These are two hamlets, but were both the see of Roger de Busli, before he came
with king William. In Marneham were two mannors the free-hold of Aluric and
Dane, who paid the geld or tax of that time, for six bov. ½. and ¼. (fn. 1) The land
was two car. There Fulc the man of Roger, before named had one car. and there
were one sochm. having twelve acres of land, and ten vill. four bord. having four car.
and an half. There was meadow fourty acres. In the Confessours time this was
40s. in the Conquerours 20s. value. In the other Marneham, in the Saxon government Ulsi had for his manor, which paid the Dane geld for two caruc. Land for four
plows, or four car. There in the Norman times Roger de Busli had in demesne four
car. and two sochm. on fourty acres of land, and twenty villains, having seven car. one
mill 4s. one fishing, and 24 acres of meadow, small wood half a leu. long, and so
much broad. In king Edward the Confessours time this was 4l in king Williams 3l.
(fn. 2) Raph, son of William de Wallchvill, sent in his certificate to king Henry the
second, amongst the rest of the barons, which shows that he did hold in the life of
king Henry the first, by the service of one knights fee, and that Robert de Chaurcijs
held at that time that which he did before by the same service, with the daughter of
the said William, excepting two carucats of land, whereof the king made his plea.—
Robert de Chaurces 14 H: 2: (fn. 3) gave account of one mark for one fee of the aid for
Maud the king's daughter.
William de Kawrcs, son of Robert de Kawrcs, for his souls health, and the soul of
Agnes his wife, by the consent of his heirs, gave to God, St. Mary, and St. Cuthbert of Radeford, and the brethren and their servants, and their carriages, free-passage
in his ferry boat of Marnham, without custom or demand; (fn. 4) which Robert son of William de Kawirs, confirmed to the said canons, and which the prior of Wirkesop claimed in Eyre, 3 E. 3. (fn. 5) and had accordingly.
King John, 5 Joh. (fn. 6) and 6 Joh. (fn. 7) Feb. 26, gave (or confirmed) to Robert de
Chaurcis, and his heirs, the manor of Marneham and Wadworth, for the service of one
knights fee, which were the inheritance of the said Robert, and of William, his father.
(fn. 8) William de Chawurcis, 14 H. 3: acknowledged that he then ought to Alice
countess of Augi, or Ewe. fifty five marks of the sine made between them. The king,
23 H: 3: (fn. 9) confirmed the gift and grant, which Alice countess of (Ewe or) Augi, made
to Robert de Lexington of the custody of the whole land, which was William de
Chaurces in Marneham, with the appurtenances; it should seem this William was then
dead, having married one of the sisters and co-heirs of Thomas, son of Robert, baron
of Alserton, by whom he left a son Thomas de Chaurcis in minority, 26 H. 3.
(fn. 10) Robert de Lathum had to wife Joane, (whom other authors call Amicia) the
other co-heir, and gave a great fine for having the custody (or wardship) of Thomas
de Chaurcis, nephew, and one of the heirs of Thomas, son of Robert (de Alserton)
until he should come to be of age, saving to the king all wards, escaets, marriages and
advowsons of churches, and the marriages of other the heirs of the said Thomas, if he
should chance to die before he came of age.
(fn. 11) Thomas de Chaworth, 34 H. 3. had a suit against the bishop of Lincolne, for taking toll of passengers to his passage at Marneham, Thomas de Chaworth 41 H. 3. (fn. 12)
had mercat and fair granted at Marneham Chaworth, and free-warren, which he had also at Alfreton, and Norton, Osberton, and Edwalton, as there is noted, as here ought also
the mistake Monastic Angl. vol. 2. p. 607, which supposeth this Marneham to have been the
land of Robert Fitz-Ranulph, baron of Alfreton, and founder of Beauchief priory in Darbyshire, and from William, his son, who was father of Robert, father of Alice, the wife
of William de Cadurcis (son of William de Cadurcis) to have first by inheritance come
to this noble family, which by what I have here set down, appears to be manifestly
(fn. 13) The first Robert de Chaurces held a knights fee of William de Alteni in Leicestershire; his grand-child, the second Robert, (whom I suppose father of William, who
married the great co-heir, though it seems by Mr. Glover's book, he was his brother)
kept not so true to the crown, but that there is a note of his returning to his fidelity,
and the kings trust, in the first year of king H. 3. (fn. 14)
(fn. 15) Thomas, son of William de Chaworth, was a great benefactor to Beauchief, and
gave several parcels of land in Alfreton, and Norton, and Grenehull, (an hamlet of that
Sok) and Wodesetes, and little Norton, and other places in that county of Derby.
Thomas de Chaworth, son of William de Chaworth, confirmed the gifts of Thomas
de Chaworth, his grandfather, and other his ancestors in Alfreton, Norton; Wymundswold
(Leicestershire) and Marneham, all which were confirmed by the king 9 E. 2. (fn. 16)
(fn. 17) The jury, 20 E. 1. found that Thomas de Chaworth had new erected his old
weres (gurgites) at Marneham, to the damage of the town of Nottingham, one mark, because the boats could not pass as they were wont.
Thomas de Chaworth, settled the manor of Marneham, by a fine 12 E. 2. (fn. 18) on Thomas de Chaworth, his son, and the heirs of his body, which he should beget on Joane
his wife, reserving his own life in it, and excepting a passage over Trent in the same manor, with a remainder to the right heirs of himself; and by another sine likewise 3 E.
3. at Nottingham, this manor and Osberton, wherein he gave his said son the remainder
This younger Thomas died before his father, and had a second wife named Margaret, after his death, 47 E. 3. (fn. 19) married to William de Spainge of Boston, by whom he
this said younger Thomas, had William de Chaworth, who was eighteen years old at
the death of his grand-father, the said elder sir Thomas, which was about 42 E. 3 being a very old man.
This William de Chaworth married Alice, the daughter and heir of sir John de Caltost, lord of East Bridgeford, as in Wiverton is said, where there is also an account of this
excellent family with which this manor, viz. both the hamlets of Kirke Marneham,
and Ferry Marneham, or North, and South, Great, and Little Marneham continued
till Elizabeth, the daughter and heir of sir George Chaworth, was married to sir Anthony Copes, son of William, with which family it still continues.
Sir Thomas Chaworth had a mercat every Thursday, and a yearly fair of two days,
viz. the eve and day of the decollation of St John Baptist, granted 22 Mar. 24 H[?]
6. (fn. 20) at Marneham Chaworth, with licence to impark two hundred acres of land and
wood of his demesne at Wiverton, and free-warren there.
(fn. 21) John de Lessington about 41 H. 3. and after him his brother and heir, Henry de Lessington bishop of Lincolne, 42 H. 3. (fn. 22) died seized of the fourth part of a
knights fee in Marneham, held of Richard de Weston for a pouud of pepper yearly;
Richard de Marcham, and William de Sutton, were found the heirs of the said
(fn. 23) Robert de Markham (son of Richard) 17 E. 1. left a capital mess. seven bovats of land in bondage, &c. in this Marneham, held by the service of the eighth
part of a knights fee, and one pound of pepper, of Richard de Weston, to his three
daughters and heirs, Cecilia wife of John de Bray, then aged thirty years, Bertha
wife of William Lungevillers, and Agnes of William de Sanctacruce, with Tuxford,
and the rest of his share of the lord Lexingtons lands. This parcel I suppose came
to the family of Willughby of Woollaton afterwards. Richard Byngham, and Margaret his wife, (the widow of Hugh Willoughby) 31 H. 6. (fn. 24) suffered a recovery of
eight mess. eight bovats of land, eight acres of meadow, and four of pasture, with
the appurtenances in North Marneham, South Marneham, Skegby, and Sutton upon
Trent, as they did at that time of divers other lands belonging to that family.
(fn. 25) John the constable of Chester, is said to have given this church to the Templers.
The rectory and disposition of the vicarage of Marneham late belonging to the preceptory of Egle in Lincolneshire, parcel of the possessions of the priory of St. Johns
of Hierusalem, was granted 20 June, 36 H. 8. (fn. 26) to Thomas Babington, and John
Hide, and all lands, meadows, &c. to the rectory belonging, then in the tenure of
Andrew Norwell, esquire.
(fn. 27) Queen Elizabeth granted it 5 Aug. 33 Eliz. Anthony Babington of Kinston
being attaint, to Peter Wilcox, and William Wyn, gent. together with the reversions of that manor, and a mess. in Aldesworth, and some other lands of the said
(fn. 28) The owners of Marneham in 1612, are said to be sir William Cope, knight,
Adam Nicholson, John Harrison, and John Hanson.
(fn. 29) The vicarage of Marneham was 10l. when the bayliff of Egle was patron; 'tis
now 8l. 9s. 2d. value in the kings books, and sir Anthony Cope patron.
The land is partly open fields, owned mostly by lord Brownlow. Here is a
good house, occupied by Mr. Scam. Altho' Thoroton calls them two hamlets, they
make but one village of no great extent. Its contiguity to the Trent, however,
makes it rather a pleasant, than an uncomfortable village.
The church is small, and is dedicated to St. Wilfrid. Patron, Lord Brownlow,
in 1782. Incumbent, Rev. William Cooper, V. K. B. 8l. 19s. 0d. Clear yearly value in Bacon, 40l. 0s. 0d. Archiepisc. pro Syn. 6s. Archidiac. pro Prox.
7s. 6d. Val. per ann. in mans. cum ter. gleb. 1l. 10s. 0d. in dec. in lan. agn. vit.
porc. anc. &c. Knights Templars propr. William Brownlow, esq; presented in
1690. Earl of Tryconnel 1721, 1735. Viscountess Dow. Tryconnel 1779.