Selston, Doomsd. Salestone.
Salistune before the Conquest had three Mannors in it of three bovats, which
Vlmer, Gladuin, and Vluric had. (fn. 1) The Land whereof was one car. This afterwards became the Fee of William Peverel, and there four vill. two bord. had two
car. There was a Church, and three acres of meadow. In elder time the value was 8s.
when the Conquerours survey was taken 10s.
(fn. 2) Ranulph de Wandesley is certified to hold Seliston of Robert de Stoteville, who
succeeded Hubert Fitz-Raph, so that it seems the greatest part of this place was with
Wannesley of the Fee of Raph Fitz-Hubert, except the fourth part which William de
Roos mentioned in Greseley) is said to hold in the right of Eustacnia his wife, which was
Peverells Fee, wherein was the Church, which Nicholas de Cantelupe gave to the Priory
of Beauvale at the first (fn. 3) foundation (as in that place is shown) William de Roos, and
Eustachia his wife, having in 17 E. 1, and 18 E. 1, recovered it against Ranulph de
(fn. 4) Hugh Fitz-Raph ancestor of Eustachia (mentioned in Greyseley) for the Love of
God, and for the health of his Soul, and for the Souls of Agnes and Idonea his wives, of
Raph and Hugh his sons, and for the Souls of all his Ancestors and Successours, gave to
God and the Church of the blessed Mary in Stanley Park, and the Canons of the order of
the Premonstratenses there serving God, seven bovats of Land in the territories of Paynesthorp and Seleston, to wit, those which John de Molinton, and Juge his mother held,
and four bovats in the same territories, which Ida the wife of Henry the Clark held, and
ten acres of Land measured by the perch of four and twenty foot in the territory of
Wandesleg, which Hugh de Fraunceys held, with Tofts, Crofts, Homages, Services,
Wards, Reliefs, and Eschaets, and he likewise confirmed to that Monastery, for the same
reasons, fourteen bovats of Lands in Little Halum in Darbyshire, which the said Canons
gave him in exchange for ten bovats in Seliston; he likewise gave them for the Soul of
his wife Agnes, a toft lying near the toft of Grimhel, with one bovat of Land in Seleston
and Wandesley; and another bovat in Seleston called Standelfcroft, and 11s. yearly Rent,
which Nicholas de Wandesley paid him, and 3s. 6d. which Robert de Brunesley ought
him yearly, and Rents of diverse others for tenements, which they held of him in Seleston
and Wandesleg. The fourteen bovats in Halum, it seems, Hugo de Muscamp gave to
Wido de Ver in Franke-marriage with Margaret his daughter, as the said Wido did to
Adam, son of Robert, son of Ernisius, with Gundreda his daughter; but she had another husband called Nicolas de Chauencurt, who for her Soul, and the Soul of Wido de
Ver her father, and of Robert de Muscamp her uncle, and of Robert de Chauencurt his
own father, and of Erneburga his mother, gave them to that Abby, to which Simon,
son of Walter de Ver, also confirmed and granted the same.
(fn. 5) By a Fine, 34 E. 1, between William de Cressy, and Johan his wife, Petents, and
William de Gratton, and Isabel his wife, Tenants, and two mess. two carucats, thirty and
seven bovats of Land, twenty acres of meadow, six cottages, two water-mills, eight
acres of wood, 46s. Rent, with the appurtenances in Selleston, William and Isabel acknowledged the moyety of the said Tenements to be the right of the said Johane, and
rendred them up in the Court to the said William and Joane, and remised and released
from themselves, and the heirs of Isabell to them, and the heirs of Joane; for which the
said William and Joane remised to William and Isabell, and the heirs of Isabell, all their
claim in the capital messuage, and the moyety of all the Premises.
(fn. 6) King Richard the second, seeing his grandfather King Edward the third, had
granted licence for the Prior and Covent of Beauvale, to purchase 10l. per annum, and also
20l. per annum, of Lands, &c. gave leave to Robert, Vicar of Greyseley, to give to that
Priory three mess. twelve tofts, two carucats, three bovats, and fourscore and three acres
of Land, and 4l. 12s. 7d. Rent, with the appurtenances in Selston, Wandesley, Brynnesley,
Neuthorp, Watnow Chaworth, Brokebresting, and Hukenale-Torkard, which were held not
held of the King, in full satisfaction of the said 30l Land and Rents. One mess. and
two carucats of these were Hugh Cresseyes of Selston, and held of the Mannor of Wandesley, for which the said Vicar had also the special licence of William de Gratton, and
Raph de Cressy, then resident at and Lords of Wandesley. These went with Beauvale, as
in that place may be discovered, and some part of the rest with Wandesley, as I suppose.
(fn. 7) A mess. and one bovat called Bothweth in Selston, belonging to the Priory of Felley,
15 July, 35 H. 8, (fn. 8) were granted to Richard Andrewes, and Nicolas Temple, amongst
many other things, who had licence the same year to alienate them to Rog. Greenehalgh
of Teversall, and his heirs.
At Selston sometimes lived Mr. Jay. And since that house hath been purchased by
Mr. Timothy Pusey, who made it his place of residence; he left only three daughter his
heirs, one whereof (Sarah the eldest) was married to Gervas Clifton, eldest son of Sir
Gervas, but she died without issue; another was wife of—Brooks of Norton in
Cheshire; and the other which succeeded in this place, was first married to William Willoughby, Esquire, (descended from the family of Normanton on Sore, where the genealogy
is therefore placed), and afterwards to Sir John Cooke of Melbourne, by whom she had
no issue; but by her former husband she left Sir Will. Willoughby, Bart. and Mary, the
wife of Beaumonte Dixie, Esquire, who is now become the Inheritrix of this place, by
reason that the said Sir William Willoughby her brother left no heirs of his body lawfully begotten. He was very rich, and had the Lordship of Wortley in Yorkshire, by the
settlement which his great grandmother the Countess of Devonshire made of it; but it
returned also to the heirs general of the Wortleyes. He had two natural sons by the wife
and widow of — Revell a Black smith, one called Richard Revell, the other Hugh
Willoughby (who is now dead 1675,) for both which he made good provision in his
Will, which his said sister and her husband have with great expence and loss, vainly hitherto
endeavoured to destroy, it being strongly supported by the diligence and interest of Mr.
Francis Willoughby of Wollaton, to whose son he gave the Lordship of Muscam: he died
at Selston, Feb. 10, 1670, and had a solemn funeral in the beginning of May (as I remember) next ensuing.
(fn. 9) The Vicarage of Seleston was ten marks when the Prior of Beauvale was Patron.—
In the Kings Books it is now 5l. value, and Sir William Willoughby remains the last
In the east Window of the south Ile, are these three Coats:—Or, a Fesse Dancette
Sable, Vavasor. Arg. a Lion Rampant Queve Furche, sable, Cressy. Arg, a Chevron
between three Martlets erected Sable.
In the Chancell east Window:—Gules, on a Bend Arg. There Roses of the first,
and under it Willielmus Jay, Armig. sibi & hæred.—riam, Anno.—.
By the north Wall of the Chancel is a fair Tomb, whereon are the Arms of Willoughby with quarterings, and, Here lyeth William Willoughby, Esquire, sonne and heir of
Sir Rotheram Willoughby of Muscombe in the County of Nott. Knight, and of Dame
Anne his wife, one of the daughters of Sir Richard Wortley, Knight, and Elizabeth his
wife, now Countess of Devon. He married Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Timothy
Pusey, Esquire, who made this Monument in memory of her husband; and by her he
had four children. He was aged twenty-one years and three quarters, and died the xii,
day of Novemb. 1630.
Lordship is owned by Lord Melbourne, Lady Dixey, and others. It is an enclosed
lordship of cold clay land. The village consists of several detached houses, and some
cottages on the common.
The church is dedicated to St. Helen, has a tower with two bells, and consists of two
Patron, the King by lapse in 1749. Incumbent, Anthony Carr, V. K. B. 5l.—
Clear yearly value 6l. 7s.—20l. Val. in mans. cum gardin. ibidem per ann. 3s. 4d.
dec. molend. pul. porc. anc. ov. lin. &c. Pri Bello Valle. Propr.