Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1796.
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Besides what hath been mentioned before in Stoke Bardolf and Carleton of Goisfrid de Alselins fee, in the Conquerours great survey there is mention of another manor in Chellinge, which before his coming was one Dunstanes, and answered to the tax for nine bovats and an half, and a third part of a bovat. (fn. 1) The land two car. There afterwards Roger de Busli, whose fee it was, had two car. and nine vill. one bord. having two car. and ten acres of medow, pasture wood, two qu. long, one qu. broad. In the Confessours time this was 32s. value, then 40s.
(fn. 2) Richard de Normanvile, and Henry de Walleye, held half a knights fee of Alice countess of Augi in Carleton, Gedling Stoke, and Weston. The manors of Gedling and Weston were both by fine and recovery, 16 E. 4. (fn. 3) passed to Robert Roos of Larton esquire, by Thomas Normanvile, knight, and Elizabeth his wife, with warranty in the fine against Thomas abbat of Kirkestall, and his successours.
(fn. 4) Thomas Bek held in Gedling, 15 E. 1. the sixth part of a knights fee of Robert de Everingham then dead, whose son and heir Adam de Everingham was but seven years old at that time.
(fn. 5) By a fine at York, 2 E. 3. Roger Boteler of Stok, and Amicia his wife, passed twenty acres of land in Gedling to Roger Duket, and Margaret his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; in default whereof the heirs of Roger Duket were to have ten acres lying in Podhagh, and the heirs of Margaret the other ten lying in a place called Blesedale.
Alexander de Lee, son and heir of Alexander de Lee, son and heir of Alexander de Lee, and Maud, the daughter of Gilbert de Brunneflegh (which last named Alexander was also son and heir of Alexander de Lee, and Sarra his wife) 3 E. 3. (fn. 6) claimed an acre of land in Gedling against William, son of Gilbert de Gedling.
(fn. 7) John de Cave of Nott. 10 E. 3. held in Carleton by Geding seven mess. and seven bovats of land of Hugh Bardolf, and his ancestors. (fn. 8) Roger de Pilley held then in Gedling one mess and one bovat of Adam de Everingham of Larton. (fn. 9) Richard Ingram held of him a mess. and four bovats in Gedling; and so did Thomas de Whatton of Stoke Bardolf, (fn. 10) hold one mess. and six bovats of the said Adam.
(fn. 11) The King Feb. 5, 31 H. 8. granted to Michael Stanhope, esquire, and Anne his wife, amongst other things, the manor of Shelford, with its members and appurtenances, late belonging to the monastry of Shelford, & likewise all the woods called the Priors park and Eshawe, containing one hundred and forty acres in Gedling. And the rectories of the parish churches of Shelford, Sarendale, Gedling, Burton Joys, and North Muskam. Also all manors, mess. lands, tenements, &c. in Shelford, Sarendale, Neuton, Brigford, Gunthorp, Loudham, Cathorp, Horingham, Bulcote, Gedling, Carleton, Stoke, Lamcote, Flintham, Long Colingham, Caunton, the town of Nott. Newark, Burton Joys, and North Muskam, to the said monastery belonging.
(fn. 12) The parson of the church of Gedling, 12 E. 2. had one hundred and ninety foot long, and twenty foot in breadth of land, granted to enlarge the church-yard of that church.
(fn. 13) The rectory of the mediety of Gedling was twenty marks and the king patron. The vicarage of the other mediety was twelve marks, and the Prior of Shelford patron; the rectory is now 14l. 6s. 0d. 0b. and the vicarage 6l. 16s. 8d. value in the kings books, and Philip earl of Chesterfeild patron of both.
In the north isle east window—Azure three Cinquefoyles Or, Bardolf quartering Azure, a Lion Ramp. and flowers de Lis Or, Beaumont.
There is also—Arg. on a Fesse double Cotised Gules, three flowers de Lis of the Field, Normanvile, quartering Azure, a Chevron between three Birds Arg.
In the east window of the south isle—Azure, three Cinquefoyles Or, Bardolf.
In the parsonage chamber window—Lord Crumwell with Tateshal quartering Everingham.
Land is in the possession of the owners of Carleton, and is enclosed. The village is inferior, in size, to that of Carleton; but it is of considerable magnitude.— The inhabitants are chiefly in the husbandry line.
The church is dedicated to All Saints, has a taper spire, 4 bells, a nave and side aisles. The parapet wall, of the nave, is embattled, which gives the church, without, a respectable appearance. In this place are two old stone coffins, which lie, it seems, near the surface of the earth, in which persons have been buried since the original occupiers. One gentleman, who was somewhat too long, was thrust in, I am told, to make him fit this hollowed stone, or receptacle of the dead. The covering stone, which belonged to one, lies on the north side of the chancel; on which is the figure of a priest, represented fig. i. in the plate facing Lowdham, a few pages below. Here is remembered Richard Ward, M. A. rector 30 years, and a prebend of Litchfield and Southwell. He died in 1734, aged 70. Richard Kirkby, A. M. rector, died in 1784, aged 68.—The stalls here are handsome, and the water stocks the most perfect I have seen.
A stone in the church yard bare this inscription; but now defaced, "Here lieth the body of Joseph Smalley, whose mother was sixty years old when he was born.— Over the chancel door, without, is a handsome arch, above which is a head, outlined in the above named plate, fig. 7. Four niches, at the angles of the steeple, contain figures.
The rector, Mr. Smelt, who married the earl of Chesterfield's sister, lives here in a good house, with a comfortable living for the support of of a numerous and lovely progeny.
Stoke Bardolph is in the parish of Gedling.
Patron Earl of Chesterfield, Incumbent William Smelt, Rr. of 1st. Mediety. King's book 14l 6s. 0d. ½ Syn and Prox. null. Earl of Chesterfield p. i. 1745, 1784.
Second Mediety v. king's book 6l. 16s. 8d. yearly tenths 13s. 8d. Archiepis. pro. Syn. 2s. Archidiac. pro proc. 3s. 9d. val. in mans. cum. gleb. & claus. ibid. per ann. 13s. 4d. dec molend. prat. agn. vit. proc. anc. & C Russel, esq. 1682. Catherine, Eliz. & Bridget Wood 1703. Earl of Chesterfield p. i. 1745, 1784.