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. 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
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
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.
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.