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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Robert Thoroton, 'Woodborough', Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796), pp. 31-35. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp31-35 [accessed 21 June 2024].

Robert Thoroton. "Woodborough", in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796) 31-35. British History Online, accessed June 21, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp31-35.

Thoroton, Robert. "Woodborough", Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796). 31-35. British History Online. Web. 21 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp31-35.

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In Udeburg the book of Doomsday shows that St. Mary of Sudwell had Sok to Nortwell, seven Bov. ad Geldam. The land two Car.

There was half a car. in demesne, and two vill. and two bordars had one car. this belonged to Sudwell. (fn. 1) Here one Clark had under the Arch-bishop (of York) whose fee it was, one bov. ad Geldam. This concerned the prebend of Woodborough in that church, to which it still belongs. Here were also several manors of the land of the Tayns, one whereof before the conquest Ulchel had, which paid to the geld for three bov. The land one car. There Aldene (ancestor of the family of Crumwell named in Lamley) after the conquest had three villains, having half a car. This kept the old value of 5s. 4d. Another manor Ulchel likewise had, which paid for three bov. to the tax or geld. The land whereof was two car. he held it also after the conquest of the king, and there had one car. and three vill. one bord, with one car. and ½ and one mill 20s. and one virgat of medow, pasture wood two leu. long, five qu. broad: In the Confessours time this was 20s. in the Conquerours 30s. Alvric in the Confessours time had another manor, for which he was rated to the geld at five bov. The land two car. which seems to be managed when the Conquerours survey was made, with three vill. one bord. There was also a mill 20s.

There was in Epreston and Udeburgh of Roger de Buslies see, and a greater share of Raph de Limesies, as in Epreston will be noted, where the family of Samson the most ancient tenants thereof chiefly resided.

Some of these Tayn-lands it seems came to be Peverells, of which honour Henry, son [rather brother] and heir of Raph de Wodeburge, (fn. 2) and the rest of his parceners, 21 E. 1. were certified to hold half a knights fee here, for which one only suit was made to the court by the said Henry.

John, the son of Robert de Cantelupe, and Maud wife of the said John, granted all the lands in Wodeburge (fn. 3) which should happen to them after the death of sir Raph de Wodeburge, father of the said Maud, to Henry de Wodeburge, and the heirs of his body; remainder to the right heirs of sir Raph: Witnesses to this were sir Walter de Ludham, sir Raph de Crumwell, sir John de Heriz, sir Richard Jorz, sir William de Arnale, knights, Thomas de Rampston, Reginald de Aslacton, &c.

(fn. 4) In an ancient deed Emme, who had been wife of Raph de Wodeburch, gave to Henry her son of Wodeburch, her land of new Ham: Witness Gulfr. Anglicus, Raph de Harnale, &c.

Raph de Wodeburg, knight, 54 H. 3. (fn. 5) passed 10l. yearly, which he had of the gift of William de Huntercumb, to Henry de Wodeburg his brother, to be received of the Abby of Stratford, during his life.

(fn. 6) Walter de Huntercumbe, son of sir William de Huntercumbe, knight, (on both whose seals were two pair of Bars Gemelles, and the rest Billette) in the year 1275, agreed to give to sir Raph de Wodebrug, knight, for one hundred and five marks which he ought him, his freehold in West-Hammes, which happened to him of the inheritance of of Alice de Bolebec his wife.

(fn. 7) William de Huntyrcumbe gave to William de Wodeburk an hundred shillings land, and yearly rent in the town of Rosse.

(fn. 8) John Calsweyn quit-claimed to Henry de Wodeburgh his uncle, all the right he had in the lands and tenements which were sir William de Middiltons, knight, his uncle also in Rosse, and of Clementia the daughter and heir of the said sir William then likewise dead, which ought to come to him as next heir.

(fn. 9) William Sampson of Eperston, 19 E. 1. gave to the lady Clementia de Wodeburg his mother for her life, all his arable demesne in Wodeburg.

(fn. 10) Henry de Wodeburg, brother of Raph de Wodeburg, granted all his goods and chattels in his manor of Wodebourg, anno 1316, to William de Craye. and Margery his wife.

Paganus de Vilers of Kynalton, knight, in 9 E. 3. (fn. 11) passed two parts of the manor of Wodeborgh to Richard de Strelley, and Elena his wife, and the heirs and assigns of Richard, which Margery de Nowers sometime held for her life, of the inheritance of sir William de Cray, knight, and 11 E. 3. the third part of the said manor, which descended to him the said Paganus, by right of inheritance after the death of Clementia his mother.

(fn. 12) Alianor, sometimes wife of John de Lyston, in her pure widowhood, 9 E. 3. passed two parts of the manor of Wodeburgh, which Margery de Nowers sometime held for life of her inheritance, to Richard de Strelley, and Elena his wife.

Robert, son of Walter de Stretley, had lands in Wodeburc, (fn. 13) which William de Midelton sometimes had to farm; his son Sampson de Strelley was father of this Richard: on the said Robert de Stretleys seal within a fair circumscription of his name, upon a large shield, is, Paly of six. On Raph de Wodeburgs, is, Barulette a Stags head cabossed. And on Henry de Wodeborghs, when he confirmed all his freehold in Wodeburgh, (fn. 14) which was sometimes sir Raphs, to sir William de Cray, knight, and Margery his wife, and the heirs of sir William, 8 E. 2. within a circumscription of his name (but not upon a shield) is a bucks or stags head cabossed. On sir Pagan de Vilers his seals are Six Lioncells Rampant 3 2. 1.

This Richard de Strelley, and Elena had a son and heir named William, who died before his father, and left a son called Robert, who died childless, (fn. 15) and a daughter named Elena married to Ivo Jeke of Prestwold, who by a fine at York, 16 R. 2. (fn. 16) settled this manor on Thomas de Strelley, son of Richard and Elena, and the heirs males of his body: remainder to Ivo and Elena, and the right heirs of Elena. Thomas had a son and heir called Richard de Strelley, who had also a son and heir Richard, 16 H. 6. who died without any child, (fn. 17) so that John Strelley his brother was enfeoffed in this manor about 25 H. 6. who had a son called Robert Strelly of Woodborow, who, 9 H. 7. was bound to Simon Digby, esquire, in 40l. that he should nei ther chevish nor borrow any sum of goods, or money, of any persons, nor bind himself, nor mortgage, &c. He was, 23 H. 7. about to marry Agnes Whitladale of Tuxford, widow; but by a former wife he had John Strelley, who married Elizabeth, I think the daughter of Alverey Barwick, and by her had Henry Strelley, whose son Richard was his heir, and married Isabell, the daughter of Anthony Samon, but 13 Eliz. his brother Christopher Strelley was found his heir; who married Frances, the daughter of Edward Boun, but he likewise being hopeless of issue, settled this manor on John Bold his sister Isabells son, whose son and heir Strelley Bold, sold it to Mr. George Lacock, whose son Philip Lacock pull'd down the old house, wherein was the coat of Strelley, with a Cinquefoyle voided Gules in the midst, in several windows, and hath built another which his son Charles Lacock now enjoyes, with his mother, who is Mary, sister of William Cartwright of Ossington; and likewise of Frances, the wife of William Strelley of Arnall, son and heir of the said Christopher Strelley by a second wife, after he had disposed of his inheritance as before is said. Mr. William Strelley left three daughters but no son.


(fn. 18) In Wodebourg was a certain great bovat of the kings demesne of Arnall, which Hugh de Nevill held within the farm of Arnall, by the gift of king John: it answered 28s. 10d. having a little bovat in Orton which perfected it.

In Wodeburg was 34s. rent of the prebend, which was Galfr. the canons, and thirty hens, which the Arch-bishop gave to Thomas de Ripun in his absence.

There are divers copy-holders in see parcell of the prebendaries manor.

Here was a manor in Wodeburgh, called Rempstons manor, which was by a fine, 2 H 4 (fn. 19) settled on William de Rempston, and Agues his wife for life; and afterwards on sir John Leek, knight, John Folejamb, Norman Olivere, and William Jorse, and the heirs of John de Leeke.

Roger de Houton gave the land which he held here to the priory of Thurgarton, (fn. 20) as in Hawton is said; this, I suppose, was of the fee of Limosin, most of which was held by the family of Sampson.

Raph de Limesi gave to the monastery of Hertford, (fn. 21) a cell of St. Albans, the tythes of Hugh Samson of Aperston, and of Torpe. The house of Mr. Wood is in Eperston parish, and the tythes of that land belonged to Hertford; and were granted, 29 H. 8. (fn. 22) Feb. 9 to Anthony Denny, esquire, and Joane Champernowne, as were all mess. lands, tenements, and heriditaments whatsoever in Loudham, Woodborough, and Eperston, late belonging to the priory of St. Mary by Hertford. Anthony Denny, and Johanne his wife, 37 H. 8. (fn. 23) had pardon for alienating all these tythes, great and small, in Eperston, Waodborow, and Loudham, to Henry Strelley, esquire. (fn. 24)


(fn. 25) The free-holders in Woodborow in the year 1612, were Christopher Strelley, John Wood of Lamley, John Crofts of Orton, William Owldney, John Clark, senior, Thomas Wyer, Henry Alvie, Nicolas Lees, &c.

(fn. 26) In the year 1597, Feb. 27, James Chadock, or Chadwick, son of John Chadwick, or Chadock, was baptized.

(fn. 27) The vicarage of Woodborough was eight marks, and the prebendary patron. It seems now to belong to those of Orton, but being worth little or nothing a fair church is unsupplied.

Upon the top of the out-side of the chancel in the stone, and in the windows are Arms of Strelley,

Paly of six Arg and Az. and that with a great Cinquefoyle Gules, for Strelley of Woodborough.

Arg. a Chief Gules, and a Bendlet Azure, Crumwell.

In the church in a north window,
Gules on a Bend Arg. three Croslets Flory sable, Reresby.

In the south side of the Chancel,
Quarterly sab. and Arg. Gules a Crosse Fiore Arg.

Paly of six Arg. and Azure a Canton (or quarter) Gules.

In the north of the Chancel,
Gules a Fesse countercompony Or and Azure, between six Crosseclosletts Arg.

Gules a Lion Ramp. Varry, a file of three Labells Or, Everingham.

Gules a Bend between six Martlets Or, Monteney.

Painted on the Church wall,—Wood impaling Montague.

[Throsby] Woodborough.

Lordship is open field, chiefly in the possession of Mrs. Bainbrigge, and a Mr. Edge, both inhabitants of this village. (fn. 28)

The village consists of 100 dwellings, or upwards.

The church is dedicated to St: Swithin, has a nave and two side aisles, and a tower with 4 bells. The chancel windows were once rich with painted glass but now they are so filthy, broken and patched that little can be made out to please by description.— A brass, in the chancel, says, "Hic Jacet Philippus Lacock de Woodborough et Interiore Templo Londinensi armiger &c. An. Ætat LXVIII Apr. IX MDCLXVIII." William Bainbrigge third son of William Bainbrigge, esq; died in 1737 in the 16th. year of his age. Phillip Lacock died in 1707 aged 21. Charles Lacock, esq; died in 1688. Here the water stock and stalls are very perfect.

This is in the gift of Southwel minster. Incumbent, —, Vicar. King's book 4l. 11s. 5d.½ Clear yearly value 13l. 0s. 0d. Syn. and prox. null.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Test. de Nev.
  • 3. Autog. pen. Car. Lacock, Gen.
  • 4. Aut. Ib.
  • 5. Pen. eund. C I
  • 6. Ibid.
  • 7. Ib.
  • 8. Ib.
  • 9. Ib.
  • 10. Ib.
  • 11. Ib. pen. eund. C. L.
  • 12. Autog: pen: eund: C: L:
  • 13. Ib.
  • 14. Ib: pen: C: L:
  • 15. Assis: apud: Not: 11 R: 2: ro: 27: in dorso.
  • 16. Fin: apud: Ebor: Mich: 16 R: 2:
  • 17. Ex eviden: ejusdem: C: L:
  • 18. Test: de Nev:
  • 19. Fin: a S: Hill: in 15: dies, 2 H: 4:
  • 20. Regist:de Thurg: p: 41
  • 21. Mon: Angl: vol: 1: p: 331:
  • 22. Par: 2 pat: 29 H: 8:
  • 23. Part: 14: pat: 37 H: 8:
  • 24. Ex Copia Visitat: pen: Reason Mellish, Ar:
  • 25. Lib: Mss: libere tenent:
  • 26. Ex Regist: paroch: de Woodbor:
  • 27. Mss: J: M:
  • 28. The lady lives in an old hall house; built in a plain stile. She is the most extraordinary character, for benevolence, that I have ever heard of: It will be an agreeable task for her biographer to enumerate her extensive charities when the world shall be deprived, by her death, of those benificent acts which are now the theme and praise of every social and good mind: To attempt here to particularize those merciful and pious deeds, which have made her name dear to all who know her, would be a task of difficulty, and might offend the serenity of that happy disposition which every one who knows would surely study not to offend: May her years be long! Happiness she must possess in a superlative degree: May her death be like the setting sun, in a bright and calm, evening when his rays, on leaving us form a splendid and magnificent scene.