HEVERSHAM AND MILNTHORPE.
The ancient manor of Heversham was subdivided by the grant of
one fourth (sometimes described as one third) of the vill with the
church to the monks of St. Mary's, York. The remainder belonged
to the barony of Kendale and was given by William son of Gilbert de
Lancastre, in the reign of Henry II, to Alexander de Wyndesore in
marriage with the grantor's daughter Agnes. The caput of the
rectory manor was Heversham Hall, that of the Wyndesore manor
was the Chamber or Court House in Milnthorpe. The Wyndesore
portion of the manor descended in the posterity of Alexander and
Agnes until the death in 1385, of William de Wyndesore, Lieutenant
of Ireland, as shown in the annexed pedigree.
Descent of the manor of Heversham.
The manor was in the possession of Margery Duket in 1398, when
she conveyed it to trustees, probably for sale. The trustees
appear to have sold the manor, with that of Warcop and the moiety
of that of Morland to Ralph, earl of Westmorland, who held the two
last named tenements of Sir John Clifford in 1422. The earl appears
to have given all these tenements to his third son by his second wife,
George Nevill, who was created lord Latimer by Henry VI in 1432.
The manor descended in the posterity of lord Latimer to the fourth
in descent, namely John, lord Latimer, who died in 1577 without
male issue. His four daughters and their respective husbands were:
Katherine wife of Henry Percy, 8th earl of Northumberland; Dorothy
wife of Thomas Cecil, 1st earl of Exeter; Lucy wife of Sir William
Cornwallis of Brome, co. Suffolk; Elizabeth wife of Sir John Danvers,
father of the first baron Danvers of Dantsey. Heversham fell to the
pourparty of Thomas Cecil and Dorothy his wife and in 1583 they
conveyed the manor to Thomas Bradley of Arnside, esq., who in turn
conveyed it in 1597 to James Bellingham of Over Levens, esq. In
or before 1689 Alan Bellingham conveyed the manor to James
Grahme, esq., since whose time it has descended like the manor of
The rectory manor and demesne of Heversham Hall was parcel of
the possessions of St. Mary's abbey, York, until the dissolution of that
house. It remained in the Crown until 1558, when Edmund Moyses,
Richard Bowskell and another purchased it. Bowskell purchased
from the others their interest in the rectory manor and in 1582
settled it upon his son Thomas, at his said son's marriage. Thomas
died in his father's life time, at whose death in 1602, Jasper, son of the
said Thomas, was found to be heir of his grandfather Richard. In
1613–4 Jasper Bouskell conveyed Heversham Hall and the rectory
manor to Edward Wilson of Nether Levens, in whose posterity it has
since descended with the Dallam Tower estates.
The lands which belonged to the Sizergh estate in 1429 in Heversham were, two tenements, one of which was called "Showe";
those in Helsington were a close called Stoth or Stot Park and a
tenement called "Ald Natland."
In a plea of trespass by fishing in 1343 it is shown that the three
parceners of the barony of Kendale then had a free fishery in the
estuary of the river Kent opposite Heversham, Haverbrack and
Ivo Talebois gave to St. Mary's, York, the church of Hevresham
with its land. Cal. Chart. Rolls, iii, 115. See also charter 1 in the
appendix to vol. i.
Chetel son of Eltred, by the advice of Christiana his wife and
William his son, and at the instance of archbishop Thurstan, gave to
the monks of St. Mary's, York, the church of Clapaham and one
carucate of land, the church of Kirkebi Kendale, the church of
Heversham, the church of Kirkebi Lonesdale and the lands belonging
to these churches; also the vill called Hotun, the church of Bethum
and land called Hafreb[r]ec, and the church of Burton and one
carucate of land. Witnesses: Archbishop Turstin, Christiana (the
donor's) wife, Archil the seneschal, Ralph Lasne (Asinus), Yvo son
of Forne, Ravenchil son of Suter. From the original (?) D. at Levens;
Dodsworth's MS. CLIX, f. 180.
William de Lancastre 1, at the prayer of William de Lancastre, his
son and heir, grants to Alexander de Windesoure with his daughter
Agnes in marriage what he had in Heversham, Grarigg with the
appurtenances, and what he had in Morland. Witnesses: Geoffrey
earl of R( ), Roger de Vallibus son of Hubert de Vallibus,
William de Lancastre the grantor's son, William the chaplain,
Robert de Montgomery, Richard de Heruie (sic), Gervase D'Eincurt,
Simon de Turs, William de Laceles, Walter de Windesoure, Robert
the chamberlain, Robert Crisp, Gilbert son of William [de Lancastre]
and Jordan his brother, Gamel the priest, Robert Mustell; Reg. of D.
Roger, parson of Heversham, a witness. Farrer, Lancs. Pipe
Rolls, 361, 402.
Gilbert Fitz-Reinfred and Helwise his wife confirmed to the monks
of St. Mary, inter alia, the churches of Eversheim, Biethum and
Kirkeby in Kendale with their chapels. Among the witnesses was
Roger, parson of Heversham. Brit. Museum, Add. Charters 17153.
The son and heir of William de Windlesores, begotten of the neice of
Gilbert Fitz Reynfrid, is a hostage for the said Gilbert. R. Chart,
Mandate to Philip Mark to release the son of William de Windesore,
late a hostage for William de Lancastre, and lately taken prisoner and
lodged in Nottingham castle when returning home after redemption
from being hostage; R. Litt. Claus., 1, 497 b.
Thomas parson of Eversam; Reg. of Archbp. Gray (Surtees Soc.),
Alan de Wassand, rector of the church of Heveresham, has dispensation to hold the church of Mideltun in Rydal [co. York],
together with the said church of Heveresham, by reason of his probity,
knowledge of letters and to enable him to support the multitude of
people who resort to him; Reg. of Archbp. Gray (Surtees Soc.), 98.
Alexander de Windelsore is amerced ½ m. for default; Nicholas son
of Roger de Hauersham and William le Sauser are amerced for default
as sureties; Parker, Pipe R. of Westm., 204–5.
sAlexander de Windesour was attached to answer Roger de Lancastre of a plea that he should do to him customs and right services
of his free tenement which he holds of him in Morelaund, namely for
one carucate of land, by homage and by feeding Roger's serjeant,
which is called "Landserjaunt" when he comes to make summons
for suit of his court of Barton, and also by the service of doing suit at
his said court from three weeks to three weeks, as of the gift and
feoffment of Roger de Lancastre, who enfeoffed him thereof. They
made agreement; Cur. Regis R. 136, m. 22.
The abbot of St. Mary's, York, arraigned an assize of novel disseisin
against William de Wyndesouir touching a tenement in Heversham.
Dep. Keeper's Rep., 46, app. 188.
Peter de Kendale complained against William de Karliol for
pulling down his house at Heversham and taking away the timber of
the same to the value of 50s.; De Banco R. 41, Trin., 9 Edward 1,
m. 66; 42, m. 42d.
William de Windesore, a juror. Lancs. Inq., pt. i, 253.
William de Windessoure gave to St. Bees 12 a. in the common
pasture of Heversham. Reg. of St. Bees, 409n.
William de Windeshover, a witness. Coucher of Furness, pt. i, 381.
William de Windesouer held Heversham, Grarig and Morland of
William de Lindeseye for 15s. 10d. rent. Lancs. Inq. pt. i, 257.
Benedict prior of St. Bees demises to Roger Croyser his land in the
vill of Heversham in the territory of Milnthorpe for one half mark
yearly. Wilson, Reg. of St. Bees, 409–10.
Master Roger de Warewike, rector of the church of Heversam was
a witness to a deed wherein William de Stirkeland confirmed to the
prior and convent of Kermel (Cartmel) the perpetual cure and custody
of the chapel of Croskrake in the grantor's territory of Staynton-inKendale. Contemporary copy at Sizergh. See Stainton.
By the "antiq. taxatio" of Pope Nicholas IV, the church was
valued at £66 13s. 4d. and the pension of the abbot of York at £2.
William de Goldington demands against William de Stirkeland
that he hold the agreement made between them touching 14
messuages, one mill, etc. in Helsington and Heversham. De Banco
Roll, Mich. 102, m. 229d.
John Bradfot impleaded Robert son of Nicholas de Rughale and
Adam de Rynangs for taking away his goods at Heversham to the
value of 100s.; De Banco R. 103, Hil. 22 Edward 1, m. 79.
Robert de Wessington of Kerneford (Carnforth) recovers by replevin
24 messuages, 200 a. and 5½ bovates of land, 5 a. meadow, 14 a. wood
and two-thirds of a mill in Heveresham, lately seised for his default
against Walter [de Stirkeland], son of Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph
Daincurt; Cal. Close R. 1302, p. 572.
William de Hamelton, clerk, parson of the church of Heversham,
owes William de Hamelton, dean of St. Peter's, York, 800 m.; ib.,
1305, p. 327.
Grant to Walter de Stirkland and his heirs of free warren in his
demesne land in Heveresham; Cal. of Chart. R. iii, 100.
Nicholas de Leyburne and William de Wyndesore, two of the four
commissioners in Westmorland to levy and collect the subsidy of a
twenty-fifth; Cal. Pat. R. 1309, p. 184.
By deed dated at Heversham on Ascension Day [12 May], 2 (sic)
Edw. II, A.D. 1317, Ranulf de Windsore son of William de Windsore,
granted to William son of Ralph de Heversham 13 acres of arable
land upon Le Astenthwaite in the vill of Heversham in Kendale, next
the croft of Adam de Conisheved on the north side, and ½ acre of St.
Michael's [land], which Roger Waterward formerly held; to hold for
2d. for cornage. Witnesses: Sir Matthew de Redman, Richard de
Preston, Thomas de Levenes, Nigel de Carus, Thomas de Niandesergh,
John de Sigiswike, Matthew de Knott; Reg. of D. at Levens.
Ranulf son of William de Windesore of Heversham in Kendale
grants to William son of Ranulf Payfoote of Heversham a dwellinghouse in Astenwhate with 20 a. of land within the praedolium of
Heversham, which Roger Waterward formerly held, and 1 a. of St.
Michael's land, which the same Roger held, to hold for 2s. cornage.
Witnesses: Sir Matthew de Redeman, Richard de Preston, Thomas
de Levenes, Nigel Carus, Thomas de Niandesergh, John de Sigeswick,
Thomas de Bethum. Given at Heversham on the feast of the Holy
Trinity, 11 Edward 11 [18 June, 1318], A.D. 1319 (sic). Reg. of D. at
Levens (parchment), f. 120.
By the "nova taxatio" of Clement v the church was valued at
£20. See the footnote under Grasmere, p. 2.
Pardon of outlawry for Alexander de Wyndesore, an adherent of
Thomas earl of Lancaster; Cal. Pat. R. 1318, p. 232. Cf. Cal. Close
1318, p. 108.
Roger de Clifford complained that Alexander de Wyndesore and
others broke his park at Qwynnefell, co. Westmorland, and took away
the eggs of his sparhawks lately nesting there, whereby he lost the
profit of his aery; Cal. Pat. R., 1320, p. 546.
Protection for Simon de Baldreston, parson of the church of
Heveresham; Cal. Pat. R. 1322, p. 85; 1325, p. 92.
Protection for Alexander de Wyndesore, knt., Matthew de Redeman, John Daunay, Roger de Redemayne, Thomas son of Walter de
Stirkeland, etc. going to Ireland on the King's service; Cal. Pat. R.
1331, p. 104.
Subsidy of a fifteenth. Excheq. Lay Subsidies, Westd 195/A.
|Dominus Alexander de Wyndesouer
|Dominus Roger Burnolvesheved "
|William Spelhow "
|Adam Anickesey "
|John the clerk "
|Thomas the cobbler "
|William . . . . .eler "
|John . . . . n "
|William Rausone "
|John fil Ga"
|Adam Bercher "
|Thomas Nautehirde "
|Henry Belleson "
|Alan Bercher "
|William Dausone "
|Thomas Scatergod "
|John son of Richard "
|Richard Langta "
|Alexander de Asceuth "
|Peter de Staynton "
|Richard of the Mill "
|Alan Caboche "
|Robert P . . . . man "
|Roger Cr "
|Robert Saul "
|William Wyse "
|Walter son of Roger "
|Roger son Adam "
|Sum of goods £30, whereof to the king 40s.
Grant to Alexander de Wyndesore, lord of two parts of the vill of
Heveresham and to the king's clerk, John de Wodehouse, parson of
the church there and lord of the third part of the same vill, that
Alexander and his heirs and John and his successors, parsons of the
said church, shall have a weekly market there on Wednesday and a
yearly fair on the eve and feast of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles;
Cal. of Chart. R. IV, 312.
The same Alexander de Wyndesore, knt., is accused of trespass
against Henry Fitz-Hugh at Mikelton in Tesedale; Cal. Pat. R. 1335,
Grant to Alexander de Wyndesore, who holds two parts of the vill
of Heversham and of the hamlets of Milnethorpe, Ascentwayt,
Rouhol and Wodehous in demesne, and to his heirs, and to the king's
clerk, John de Wodehous, parson of the church of Heversham, who
holds the remaining part in right of his church, and to his successors,
of free warren in their demesne lands in those places; Cal. of Chart. R.
William de Coucy was summoned to answer Alexander de Wyndesouer of a plea that he took his cattle unjustly and detained them,
namely 8 oxen and 8 cows at Heversham, in a place called Milnthorpe.
William says that Alexander formerly held of one Christiana de
Lyndeseye, as of one moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in Kendale, the
manor of Grarig, three parts of the manor of Heversham and a moiety
of the manor of Morland by homage etc., and suit at her court of
Kirkeby in Kendale every three weeks and the service of 50s.; that
at the death of Christiana the moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in
Kendale descended to one William de Coucy, as son and heir, who
granted the same to the said William, who took the cattle because the
yearly rent of the said Alexander was in arrears. Alexander says that
one William de Lancastre, ancestor of the said William de Coucy,
granted to Alexander de Wyndesore [great]-great-grandfather of the
said Alexander, whose heir he is, and to Agnes, daughter of the said
William de Lancastre and their heirs in free marriage all that he had
in Heveresham, Grarig and Morland free from all service. Adjourned
De Banco R. 306, Easter 10 Edward III, m. 47d.
William de Coucy by Thomas de Bethom, his attorney, appeared
against Thomas de Yeland, John son of John de Segeswyk, John son
of Thomas de Levenes, Thomas de Levenes, William son of Thomas
de Levenes, Richard Gernet, Ralph son of Thomas de Levenes, Roger
son of Thomas de Levenes and Thomas le Smyth of Kertemel of a
plea wherefore they fished in the free fishery of the said William de
Coucy at Heversham and took fish to the value of £10. John son
of Thomas was distrained to the value of 6d. and it was done by John
Bewell, Robert de Askeby, Roger Taillour and Peter son of Margaret
etc.; De Banco R. 310, Easter, II Edward III, m. 119d.; 312, m. 96.
See Westmorland Note Book, 367.
John de Etton, king's clerk, parson of the church of Heveresham,
on the presentation of the abbot of St. Mary's, York; Cal. Pat. R. 1342
pp. 482, 515.
William de Coucy, knt., Robert de Tweng, and Thomas de Ros of
Kendale impleaded Thomas de Levenes and John, Ralph and Henry,
his brothers, for fishing in the several fishery at Heversam and taking
fish to the value of £10; De Banco R. 333, Hil., 17 Edward III,
Ratification of the estate of John de Neweland, king's clerk, as
parson of the church of Heveresham, on the presentation of the abbot
of St. Mary's, York; Cal. Pat. R. 1343, p. 25.
Pardon for good service to the king in his passage to Normandy for
William son of Henry de Redman and Thomas son of Robert Croyser
of Heveresham; Cal. Pat. R. 1346, p. 485.
Alexander de Wyndesores died before 1343; William de Windesores, chivaler, was his son and heir; Ministers' Accts., bundle 1118,
The manor of Heversham was held of William de Coucy by cornage,
wardship and relief, and on the day of his death (6 February, 1342)
was in his custody by reason of the minority of William, son and
heir of Alexander de Wyndesore; and the said William de Wyndesore, now of full age, holds the said manor; Cal. Inq. ix, 458; viii,
William de Wyndesores, chivaler, son and heir of Alexander de
Wyndesores, deceased, made fine with the king for trespass in entering
upon his father's lands before he did homage for the same; Mins.
Accts. bundle 1118, n. 5; Cal. Close R. 1354, p. 39.
Alan son of Hugh de Heversham impleaded John son of Nigel
Cayrous for reaping and carrying away his corn at Heversham to the
value of 100s.; De Banco R. 384, Hil. 30 Edward III, m. 41d.
Order to the sheriff of Lancaster to cause 60 archers on foot of the
best of that county to be chosen and furnished by the oversight of
William de Wyndesore, whom the king is sending thither for the
purpose, and brought to Lyverpole by the octaves of Midsummer etc.;
Cal. Close R. 1362, pp. 340 ff.
Grant to William de Wyndesore and his heirs of a weekly market
and yearly fair at their manor of Morland, and licence to impark 700
acres of land in Heversham and to hold the park so made without
hindrance of the king, his heirs or their ministers; Cal. of Chart. R. v,
William de Wyndesore and his men are retained for one whole year
upon the king's service for furtherance of the war in Ireland, namely
with 120 men at arms and 200 archers etc.; Cal. Close R. 1365, p. 108.
Irish vessels between 20 and 200 tuns to be sent to Lyverpool, co.
Lancastre in England "by the feast of St. Hilary (1369) ready for the
passage of William de Wyndesore (fn. 1) and his men at arms and archers
for service in Ireland; Cal. Close R. 1368, p. 453.
Nicholas de Feriby, parson of the church of Eversham; Yorks.
Feet of Fines (Yorks. Rec. Soc.) III, 160.
John Marschall of Heversham one of many trespassers against
Randolf de Dacre; Cal. Pat. R. 1373, p. 311.
William de Wyndesore, knt., held of Joan, late the wife of John de
Coupeland, deceased, the manors of Heversham, Morland and
Grarige by homage and fealty and the service of 13s. 4d. yearly, as of
her manor of Kirkeby in Kendale; Chanc. Inq. p.m., 49 Edward III,
1st nos., n. 29.
ndult to William de Wyndesore, knight, of the diocese of York,
that his confessor may give licence to religious persons to eat flesh
meat at the knight's table once a month on lawful days; Cal. of Papal
Reg., iv, 227.
Nicholas de Feriby, rector of the church of Heversham, was one of
the executors of the will of William de Feriby, archdeacon of Cleveland, who was buried in York Minster in 1379; Test. Ebor. (Surtees
Soc.), i, 105.
John Marshal of Heversham, together with John de Wasshyngton.
Adam de Midelton and Robert de Goldyngton were sued for debt of
£20 by Thomas de Rookby, younger, John de Rookby and Christiana
late the wife of Thomas de Derlay; De Banco R. 471, Trin. 1–2 Ric. 11,
m. 351d. 472, m. 41.
William del Chambre of Milnethorp, by William Yeland, his
attorney, impleads John Maymorne, John Milner and John Spryntdop for debt £6 13s. 4d., and William Hoggeson of Nateland for debt
100s.; ib. 477, Hil. 3 Richard II, m. 506.
Ratification of the estate of Master Nicholas de Feriby as parson of
Heversham and prebendary of Stilyngton in York cathedral; Cal.
Pat. R. 1385, p. 548.
William de Wyndesore, chivaler, died on 15 September (alibi
October), 8 Richard II (1385); Christina wife of Sir William Murers,
knt., aged 34 or 60; Margery wife of John Duket, aged 32 or 50, and
Isabel Wyndesore, aged 38 or 60, were his sisters and next heirs;
Chan. Inq. p.m., 8 Richard II, nos. 38 etc.
James de Pykerynge, knt., executor of the will of William de
Wyndesore, knt.; Cal. Pat. R. 1387, pp. 356, 410.
John de Wyndesore, king's esquire, and heir and executor of the
will of William de Wyndesore, knt.; Cal. Pat. R. 1391, p. 388.
Marjory Duket sometime granted to John Darell, Richard Feldon
and Robert de Louthre the manors of Heversham, Morland, Delacre,
Holme and Burton and land in Grayrig. The attorneys of the said
Darell and Feldon authorize Thomas de Burgham to receive seisin of
the premises; Cal. of Anct. deeds, iii, B. 4081.
Ratification of the estate of Thomas de Toueton as parson of the
parish church of Eversham; Cal. Pat. R. 1404, p. 414.
Pardon to Roger de Wyndesore and Ellis de Wyndesore, of co.
Westmorland, and others, of 100 marks in which they made mainprise (fn. 2) in chancery to have the body of John de Wyndesore, esq.,
before the Justices of the Common Bench to answer for a debt; Cal.
Pat. R. 1406, p. III.
William de Windesore, chivaler (formerly?) held of Philippa, late
the wife of Robert de Veer, late duke of Ireland, the manors of
Heversham, Moreland and Grarigg, as of her manor of Kirkeby in
Kendale (as in 1375); they are worth yearly £40; Chan. Inq. p.m.,
13 Henry IV, n. 44.
Archbishop Kempe visited Heversham Church on 9 Sept., 1428,
and again on 19 Sept., 1442. Surtees Socy., vol. 127, pp. 207, 278.
Ratification of the estate of Richard Arnall (Arnold), canon of York,
as prebendary of the prebend of Barneby in the same, and rector of
the parish church of Eversham in the diocese of York; Cal. Pat. R.
1429, p, 36.
"Thomas Strikland, knt., held lands in Helsington and Heversham,
of Thomas Lumley, son and heir of John Lumley, knt., by knight's
service; Feudal Aids, V, 198.
Ratification of the estate of John Marchall, as rector of the parish
church of Everysham, co. Westmorland; Cal. Pat. R. 1436, pp. 496,
Licence for John abbot of St. Mary's, York, to appropriate the
parish church of Eversham in Kendale; Cal. Pat. R. 1448, p. 207.
Pardon of outlawry for Thomas Clyveland, late of Eversham alias
Hersham, chaplain, for not appearing to answer John Marchall,
clerk, touching a debt of £40; Cal. Pat. R. 1453, p. 13.
On 19 October, 1459, the church of Heversham was appropriated
to the abbot and convent of St. Mary's, York, reserving out of the
fruits of the same a competent portion for a vicar, and in recompense
of the injury done to the Cathedral church of York, the archbishop
reserved to himself and successors a yearly pension of 3s. 4d., to the
dean and chapter 3s. 4d., to the archdeacon of Richmond 5 marks
yearly and to the poor of the said parish 3s. 4d. yearly.
On 6 January, 1460, the vicarage was ordained by William archbishop of York, namely that there be in the same a perpetual secular
vicar to be presented by the abbot and convent who shall have for his
portion £20 yearly clear with a manse and competent garden to be
built and repaired the first time at the costs of the abbot; for which
£20 the vicar shall have assigned to him out of the fruits of the church
the yearly sum of the third part of the Miln of Milnthorpe anciently
belonging to the church, the tithes of the demesne lands belonging to
the church, the Quadragesimal tithes of the parishioners, tithe of
lamb, wool and hay of the whole parish, all sorts of tithes of fishings,
mills, foals, calves, pigs, brood geese, hens, ducks, bees, eggs, pigeons,
line, hemp, leeks, onions and garden fruits of the whole parish,
mortuaries both quick and dead, all sorts of oblations made within
the parish church or elsewhere. For these the vicar shall find bread,
wine and wax in the said church for ever and he and his successors
shall pay a yearly pension of 106s. 8d. out of his part of the fruits of
the church to the said abbot and convent in money at Martinmas and
Whitsuntide in the church of Eversham, shall repair the chancel of the
church and sustain all archiepiscopal, archideaconal and other
burdens incumbent on the said church. The vicarage to be taxed at
future vacancies thereof at 10 marks sterling and not more; MS. at
George Nevill, late lord Latymer, before his death was seised of the
manors of Heversham and Warcopp and of a 3rd part of the manor of
Morland and enfeoffed James Strangways, knt., John Conyers, knt.,
and others, by covin and collusion with intent to deceive the king
concerning the custody and marriage of his heir. The manor of
Heversham is worth £20 yearly. Richard Nevill, son of Henry, son
of the said George, aged one year, is his kinsman and next heir;
Chan. Inq. p.m., 9 Edward IV, n. 28.
Elizabeth, late the wife of George, late lord Latymer, knt., held
conjointly with him at his death the manor of Eversham alias Hersham (etc., as in 1469). Richard Nevyll, son of Henry Nevyll, her
son, aged 12 years, is her next heir; Chan. Inq. p.m., 20 Edward IV,
Grant to Robert Clifford, esq., of a yearly rent of £40 from the
issues of the manors of Eversham alias Hersham, Morland and Warcopp, during the minority of Richard Nevyll, kinsman and heir of
George, late lord Latymere, knt., namely son of Henry Nevylle, his
son, from the death of Elizabeth, the wife of the said George; Cal.
Pat. R. 1481, p. 274.
William Redman of Harewood, knt., devised in his will one cloak
of Damask, silver coloured, to the church of "Everysham" to make
a vestment thereof; Test. Ebor. (Surtees Soc), iii, 280.
Lease by Edmund, abbot of the monastery of Our Lady of York,
and the convent to Richard Whalley, the abbot's servant, of the
tithes of corn and hay late in the holding of Sir Walter Strikland, knt.,
in the "parishynges" of Eversham and Kirkeby in Kendale, namely
belonging to two tithe barns called Croscrak and Laikrige belonging
to the parsonage of Eversham, to the tithe barns of Natland and
Sizar, belonging to the parsonage of Kirkby in Kendale, to hold for a
term of 41 years at £18 14s. 8d., namely for Croscrak and Laikrige,
£14; for Natland and Whynfell 74s. 8d.; and for Sizar, 20s. payable
at Easter. Dated 2 Feb., 20 Henry VIII (1529). Orig. at Sizergh.
Anthony Duckett, esq. passed by fine to John Nevyle, knt., lord
Latymer, the manors of Eversham, Milnethorpe and Morland, 60
messuages and 30 cottages, 2 mills, 50 acres of land, 70 acres of field,
1000 acres of pasture, 50 acres of wood and 100s. rent in Heversham,
Milnthorpe and Morland. And John gave the aforesaid Anthony
£90 sterling. Feet of Fines, Hil. Term, 33 Henry VIII.
Abstract of the will of Bryan Bakhus of Heversham, dated 21
Jan., 1555. Ric. Bakhus and Bryan his brother 2 cowes etc. Godsonne Edward Bakhus a lambe and to his sister Elizabeth a lamb.
John Bakhus. My wife to have my tennyment during her weadowhood, and after her my son Rich. to have it. Son Rich. to pay his
brother William 40/-. Wife and thre of my . . . . . James and
Anthony to be Exors. John Veyreye, Robt. Bakhus and Ric.
. . . . . . and Nycholas Bakhus to be supervisors. Witnesses John
Veyreye, Henry . . . . . ., Nicholas Bakhus, Ric. Bakhus, John
Proved in the Arch. Richmond, Deanery of Kendal. Original will,
Abstract of the Will of John Cowen of Heversham, dated 22 June (?)
Burial in the Churchyard of my p'ishe Church of Hev'sham among
my elders at the East end of the Churche. The whole title and right
of my farmhold unto Peter my son agreying with the lord thereof
according to the custom of ye lordshippe. If Peter die without
lawfull issue my daughter Isabell to have my said farmhold, and if
she die without lawfull issue, then to my daughter Elsabeth. It is
my will yt James Sawle have my son Peter wt my house and tenement
for 5 years and also my said daughter Elsabeth wt her childs portion.
Walter Hellme shall have my daughter Ysabell's portion in his hands
unto such time as she come to marriage. Daughter Isabell to have ye
cowe and her calfe wch her grandfather gave her. Daughters Ysabell
and Elsabeth to be exors, and the residue to be divided between them.
Henry Benson and . . . . . . supervisors. Witnesses: Walter
Helme, Rych. Robenson, James Sawle, Edmund Cowen, Henry
Hodgeson (?), John Mit(?) son.
Proved in the Arch. Richmond, Deanery of Kendal. Inventory
Abstract of the Will of John Alenbye. Dated 12 Feb. . . .
Burial in my parish Church of Heversham. Wife to have my hole
tenement during her widdowhood, and after her decease to my two
sons Thomas and Christofer equally between them, they paying their
brother John 10 mks. Lawrence Stone (?) to have £5 for his marriage
portion yt is behynd. Brian Preston to have . . . . for his marriage
portion yt is behind. Walt. Rawlynson lambs, etc. Wife Alice to be
sole ex'ix. Witnesses: Rych. Bowskell (?), Brian P'ston, Anthony
Storye, Christofer Wille (?) wt other.
Proved in the Arch. Richmond, Deanery of Kendal, ? 12 Apl., 1557.
Grant to Edmund Moyses, Richard Foster and Richard Bouskell of
the manor of Heversham (i.e. one third of the ancient manor) late
parcel of the dissolved monastery of St. Mary, York.
Edward Moyses was required to show by what title he held the
manor of Eversham. Jones Index to Records, ii, s.v.
Richard Bowskell held of the Queen in chief one capital messuage of
the manor of Eversham, 6 cottages, 72 a. land and all the works of the
tenants of the said manor called "bond days" if any of right
accustomed be appertaining to the said capital messuage, which
messuage and premises were assigned to the said Richard Bowskell
and his heirs in full recompense of the portion which he or his heirs
might claim of the said manor of Eversham by the release of Edmund
Moyses and Richard Foster. And the jurors further find that the
said Richard Foster released to the said Edmund Moyses his right in
the residue of the manor, and that Edmund Moyses sold the whole
residue to the said Richard Bowskell, except one tenement sold by
them, the said Moyses and Foster, in Rowel to Gabriel Croft, another
in Leesgill sold to Thomas Smith, one in Woodhouse sold to John
Preston, esq., one in Aughtinwhaite sold to Walter Strickland, esq.,
one in Milnethorpe, then in the tenure of Thomas Moyses, brother of
the said Edmund, and one in Rowel, late in the tenure of Edmund
Moore, and also several other tenements granted severally to William
Wilson, Christopher Holme, John Jackson, Henry Holme, John
Holme, John Atkinson, Thomas Holme, Christopher Wilson, Walter
Parke, Robert Wilson and William Benson, parcel of the premises in
Eversham, Milnethorp, Aughtinwhaite, Rowel, and Woodhouse.
After the death of John Nevill, knt., lord Latimer, a survey of
Heversham was taken to the use of Henry, earl of Northumberland,
and lady Katherine his wife, Thomas Cecil, knt., and Dorothy his
wife, John Danvers, knt., and Elizabeth his wife, William Cornwallis,
esq., and Lucy his wife, daughters and coheirs of the said John, lord
Latimer. Dated 12 September, 19 Elizabeth. [The headings include:
Particulars of the manor, bounds of the same, demesne lands demised
to tenants, rents of free tenants, tenants at will, survey of Woodhouse,
Akenthwaite, Milnthorpe, Linbanke, Mabben Hall; perquisites of the
court. Total issues of the manor, £45 9s. 10½d. and 38 hens; less
reprises, 53s. 4d. Particulars of woods and commons]; Orig. at
Abstract of the Will of Richard Crosfeld of Leasgill in the parish of
Heversham, dated 28 Oct., 1577.
Burial in my p'rysh churchyard of Heversham and such dewties as
belong to the said church to be paid. All covenants I have maid
with my master Ric. Bowskell, my landlord, shall stand and be abayed
in full . . . . . concerning the sayle of my tenement, also my sayd
master shall paye unto me my exors. or assigns £10 before Easter next
ensuing, and I to sett free my forsayd tenement. After my death my
forsayd Mr. to enter my forsayd house and tenement at Candlemas
next after my decease. Debts to be paid. Residue to Richard
Crosfeld, Authur (?) Crosfeld and John Crosfeld, and to be exors. I
ded agre wth al my three bretherine for theyr full grement of my
father's tenement, and ded geve unto . . . . . . . . . . ded paye
unto my bother Edward Crosfeld, the which was made attorney for
the other towe of my bretheren, Sr (?) Willm. Crosfeld for ayther of
them 40/-; the foll some was £6 that I ded paye. Master Ric. Bowskell . . . . . . Witnesses: Thomas Watson, Anthony Benson,
Wymman Selme (?), Edward Wilsby.
Proved in the Arch. Richmond, Kendal Deanery, 27 Jan., 1580.
By indenture dated 8 August, 24 Elizabeth (1582), made between
Richard Buskell of Heversham, gent. (1), Jasper Cholmley of Highgate in Middlesex, esq. (2), and Thomas Buskell of Gray's Inn, son and
heir apparent of the said Richard (3), the said Richard Buskell, in
consideration of a marriage to be had between the said Thomas
Buskell and Frances, one of the daughters of the said Jasper Cholmley,
settled the manor of Heversham on the issue of that marriage;
Rawlinson MS. (Nicolson and Burn, ii, 200).
By their deed dated on the 15 May, 25 Elizabeth (1583) Thomas
Cecill of Burghley, co. Northampton, knt., and Dorothy Cecill his
wife alienated to Thomas Bradley of Arneshead, co. Westmorland
esq., their manor or manors and demesnes of Eversham alias Hearsham and Milnethorpe, late the inheritance of John, lord Latimer,
with all the messuages, lands, rents, courts, view of frankpledge etc.
and they appointed John Masseye of Laton, co. Lanc., and Geoffrey
Braythwaite of Lancaster, yeoman, their attornies to deliver seisin.
This was confirmed by deed dated the day following and seisin was
delivered of the chief messuage called "the Manner house of Milnethorpe" on 18 June, 25 Elizabeth, in the presence of William Travers
of Nateby, gent., Albany Butler, Thomas Strickland, Richard
Buskell, Thomas Hutton, John Smith, John Pill, Brian Preston
(by mark); Reg. of D. at Levens.
A fine was levied of the premises on the morrow of Holy Trinity, 25
Elizabeth (1583); ib. f. 39b.
In Michaelmas term, 25–26 Elizabeth a common recovery was
suffered of the manors of Eversham alias Heversham and Milnethorpe,
100 messuages, 20 tofts with a mill, 100 gardens, 1000 a. land, 600 a.
meadow, 1000 a. pasture, 100 a. wood, 500 a. heath and gorse, 200 a.
turbary, 20s. of rent and one faire with a market in Eversham and
Edward Middleton of Middleton Hall, esq., in part performance of
covenants dated 30 March, 28 Elizabeth (1586), made between him
and Thomas Stricklande of Nyanserghe, esq., grants to the said
Thomas a messuage etc. in Leasgill in the tenure of Oliver Benson,
yearly rent 13s. 4d., and a messuage etc. in Bronetwhaitt in the tenure
of Richard Levynes, yearly rent 5s., to hold in fee; Thomas Parke of
Hincaster, younger, and Roger Saull of Heversham, attorneys to
deliver seisin. Dated 1 April, 28 Elizabeth; Orig. at Sizergh.
Abstract of the will of Sibbell Browne. Dated 9 Dec., 1594.
Burial in the P'ishe Churche of Ev'sham in or so nigh my owne . . .
as conveniently may be, and duties to be paid thereto. Rychard
Graveson my brother in lawe one cowe. Bridgett Dobson 4 piece of
puder and one chettle, a girdle, a beanderath, a candlestick and a
cov'let. Rychard Graveson John sonne a brass pott. Janet
Jackeson 8d., Robart Cocks wif 2d., John Backhus wife 2d.,
Edmund Browne one sheipe. John Graveson all those goods which
I delivered unto him when he came to me. To John Towson, clarke,
8d. Residue to John Graveson to bestow upon his children and to be
exor. Edmund Browne and John Langthorne to be supervisors, and
8d. each for their pains. Witnesses: Edmund Browne, John
Langhorne, John Towson, clarke.
Proved in the Arch. Richmond, Deanery of Kendal, 13 Dec., 1599.
Original Will. Inventory by Xpof. Fletcher, John Langhorne and
Nicholas Benson, £13 7s. 2d.
By letters patent dated 27 October, 37th year, queen Elizabeth
pardoned Thomas Bradley, esq., for a fine of £30, his trespass in
acquiring the manors of Eversham and Milnethorpe, held in chief,
from Sir Thomas Cecill, knt., and Dorothy his wife, without special
licence; and further confirmed to the said Thomas Bradley the said
manors etc.; Orig. at Sizergh.
By deed dated 15 October, 39 Elizabeth, 1597, Thomas (fn. 4) Bradley of
Arneshead, co. Westmorland, esq., in performance of certain articles
of agreement made with James Bellingham of Over Levens, esq.,
dated 14 October, same year, alienated to the said James his manor or
manors of Eversham alias Hearsham and Milthrop, late the inheritance of John, late lord Latimer, deceased, with the messuages, lands
and tenements appurtenant and all those messuages, rents, lands,
and tenements in the same places which Thomas Bradley, esq.,
deceased, late acquired from Sir Thomas Cecil, knt., and Dorothy his
wife, one of the daughters and coheirs of the said John, late Lord
Latimer. Appointment of George Braband and Arthur Gilpin,
yeomen, attorneys to deliver seisin. Witnesses: John Massie,
James Buller, Henry Wynder, Richard Ayraye, Robert Crosfield.
Sig. of William Bradlaye; Orig. at Levens.
On 24 October, same year, seisin was delivered to James Bellingham in the presence of George Brabaun, Arthur Gilpin, Thomas
White, George Dikes, Anthony Arey, William Hutton, Thomas
Lancaster, Henry Winder, William Hutton and George Dickinson; ib.
Richard Buskell, gent., lately deceased, long before his death was
seised of the manor of Eversham, a capital messuage called Evershamhall, 6 cottages, 72 a. land, and of one burgage or messuage in Kendal;
that on the marriage of his son Thomas he settled the premises upon
the issue of that marriage; that the said Thomas died in his said
father's lifetime; and that Jasper, son of the said Thomas, is heir of
the said Richard and is now aged 15 years and 2 months.
Jasper Buskell, counsellor-at-law, conveyed to Edward Wilson of
Nether Levens, gent., the capital messuage of Heversham Hall and the
demesne together with his manor of Heversham; Nicolson and Burn,
Edward Wilson endowed Heversham Grammar School, and a deed
confirming the same is dated 24 January, 1619–20 as follows:—
Indenture made 24 January, 17 James 1 (1619[-20]) between
Edward Wilson of Netherlevens, co. Westm., gentleman, of the one
part and Thomas Kilner of Helsington, yeoman, Edward Fisher of
Kirkby Kendall, clothier, Thomas Wilson of the same, clothier, and
Robert Crosfeild of Stricklandroger, yeoman, on the other part.
Witnessing that Edward Wilson "out of the zeale, goodwill and
ingenious disposition wch he allways heretofore hath hadd and now
hath unto Religion, good learning and discipline and especially to
increase, maintayne and continewe the same in the parish of Hevershame wherein he liveth by the helpe of a good Schoole which he
hath allready founded there and sett on foote for the education of
youth and to season their tender yeares with good principles which
may be as rules and directions to frame a good course of life which the
said Edward Wilson in his christian and charitable disposition principally intendeth. And for the mayntenance and support thereof
and for divers other good causes and considerac'ons him thereunto
moveing" enfeoffed those of the second part and their heires of all
those burgages, messuages or tenements in Kirkbie Kendall and in
Whinfell which he lately purchased of Cuthbert Chamber, gentleman, namely the burgage in the Market stead within the Broughe of
Kirkby Kendall on the south side of the Markett stead now or late
in the occupation of Thomas Beck, annual rent 16s.; also the shopp
there late parcel of the said burgage, now or late in the occupation of
George Fleeming, annual rent 16s.; also the burgage in Branthwait
Brow on the east side thereof, now or late in the occupation of
Gawyn Castley, annual rent 26s. 8d.; the burgage in Stramongate
on the south side now or late in occupation of Henry Peareson,
annual rent 26s. 8d.; that close or parcel of land, meadow or
pasture called Townend Close containing one acre lying at or neare
the Crossbancke on the north side of Stramongatebridge in Kirkby
Kendall, late in occupation of John Smith late Alderman, annual
rent 7s. with one Barne standing in the same close; those "tow"
burgages, messuages or tenements in Stramongate at the east end
thereof, now or late in the occupation of Robert Hubberstie, annual
rent 26s. 8d.; that messuage and tenement in Whinfell, now or late
in occupation of the late wife of Lancelote Denyson, annual rent 2s.;
those burgages, messuages or tenements in Kirkby Kendall which
the said Edward Wilson lately purchased of Richard Sidgswicke,
gentleman, namely the burgage on the east side of Stricklandgate,
heretofore in the tenure of Henry Forrest, deceased, and now or late
in occupation of James Staveley, annual rent 36s.; and the burgage
in Stramongate on the east side thereof, late in occupation of Nicholas
Hodgson, deceased, annual rent 12s.; and the burgage in Stramongate on the north side of the street, now or late in the tenure of
Robert Wilson, annual rent 18s.; and the burgage in Stramongate
betwixt the sayd burgage last mentioned and Stramongate bridge,
now or late in tenure of Nicholas Rowlandson, annual rent 6s. 8d.;
and the burgage in Stramongate now or late in the tenure of Thomas
Sleddall, gentleman, annual rent 6s. 8d.; and the burgage in Stramongate on the south side, now or late in the tenure of Nicholas Fisher,
annual rent 9s.; and also the burgage in Kirkby Kendall which he
the said Edward Wilson lately purchased of Jasper Bouskell, gentleman, in Stramongate on the north side thereof, now or late in
occupation of [blank] Nicholson, annual rent 20s.; also those burgages which Edward Wilson lately purchased of Thomas Garnet,
gentleman, namely the burgage on the west side of Stricklandgate,
sometime in the tenure of James Barrowe and since of Thomas Potter
and now in the occupation of Ralph Ainscoughe, yearly rent 36s. 8d.;
the burgage on the west side of Stricklandgate, late in the tenure of
Henry Wilson and now of Robert Wilson, mercer, and George
Muckeld, yearly rent 20s.; also the shopp parcel of the said burgages
or one of them late in the tenure of George Benson, barbor, heretofore
demised to the said George by the said (sic) Thomas Garnet for divers
years yet to come, on which the rent of 10s. is reserved during the said
term; the shopp parcel of the said burgages or of one of them adjoining the same late in the tenure of John Wilkinson and now of John
Lowes, yearly rent of 11s.; the shopp and Gallerry, parcel of the said
burgages or one of them and builded upon the fronte of the same,
late in the tenure of Thomas Garnet and now of Robert Wilson,
yearly rent 6s.; the burgage on the north side of Stramongate with
one crofte, heretofore but half a crofte adjoining to the last mentioned
burgage and therewith all now used or late in the tenure of Nicholas
Rowlandson, yearly rent 13s. 4d.; also all those burgages lately
purchased by Edward Wilson of James Eskrigg of Hallgarthes, co.
Westmorland, woollen-draper, namely a burgage late in the possession of Richard Seele and now of Allan Gilping, yearly rent 20s.; a
burgage now or late in the possession of John Ellerry, yearly rent 5s.;
a burgage now or late in the possession of Isabel Wane, yearly rent 5s.;
a burgage now or late in the possession of Robert Vickers, yearly
rent 5s.; a burgage now or late in the possession of Robert Blisse,
yearly rent 10s.; a burgage now or late in the possession of Rowland
Studdert, yearly rent 10s.; one shopp, one lofte and two Tavernes or
Cellers, now or late in the possession of Rowland Dawson, yearly rent
45s.; and all other burgages, messuages, lands, tenements of the
said Edward Wilson purchased of the said Cuthbert Chamber,
Richard Sedgswicke, Jasper Buskell, Thomas Garnet and James
Eskrigg, and also the close or parcel of land in Strickland Ketle
called Dawson Close, containing six acres which Edward Wilson
lately purchased of the said Thomas Wilson; "also all that Schoolehouse builded by the said Edward Wilson wthin his mannor of
Heversham in the said county and one acre of ground" thereto
adjoining as now "mered furth" with all . . . . appurtenances in
Kirkbie Kendall, Whinfell and Strickland Ketle to the said tenements
belonging; to have and to hold to those of the said second part "to
the uses intents and purposes and upon the trust and confidence
hereafter following: That is to say to the use and behoufe of the said
Edward Wilson for and dureing the term of his naturall life and after
his decease then to the use of the said [feoffees] and their heires upon
this trust and confidence, neverthelesse and to this end and purpose
that if the said Edward Wilson shall purchase some other landes wch
he shalbe willing hereafter to assure unto the use or for the maintaynnance of the said Schoole that then the sayd [feoffees], their heires
and assignes upon request made by the said Edward Wilson shall reconvey the premises to the said Edward Wilson and his heires
and in default thereof that then the said [feoffees] shall immediately after the decease of the said Edward Wilson wth the
yearely rentes and profittes issuing and ariseing out of the before
graunted premisses provide, fynd and maintayne from tyme to tyme
for ever hereafter one sufficient and fitt Schoolemaster to keepe a free
Grammer Schoole at Heversham aforesayd in the said Schoolehouse
Wch is allready built by the said Edward Wilson; To be removed and
placed or displaced as occasion requireth by such persons as shall
hereafterwards be assigned to be Governors for that purpose; and
likewise that they the said [feoffees] from and after the death
of the said Edward Wilson shall yearly pay unto him and them
who shall be maister there successively for ever hereafter the
sume of Twenty poundes of lawful English money yearly upon
the feastes or dayes of St. John Baptist, commonly called Midsummer day, and St. Andrew the Apostle by equall porc'ons at the
said Schoolehouse, and shall likewise therewith from tyme to tyme
hereafrer repayre, maintayne and uphold the said Schoolehouse in all
sufficient and necessarie reparac'ons; And the surplus of the proffittes of the premisses (if any be) after the deduction of their necessarie charges to distribute unto such poore Scholler or Schollers of the
said parish or for the stipend or maintaynance of one usher continually or from tyme to tyme as the Governors of the said Schoole
shall thinke fitt, untill occasion or alteration of tymes shall require a
greater increase or allowance of stipend or maintaynance for the
better findinge and maintaynance of him wch shalbe Maister at the
schoole aforesaid in the judgement of the Governors of the said
Schoole; The wch said Burgages, messuages, landes, tenements,
hereditaments and premisses are alotted for a perpetuall maintaynance unto the said Schoole, Schoolemaister, usher or poore schollers
is granted upon this further trust and confidence and wth this
further direction and declaration of the intent and purpose of the
said Edward Wilson, that they the said [feoffees], their heires and
assigns shall upon reasonable requeste wthin three monthes after the
death of the said Edward Wilson, graunt the same unto eight of the
best reputed men in the said parrishe in their opinion, whereof the
immediat owner of the inheritance of Hevershame Halle to be one, and
to their heires to the use of them eight and of the said Thomas
Killner, Edward Fissher, Thomas Wilson and Robert Crosfeild and
their heires upon trust and confidence and to the intentes and purposes
to performe the intentions and true meaning of the said Edward
Wilson, therein expressed and therein to be declared wth this
further caution and declaration as a principall direction and truste
therein to be expressed, that whensoever the said owner of Hevershame
Halle shall die or that soe many of the said twelve persons shall
die soe that there be but fower onely liveing, that then the survivors
or the greater number (whereof the owner of Hevershame Halle
to be one) if he be elected shall chuse one or more of the parrishioners of Hevershame aforesaid to supplie upp the number of twelve
aforesaid, soe that after the death or removeall of the owner of Hevershame Halle those that shalbe the immediat owners of the inheritance
thereof be allwayes elected to succeede in the said trust; The wch said
twelve feoffees soe to be continued from tyme to tyme for ever hereafter. He the said Edward Wilson doth hereby declare and appoynte
to be Governors of the said Schoole. And that they or the
greater number of them, whereof the owner of Hevershame Halle to be
one, to have full power to chuse, place and displace the said Maister
and to retayne him for longer or shorter tyme they please and to sett
doune orders, rules and directions for the government of the said
Schoole and the revenewes thereof in such sorte as in their discretions
they shall thinke most convenient, and if the said feoffees shall make
default in choise of Maister after the death or removeall of any
Maister thereof by the space of Forty dayes, then it is the intention of
the said Edward Wilson that those wch are called the Fower and
twentie men of the said parrishe and the church wardens then being
shall for that presente have power to chuse and electe one fitt person
to be maister who shall have all the stipend usually paid to his predecessors and not to be removed by the Feoffees dureing his life
wthout sufficient cause; nevertheles it is covenanted, concluded and
agreed upon betwixt the said parties to these presents and the said
Edward Wilson doth declare his intention to be that if any Trouble
or sute arise or happen to be commenced against the said Feoffees or
their heires for, concerning or touching all or any parte of the said
Landes soe graunted and lymitted to be and remayne for a stipend
and maintaynance of the said Schoole Then if the parrishe doe not
willingly contribute and beare the charge thereof that then the charge
thereof shalbe defrayed and disbursed out of the proffittes of the said
Landes soe lymitted to be the maintaynance of the said Schoole and
soe much to be deducted from the said Stipend limytted to the said
Maister, Usher or poore Scholler for the tyme of the continuance of
the said Sutes untill the sume soe disbursed may be levied or receaved
out of the yearely proffitts thereof at the discretion of the Feoffees for
the tyme being. Provided nevertheles and it is further concluded
and agreed upon betweene the said partyes to these p'ntes and the
said Edward Wilson doth further declare his purpose and intention to
be that the said Thomas Wilson his heires and assignes shall and may
have the possession, occupac'on and proffitts of the said Close called
Dawsons Close wth app'tenances so long and dureing such tyme as
they shall pay the yearely rente or sume of three poundes of lawful
English money to such uses, intentes and purposes and in such
manner and forme as herein before are mencioned lymmitted and
intended; Or doe purchase Landes of the yearely valew of three
poundes over and above all charges to be conveyed to the like uses,
Intentes and purposes as the said Close called Dawsons Close is
hereby graunted and conveyed; And after such purchase hadd and
made then the said Close wth app'tenances to be to the use of the
said Thomas Wilson and his heires for ever. In witness whereof etc.,
Sig. of Edward Wilson. Seal broken off.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of Richard Geattskett,
Rowland Dawson, Antho: Warde, Thomas Wilson, junior, John
Holme. Primo die Aprilis Anno Dni, 1620. The day and year
abovesaid quiet and peaceable possession and seisin was given and
delivered by the wthin named Edward Wilson to the wthin named
Thomas Kilner, Edward Fisher, Thomas Wilson and Robert
Crosfield, etc., etc. Farrer, Heversham Grammar School Records.
Inquest taken at Kerkbie Kendall 29th October, 6 Charles I (1630),
before John Cowper, esquire, escheator, by the oath etc., who say
Richard Gibson, yeoman, late of Rowell was seised in his demesne
of one close of land, commonly called "Newlandes" on the south side
of Millnthorpe greene in Aughtenthwaite alias Aftenthwaite; and of
one close of land called "Crostonlaugh" in Aughtenthwaite; and of
one close of land called "Eskrigge" in Aughtenthwaite; and of one
close of land called "Branside" in Aughtenthwaite; and of one
close of land on the west side of the close called Branside; and of one
close called "Farrclose"; and of one parcel of land in a place called
"Toddhols" in Aughtenthwaite; and of a parcel of land in Sylecrofte in Aughtenthwaite; and of a parcel of meadow in Foggyholme in
Aughtenthwaite which same closes or parcels of land contain 12 acres
of land, arable, meadow and pasture, and lately were parcel of the
messuage and tenement of one William Hutton.
So seised Richard Gibson by his charter dated 6 January, 19 James I
(1621–2) granted all the said lands and tenements to his son Rowland
Gibson and his heirs for ever. The closes and parcels of land aforesaid and the whole messuage and tenement aforesaid are held of
James Bellingham, knight, as of his manor of Heversham in free
socage by a rearly rent, with the aforesaid messuage and tenement
and four acres of land late in the tenure of the said William Hutton
and now in the tenure of John Brigges, of 2s. for all services, and
are worth yearly clear 10s.
Richard Gibson died 1st August, 1628, and Rowland Gibson is his son
and next heir and he is aged 41 years and more now. Court of Wards,
Inq. post. mort.: Vol. LXXX, no. 31.
John Preston, esq., holds three messuages with the appurtenances
in the manor of Eversham by fealty and suit of court, paying 2s. for
free rent; John Briggs holds one messuage and 20 a. land as aforesaid,
paying 2s.; Rowland Gibson holds 13a. in Aughthwaite, paying 2d.
as aforesaid; MS. at Levens.
Orders made respecting the mosses in Sinderbarrow and Brigstear
at the court held at Over Levens on 25 May, 1655, for Sir John
Preston, bart., and Allan Bellingham, esq., owners of the said mosses
[details omitted here]. Orig. at Levens.
Schedule of defaulters to Hearth Tax. Lay Subsidy Roll, 259,
n. 13. (fn. 5)
A note of them is not abel to pey nor nothing at be had.
Willyam Casone nought at be had.
Belseser [Belzeazar] Wright one downe.
John Smith nought at be had.
Richard Prestone "
James Parke has ey bute tow.
Widow Hinde elder nought at be had.
Thomas Smithes "
Robert Hudsone "
Miles Dickinsone "
Robart Cornthwhet "
Peter Coupers none dwelt in 2 yeare.
Robert Becke nought at be had.
Miles Croft a instake but one.
Thomas Hudson one falane.
For one hearth each due at Michaelmas, 1662 and again at Lady
Day, 1663. This I give in a Courte as is Sworne. Thomas Sanderson,
constable, X his mark. Witness yt is his owne marke Thomas Cragge.
Hearth Tax Roll, Lay Subsidy 195, n. 73, m. 3.
||I wald up
||I wald up
|Discharged by Certificates.
|Thomas (?) Bland
Memoranda touching the claim of Edward Wilson of Dalam Tower,
esq., to a third part of the manor of Heversham and to fishery rights
and rents of new improvements there. Reciting that Sir James
Bellingham, knt., kept his Court Leet at Milthropp at Michaelmas,
1598, and the jury then sworn found, as of antiquity had been presented, that the said Sir James is chief lord of the water of Beethay
from Staveley Stone to the Gray Stone above Beetham bridge under
St. John's Chapple, which verdict was at every court for 60 years after
found and presented; and Staveley Stone and the Gray Stone are
two Boundary marks of the said manor; and on the 11 June, 1607,
the said Sir James Bellingham attended by several inhabitants did
ride the boundaries of the said manor; within this manor there is a
Fair kept every first day or May yearly, the tolls whereof were
always paid to him, his heirs and assigns, and the Fair always ridden
by them; there was likewise a weekly market kept, but now not
frequented, likewise every boat that comes up the river pays fourpence for unloading.
This Sir James Bellingham had issue Henry and Allan, and after his
death this manor inter alia descended to Henry, who had issue James,
who died without issue, whereby this manor descended to Allan, son
of Sir James, who had issue James, who had issue Allan, who sold the
same inter alia to the Hon. James Grahme, esq., who in 1689 entered
and kept his Courts and received the Tolls etc.; and on the 5th
August, 1698, he kept a Court Baron and, being attended by all his
tenants and the jury, then sworn, and several neighbours, did ride
the boundaries of the said Manor; and the jury, being most of them
very ancient men, declared that they had heard their fathers say the
aforesaid Sir James Bellingham did ride his boundaries to the several
marks and limits mentioned in the Boundary then produced to them.
One Edward Wilson of Dallam Tower, esq., being seised of the
demesne at Hearsham, and of some few customary tenants, pretends to keep a Court Leet and taking all opportunities to incroach
upon the liberties of this manor. And that in time to come it might
appear that he is lord of the water of Bethay aforesaid he compelled
two men that had been fishing in the said river to enter into bonds to
him in some penal sum, with condition to forfeit their said bonds, if at
any time they ever after should fish there without his leave; and
likewise he caused his jury at his Courts whenever any of Mr. Bellingham's tenants had leave to inclose any small part of the waste
grounds to set a rent upon such inclosure to be paid to him; viz.: a
third part, i.e. if two pence to Mr. Bellingham, then a penny to himself; and now pretends to be joint lord of the said manor, though
[neither] he nor any of his ancestors ever pretended to ride any
Boundary; now that the mills upon the water called Beethay and the
mill dams that quite cross the water, belong to Mr. Grahme and were
part of the purchase from Bradley; MS. at Levens.
Manerium de Milthrop in Comitatu Westmrland. A Proclamac'on
for Milthropp Faire primo May Anuatim:
The Honble James Grahme Esquire, Lord of this Manour doth in
her Majties name strictly charge and Comand all manner of persons of
what degree soever which are here present or shall be here assembled
dureing the time of this present Faire or Markett that they and every
of them doe keep her Majties peace. And that none of them doe
make Affrays, Tussles or Hubleshews, Pick any Quarrells or use any
disturbance of the Peace upon paine and Forfyture of Forty shillings
for every party soe offending within this Towne or the Liberties and
precincts thereof and for every partaker Twenty shillings and their
bodies to prision there to remaine dureing the sd James Grahme's
pleasure. And also it is hereby Comanded that noe manner of person
or persons doe bear or carry at any time within this Fair or Markett
here kept this day Any unlawfull Weapons as Halberts, Pitchforks,
Bills or any other Invasive or defensive weapons, Saveing such
persons or Officers as by the said James Grahme are assigned,
appointed and authorised for the preservacon of her Majties peace
and for good Order to be kept dureing this said Faire time upon paine
of forfeiture of such weapons and their bodies to Prison as aforesaid.
And further it is Comanded by the said James Grahme that noe
manner of person or persons whatsoever shall dureing this Fair time
sell or exchange or offer to be sold or exchanged any Goods or Chattells, Wares or Marchendises but such as are good lawfull and Marchandizable without fraud or Collusion and that in open Fair or
Markett and not in any private house Backside or secrett place upon
paine to forfeit such Goods or Wares Chattells or Marchendizes so
sold or exchanged or offer to be sold or exchanged. And also that noe
manner of person or persons within this Fair or Markett doe buy or
Sell any goods Wares or Marchendizes by any false Yards, Ellwands
weights or Measures but such as are lawfull usuall and allowable by
the Ordinances Lawes and Statutes of this Realme. And that noe
manner of person or persons doe conceale convey or defraud the
Officer or Officers authorised and appointed to Call for and collect any
of the Customes and Tolls usually due within this Fair or Markett
upon paine for every peny soe wrongfully purloined or detained to
forfeite Twenty shillings. And lastly if there be any person or
persons that find themselves greived injured or wronged for any
matter or offence to him or them done or comitted dureing this Fair
time Let them repair to the Officers of the said James Grahme
appointed for that purpose there to open and declare their wrongs
And they shall have the same duely heard examined and determined
According to Justice And the Ancient Custome here used. God save
the Queen and the Honble James Grahme Esquire Lord of this
Manour; MS. at Levens.
The feoffees of Heversham Grammar School purchased for a
master's residence the Ship Inn and two acres of land called Fluster
Gaps and two wands [or roods] of moss on Hastead Mosses.
Farrer, Heversham Grammar School Records.