SOUTHWELL. SUELL. and SUDWELL.
This place, with the hamlets and members of it, which make up that which is now
called the Soke, before the conquest was a distinct hundred, lying between the two
hundreds of Torgarton and Lyde, with which it is now joined, and was sometimes
called Southwell hundred (as out of doomsday book in Farnesfeld, is manifest) and sometimes (as I suppose) Cherlington Hundred, corrupted at length into Chadlington Hundred,
for so it is called in the patent, 5 E. 6. (fn. 1) which gave licence to John earl of Warwick
to alienate it, and this most ancient and noble manor to John Beaumont, then master
of the rolls, and his heirs.
The church is said by sir Edward Cooke to be founded or built by Paulinus the first
arch-bishop of York, who baptized king Edwin on Easter day, in the year of our Lord
627, (fn. 2) which may likely enough be true; but certain it is, that in the year 958, (fn. 3)
king Eadwy granted to his beloved bishop Oscytel (who was also arch-bishop of York)
part of his land, at Sudwellan twenty farms for an heritage, with all their appurtenances;
yet king Edgar, bro her and successour of Eadwy, in the certificate into the court of
augmentation, is said to be the ancient founder (fn. 4) However the Conquerours great
survey reciting the land of the arch bishop of York in Snottinghamscire in Torgarton Wapentac shows, (fn. 5) that in Sudwelle, with its Berues, then numbered twelve, were twenty two
car. and an half, for the tax or geld. The land twenty four car. There arch-bishop
Thomas had ten car. in demesne, ten sochm. seventy five villains, twenty three bordars, having thirty seven car. There were two mills 40s. and a fishgarth (Pisciana)
or pool, and a passage 6s. Of this same land held six nights, four car. and an half.
Three clarks had one car. and an half (according to my copies, or four car. and an
half, as Mr. Dugdales) (fn. 6) of that were two bovats in prebend. Two English-men
had three carucats, and five bovats. The knights had seven car. in demesne, thirty
five vill. twenty eight (or twenty three) bordars, having twenty one car. and one
mill of 8s. (or as Mr. Dugdale's copy 3s.) The clarks had one car. and an half in
demesne, seven vill. five bord. having three car. The English-men had four (or
three) car. in demesne. twenty vill. six bord. having six car. and and half. To
Sudwelle belonged one hundred and fourscore and eight acres of meadow, pasture
wood eight leuc. long, two quarentens and an half broad (the half is wanting in the
Monasticon Angl. vol. 3 part 2 page 10.) Arable land five leuc. long, three broad.
In the time of king Edward the Confessour it was valued at 40l. and when the book
of doomsday was made at 40l. and 15s.
St. Mary of Sudwelle had a manor in Croppehille, which had a Berue in Hegelinge,
which the canons then had; and another manor in Nortwelle; but how many prebendaries there were at this time, or whether they held their prebends dictinct, or
in common, is not easie positively to determine; yet seeing that in Woodborough it is
recorded that a clark (whom I take for the prebendary of that place) held under the
arch-bishop lands which answered the Dane-geld for one bovat, (fn. 7) 'tis most probable that every one enjoyed his own apart. Now because in the white-book of Southwell (still remaining with the chapter) there is nothing of the foundation of the prebends of Woodborough, Normanton, the three of Norwell, the two of Orton, that of
North Muskam, that of South Muskam, nor of the Sacrista, called Sakerson, and Segiston, and now Sexton: it may reasonably be guessed, these, or the most of them,
were in being then or near that time, viz. the latter end of the reign of king William the first.
Most of the rest, as by that book appeareth, were not long after; for king Henry
the first, son of the said king William, gave to Thurstan arch-bishop of York, the
church of Dunham, that he might make it a prebend in the church of Southwell, (fn. 8)
and likewise confirmed the gift which that arch-bishop made of the churches of his
manors of North-Leverton and Bekingham, to make another prebend in that church.
(fn. 9) King Henry the second confirmed to his clark Roger, the brother of Martin
de Capella, the prebend which Roger arch-bishop of York had made of the land of
Halton, which William the steward of the aforesaid Thurstan held, in the time of the
said king Henry the first, and afterwards gave to the church of Southwell.
(fn. 10) Roger arch-bishop of York certified king Henry the second, that his predecessours did enseoffe more knights than they ought to the king, not for the necessity of
the service which they did owe, but because they were willing to provide for their
kinsmen and servants
(fn. 11) Pavia, the daughter of Nigellus de Ramtun, by the consent of Robert Malo
vell her son, not long after gave the church of Ramton, with the appurtenances, to
make another prebend this church of Southwell.
(fn. 12) And John arch-bishop of York, in the year of our Lord 1289, made another
of the church of Eton. (fn. 13) And in the year 1291, William Rotherfeild prebendary
of Bekingham resigning for that purpose, the said archbishop at his request, and by the
consent of the chapters of York and Southwell, did ordain the church of North Leverton, before a part of the prebend of Bekingham, to be a distinct one of itself, and the
prebendary to have his stall in the quire on the north side next that of the Sacrist,
and his place in the chapter-house duely assigned by the chapter, and to have and pay
his vicar choral, as the other eanons used, and the said William Rotherfeild to enjoy
Bekingham, so divided, during his time, which made the number of the prebend,
sixteen, as they now are, which have been, and are thus valued, (fn. 14) viz.
in the kings books, and the arch-bishop of York is patron of all.
|Norwell Overhall, or prima pars, was||42l. is now||48||1||3|
|Norwell Palacehall, or secunda pars, was||30l. is now||27||19||7|
|Norwell tertia pars was||6l. is now||5||2||0 ob|
|Normanton prebend was||20l. is now||22||6||0 ob|
|Halton or Halloughton was||10l. is now||8||17||6|
|Dunham before the survey taken by H. 8. was||45 marks is now||23||11||3|
|Rampton then also was||24 marks is now||15||17||11|
|Woodborough is wanting in my copy of the old, but is now||9||17||11|
|Eton before the survey of H. 8. was||10l. is now||2||11||3|
|South Muskham then also was||20 marks is now||13||4||7|
|Orton prima pars was||40 marks is now||22||19||7|
|Orton altera pars was then also||40 marks is now||24||10||0|
|Bekingham was||20l. is now||16||15||10|
|North Muskham was||34l. is now||32||5||0|
|Sacrista was in elder time||30s. is now||1||3||4|
|North Leverton was||5l. is now||4||17||11|
(fn. 15) Very great and many priviledges were anciently granted to this church by several kings arch-bishops, and chapters of York, which Pope Alexander the third,
in the twelfth year of his pontificate, viz. 1171, refers to in his Bull, wherein he confirmed to the canons of the church of St. Mary of Southwell, amongst many others,
their ancient liberties and customs, to wit, the same which the church of York had of
old, and were known to have then, and that the churches of the prebends, and also
those belonging to the chapter should be free from episcopal jurisdiction, and that
they might institute fit vicars in them without any contradiction, as the said arch-bishops and chapters of York ever suffered them and their predecessours to do, who
likewise granted to them, as was of long custom observed, and also by the said Pope
approved, that both the clergy and laity of the county of Nottingham should at the
feast of Pentecost come to their church with solemn procession; and that every year
according to the old and rational usage of that church, a synod should there be celebrated, and that thither the Chrisma should be brought by the deans of the county
from the church of York, to be thence distributed through the other churches, &c.
There is yet, and from the beginning of this church, I suppose ever hath been, at
Whitsunday a certain small pension paid from every parish and hamlet in this county
called the Pentecostall offerings, (fn. 16) whereof the prebendary of the Sacrists or Sacriston
prebend hath the tenth part, and the residue is equally divided between the commons
of the canons [resident] and the prebendary of the prebend of Normanton.
The particulars are thus,
In the Deanery of Nottingham,
|Gedling cum Carleton
and Stoke Bardolf||3||4|
|Kirkeby in Ashfeild||0||20|
|Sutton in Ashfeild||2||0|
|Teversall cum Stanley||0||15|
In the Deanery of Bingham.
|Bridgeford ad pontem||0||10|
|Bridgeford super montem||0||18|
|Barton in sabis||0||18|
|Boney cum Bradmere||2||8|
|Cliston cum Clapton||0||18|
|Normanton super Sore||0||10|
|Plumtree cum Clipston||0||15|
|Ratclif super Sore||0||8|
|Ratclif super Trent||2||0|
The Deanery of Newarke.
|Cliston cum membr.||4||0|
|Normanton super Trent||0||20|
|Sutton super Trent||4||0|
|Scarle cum Biesthorp||2||8|
The Deanery of Redford.
|Blith cum Bawtrie & Awsterfeild||4||4|
|Edwinstow cum Budby||2||8|
|East Markham cum Drayton||3||4|
|Little Markham cum Milneton||0||12|
|Sutton cum Lound||0||20|
|Warsop cum Sulkholme||2||4|
The Deanery or Jurisdict of Southwell.
|Gouerton & Gipesmere||0||21|
Summa totalis 15l. 15s. 3d. ob.
(fn. 17) King Henry the first being at Nottingham granted to arch bishop Thomas, all
his possessions and customs over all his lands in Nottinghamsyre, and especially over
those which belong to the church of St. Mary of Suell, as he held them better in the
time of his brother [William Rufus;] and if any claimed upon the men which
remained on those lands, they should do such right as the canons of St. Peter [of
Yorke] and in such place; and if upon this any should do any injury, he should make
the amends to the King himself.
(fn. 18) The priviledges of the church of York in this kings charter of confirmation,
are more particularly mentioned, which are also almost word for word rehearsed in an
instrument of the chapter of York, declaring the freedoms and customs of that church,
granted by King Athelstan, carefully observed by his successours, and confirmed by
Apostolical authority, to be very much infringed by the sheriff of Yorkeshire, in the
year of our Lord 1106, (fn. 19) upon which bishop Gerard made complaint to the king,
who thereupon sent Robert bishop of Lincolne, Raph Basset, Geffrey Ridel, Ranulf
le Meschines, and Peter de Valoniis to Yorke, that they might enquire what were the
said customs of the church of St. Peter, who to that end called to them the most
prudent English-men of that county, whom they caused to swear by the faith they
ought to the king, to tell the truth, viz. Vitreth, the son of Alwin, Gamel, the son
of Swarterol, Gamel, the son of Grim, Norman the priest, William, the son of Ulf,
Frenger the priest, Vitreth, the son of Turkill, Norman the son of Baling, Thurstin,
son of Turmot, Gamel, son of Ormi, Morcar, son of Ligulf, and Ulvet, the son of
Forno, by right of inheritance the Lagaman of the city (which may rather be interpreted lawyer or judge possibly, as recorder is now, than lawful man, or free man)
who then also was Prefect, and thus discoursed before them, Ausketinus de Bolomer
the Præpositus of the Northriding, being his interpreter, that they all remembered
and testified, that all the land belonging to the prebends of the church of St. Peter,
was so quiet and free, that neither the kings officer, nor any other could have law,
nor take a distress there till the canon of that prebend was first required: and if he
refused, the dean should set a day, and do right at the church door. And if any
person whatsoever shall take and detain any man, though guilty and convict of any
crime or wickedness whatever, from within the porch, he shall alwaies be judged to
make amends by six hundreths; if from within the church, by twelve; if from within
the quire, by eighteen, every hundreth containing six pounds [the kings charter saith
eight pounds] and for every the said faults, or any, shall be injoyned penance as for
sacriledge. But if any should be so mad, and instigated by the devil, as to presume
to take one from the stone-chair by the altar, which the English call Frithstol, that
is, the chair of quiet and peace, for so wicked a sacriledge no judgement nor sum of
money can acquit him, but is by the English called Botelesse, i.e. without emendation. These amends, emendations (or americaments) belong not to the arch-bishop
but to the canons, &c.. Thus it goes on reciting many other like priviledges, besides those of Soc, Sac, Toll, Them, Infangthef, Intol, Utol, &c. as in the said
kings charter also may be seen; most (or all) of which the church of Southwell had
and used as occasion required, and had them in other names (as the use of words and
things changed with the times) allowed and confirmed, and others granted by succeeding kings.
(fn. 20) King Stephen, by his precept dated at York, directed to William Peverell of
Nott. and the sheriff and his ministers, commanded that the canons of St. Mary of
Suwell should have the woods of their prebends in their own hands and custody, and
thence take what they should need, as in king Henry's time; and that his foresters be
forbidden to take or sell any thing there. (fn. 21) King Henry the second, king Richard,
king John, king Henry the third, all of them, and indeed those kings who came after
them, made the several arch bishops in their respective times, and this chapter, very
secure of their liberties within the forest of Shirwood.
The justices in Eyr were to hearand determine all pleas touching the chapter, canons,
their tenants and servants at the south door of the church, except pleas of the crown,
which they were to hear and determine at the house of any of the canons out of the
sanctuary, which was presen'ed by the Wapentac of Thurgarton and Lyth, and claimed
by tee chapter, among other priviledges allowed in Eyre, before William Herle and
his fellow justices, the third year of king Edward the third, (fn. 22) at which time, besides
the chapters view of frank-pledge of all their tenants in Southwell, Northwell, South Muskham, North Muskham, Calneton, Orton, Calverton, Wodeborough, Crophill, Blitheworth, Halghton,
Bekingham, Dunham, Halam, Edingley, and Normanton, and their court-leet held twice every
year at Southwell, for their tenants residing in Southwell, Halum, and Newton, and likewise that held in like manner for Edingley.
Robert Woodhouse, prebendary of Norwell claimed and had the like view of all his
tenants in Norwell, Woodhouse, Willoughby, and Midelthorp, kept twice in a year at Norwell,
and ways in the said towns. And Robert de Notingham, prebendary of Orton and
Crophill, the like of his in Orton, Blitheworth, Calverton, Woodborough, and Crophill, and
Hickling, and wayf also. Lambert de Trikingham, prebendary of Halton, the like of
his there. Henry de Edenestow, prebendary of Orton and Crophill, as before. Robert
de Bridelington, prebendary of Woodburgh, the like of his in Woodburgh and Edingley.—
William de Barneby, prebendary of Bekingham, the like of his in Southwell and Edingley,
held twice a year at Southwell, and of those in Bekingham held twice a year there. William de Newark, prebendary of North Muskam, the like of his in North Muskham, Calneton,
South Muskam, North Carleton, Normanton by Southwell, held twice a year at North Muskam,
and wayf as the rest. Thomas de St. Albano, prebendary of Dunham, the like of his
tenants in Dunham, Derleton, Wymton, Ragenhull, held twice a year at Dunham. John de
Sandale, prebendary of Normanton, the like of his in Southwell and Normanton, kept likewife twice a year at Southwell. The courts of the prebendaries were all subject to that
of the chapter, and causes upon error, or other lawful reason, might be removed
thither, and there determined.
The lands and tenements of this church either belonged to the prebendaries resident,
called the commons of the church, or to the several prebends, or to the fabrick called
our ladies works, or to the vicars chorall, or to the chantry priests.
(fn. 23) The residentiaries commons, it seems, were but short, and therefore for their
augmentation Walter arch-bishop of York, about the fifth year of king Henry the third,
conferr'd the church of Rolleston upon them, which he obtained of the prior and covent
of Thurgarton, who had it of Henry, the son of Thomas de Rolleston, knight, and of
Jollanus de Novavilla, which said Henry confirmed it also to the chapter; and Bene
dict, the son of Thomas de Rolleston, knight, for the sum of twenty marks sterling,
did likewise confirm what his predecessour sir Henry had done. But the provision of
the residentiaries was very slender still, and therefore John arch-bishop of York in the
year 1291, did by the good will and submission of Mr. John Clarell, sir William de
Rotherfeud, and sir Richard de Bamseud, canons of Southwell, decree and ordain,
that the portions of corn and hay in the parish of Upton by Southwell, which theretofore
belonged to their prebends, should for the future be for the commons, or common uses
of the chapter and canons resident, the chapters of York and Southwell consenting, and
king Edward the first confirming the same.
(fn. 24) The fabrick had divers parcels of land in Southwell and Normanton, and Henry de
Southwell gave a rent of forty shillings a year due to him from Robert Wulrington,
for lands which he held of him in Stretton in the Clay. Sir Walter Mallett of Weloby,
knight, gave seven acres on the west side of his wood Thirneclive, four and twenty foot
to the perch. Robert, the son of Beatrix de Bella aqua, gave three bovats of land in
Normanton. Thomas de Radclive, rector of Flintham, gave one oxgang in Flintham;
and several less parcels were given in other places by many other pious persons, too
many in number, and too small in quantity, to be here recited.
The vicars chorall had likewise lands of good value in Southwell, Edingley, Farnes.
feild, Muskam, and other places near by, many ofwhich were conveyed to the chapter
the 16 R. 2. (fn. 25) by Richard de Chesterfeild, and William Gunthorp, cler. besides
Rawmersh in Yorkshire, and the priory Alien of West Ravendale in Lincolneshire, which
was given to this church by king Henry the sixth, in the seventeenth year of his reign,
for the sum of three hundred marks, which he received of John arch-bishop of York,
and to relieve the poverty of this church, which was at that time so great, that of about
sixty persons, canons, vicars, chaplains, chantry. priests, deacons, sub-deacons,
choristers, and other ministers which belonged to it, there was scarce subsistence for
forty. This priory the said king did uphold to be of the value of fourteen pounds per
annum above all reprisals, and if it should be recovered from this church, or be defective in that sum, he promised lands of that value some where else; and likewise granted
the said arch-bishop or chapter, or their successours, licence to purchase twenty pounds
a year more, notwithstanding the statute of mortmain. These vicars had likewise in
county the rectory of Knesale, to which that of Boughton was united, and the union
confirmed by the chapter of York in the year 1403, besides the sums of 4l. per annum
from the respective prebendaries, and the colledge for their habitation at the east side
of the church yard, upon part whereof, about the year 1379, at the charge of
Richard de Chesterseild, canon of this church, it was builded; (fn. 26) the remaining part
of the said church yard being large enough for processions, and burials, and other things
there to be done; and the house anciently built for their dwelling being old and ruinous, and scituate far from the church, and the way between dirty and deep, that they
could not so commodiously attend divine service, but dwelt scattered abroad in the town
before the said building of it. John, arch-bishop of Yorke appropriated the rectory of
Barneby near Newark, for the more plentiful sustentation of the choristers. The church
of St. Elen of Wheatley was given by Geoffrey arch-bishop of York to find lights, and
confirmed by Walter Thaney arch deacon of Nott. and also by Pope Innocent.
In this church were many chanties founded, and those priests had also some lands in
common, and an house at the north west side of the church yard for their residence,
which is now in lease to Mr. Robert Butler, and his dwelling-house.
(fn. 27) Three of these were founded by Mr. Robert Lexington, canon of this church,
the two first at the altar of St. Thomas the martyr, for the health of his own soul and
his ancestors, and for the souls of king John, of Brian de Insula, of his father, mother, brothers, sisters, parents, friends, parishioners, all his benefactors, and for all
the faithful departed, and also for all the living for whom he was any way obliged to
pray, or of whom he had ever received any thing either willingly or against their
wills, for the performance whereof he gave the church, and some lands in Barneburgh
near Doncaster, which he had of Henry de Novomercato, and were confirmed to him
by Adam de Novomercato, brother of the said Henry, to the chapter of Southwell
for the augmenting the divine worship in that church, and the sustenance of two
priests, two deacons, and two sub-deacons, to minister in their order, and to follow
the quire, as vicars according to the order of Walter Grey arch-bishop of York,
dated at Orton in the twenty sixth year of his pontificate: and likewise to pay half a
mark yearly towards lights, ornaments, and other necessaries for the said altar; and
to twenty seven pounds of wax to make one light for the great altar, and thirteen
pounds to make two for the said altar of St. Thomas the martyr, to burn on the
day of his passion and translation; the remainder to be for the use of that altar as occasion shold require: which advowson and lands were likewise released to the chapter by Thomas, the son of sir Thomas de Bella aqua. And the succeeding rectors
of Barnburgh did accordingly by the decree of the aforesaid arch-bishop pay quarterly to the said priests forty shillings, to the said deacons twenty, and to the said subdeacons sixteen and eight pence, besides the wax and half mark before mentioned.—
The third chantry was likewise at the altar of St. Thomas the martyr in the new work,
for the soul of the said Robert de Lexington the founder, and for the souls of his
father, mother, brothers, sisters, parents, ancestors, successours, parishioners, benefactors, and of all the faithful, for which he gave to the chapter of Southwell sixty
and four shillings of yearly rent issuing out of eleven oxgangs of land held of him by
several persons in Newton, and one oxgang in Sarendale, together with homages, services, reliefs, wards, &c. and sixteen shillings of like rent in Larton Morehouse.—
The priest who did the service, and might sometimes read, sometimes sing, which
stirr'd up most devotion, was to have all the said rents, and half the reliefs, and other
profits happening out of the aforesaid tenements, and the other half was to be for the
commons of the canons resident.
Another chantry was founded at the altar of St. Peter in the same church by Richard de Sutton, canon there, and also of Lincolne, about the year of our Lord 1260,
at which time the vicars of this church of Southwell, granted to him by their instrument sealed with their common seal, together with that of the chapter, for themselves
and their successours, that so oft as mass for the dead brethren and benefactors of that
church should be there celebrated, there should a special prayer be said for the said
Richard Sutton; and another for the souls of Robert de Sutton his father, and Alice
his mother. And that they would find a wax light to burn for his soul at the mass
of our Lady daily there celebrated for ever. Oliver de Sutton, prebendary, and
afterwards bishop of Lincolne, and Ernald de Calneton were his executors, and purchased of Philip, the son of Baldwin de Paunton, rents and lands in Holme, which
they settled upon Henry de Newark, arch-deacon of Richmund, prebendary of North
Muskham, (fn. 28) and upon his successours prebendaries of North Muskham, to pay six
marks yearly, viz. twenty shillings every quarter to the priest performing the office.
And left the rent should be ill paid by his successours the said Henry de Newark, by
his writing bearing date at Muscam, Novemb. 1288, granted to the chapter of Southwell, power to sequester the prebend in case of failer. John, the brother of Richard
de Sutton, canon of Suthwell, was rector of Lerington, anno 1259. (fn. 29)
Sir William de Wydington, knight, founded a chantry at his chapel of St. Nicholas, in Est Thorp, during his own life, but after that, at the altar of St. Nicolas, in
the church of Suthwell, to which he gave rents thereabouts, to the sum of six pounds
and eight shillings yearly; which were confirmed to the chapter of Southwell, by Symon de Gryngethorp, and Clementia his wife.
Andrew, the bayliff of Southwell, in the time of Walter, arch-bishop of York,
founded a chantry at the altar of St. Stephen there, and gave many parcels of land to
it, in several townships thereabouts.
In the year 1275, or shortly after, Henry le Vavasor, prebendary of Norwell Palishall, founded another chantry in this church of Southwell, at the altar of St. John
Baptist; though in the white book, p. 327, where his deed is registered, it is written
St. John the Evangelist.
After the death of sir Henry de Notingham, about 29 H. 3, anno domini 1245,
Robert Lexington founded a chantry at the altar of St. John the Evangelist, where
the bones of the said sir Henry Nott. do rest, to pray for his soul. And procured
lands in Helpringham, and other places in Lincolneshire, for the monastery of Sixill,
who were therefore obliged to pay ten marks yearly, to the chapter of Southwell, for
that purpose; as did also William Rosell, and his heirs, twenty shillings for a tenement, which he held of the said Robert Lexington, in Warksep, and Raph, the chaplain, son of Goscelinus de Willoughby, the sum of half a mark yearly, for one in
In the year 1395, William de Gunthorp, prebendary of Southwell, prevailed with
the chapter to give four marks of the Sixill rent, towards the maintenance of a chaplain to celebrate the mass of our Lady every day by note, in the chapel of St Mary,
on the north side of the church, and there to pray for the souls of sir Henry de Notingham, Edward, late king of England, Philip his queen, their children, Thomas,
late bishop of Norwich, John de Rolleston, Haman de Barsham, and for his own
when he should dye, and all the faithful departed: for the performance whereof, and
to pay the chaplain of the chantry of St. John Baptist, 13s. 4d. yearly, to pray dayly for the soul of the said sir Henry Nott. (to which he would have the said chaplain
sworn at his entrance) he gave 3 messuages, fourscore acres of land, fifteen acres
and an half of meadow, twenty acres of pasture, a fishing in Trent, and four shillings
rent, with the appurtenances, in North Carleton, and Sutton upon Trent.
There was another chantry at the altar of St. Mary Magdalen, founded by Mr.
Robert de Oxton, which had five pounds per annum from the monastery of Welback.
Another about king Henry the fourths time, by Thomas Haxey, one of the prebendaries, which had lands in Bekingham, Bole, Batheley, Normanton, and in the
burgage of Southwell.
And another by Laurence Booth, arch-bishop of York, at St. Cuthberts, for two
priests, which had twenty marks per annum out of Battersay, paid by the arch-bishop of
York for the time being.
The predial tythes of the whole parish of Southwell, are divided amongst the 3 ancient prebends, viz. Normanton, and the two of Notwell, viz. Overhall and Palacehall in this
The town and fields of Southwell, with the hamlets of Est Thorpe, West Thorpe, and
Normanton, are one part. Halam, Farnesfield, Greaveslane, Edingley, and Osmundthorp, another part. And Gourton, Gibbesmere, Bleseby, Moreton, Fiskerton, and Notowne, the third
part. And to avoid all cavill for inequality, the prebends change from one to another
every three years, so that it is now called the current tythe.
The scite of the town of Southwell is divided into the Burgage, now contracted into
Burridge, which takes that part of the town from the market-place, to the river Greet,
and the prebendage and church.
(fn. 30) After the dissolution of monasteries, the collegiate church of Southwell was reputed and taken for the head mother church of the town and county of Nottingham; wherein is sedes Archiepiscopalis, and was so allowed by king Henry the eighth, by an act of
parliament about 34 H. 3. But about 2 E. 6. amongst the colledges this chapter was
dissolved, and the manor and prebends granted to John, the then earl of Warwick, after duke of Northumberland, and by him sold to John Beaumont, master of the rolls, and
father to Francis Beaumont, who was judge of the common pleas, 5 E. 6. and from
John Beaumont, they were brought again to the crown by conveyance, or otherwise,
and so to the said duke of Northumberland, whose they were at his attainder, and by queen
Mary restored to the arch-bishop and chapter again. But queen Elizabeth in her statutes for this church, bearing date 2 Apr. 27 Eliz. faith it was founded by her father
king Henry the eighth. (fn. 31)
The king, 35 H. 6, (fn. 32) Febr. 21, granted to Will. Bothe, arch-bishop of York, and
his successers, return of writs, within and upon all and singular their demesnes, lands,
tenements, and fees, &c. to which charter Laurence Bothe, (his brother) then keeper
of the privy seal, amongst others was a witness.
The arch-bishop of York, besides a great Leet over many townships, have a sessions
of peace (kept by turns at Southwell, and Scrooby) by justices of the peace, of their own
nomination, though under the kings commission.
They had a very fair palace here at Southwell, which stood on the south side of the
church-yard, within a park of excellent ground, called the little park, or the new park,
which was demolished in the late rebellion; some think it was built by Cardinal Wolsey, and if it were not, I should guess at the arch-bishops Bothes, for they, or one of
them, builded, or caused to be builded a chapel joyning to the south-wall of the church,
at the west end, called Bothes chapel, which by negligence in the late wars, and since,
is now utterly ruined, as is also a very fair marble tomb in it, whereunder 'tis like one
of them lies buried.
King Edward the sixth, the sixth of January, 3 E. 6. (fn. 33) granted to John, earl of
Warwick before-named, the manor of Southwell, and all hereditaments, known by the
name of Chadlington Hundred, and the farm of land and hereditament called Hokerwood, or
Hokerwood Park, containing 120 acres, and all pasture woods, and pastures lying in
Southwell in the tenure of Galfr. Lee, and all those hereditaments called Chequer Silver, Water Silver, Hidage, and other hereditaments, known by the name of Chadlington Hundred, and five acres, and three roods of meadow, in one piece called Dersinge, in
Southwell, and the park of Hexgrave, and the park of Norwood. then in the tenure of sir
John Markham; and the New Park, in the tenure of Galfr. Lee, and two corn mills,
scituate on the river Greet, under one roof, and the water mill at Upton, and a fullingmill in Southwell, and the fishing and passage of the water at Hesilford, in the tenure of
Richard North, &c. but they still remain to the arch-bishop and church.
Hexgrave Park, 'tis likely was made by Walter, arch-bishop of York, in thr time of H.
3, because then it was called the wood of Hekesgrave, concerning which Thomas de Bella aqua, and likewise Robert de Bella aqua quit-claimed all their right to the said archbishop in the said wood, (fn. 34) and released all the ditch, with the wood upon it, between
the said wood, and the field of Kertlington. (fn. 35) The like did Hugh Picot, for ten marks,
and a nag of three marks price, received by him of the same arch-bishop. Sir Hugh
Cartwright had this park in lease, I suppose, wherein his son Hugh dwelt till he died,
but since, I think it is demised to — Sterne, younger son of the most reverend Richard, the present lord arch-bishop of Yorke, and to Frances his wife, one of the
daughters of William Cartwright, of Normanton, deceased, and of Christian his wife,
daughter of the said sir Hugh, or to some body for their use.
Norwood Park was purchased in the late unhappy times, by Mr. Edward Clud, who
built a pretty brick house in it, and since his Majesties return, it become tenant to the
arch-bishop of York, as I guess.
This town of Suelle or Southwell, gave name to a very considerable family, a branch
whereof continued their residence here, till the time of King H. 6. as by comparing
several places of this book, where there is occasional mention of some of them, may
be gathered; besides whom I find about the latter end of the reign of H. 3. (fn. 36) sir Simon de Suelle, knight, the prime witness to a deed of feoffment, whereby John, son
of Benedict de Hokerton, conveyed some small parcels of land, to John, the rector of
the church of Hokerton, and his heirs.
(fn. 37) John de Slamundeshey, son of Mr. Simon de Slamundshey, for a certain sum
of money beforehand, by his deed bearing date at Salmundeshey, the Thursday next after the feast of the Conception of the blessed Virgin Mary, 9 E. 1. granted and confirmed to his beloved and special John de Suthewelle, clerk, and his heirs, a mess.
with the appurtenances, in the borough of the town of Suthwell. which had been Simon
le Charpenters of Suthwell. To this were witnesses sir Hugh (son of Oto or) Fitz Otes,
the kings Senescal, sir Peter de Huntingfeld, the kings Marescall, sir Galfr. de Neuband, chancellour of the kings exchequer, Adam de Clare, Roger de Stokes, Richard
de Hereford, clarks of the kings chancery, John de la Cressover, Robert de Slamundeshey, chaplain, Simon le Charpenter, William de Eton, Hugh Tankard, and Wil
liam le Rus, and others. Nicolas de Skipton, granted two selions of land in the fields
of Suthewell, (fn. 38) to John de Suthwell, clark, and to Alice the daughter of Richard de
Mareschall, of Northwell, to hold to the said John, his heirs, and assigns, and if he
happened not to have an heir, to the said Alice for her life, and after her decease, to
Matildis mother of the said John, for hers, and after her death to Gilbert, brother
of the said John, and to his heirs, and assigns, for ever. (fn. 39) Peter, son of Mr. Gilbert de Eton, returning from the parts beyond the seas into England, at Canterbury,
the Friday next before the feast of St. Margaret, the virgin, 21 E. 1. released to John
de Suwell, the kings clark, [Domini Regis Clerico] (which is supposed then to signify Secretary) and to his heirs and assigns, all his right in one toft, with the appurtenances in the borough of Suwell, lying in Pottergate, between the toft of the said
John, and the toft of Mr. Benedict de Halum: The witnesses were William de St.
Oswald, William de Billingesley, Adam de Brom, clarks of the kings chancery,
John Quarel, Richard de Clayton, and Paulin Attebarre, and many others. (fn. 40) —
The same Peter made another release, bearing date at Suthewell, the Sunday next after the feast of St Vincent the martyr, 4 E. 2. to the same John de Suthewell, the
kings clark, of the same toft, and of all other tenements, tofts and crofts in the said
borough or town of Suthewell, wherein the said John was enfeoff'd by Henry de Normanton, chaplain, or any others. (fn. 41) Joane, the daughter of John de Suthwell, the
kings clark, being then two and twenty years old, by her deed dated at Suthwell, the
Saturday next after the feast of St. Michael the archangel, 34 E. 1. released to the
said Joh. her father, and to Alice his wife, her mother, and their heirs, a toft and
crost, &c. in Southwell.
Now there was another John Suthwell, knight, (but whether son, or how otherwife related to the former, I have not found,) to whom the king 7 Jun. 13 E. 1. (fn. 42)
committed the Senescalcy (or stewardship) of Gascoigne. And 2 Jun. 17 E. 1. (fn. 43)
for his acceptable and commendable services, and especially for putting himself, at
the kings instance, hostage for the freeing his most dear cousin Charles, the illustrious kings of Sicily, then lately in Arragon, the said sir John de Suthwell had the castle of Burdeaux, and whatever there belonged to the king by reason of the incroachment or increment (incurramenti) coming to him by the commission of Arnaid Beonard de Lados, knight, deceased, and whatever the king had otherwise acquired
there, granted to him for his life. And the same year, viz. 17 E. 1. Jun 27, (fn. 44)
had a mandate from the king to depute a fit person for the custody of his forest nigh
Burdeaux, with daily wages to be paid him as long as the king, and he the said constable should please.
John de Suthwell, 22 E. 1. (fn. 45) had letters from the king, dated July 16, at Portsmuth, to attend him with horse and arms at that place the first of September following, to pass over with him for the relief of Gascoign; and so had Roger de Huntingfeud, Roger Fitz Osbert, Raymund de Clyvedon, William Trussell, Roger de Lascells, Peter Roscelyn, Michael de Poning, and others.
Margery du Mareys, 19 E. 2. (fn. 46) impleaded Walter Atte Brugge of Lambeth, and
Rose his wife, because they, together with Thomas de Waltham of Wandlesworth,
Rose de Suthwell, and Robert de Suthwell, took and carried away Rose and Margaret, daughters and heirs of John de Suthwell, then under age, and found at Wandlesworth, whose marriage belonged to the said Margery.
John de Suthwell, 20 E. 2. (fn. 47) then being in Gascoigne had power to confederate
or to make league with any who desired the kings friendship.
This name of Southwell chiefly flourished in the southern counties, viz. Norf.
Suff. Suss. Surrey, Essex, &c. (fn. 48) whereof John Southwell served in parliament for
Lewis in Sussex, 28 and 29 H. 6. whose grandson Richard Southwell married Amy,
daughter and co-heir of sir Edmund Wichingham, by whom he had the manor of
Wood-Rising in Norfolk, where his posterity had a noble house and seat. This Richard was father of sir Robert Southwell, who married Ursula, daughter and co-heir
of John Bohun of Midhurst in Sussex, but had no issue: so that his brother Francis
Southwell, second son of the said Richard, was his heir; which Francis was father of
sir Robert the master of the rolls in the time of H. 8. and also of sir Richard Southwell, privy counsellor, and one of the executors of that king. Sir Richard had a son
of his own name seated at Horsham St. Faiths in Norfolk, who also had a son of the
same name and place, who was father of sir Thomas Southwell of Polylong in the
county of Cork, knight, one of the privy council of Munster, sent over into Ireland by
king James, and accompanied thither by his brother Anthony Southwell, who was
father of Robert Southwell of Kinsale in the said county of Cork, vice admiral of
Munster, who is father of sir Robert Southwell, now one of the clarks of his majesties
privy council, not unfit to be stiled Domini Regis Clericus like his predecessour
John de Southwell. There is also in the county of Lymerick, sir Thomas Southwell,
baronet, descended from those of Barum-Hall in Suffolk.
(fn. 49) There is in Southwell a chief inn now, and long since called the Saracens-Head,
which being an escaet, Thomas [Arundell] arch-bishop of York, gave to John Fysher of the borough of Suthwell, and to Margaret his wife, and their heirs, by the
name of a mess. lying between the mansion of the prebend of Orton and Crophille,
and the mess. sometime Henry Atte Barres in Southwell, by his deed bearing date 20
Oct. 19 R. 2. whereunto his seal of arms is still appendant, viz. within a Bordure engrailed, quarterly, in the first and fourth a Lion Rampant, the second and third
Cheque. The Crest a Gryphins (or such like) Head between two wings erected out
of a Coronet. The supporters two Lions Sejeaunt.
(fn. 50) This John is frequently stiled master John de Southwell alias Fysher, and so
was John his son, who, it seems, died without issue: for Thomas Suthwell, clark,
conveyed all the lands and tenements in Suthwell, Upton, and Halom, (fn. 51) which descended to him by right of inheritance after the death of John Fisher of Suthwell his father,
and of Margaret his wife his mother, to certain feoffees, reserving to himself and
his heirs nine shillings sterling yearly to pe paid at Lammas, with a clause of distress,
which said rent of 9s. he afterwards passed to John Gunthorp, Tho. Urkyll, and
Rob. Billesfeild, chaplains, and their heirs, (fn. 52) to whom 28 H. 6. Henry Gobet of
Suthwell, and Isabell his wife, then holding the possession of the said lands and tenements, confirmed it on condition that they should cause an Obit to be celebrated
amongst the vicars of the quire of the collegiate church of the blessed Mary at Suthwell, for the souls of the said Thomas Suthwell, and of his father and mother, and
for the souls by name of the said Henry and Isabell, of John Wymeswold, and Margaret his wife, and of John Chamberlen, and of Lucia his wife, for ever in the form
contained in the writing of the said Thomas. Margaret and Lucia were daughters
and heirs of the said Henry Gobet, and Isabell his wife; (fn. 53) from which Margaret
the said Inne, and divers houses and lands hereabouts, came by inheritance to William Wymondesold, esquire, the present owner, according to this descent. He
hath lately built in East Thorpe a part or hamlet of Southwell, the seat of his ancestors.
(fn. 55) The owners of Southwell and East Thorp in 1612, are said to be Gervas Lee, esq;
Matthew Palmer, gent. Ed. Wymondswold, esquire, John Alvie, John Banes, Henry Ballard, gent. Wm. Ballard, gent. George Lacock, gent. Ed. Manysty, gent. Robert Porter, Francis Wyld, Francis Dodson, Richard Blackbourne, Richard Turner
besides the church and prebendaries.
Sir Matthew Palmers son and heir William Palmer, esquire, married — the sister
of sir John Digby, and had a son Matthew, who died a batchelor; but his other son
John Palmer married — the daughter of the lady Hauvile, and by her had two daughters; since her death he married again, and lives in London, having parted with all or
most of his interest here,
Ed. Lacock, clark, younger son of the before-named George, married Sarah the
daughter and heir of William Roos of Egmanton, by whom he had two daughters and
heirs, Elizabeth, wife of John Dickinson of Claypole in Linc. and Deborah, wife of my
cousin John Ouseley, rector of Panfeild in Essex, who in his said wives right is still owner here.
"Southwell town is meatily well builded, but there is no market publick. The
Minister of our Lady is large but of no pleasant building, but rather strong. There
lyeth in the quier of an arch, an arch-bishop of York. The bishop of York hath here
a pretty palace, and the ministers of the church be well lodged, especially the prebendarys. The Archbishop has three parks, the little park alias New parks, Norwood
Parkes; but Hexgre is the chiefest of them." (fn. 56)
"The termination of the ancient name of this place in Bede, Tiovul Finacester, seems
to imply a Roman settlement somewhere in the neighbourhood of Southwell which is
an ancient place, but on the wrong side of the river. Possibly there may have been a
station on the south side of Trent, or on the lingula formed by this river, or a smaller
one, which in Camden is called Snite, and perhaps has been a bridge over the Trent,
which has occasioned the name Ad-Pontem. Mr. Horsley from a view of the ground,
did not think the situation or appearance unpromising, and accordingly he fixes AdPontem in this neighbourhood." (fn. 57)
Mr. Rastall, who has contended, also, to prove that Southwell was the Ad-Pontem of
the Romans, in his history of this place, has lately informed me that the foundation of
the Roman Bridge (which has so long been the desideratum of Antiquaries for the purpose of fixing the station, Ad-Pontem) has been lately discovered, in the Trent, near
to Winthorp, a little way from Newark, from which this ingenious gentleman supposes he has traced the direction of the Roman Road to Southwell, and almost, (to use
his own words) irrefragably confirmed his former supposition, that here was the famous station Ad-Pontem. (fn. 58)
Of the origin and possessions of the church Thoroton has been pretty copious. He
has, also, described the town in its divisions, noticed its markets, &c. &c. Hence we
will proceed with our own and Mr. Rastall's observations, sufficient for our purpose.
It appears that the archiepiscopal estates, here during the usurpation were sold for
50881. 15s. 0d. ½ Before by a survey taken in 1646 by George Hawley surveyor, that
the then rents and profits were 262l. 7s. 1d. per ann. Improvements above 369l.
19s. 10d. per ann. Materials, woods, &c. val in gross 2492l. 11s. od.
Charles the first, during the troubles, was several times at Southwell, once with his
queen. It experienced, like many other places at this time, the ravages of war.—
The garrison of Newark, at one time, in a sally, cut to pieces here almost a whole regiment of soldiers, on the side of parliament. When the unfortunate Charles, was
approaching towards the last awful period of his life, when dissensions had arisen among
his commanders, when his strong holds had nearly all been wrested from him, and
when he knew not whither to flee for protection, he, with a few faithful followers, honoured Southwell with his presence. The day after his arrival he walked about the
town, not known, and entered the shop of a shoe-maker, whose name was Lee, who
it seems, was a fanatic of the day. His Majesty after some conversation with this man,
bid him take measure for a pair of shoes, Lee, in taking the king's foot in his hand, and
looking at him attentively, refused to proceed. The king astonished at the man's behaviour, desired him to do what he had requested; but the shoe-maker actually refused,
giving a reason that the king was the customer he had been warned of in a dream, the
night before, in which he (the King) was doomed to destruction, and those who worked for him would never thrive. "The forlorn Monarch whose misfortunes had opened his mind to the impressions of superstition, uttered an ejaculation expressive of
his resignation to the will of Providence, and returned to the palace, which was the
place of his abode". (fn. 59)
May the 6th. 1646, the unhappy Charles came privately to Southwell & surrendered himself to the Scotch commissioners. The subsequent baseness of the Scotch is too
generally known to need a relation here. The Inn, where the king dined, that day,
is still standing. A little before the king's death, this inn, and the very apartment,
were used by Cromwell when he was sent to oppose the northern army. The Palace
had been rendered unfit for his reception by the soldiers who attended the commissioners, for they, it appears, had stripped the roof of its lead, and sold it before they
left the town. His soldiers, during their stay, were dispersed about, some in the
town and some in the villages. The church, this tyrant converted into a stable for
his horses, and his soldiers were suffered to break down the monuments therein, and
ransack the graves of the dead for lead and other valuables. Some of the iron rings
still remain, in different parts of the church, which were then driven into the wall
to fasten his horses to. The Bishop's palace, at the same time, was completely gutted of every thing that remained in it, that was valuable, or useful for their purposes.
Of this palace, which is now a ruin, in consequence of these plunderers, under the
command of Cromwell, I have to observe, that its scite is near the church, the great
hall is still standing entire, and is occupied now by the Revd. Mr. Barrow, a gentleman whom I found, obligingly, ready to answer my enquiries. The annexed
view of the ruin, taken on my second visit to this place, will give a saint idea of what
it has been. Several coats of arms remain, one of which is projected from a wall, an
angel bearing the arms of Cardinal Kempe, arch-bishop of York, in the reign of
Henry the sixth, who was rather a great contributor than the reputed founder of this
building. He bare three corn sheaves, in allusion to his being the son of a husbandman, in Sussex. Thus his munificence to this place is recorded in a monkish distich:
In Suthwell manerium fecit pretiosum
Multis artificibus valde sumptuosum.
Other great contributors to this palace were several of the arch-bishops of York.
"The Church of Southwell, says Rastall, has perhaps suffered a greater fluctuation of fortune, than any religious foundation in the kingdom. From its first institution, in the year 627, to the reign of Henry the VIII. we find it encouraged
and endowed by the liberality of Kings and Princes; and most bountifully protected,
by the fostering hands of Popes and Prelates." After it was partly robbed of its possessions by the irreligious defender of the church, Henry VIII. it arose to power and
consequence by the same monarch, and it was made by parliament the head and mother church of the town and county of Nottingham. A little succinct history of this
place may be collected from the note below, which contains an inscription on a pillar
in the anti-chamber, called Lee's pillar from a man of that name being the author. (fn. 60)
It appears that Cromwell's soldiers had not robbed all the dead of their treasure,
which was buried in this church; for Peck has given us the following, in his Desiderata Curiosa, communicated to him by the Revd. Mr. Cart, vicar of St. Martin's,
Leicester, who received the information from a gentleman on the spot at the time of
"On the 17th. of March, 1717, as the sexton was digging Mr. William Andrews'
grave, in the south aile of Southwell Minster, he, with his spade, broke off the end
of a stone coffin; and, seeing it hollow, put in a measure, and found it larger by a
foot than the usual length of a grave; and opening it, found the body of a man, lying in his boots. The leather was fresh, and to all appearance found; till on trial
it tore like London brown paper. The stitches were plainly to be seen. The shape
of the boot-toe was made to the foot. He was dressed in cloth of tissue; which plainly shewed the silver, by waving it in the sun, or against a candle. A wand lay by
him. On his breast lay something like the cover of a silver cup, sex or oct-angular.
It had something like an acorn with leaves round it, on the top of it, but the hollow side was uppermost. By letting the moulds fall on his face, they could make no
farther discovery of his head, only that the skull was small and very thin, even transparent. His teeth were all very found, and taken away by the spectators."
"This person, I conceive, was one of the family of Cauz." (fn. 61)
The old tombs here are not very numerous, of which Thoroton has taken but little notice, indeed he has not given any engravings, attached to Southwell, but two
views of the church; therefore it will be necessary for me to add something, in this
way, towards his collections, and in illustration of my own.
In the anti-choir is a tomb, probably for a founder of this part of the church, it
rests under an arch in the north wall. It is fashioned somewhat like a modern coffin. (fn. 62)
One on the floor has part of an inscription legible, viz. Willelmus Both, ob.
1464. Another of this name and family, Laurence Both, has an altar tomb, he died in 1480, both prelates.
On the north side near the altar stands a monument for arch-bishop Sandys, on
which is a figure of the bishop; and on the side figures of his children. At one end
are the family arms, and at the other a very long latin inscription. Enough of it for
our purpose is as follows:
Edwinus Sandys sacre theologie Doctor, postquam Wigorniensem episcopat. xi annos, totidemque tribus demptis Londinensem gessisset; Eboracensis sui Archiepiscopatus anno xv, vitæ autem lxix, obiit Julii x, Anno Dom. 1588. See fig 4 preceding plate
On a floor stone in the choir, was the figure of Thomas de Carbridge in brass,
another arch-bishop of York who died in 1303.
A grand altar tomb, for another bishop, on which was a whole length figure, but
now without its head, stands on the north side the choir. No inscription. (fn. 63)
Another altar tomb, plain, had originally two brass figures, apparently for a male
and female; but for whom no body can tell. This however we know, that Cromwell's soldiers let few of these things, in brass, escape them, wherever they went. They
were easy plunder, and as easily converted into cash. This thieving, no doubt, their
hypocrite of a master, would tell them was for the service of God.
A small stone remembers William Talbot with this modest inscription:
Hic jacet Willelmus Talbot
Miser & indignus Sacerdos
Mortuorum sub signo THAU.
Some of the floor stones, in different parts of the church, I found, had curious crosses thereon, the inscriptions gone or obliterated. That fig. 2 in the preceding plate,
was taken from the anti-choir, where there are others not much dissimilar. (fn. 64)
Here is an organ built by Master Smith.
Formerly there were five chapels within the parish.
The chauntry priests here had a college at the corner of the church yard. The building is still standing. There are no remains of an hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene mentioned by Tanner. Part of the old gate-ways are still remaining which lead
into the church yard, one is nearly entire.
Mr. Rastall has noticed the ages of five persons who died, within a few years of his
publishing his history of this place; A. D. 1787. viz. Mrs. Twells 90. Richard
Whittington 92. John Cade 93. — Higgins 99, and Eliz. Turvey 100.
K. B. 7l. 13s. 4. Clear yearly value in Bacon, 9l. 3s. 4d. Southwell V. dedicated to St: Mary. Syn and Prox null. Val. per ann. in mans cum gardin 10s. in dimid.
acr. prat. 1s. 4d. de preb. Normanton in augment. 1l. in decem. privat. &c. Chapter of Southwell propr. and patr.
The vicarage, or college, what remained of it, was taken down in 1780, which had
some curious carving on the beam ends, rich devices and emblematic figures.
Here were some wells of note, from one of which, it is said, the town takes its modern name. This is situate without the town south-east about ½ a mile. It is now called Lord's well Another was called Holy well, situate on the right of the cloyster. Another, Lady's well, situate within the consecrated ground of the church. In the year
1764, a Mr. Fowler, a clergyman, fell into this on a dark night, and was drowned.
It is now filled up. St. Catherine's well is at the extremity of Westhorp, and has been
celebrated for its cures, particularly in the rheumatism.
About the year 1779 or 1780, a gold ring, very broad, was found in the church yard
in digging a grave. Within, this inscription, † MIEV † MOVRI † QUE †
CHANGE † MA † FOY. †
Some few Roman coins have been found in this place, and some silver ones of modern times.
In the year 1711, Nov. 11th. a violent storm attended with lightning passed over
the town; the lightening set fire to the south spire of the church, which communicated to the west end of the building, and to the roof of the middle tower, which in the
end melted the bells and destroyed the organ. The damage was 4000l.
In 1740, in clearing one of the vaults of the palace was found the entire skeleton of
a man, standing upright, with boots and spurs on, and some part of his arms, as a soldier lying at his feet. Near to this was a skull with the head of an axe in the cleft.
with which, it may be supposed, the person was killed. The people of Southwell had
heretofore given credit to a traditional report that a deserter, or a spy, had been taken
up, in Southwell, when Charles the First was there, and some of the soldiers had thurst
him into a vault or well, where he lost his life. This discovery has therefore given
credit to the relation.
May 1772 a gentleman of this place, gave an entertainment to 24 persons of the
town and neighbourhood, whose ages, together, amounted to 1981 years. The
ynote iduet at dinner was in his 80th. year. (fn. 65)
A gentleman of Southwell gives the following account of a ginger red cock, late in
his possession. When two years old, he sought in three regular mains, at Burton, in
co. Stafford. The same year at Newhall and Brettby in co. Derby. At three years
old he fought at Litchfield races and Nottingham, and on his return thence fought at
Derby races. When four years old he won three successive battles in one day. (fn. 66)
Some time since at Westhorp, a small village near Southwell, died Mrs. Dorothy
Clark, aged 112 years. She enjoyed good health till within a few days of her death.
At the age of 102 she reaped wheat, a whole day, against a man, and performed her
work with great ease to herself.
Mentioned by Thoroton, in his account of Southwell, belongs to the archbishop of York, i. e. it is held under him by lease, which lease was lately purchased
by Mr. Ingar, Mr. Veasey and Mr. Reynold. It has been sold for almost double
the value within these thirty years.
Here, on this farm, which it now is, stands a good house, with extensive and
pleasant views. On its scite formerly stood a seat of the arch-bishop.
Mentioned in the above account, lies on the road to Southwell from Nottingham,
and is situate within two miles of the former. Here is the seat of sir Richard Sutton,
bart. The building is modern, of brick and stone, small; but rather pleasantly situated, on a rising ground; at the foot of which is a small pond of water. The approach
to this dwelling, from the road, is prettily diversified with firs, larches, &c. approaching towards maturity. Here and there, in the grounds about this seat, are some
venerable oak trees, with decaying branches, long since past the meridian of life,
that seem unwillingly expiring.
Norwood park was purchased after the civil wars by a Mr. Chud, a Nottinghamshire gentleman on the side of parliament.