters, and when they had thus well run their race John departed this life godlily, and alys forsaking this worlde did cleave unto Christ, who receaved hir unto his mercy the first day of April, 1564. God grant them a joyfull resurrection in Christ Jesus their Savyour. Amen."

On the left hande under the northe end of the altar lieth Dorothy, the first wife of Gervas Holles, of Great Grimesby, in the County of Lincolne, Esq. together with her little infant, of whom she died in childbirth, boeth under a square Freestone without inscription."

Lady Cicily Flogan's monument remains,—see plate, page 313, fig. 2, it has no inscription upon it, and is very difficult to come at being blocked up by a pew.

Patron, Dean of Lincoln. Incumbent, Rev. John Durham, who succeeded the Rev. Mr. Plumptree, (of a very ancient and respectable family in this county, who died in February 1782.) K. B. 7l. 7s. 6d. Yearly tenths 14s. 9d. Archipisc. pro Syn. 5s. Archidiac pro Prox. 7s. 6d. Val. in mans. ib. per ann. 6s. 8d. in pecun. voc Holy bread Sliver 6s. 8d. dec. fœn. toft. pros. anc. ov. lin. &c.

Berry Hill, within a mile of Mansfield, is the estate of William Bilbie, Esq. now in the Army, his Father greatly improved the house and grounds, which are laid out with taste, the views are pleasing and extensive, it is situated on the edge of the forest.

The late Mr. Bilbie died about the latter end of the year 1785, he left three sons and three daughters, William now in the army, is nineteen years of age, Joseph apprentice to a wine merchant at Hull, Thomas is with a merchant at Liverpool, Mary, Ann, and Elizabeth unmarried.

Shirewood hall is a good house, pleasantly situated upon the forest, about a mile from Mansfield, it was built about twenty seven years ago, by Col. Kellet, who was formerly Lieut. Col. of the Blues, and commanded that corps in germany in 1759. The grounds are ornamented with plantations of firs and variety of shrubs, Col. and Mrs. Kellet, now reside there.


Is a very respectable large village, in it are several good houses. It is, and has been, the residence of many respectable families.

Sir John Digby mentioned by Thoroton in his account of Mansfield Woodhouse, married Lucy, daughter of Thomas Trygget, Esq. of South Kirkby, in the county of York, by whom he had John, Simeon, and Elizabeth; John married Frances Pinckney of Mansfield Woodhouse, had issue John and Lucy; John married Jane, daughter of Sir Thomas Wharton, Knight of the Bath, had issue one son and seven daughters, John died unmarried the third of August, 1728. Frances married Sir Thomas Ledger, Bart. Jane married Frances Fycher, Esq. of Grantham Grange; Philadelphia married Sir George Cayley, Bart. Mary married George Cartwright, Esq. of Ossington; Priscilla and Henrietta died unmarried; Lucy married Dr. Richard Asbaldiston Bishop of London. These daughters sold a large house with some lands in Mansfield Woodhouse, to John Hall, Esq. in the year 1736; John Hall, Esq. married Hester, daughter of Bassidale Brownsmith, Esq. of London; had issue two sons and two daughters, Urban, Francis, Hester, and Martha; Urban Hall, Esq. married Mary Gould, daughter of Edward Gould, Esq. of Mansfield Woodhouse, by whom he has two sons and one daughter; Henry, and John both in the army, and Maria unmarried. Francis Hall, above mentioned, was a Lieutenant Col. in the Guards and killed in America. Hester married the Earl of Sussex, she died in January 1777: Martha married Thomas Durell, Esq. The above-mentioned John Hall, Esq. likewise purchased of the aforesaid coheiresses of Sir John Digby, an estate called the Park, part in Woodhouse parish and part in Warsop, where Urban Hall, Esq. now resides. The house in Mansfield Woodhouse he sold with some land, to Sir William Boothby, Bart. who died at Bath in the year 1787, he left his estates in Oxfordshire and Nottinghamshire, to Sir Brook Boothby, Bart. who succeeded to the title; his personal property he left to Major William Boothby. The house and land of the late Sir William Boothby at Woodhouse, was sold in the year 1789 to Mrs. Ramsden, of a very ancient and respectable family in Yorkshire, now a widow; she has two sons and two daughters, Robert, John, Cathrine and Charlotte; Robert married Mrs. Smith, widow of Abel Smith, Esq. of Nottingham, by whom he had two sons and one daughter, all young. The Rev. John Ramsden married Miss Cook, daughter of Sir George Cook of Wheatly, in Yorkshire, by whom he has one son: Catharine and Charlotte are unmarried.

The house and estate of Richard Neal, mentioned in Thoroton, came to his only son John, who married Ann, daughter of Philip Pendock, Esq. had issue by her, two sons and three daughters, John, Richard, Ann, Maria, and Jane; John left issue three sons, Pendock, John and Thomas; Pendock sold the mansion house at Woodhouse, to Selwood Hewett Esq. and the lands to Ralph Knight Esq. Selwood Hewett Esq sold the House to Martin Bird Esq. who in three years after, sold it to Henry Thornhill Esq. and he in less than a month, sold it to Edward Gould Esq. who married Mary the daughter of Robert Thoroton Esq. of Sreveton, Nottinghamshire, by whom he had three sons and three daughters, Edward Thoroton, James, Thomas, Mary, Jane and Elizabeth. Edward Thoroton Gould Esq. married Lady Barbara Yelverton, daughter of the Earl of Sussex, who died the 9th of April 1781, by whom he had one son and two danghters, Henry, Barbara, (who died young) and Mary. Edward Thoroton Gould, married in the year 1791, Miss Dormer, daughter of Lord Dormer of Grove-Park in Warwickshire, and who now resides at Woodhouse; in the year 1792, he was High Sheriff of the County, Colonel of the Militia, and one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace. James, above mentioned, died in the East Indies, Thomas lives in Mansfield, Mary married Urban Hall, Esq. as before mentioned, Jane married Bache Thornhill, Esq. of Stanton, in the county of Derby, Elizabeth married counsellor Balguy, of Duffield, in the same county.

The estate of the Chappels at Woodhouse, was vested in John Chappel Esq. whose only daughter, Elizabeth, married William Mompesson, Vicar of Mansfield, and by him left Issue, Margaret, who married Ralph Hethcot, D. D. who died in the year 1792. Mary, widow of William Woodhouse, M. D. and Ann Mempesson, who now lives in the family house at Woodhouse, and enjoys part of that estate.

The house and estate of William Pinckney, mentioned in Thoroton, was left by him to his widow, she sold it to John, Duke of Newcastle, who devised his estates to his Nephew Lord Pelham, who was afterwards created Duke of Newcastle, he settled them on his Nephew Lord Lincoln, late Duke of Newcastle, who exchanged this estate at Woodhouse, with the present Duke of Portland, for other lands in Nottinghamshire.

The late Henry Thornhill Esq. resided in the house several years, and died there in 1792, it is now rented by Mr. Dowland, an eminent land surveyor.

Rowland Dand, Esq. had a large house and lands here, he had one son, John, who left three daughters, Margaret, Mary, and Elizabeth who married Doctor Greenwood, M. D. These three coheiresses, sold the estate to John, Duke of Newcastle, in the year 1701, from whom it came to the present Duke of Newcastle: a Farmer now rents the house.

The house and estate of William Clarkson, Esq. mentioned in Thoroton, came by inheritance to his grandson, John Clarkson, who sold them to Ralph Knight, Esq. who devised them to his Nephew John Knight, Esq. the present possessor, the house is now tenanted by the farmer who rents the land.

Hayman Rooke Esq. has a residence half way between Mansfield and Woodhouse.

This dwelling, which appears to be calculated for retirement and study, is enriched with a selection of things valuable to a mind like Mr. Rooke's. This gentleman, cherishing through life, a natural propensity to the study of ancient things, luckily took up his residence near a spot, enriched with some of the highest traces of antiquity. The Roman villa, which he discovered in the neighbourhood, and the fine tessellated pavement, near, which he has carefully preserved by an erection over it, must be a pleasing circumstance of his life. (fn. 28) Where could genius, after approaching the meridian of life in social duties, when friendly contemporaries have passed from life in succession with the fleeting hours, seek for consolation but in retirement, in converse with the past, in preference of the present order of things. Here, waving a particular description of this dwelling, every thing seems suited to its owners taste and convenience.

Woodhouse Chapel is dedicated to St Edmund. Rev. John Wright was licenced to the curacies of Woodhouse and Skegby, 19th of December, 1787, patron, Dean of Lincoln, certified value 40l. 13s. 4d. in bacon. (fn. 29)

Sir John and Lady Digby has a monument here. Roland Dand, Esq. Mrs Pinckney, maid of honor to Queen Ann, and Pendock Neal, Esq. are also remembered in this chapel.

A small tablet on the outside of this Chapel, at the east, is placed for William Tunstal, who was in the rebellion in the year 1715, taken prisoner at Preston, and aftewards received a pardon.

By the Register it appears that there is but little variation in the population of this place lately. The first five years beginning with 1753, Baptisms 122. Buried 93. The last five years ending with 1792, Baptisms 152. Buried 93.

December 8, 1783, died at Bishop's Court, in the Isle of Man, the Rev. George Mason, D. D. Lord Bishop of Soder and Man. This prelate was a native of Mansfield Woodhouse, and was promoted to that see in 1780.

As Cockglode is a place much admired in this county, a view of it may probably be acceptable,—see plate, page 245. The Duke of Portland in the year 1776, granted a Lease of the premises to George Aldrich, M. D. who built an elegant house, adapted to its situation, laid out the wood advantageously, and finished the whole uniformly in the year 1778. The house stands upon a gentle rise of ground, commanding a variety of views, which include a number of objects that contribute to pleasure.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Mon. Angl. vol. 3, p. 26r.
  • 3. Test. de Nev.
  • 4. Orig. 6 E. 2, ro. 27.
  • 5. Esc. 12 E. 2, n. 123.
  • 6. Rot. Quo Warrant. 3 E. 3.
  • 7. Ib. ro. 1, in dorso.
  • 8. Ese. 35 E. 3, par. 2, n. 30.
  • 9. Esc. 40 E. 3, n, 29.
  • 10. Fin. 2 R. 2, m. 17.
  • 11. Esc. 11 H. 6, n. 25
  • 12. Esc. 35 H. 6.
  • 13. Oblat. 1 Joh. m. 3.
  • 14. Claus. 11 H. 3, par. 2, vel 3, m. 6.
  • 15. Fin. 11 H 8, m. 4.
  • 16. Claus. 14 H. 3, m. 18
  • 17. Esc. 1 E. 3, n. 53, & in dorso Claus. 2 E 3, m. 38.
  • 18. Par, 2, pat. 1 R. 2. m. 31, Pen. Rob. Butler, Ar.
  • 19. Esc. i Esc.
  • 20. Esc. 12 R. 2, m. 21.
  • 21. Esc, 11 H. 6, n. 5.
  • 22. Par. 8. pat. 4 & 5 Ph. & Ma.
  • 23. Mss. J. M.
  • 24. Lib. de Felley circa finem.
  • 25. "The hereditary foresters or keepers of this forest of Shirewood, were men, in their times, of high estimation: viz. Sir Gerard de Normanvile, at the Conquest, the Cauzes and Birkins, by whose heir it came to the Everingham's. Of which family Sir Adam Everingham was summoned to Parliament in the reigns of Edward 2 and 3, at which time they were seated at Laxton, anciently called Laxington, where also flourished a great family so surnamed, whose heirs were married into the houses ef Sutton of Overham and Markham."—Holland.
  • 26. In Dei Nomine, Amen. In the year of our Lord God 1521, I Cicily Flogan of Mansfield, in Shirwood, in the county of Nottingham, who is of whole mind and memory, make my last Will to be indented, declared within the use and intent of a certain feoffment made by me the said Cicily unto Roger Pierrepont, Gent. George Blackwell, Gent. John Morehall, William Steol, Richard Walker; Robert Alton, Thomas Gawodth, Richard Shakespear, John Scott, Thomas Lake, Thomas Pykford and Richard Collynson, within the Town and said Lordship of Mansfield aforesaid, to stand and be infeoffed and seised after the custom of the Manor of Mansfield aforesaid, of and in all my Messuages, Lands and Tenements, Meadows, Closes and Pastures, with their appurtenances in the Town and Lordship of Mansfield aforesaid, as by my surrender in the Court of our Sovereign Lord King Henry the eighth, and the seventh year of his noble reign, at Mansfield, remaining of record in the rolls of the said Court as plainly doth appear, Be it known to all men, that I Cicily Flogan will that (it is) my said will that my aforesaid feoffees and their heirs shall stand and be seoffed and seised of and in all my said Messuages, Lands and Tenements with their appurtenances aforesaid unto the use and behoof of me the said Cicily during my life, and after my decease I will that my said feoffees and their heirs and my executors for the time being shall yearly find, and Sir John Porter my Kinsman, which I the said Cicily name in my life-time for to sing and say Mass in the Parish Church of Mansfield or in the Chapel of St. Lawrence, for the souls of Robert Flogan and Cicily, and Thomas Edsy, and my Fathers and Mothers souls, and for all Christians souls; which Priest for the time being, shall weekly say Sunday Mass as he shall be disposed, and three times in the week-days and seven Psalms and a Litany with the Commendation when he shall think most convenient for the souls remembred; and each time when he says Mass to say a special Collect for the souls before rehearsed, and for the good estate of the Kings grace, and all the feoffees for the time being, and for the souls of them that be dead, and to remember them in his memento at the Mass of the said Priest, and the said Priest be sworn upon the Holy Evangelists to keep and perform this use and intent. Also I will that the said Priest for the time being have yearly viii marks of lawful Money of the Issues and Profits of my said Messuages, Lands and Tenements, to be paid by my feoffees and executors for the time being, which Priest shall keep the anniversay of the said Cicily's death, with Prayers and Masses in the morn, in remembrance of her, and shall give 4d. at the said anniversay to the Clark of the said Church to ring the Bells ef the said Church after custom and manner of other anniversays kept and used. Also I will that the residue of the Rents issues and profits coming of my said Messuages, Lands, and Tenements shall yearly by my said feoffees and executors be lodged and truly paid and laid within a strong Chest having three Locks and three Keys which my will is; and I order one of the said keys to be in the custody of the said Feoffees, another in the custody of the Vicar of the said Church for the time being, to this intent that is to say, to support, maintain, pay, and keep all manner of repairs and other costs, charges, and expences about my said Messuages, Lands, and Tenements. And also I will that my said feoffees shall suffer my said executors Roland Digby and Sir William Clarke, Vicar of Mansfield, Henry Wheep and William Sybthorp, to purchase aliens of the Kings highness or his heirs Kings to endow a Chantry by the said feoffees for the time being to in and for the honour of our Lord God, our blessed Lady St. Mary and St. Lawrence for a Priest perpetually to sing, and say, and pray for the souls above remembred in manner and form above rehearsed, and the said Priest to have capacity and succession to sue and be sued and be presented by the ordinary of the Diocess, and by those my said feoffees for the time being and mine executors aforesaid, for the time being, so that such presentment in manner and form aforesaid, be made and had by my said feoffees and executors for the time being within a month next after every avoidance and death of the said Priest, and default be by negligence of my said feoffees and executors and such presentment of the said Priest, be not had and made in manner and form above rehearsed: and desault be thereof to deser and will not elect another honest Priest after each such avoidance and death: then the Prior of Newstead for the time being shall present, and default be by him, then I will that the Abbot of Rufford, Sir Rowland Blyton, shall present in manner and form as is afore rehearsed. And I will that whensoever it shall happen my said Feoffees decease so that no more of them live, than six or five at the least that then they so over living, do infeost twelve discreet and substantial persons living within the Town and Lordship of Mansfield, that will be sworn to perform this intent, of which twelve I will that the Vicar of Mansfield for the time being be one of the twelve Feoffees, that as often as it shall or do happen that my said Feoffees do decease, save six or five at the least they being alive inseost other persons to the number of twelve as is aforesaid. In Witness, Roger Pierepont, George Blackwell, and John Porter. 7th Edward 6th.—Copy of Exemplification of a Decree in the Court of Augmentations as to the Estate devised by the Will of Lady Flogan:— EDWARDUS sextus die gra Anglie Franice et Hibernie, Rex fidei defensor, et in Terra Ecclie Anglieane et Hibernie Supremu' Caput. Om'ibus ad quos pntes L're perven'int Salut'm Inspex'mus inter Recorda etirrot'lamenta Curie augmenta' conu' et Reven' conu' Corone quoddam Decretum per Cancellariu' et Generales Supervisores eiusdm Curie fuctum in hec verba.— Memorandum—for as mouche as it appereth unto the Channcello'r and gen'all Surveyo'r of the Courte of Thaugme'ta'on'is and Revenues of the Kinges Ma'ts. Crowne as well by the certificate made on the Kinges behaulse into the said Courte, as other-wife that one Dame Cicilie Flogane, Wydowe, in the seavinthe yere of the raigne of our late Soveraigne Lorde of famous memorie King Frenrye the eighte was seased in her Demeane as office by Copie of Courte Rolle of the Kinges Mats. Manno'r of Maunsfelde in Shirwoode in the Countie of Nottinghame, according to the custome of the same Manno'r of and in one House or Tenement called the Harte with certeigne Landes late in the Tenure of William Wylde, and now in the Tenure, Ferme, and Occupatione of Thomas Farneworthe in Maunsfelde in Shirewoode, in the said County of Nottinghame, of the yerelye serme of three poundes six shillings eight pence, and one Cotage in Maunsfild aforesaid, late in the Tenure of Roland Beitney, and now in the Tenure and Occupation of Joane Beitney, late Wief of the said Roland in the said Countie, of the yerelie Rent of seavin shillings. And one other Cotage now in the Tenure and Occupation of one Henry Nuttall in Maunsfild aforesaid of the yerelie forme of fyve shillings. And one other Cotage in the Tenure and Occupation of John Clarke in Maunsfilde aforesaid, of the yerelie serme of foure shillings. And one other Cotage late in the Tenure and Occupation of Peter Frost. and now in the Tenure of John Porter Clerke in Maunsfilde aforesaid, of the yerelye serme of foure shillings. And one other Cotage now or late in the Tenure and Occupation of William Elton in Maunsfilde aforesaid of the yerelie serme of six shillings; and one other Cotage now or late in the Tenure and Occupation of Robert Sprentall in Maunsfild aforesaid, of the yerelie ferme of two shillings. And one other Cotage late in the Tenure and Occupation of Henrie Smithe, and now the Tenure of Thomas Farneworthe in Maunsfild aforesaid, of the yerelye ferme of eight shillings. And one other Cotage now or late in the Occupation and Tenure of John Chambers in Maunsfilde aforesaid, of the yerelie ferme of foure shillings. All which Landes, Tenements, and Cotages byn of the clere yerelie value of fyve poundes six shillings and eightpence. And the said Dame Cicily Flogane so being seased of the premisses at a Courte holdin at the said Mannor. the Tuisday next after the Feaste of Seynt Lawrence the Martir, in the seavinthe yere of the said late King Henry the eighte, surrendred all the said Copieholde Lands and Tenements to the use of Roger Perpoynt, John Porter, Clerke, and dyvers other and of their Heyres, to the use and performaunce of the last Will and Testament of the said Dame Cicily Flogane, the which Roger and John and the other Co-feoffees were thereof admitted Tenants at the same Courte accordinglie. And that this same Cicilye made her last Will and Testament and by the same willed to the said John Porter, Clerke, eight markes yerelie to be taken and peeyved of the P'misses to have and peeyve to him during his lief. And for that it further apperethe by the said certificate and deposi'cons of witnes in that behaulfe taken that the said Dame Cicily Flogane by her said last Will and Testament, willed the P'messes during the time of fourescore and nynetyne yeares to the finding of a Priest to sing for the soule of the said Dame Cicillic in the said Chapell of Seint Lawrence in the said Church, and that the issues and proffitts of the same were co'tynuallie co'verted put and employed to the synding of a Preist according to the same Will, untill w'tin fyve yeres of the making of the eftatute for the dissolu'cone of Colledgs Chantries and others in the firste yere of the Kings Ma'tys raigne, and that the said John Porter Clerk who was the Preist that song in the said s'vice and had and p'ceyved the proffits of the said Lands is yet lyvinge and that of the said Terme is yet to come threscore and two yeres and that further more the said Thomas Farnesworthe hath the P'misses in Farme for terme of Thirtie yeres yet to come of the Lease of the said Roger Perpoynt, and John Porter and other the said Co-feoffes to him made long before the said statute. It is therefor ordered and decreed by the said Chancello'r, and gen'all Surveyors of the said Courte in the Terme of the Holie Trinitie, that is to say the sixth day of June in the seavinth yere of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Edward the sixte by the grace of God King of England, Fraunce, and Ireland Defender of the faithe, and of the Churche of England and also of Ireland in Earth the supreme heade, that the said Thomas Farneworthe shall from hensforthe have hold and enjoy all the said Copiehold Lands Ten'ts and Cotags to him his Executours and Assignes during the said thirtie yeres and that the Kings Ma'tie shall have the residue of the said fourescore yeres next after the said Termes ended and determyned. And the said Thomas Farneworthe during the naturall lief of the said Sir John Porter shall content and pay unto the same Sir John Porter yerelie fyve poundes full of the said eight markes at the Feasts of Seynt Mychaell the archaungell and the Annunci'acon of our Ladie by - by even Porc'ones and the residue of the said yerelie Rents of the P'misses being six shillings eight pence unto the Kings Maiesties Receyvo'r of the said County of Nottinghame, for the tyme being at the lyke termes to the Kings Ma'tys. use and that after the death of the said Sir John Porter Clerke the said Thomas Farneworth his executors and assignes shall paye yerelie for the premises to the hands of the said Receyvour to the use of our said Soveraigne Lord the King his heyres and successoures the said yerelie Rent of fyve poundes six shillings eight pen's at the said Feaste of Seynt Mychaell tharchaungell and the Annunc'iacon of our Ladie by even porc'ones during the residue of the yeres of his said Lease which he shall be then to come. Nos autem tenorem Decreti predicti ad requisicoem dicti Thome Farneworthe Duximus exemplificandu' per presentes. In Cuius rei Testimoniu' 'has L'ras nostras fieri fecimus patents, Tefte Richardo Sakvile militi apud Westm. vicesimo quarto Die mensis Junij Anno Regni Edwardo Sexti Die Gra' Anglie Franciset Hibernie Regis fidei desensoris et in Terra Ecc'he Anglicane et Hibernice Capito' supremi Septimo. I. 1553. A Copy of the Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth to the Vicar, Church-wardens and eight Assistants for the free Grammar School of Mansfield and their Successors:— ELIZABETH by the grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen. Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom these Letters Patent shall come Greeting; Know ye that we at the humble Petition of our loving subjects the Inhabitants of our Town of Mansfield, in the County of Nottingham, for erecting and establishing a free Grammar School within the Parish of Mansfield in our said County of Nottingham, for the bringing up and instruction of Youth and Boys. That we of our especial Grace and from our certain knowledge and mere motion, Do, will, grant, and ordain, for ourself our heirs and successors by these presents, that from henceforth there shall be one Grammar School in the said Village of Mansfield, which shall be called Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, for the Education, bringing up, and Instruction of Youth and Boys in Grammar, to be and continue at all times for ever hereafter. And by these presents, Do erect, create, ordain, declare, constitute and found that School to be and continue for ever under one Teacher of Youth or Master and one under Instructor or Usher, and that our intention aforesaid, may take the better effect and that Lands, Tenements, Rents, Revenues and other Hereditaments and Profits may be given, assigned, and appointed for the upholding of the School aforesaid, and that they be better managed for the perpetual continuance of the same. We do, will, and grant, constitute, and ordain for us and our heirs and successors, that the now Vicar of the Parish Church of Mansfield aforesaid and the Churchwardens of the same Church for the time being, shall be, and shall be called Governors of the Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the said Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the said Village of Mansfield in the County aforesaid by us to be founded. And therefore know ye that we have assigned, chosen, nominated, constituted and declared, and by these presents, Do assign, chuse, nominate, constitute and appoint our well beloved Christopher Parker, Clerk, now Vicar of the said Parish Church of Mansfield in this County of Nottingham, and Rowland Dand, and Thomas Ludlam now Churchwardens of the said Church to be hereafter and now are the first and Governors of the possessions, revenues and goods of the said Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the Village of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham well and faithfully to exercise and discharge the said duty. And we will and by these presents for ourselves, one heirs and successors, Do grant to the aforesaid Christopher Parker, Rowland Dand, and Thomas Ludlam, and to their Successors, the Vicar and Church-wardens of Mansfield in the said County of Nottingham; That the said Vicar and Church-wardens and their Successors, the Vicars and Church-wardens of the said Church for the time being from henceforth are and shall be one Corporation and Body Politic, in reality deed and name for ever, by the name of Governors of the Possessions, Revenues and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the Village of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham erected. And the said Christopher Parkar, Rowland Dand, and Thomas Ludlam, Governors of Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the Village of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham, by these presents, We do incorporate into one Corporation and Body Politic in itself and by the same name to continue for ever really and in full to all intents and purposes have we created Do erect, ordain, make, constitute and declare by these presents. And our will is and by these presents for ourself and our heirs and successors, we grant that the same Governors of the Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the Village of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham, may and have perpetual succession, and by the same name are and shall be fit persons capable in the Law, to have, receive, and purchase Mannors, Rectories, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Rents, Possessions, Liberties, Franchises, Priviledges, Tythes and all kind of Hereditaments whatsoever to themselves and their successors in see to all perpetuity or for term of Life, or years, or otherwise by way of Augmentation mending and bettering the Revenues of the School aforesaid. And that the said Vicar and Church-wardens of the said Parish of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham, and their Successors by the name of Governors of the Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Queen of Elizabeth in the Parish of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham, may for ever plead and be impleaded, answer, and be answered, defend, and be defended, and also may be able before any of our Justices or Judges, temporal or spiritual in any Court or place whatsoever and in all or singular actions as well real as personal and mixt and in all other Causes, Matters, Complaints, and Demands of what kind or nature soever they be and of what condition or sort in as ample manner and form as in all other our Laws, fit persons and capable in Law, or any corporation and Body Politic may and can plead, and be impleaded, answer, and be answered, defend, and be defended. And that the same now Governors and their Successors, Governors of Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in the Parish of Mansfield in the County of Nottingham, for ever may have one Common Seal to serve to all the Business concerning the said School to be done. And further of our special Grace we have given and granted and by these presents, Do give and grant for ourself, our heirs, and successors to the aforesaid now Governors, with advice of eight of the Inhabitants of the Town of Mansfield aforesaid, being men of the best repute for integrity, by the rest of the Parishioners to be chosen assigned and appointed or by the major part of them and not otherwise may have full power and authority of naming chusing assigning and appointing a Master and Usher of the School aforesaid as often as the said School shall become vacant. And the said Master and Usher for either of the deficiency or unfitness, to remove from their office and others or other more fit to chuse anew and put in their places. And that the said Governors for the time being, from time to time with the advice of the Inhabitants of the Town of best repute for integrity aforesaid in form aforesaid elected and chosen, shall make and may and can have be enabled to make fit and wholesome Statutes, Constitutions, Decrees, Laws, and Injunctions in writings concerning and touching the order, Government and Direction of the said Master and Usher and other things whatsoever appertaining concerning and touching the said School, and order, governance, preservation, and disposing of the Rents, Revenues, and upholding of the said School and not otherwise and also concerning the direction and government of the Scholarsof the said School for the time being and concerning the stipend or salary of the said Master and Usher so that the same Constitutions, Decrees, Laws, and Ordinances be not contrary to the Laws and Statutes of our Realm of England, which Statutes indeed so made we will and grant and by these presents give in charge that they be invariably observed from time to time and at all times for ever hereafter. And further know ye that we in consideration that the said Governors of the School aforesaid, and the Master and Usher of our greater and more especial Grace and of our certain knowledge and mere motion—Have given and granted and by these presents for ourself, our heirs, and successors, do give and grant to the aforesaid Governors of the Possessions Revenues and Goods of the said free Grammar School, and their successors as much as in us lies, special licence free and lawful priviledge, power and authority, to have, possess, and purchase to themselves and their successors as of any other person or persons whatsoever, any Manors', Rectories, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Tithes and any other Hereditaments whatsoever within our Kingdom of England, or elsewhere within our Dominions so that they do not exceed the clear yearly value of thirty pounds over and above reprisals to be held of us our heirs and successors immediately in capite by Knights service, Lands, or Tenements, as be not within the Statute of Mortmain, or by any other Statute, Act, Ordinance, or provision or by some other thing, cause, or matter whatsoever contrary thereunto, had, made, published, ordained, or provided, or by any other cause or matter whatsoever notwithstanding. And because express mention of the true yearly value or the certainty of the premisses or of some one or other either of the gifts or grants by us or by any of our progenitors or our predecessors aforesaid to the afordsaid Christopher Parker, Rowland Dand, and Thomas Ludlam, or any of them before these times made in these presents no wages now being or by any other Statute, Act, Ordinance, Proviso, or restriction to the contrary thereof heretofore made, published, ordained, or provided or by any other thing, cause, or matter whatsoever in any wise notwithstanding. Provided always that the Lands, Tenements, Possessions, and Revenues of the same to the aforesaid Vicar and Churchwardens and their successors for the future, by virtue and authority of the said Letters Patents given and granted, may only be converted and laid out for the use and profit of the School aforesaid, and to no other use or purposes whatsoever. In witness whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made Patents witness ourself at Westminster the eight day of March in the third year of our Reign, by a writ under our Privy Seal of the date aforesaid, by the Authority of Parliament.—BRIGHTMAN.
  • 27. See the Copy of the Charter respecting the School, immediately following the note of the Decree concerning Lady Flogan's Will.
  • 28. This Roman pavement, noticed page 175, is covered by a square building, with an outward sence wall, at a little distance. Mr. Rook was so obliging as to accompany my friend and me to see the villa and the pavement, with a cheerfulness highly pleasing. The view of them was gratifying to both; but his account of these discoveries, and the accurate manner of his describing the different apartments of the villa, contributed, in a great degree, to the entertainment of a day set apart, in some measure as a visit to that friendly Gentleman.
  • 29. In Topographer, vol 2, page 313, is a Copy of a Charter, selected from a Collection of ancient Deeds, &c. made, it appears, by Roger Columbell, Esq. of Derby Hall, in the County of Derby, towards the latter end of the sixteenth century:— Johannes dei g'ra Rex Anglie D'ns Hyb'nie, Dux Normann'. et Aquitann'. Comes Ande'g Archipiscopis Epis' Abbibs'. Comit. Baronib's Justic.' Vic. Preposit Ministris et om'ibus Balhs ct sidelibus suis Salt'm. Sciatis nos concessisse et presenti carta confirmasse Johanni Pincerne et heredibs suis totam terram quam Wulmerus de Wudehus tenuit. Scil't, duas bovatas teræ in Wudehus et un'a bovata' in la Hull et una' bovata' in Unertorpe. Tenendas de nobis et heredibus nostris in seodo ad firmam per una' marca Argenti per Ann. pro omni servicio. Quare volumus et firmiter precipimus quod idem Johes et heredes sui post cum totam predictam tenam la'cant et teneant de nobis et heredibus n'ris post nos bene et in pace libere et quiete plenarie et integre in seodo et hereditate sicut Carta quam ei inde secimus dum essemus Comes Moreton' ra'onabilit.' testatur. T.— J. Norwic Epo'. G. Fil. Petri Com. Essex. Rob. Fil. Rog'i. Hug. de Nevill. Willmo Briwerr. Willo de Cantalup. Johe de Stoks. Dat. p. Manu'. G. Prepositi Beverl et Archid. Wells. apud Lutegate Hall xvii die januar. Anno Regni n'ri, quinto.