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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In Wiseton of the kings Soc of Oswaldebek belonging to Maunsfeild also, was one car. for the geld. (fn. 1) The land two car. seven sochm. seven vill. four bord, had six car. meadow two qu. long, two broad, pasture wood fourteen quar. long, four broad.— The value in king Williams time was 10s.
(fn. 2) In Wiseton were four bovats of land and an half, which anciently were wont to yield 10s. which the king the (great) grandfather of king John, gave to one William le Harper paying 15d. per annum, and his heirs continued to hold it.
(fn. 3) The jury, in 3 E: 3, found that John de Bekering held of the king in capite, fifteen acres of land in Wiston, by the service of 1d. ob. per annum, and that he likewife held there one mess. forty-five acres of land of Sir Thomas le Latymer of the Sok of Oswaldebek, by the service of suit of that court from three weeks to three weeks, and 7s. 6d. rent, and that John de Bekering, son of the said John, was his heir, and twentytwo years of age, viz. of the said fifteen acres held of the king; but as to the forty-five acres held of Sir Thomas le Latymer, they were partible between the said John, son of John, and Thomas, Robert, Leonard, and William, brothers of the said John the younger, and co-heirs of the said John de Bekering. Joane who had been wife of John de Bekering, 9 E: 3 (fn. 4) holding lands which were the said Johns, gave the king 6d. for a pair of gilt spurrs, for fifteen acres of land, with the appurtenances in Wyston, which John de Bekering, father of the said John, late her husband, held of the king in capite.
(fn. 5) John, son and heir of Alexander le Norreys, 16 E: 2, had ten acres, and 2s. rent in Wyston, &c.
(fn. 6) The jury, 3 E: 3, also found that John de Markham when he died, held lands and tenements in Wyston of Thomas le Latymer, by the service of 2s. 4d. and two appearances at his court yearly for all services, and that he held likewise other lands in the same town of Alan de Bekingham, by the service of 5d. per annum, and that Elizabeth twelve years old, and Cecilia ten years old and upwards, were the daughters and heirs of the said John de Markham.
(fn. 7) The priory of Mattersey 20 E: 4, had lands in Wyeston by Claworth, which were granted to sir Anthony Nevill with the site of that monastery by king H. 8. The priory of Wirkesop had lands here, at the dissolution rated at 5l. 3s. 0d.
The owners of Wiston town 1612, are said to be Oliver Bromhead, Anthony Whitwell, Thomas Smith, Thomas Draper.
Wiseton, Is a small hamlet in the parish of Claworth. The land here is about 1040 acres, part sandy and part clay. Lord of the manor and sole proprietor is Jonathan Acklom, esq: except about 49 acres with a house, and about 13 acres of glebe which belongeth to the rector of Claworth.
The seat of Jonathan Acklom, esq: was formerly the seat or mansion of the Nelthorp family. (fn. 8) Since, the old house has been pulled down at different times, and new parts built, so that none of that dwelling is remaining. The present building is erected on a slooping ground, with a fine lawn in front of about 30 acres of land.— There is a delightful walk, which encircles it, of about a mile long, whence on the east, south, and west, you have extensive views into four counties: Nottinghamshire, Derby shire, Yorkshire, and a losty hill in Cheshire.
On part of the west and north the prospect is bounded by a range of hills in a concave form; on which are built some excellent farm-houses, which stand and are seen as ornaments to the domain, and are highly creditable to the taste of the owner.— Plantations and groupes of trees scattered here and there, have a pleasing effect.
The Chesterfield canal, which takes a winding course of two miles, through this estate is not the least of the beauties here: in part it is carried through a hill of sandy rock, which forms a curious kind of grotto; the tunnel, or vault, being fifteen feet high, and as many wide; in length, 270 yards.
The whole lordship appears well wooded, and is bounded southwardly by the river Idle, which divides it from Mattersey.
The turnpike road from Bawtry to Gainsborough, goes over the Chesterfield canal, in the course of which you have some pleasing varigated prospects.
Baua-hill, one of the pleasing farms above mentioned, is an excellent object, Pustohill is another, a public-house, also in the village near, is built, in a romantic stile. Baua and Pusto appear to be words of Danish original. A tumlus on the former hill was visible before the ground was ploughed. Here it is said was a Danish encampment. The word Baua signifies burying ground.