Colleges: Noseley

A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1954.

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The first step towards the foundation of a chantry college at Noseley was taken in 1274, when Anketin de Martivall granted to God and to the chapel of St. Mary at Noseley, and the chaplains there celebrating the divine offices, a messuage at Noseley, a messuage and a virgate at Slawston, 5 acres at Hallaton, and 4 virgates at Houghton, with the villeins occupying the tenements concerned. (fn. 2) Anketin's grant was confirmed by his son and heir, Roger de Martivall, in 1276, (fn. 3) but it is not known how the chantry thus endowed was constituted, or even whether a chantry was in fact established at this time. In 1303 it was reported that it would not be to the king's damage if licence was granted to Roger de Martivall to alienate 3 messuages, 6¼ virgates, and 8 marks rent at Noseley, Stretton, and Gilmorton to four chaplains, who were to celebrate the divine offices in Noseley chapel for the souls of Roger and his ancestors, (fn. 4) and in 1304 the patrons of the parish church at Noseley gave their consent to Roger and his successors having a free chapel there. (fn. 5) In June 1306 Anketin's gift of property at Slawston, Hallaton, and Houghton was confirmed by royal letters patent, and licence was granted for the alienation by Roger de Martivall of 2 messuages and 8 marks of rent in Noseley and Stretton to three chaplains, who were to celebrate divine services daily in Noseley chapel. (fn. 6) An agreement concluded in August of the same year between Roger de Martivall and the rector of Noseley specified in detail what ceremonies might be performed in the free chapel, and how offerings were to be divided between the chapel and the parish church. The rector gave up all claim to the advowson of the chapel, and Roger granted to the rector a messuage and a virgate at Noseley. (fn. 7) This agreement was confirmed by the patrons of Noseley parish church, and by the Bishop and Chapter of Lincoln. (fn. 8) Roger de Martivall laid down the regulations for the chantry in a document of October 1306. It was provided that the head of the free chapel was to have the power to remove his subordinates at will, and to replace them by others; arrangements were made for the payment of the clergy of the chantry, and it was provided that if any surplus profits arose they were to be used to support further priests and clerks; the services to be celebrated in the chapel were briefly described. (fn. 9)

Noseley chantry, one of the earliest chantry colleges to be founded, survived until the general suppression of chantries under Edward VI, but though the college obtained some further endowments it never became important. In 1334 licence was granted for the alienation to the college of one-third of the manor of Garthorpe (Leics.). (fn. 10) About 1336 the college was granted the advowson of Noseley parish church, (fn. 11) which was appropriated in 1338. (fn. 12) The parochial cure of souls was transferred to the warden of the college, and the ordinary services were probably celebrated after this date in the chantry chapel rather than in the parish church. (fn. 13) In 1369 one-half of the advowson of Hallaton (Leics.) was granted to the college, (fn. 14) and in the same year licence was given for the alienation to the college of the manor of Caldecote (Warws.). (fn. 15) In 1370 the college obtained a manor at Blaston (Leics.), (fn. 16) and some property in Noseley was conveyed to it in 1375. (fn. 17)

In 1526 there were in the college three priests, (fn. 18) two deacons, an organist, two other clerks, and a curate, who was presumably engaged in parochial duties, (fn. 19) but in 1530 only the warden, the curate, and one other clerk are mentioned. (fn. 20) Leland, visiting Leicestershire some years later, noted that there were then in the college three priests, two clerks, and four choristers. (fn. 21) Shortly before the college was suppressed its gross yearly revenue was estimated at £24. 13s. 9½d. Out of this, the two chaplains each had a yearly stipend of £2. 13s, 4d., and two clerks each had a stipend of £1. 6s. 8d. (fn. 22) Another document of about the same date, however, gives the warden's stipend as £6. 13s. 4d., that of one of the chaplains as £5. 6s. 8d., and those of two deacons as £3.13s. 4d. each. (fn. 23) The college was dissolved under Edward VIs Act for the Dissolution of Chantries, the last warden being granted a pension of £6. (fn. 24)

Wardens Of Noseley College (fn. 25)

Miles of Leycestre, occurs 1306. (fn. 26)
William of Carleton, resigned 1315.
Robert Benet, presented 1315.
Ralph, resigned 1330.
Roger of Ryngested, presented April 1330, resigned 1330.
John Pere, presented October 1330.
John of Ilneston of Gothemundele, (fn. 27) resigned 1343.
John of Ilneston, (fn. 27) presented 1343, died 1349.
William of Humberston, presented June 1349, resigned 1349.
Ralph de Peek, presented August 1349, died 1375.
William of Rothewell, presented 1375.
John of Bolton, presented 1397.
Richard Gaytecote, presented 1398, resigned 1402. (fn. 28)
John Bale, presented 1402, resigned 1407. (fn. 28)
Lawrence Blakesle, presented 1407, resigned 1408.
John Amore, presented 1408, resigned 1419.
John Billesfeld, presented 1419, resigned 1425. (fn. 29)
Thomas Rydell, presented September 1425, resigned 1425. (fn. 29)
John Boneyamy, presented October 1425, resigned 1433.
William Brocket, presented 1433, resigned 1440.
Robert Gybbes, presented 1440, resigned 1461.
William Attekyns, presented 1461, died 1462.
John Geby, presented 1462, (fn. 30) died 1500.
Thomas Chapman, presented 1550, died 1503.
Christopher Rosyndale, presented 1503, resigned 1509.
Richard Alkeborowe, presented 1509, resigned 1513.
Roger Worthington, presented February 1513, resigned 1513.
Richard Wodd, presented July 1513, resigned 1520.
Roger Worthington, presented 1520, died 1527.
Denis Morison, presented 1527. Last warden.

No seal is known.


  • 1. The account of Noseley Coll. given by A. Hamilton Thompson and G. F. Farnham, in 'The Manor of Noseley', T.L.A.S. xii, 233-57, has been followed here.
  • 2. Ibid. 233-4; H. Hartopp, 'Unpublished Doc. Relating to Noseley', Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxv, 448.
  • 3. Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxv, 450.
  • 4. T.L.A.S. xii, 234-5.
  • 5. Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxv, 453.
  • 6. Ibid. 456-8; xxvi, 277; Cal. Pat., 1301-7, 444; T.L.A.S. xii, 237-8.
  • 7. T.L.A.S. xii, 238-41; Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxvi, 281-5.
  • 8. T. L. A. S. xii, 241-2; Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxvi, 276-81, 288-9.
  • 9. T.L.A.S. xii, 242-8; Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxvi, 292-9.
  • 10. T.L.A.S. xii, 249; Cal. Pat., 1330-4, 516.
  • 11. T.L.A.S. xii, 249.
  • 12. Ibid. 250-1.
  • 13. Ibid. 251-2.
  • 14. Ibid. 253; Cal. Pat., 1367-70, 24, 107-8.
  • 15. Cal. Pat., 1367-70, 246. The alienation was subsequently carried out. Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), iv, 160.
  • 16. Cal. Close, 1374-7, 75, where the donor's charter is recited.
  • 17. T.L.A.S. xii, 253.
  • 18. Listed as chaplains.
  • 19. Subsidy Collected in Dioc. of Linc, in 1526, ed. H. E. Salter, 118.
  • 20. 'Proc. of the Eccl. Ct. in the Archdeaconry of Leic.', ed. A. P. Moore, Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxviii, 152.
  • 21. Leland's Itin., ed. Lucy Toulmin-Smith, i, 14.
  • 22. A. Hamilton Thompson, 'The Chant. Cert, for Leics.', Assoc. Arch. Soc. Rep. and Papers, xxx, 509-10.
  • 23. Ibid. 532.
  • 24. Ibid.; T.L.A.S. xii, 256-7.
  • 25. The list given by A. Hamilton Thompson, 'The Rectors of the Chapel and Par. Ch. of Noseley', T.L.A.S. xiii, 74-77, has been reproduced here, as except for the first warden it is complete.
  • 26. T.L.A.S. xii, 243-7.
  • 27. The names of the two successive wardens are given thus, possibly in error, in the bishop's reg. (cited ibid.).
  • 28. Resigned on exchange of benefices.
  • 29. Resigned on exchange of benefices.
  • 30. For some unknown reason Geby was presented for a second time in 1478.