Harworth, Farworth, Plumtre, Limpole, Hesle, and Marton

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, 'Harworth, Farworth, Plumtre, Limpole, Hesle, and Marton', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796) pp. 434-437. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp434-437 [accessed 19 May 2024].

Robert Thoroton. "Harworth, Farworth, Plumtre, Limpole, Hesle, and Marton", in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796) 434-437. British History Online, accessed May 19, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp434-437.

Thoroton, Robert. "Harworth, Farworth, Plumtre, Limpole, Hesle, and Marton", Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, (Nottingham, 1796). 434-437. British History Online. Web. 19 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp434-437.

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Before the conquest in Hareword Wade, Ulfiet, and Ulstan paid to the geld for one carucat of land, for their three manors. The land whereof was two car.—

There afterwards Fulco the man of Roger de Busli (whose fee it was) had one car. and eight vill. and one bord. with three car. (fn. 1) There was a church, pasture wood one leuc. long, one broad. The value in king Edward the Confessours time was 40s. and when the Conquerours survey was made 30s. having soc in Martune one car. ad geld. The land two car. There ten vill. had five car. pasture wood one leu. long, half a leu. broad.

(fn. 2) Fulco de Lisoriis was the tenant or man of Roger de Busli it seems, and gave to the priory of Blyth two bovats in Harewrd, and the multure of Harewrd, and of the whole Soc belonging to it (part whereof was the hamlet called Plumtre) which Robert de Lisoriis his son, and others of his posterity confirmed, as before in Oulecotes, and other places may be perceived.

(fn. 3) Raph Fraser, the kings Marescal, gave to the monks of Blyth two bovats which Gamel held of him in Harewrd: which gift was confirmed by Henry Cossard, the son of Raph Cossard, named before in Hodsak. (fn. 4)

(fn. 5) Thomas Fitz-William, and Albreda de Bassingburne held the whole town of Harworth of Alice countess of Ewe (or Augi) by the service of one knights fee.— Albreda de Bassingburne held in Brigford and Hareword two knights fees by reason of the wardship of the heirs of John Biset. (fn. 6) She held but half a knights fee here. (fn. 7)

(fn. 8) In 9 E. 2, Hareworthe with the Soc answered for an intire villa, whereof William Fitz-William was then certified to be lord.

(fn. 9) The jury, 14 E. 3, said that Galfr. le Scrop (named in South Muscham) held in Hareworth of Gerard de Seginton by the service of 1d. per annum, a capital mess. one hundred and ten acres of arable land, ten of meadow, &c.

This town and the hamlets have been of long time the inheritance of Moreton, an ancient and worshipful family, until Anth. Moreton, esq; (who paid in queen Elizabeths time 3s. 4d. for half a knights fee in Harworth, sometime Henry Bisets) wasted the estate; he was father of Robert Moreton who sold Hareworth to Mr. William Saunderson.

(fn. 10) Hamo de Burton gave to the monks of Blith one bovat of land in Farewad, which Robert de Farewad gave him for his service. Elias de Moles gave them the land which Hamo Buche held of him by 10d. rent, and that which Elys Pin held of him for 2d. ob. and pasture for two hundred sheep in his land of Farewad, and common pasture in all his commons. (fn. 11) (fn. 12) Elyas, son of Robert de Farewad, gave to the said monks five acres of his land which Haco, son of Roger, held of him, and three rods [virgas] of land which Elys Pin held of him. Elyas, son of Elyas de Farewad, gave them one culture of his land in the territory of Farewad called Hevedlands, as it bore in length and breadth from the street which leads towards Beautre, unto the street of Tikehiil. Elias de Farewat, son of Elias, confirmed it, so he did other gifts of his father, and released 18d. rent which Elias, son of Alewy of Styrap, was wont to pay his said father for half a bovat of land in Farewad, which his said father sold to Mr. John, son of Alice de Styrap, for a mark of silver which he gave him in his great need.

(fn. 13) Ingeram de Stirap gave to Frier William de Well. prior of Blyth, and the monks there, a certain culture of land in the territory of Farewat, with all the length and breadth as it lay between the way which leadeth from Blyth to Tikhill, and the land of Robert, son of Beatrix de Stirap, and abutted on one head on the head-land of the said prior and covent, and on the other on the way which leads from Stirap towards Serleby. Dionysia the relict of the said Ingeram also released all her right of inheritance or otherwise.

(fn. 14) By a fine at York. 13 E. 2, the manor of Farewath was settled on Hugh de Serleby for life; remainder to Oliver, son of the said Hugh, and to Alice his wife, and to the heirs of their bodies; remainder to the right heirs of the said Hugh.

(fn. 15) John Flandrenfis of Claverburc gave to God and the monks of Blyth, Raph, son of Balde of Heselay, and his whole sect, and the whole land which he held of him in Herselay, viz. nine acres. Gaufr. son of William le Hoser released the nine acres in Herselay, which the said John Flandrensis gave to the monks of Blyth.

(fn. 16) William, son of (or Fitz-) William, son of or Fitz-) Goderic gave those monks one mark of yearly rent of the three which the lord arch-bishop of York was bound to pay him for Plumtrefeld.

(fn. 17) Robert Strey, chaplain, Thomas Elys, and William Bradford, 17 H. 8, claimed against Charles Moreton, esq; one mess. ninety five acres of land, thirty four of meadow, twenty six of pasture, and ten of wood in Limpole and Hesley.

(fn. 18) Peter, son of William de Marton, gave to the monks of Blithe one carucat of land [invigedun] with all appurtenances, and further granted them timber in his wood to make them lodgeings [herbergagia] and convenients for fire, and a tost in the same town, and free multure in the mill of the same town. They were to receive him into their society when God should give it into his heart. (fn. 19) Agnes the wife of Nicolas de Marton did fealty to the prior of Blyth the Friday next after the ascension of our Lord, 1289, in the name of Roger her son hen under age, for two bovats of land in Marton, which the said Roger claimed to hold of the said prior, and acknowledged to owe 4s. per annum, and gave for relief 8s.

(fn. 20) There was a fine levied, 5 E. 3, between Hugh de Hercv chr. quer. and Thomas de Multon of Kirketon chr. deforec. of the manor of Marton near Bautre which Gerard de Sekinton and Joan his wife, held as dower of the said Joane, and another 40 E. 3, and afterwards 43 E. 3, (fn. 21) between Robert de Morton of Bautre, and Joan his wife, and William Strete, quer. and Hugh de Hercy chr. deforc. of the manor of Marton by Bautre. which the said Hugh acknowledged to be the right of the said Robert, and was after the death of Joan, the wife of Gerard de Sekyngton, who held it in dower, and had demised it to Anna la Despenser to revert to the said Robert, and Joane his his wife, and William, and the heirs of the said Robert.

The Moretons did found an hospital in the uttermost edge of the parish near Bautrey town in Yorkshire, to which there is also a chapel yet standing, wherein they of the family have used to be buried, and amongst the rest there lies Katherin, (daughter of John Boun, esquire, by his first wife, and so) half sister of Gilbert Boun, sergeant at law, who was widow of George Moreton, elder brother of the before named Robert, who sold Hareworth, which George died long before the said Anthony his father. These Moretons bore Quarterly Guies and Ermine the first and last charged with each a Goats Head Erased Arg.

(fn. 22) The church of Harewode, with the chapel of Serleby and of Marton, with all their appurtenances, were by king John granted to the church of Roan, with many others, as part of the chapelry of Blyth, and with that of East Markham, and the rest came, 6 E. 6, to the earl of Shrowsbury, as in Lowdham and other places is noted.

(fn. 23) The owners of Marten, Hesley, and Harworth, in 1612, are thus set down, Gilbert earl of Shrowsbury, George Chaworth, knight, Anthony Morton, esquire. William Gregory for lands in Hesley, William Weste, esquire, Thomas Wright of Rossington, George Wagstasse of Harworth, James Hall of the same, Henry Stryng, Nicolas Strea, John Robinson, Lewes Weste.

(fn. 24) The vicarage of Harworth was 11l. when the abbat of Westminster was patron: 'Tis now 5l. 9s. 7d. value in the kings books, and the duke of Norfolk patron.

[Throsby] Harworth,

Of this place I have but little to notice. It lies within two miles of Bawtry, between the two great roads to Doncaster and Tickhill. The church is dedicated to All Saints.

The villages and hamlets in this part of the county, are but thinly scattered, and, in general, but thinly inhabited, consequently of no great magnitude or note. Scroby, Hareworth, Blyth, and Carelton, with their adjacent hamlets, take in an extent of country of upwards of thirty miles, and I should suppose there are not within that space, more than half the inhabitants of any equally given portion in the south-east borders of the county.

Patron, Samuel Hartley, merchant, in 1780. Incumbent, Rev. William Downs. K. B. 5l. 9s. 7d. Yearly tenths, 10s. 11d.½. Archiepisc. pro Syn. 4s. Archidiac. pro Prox. 6s. 8d. Vid. Liber Regis. Thomas Howard presented in 1684. John Fell, gent. this turn, in 1719. The University of Cambridge in 1738. Abb. Westminster Propr.


  • 1. Lib. Dooms.
  • 2. Regist. de Blid. p. 106.
  • 3. Ib. p 103.
  • 4. Ib. p. 88.
  • 5. Test. de Nev.
  • 6. Ib.
  • 7. Ib.
  • 8. Nom. Vill.
  • 9. Esc. 14 E. 3, n. 35.
  • 10. Reg. de Blid. p. 74.
  • 11. Ib.
  • 12. Ib.
  • 13. Reg. de Blid. p. 76.
  • 14. Fin. lev. 13 E 2 Mich. apud Ebor.
  • 15. Reg. de Blic. p. 98.
  • 16. Reg. de Blid. p. 98.
  • 17. Trin. 17 H. 8, ro. 116.
  • 18. Reg. de Blid. p. 101.
  • 19. Ib. p: 13.
  • 20. Fin: lev: Pasc. 5 E 3.
  • 21. Mich. 40 E. 3, & 43 E: 3.
  • 22. Reg: de Novo loco p: 206.
  • 23. Lib: libere ten.
  • 24. Mss: J: M: