SOUTH LEVERTON. LEGRETON.
(fn. 1) BESIDES that Legreton accounted as a berew of Lanum, of the arch-bishop of
Yorkes fee, I find no other mentioned in doomsday book. This South Leverton
is a principal hamlet of Oswardbec Soc, in which it was at that time I suppose included, that Soc being accounted a Wapentak then, and contained all this North-Clay
division, and Rampton and Tireswell (now esteemed) in the South-Clay, most of it (if
not all) besides the arch-bishops, was either of Roger de Buslies fee or ancient demesne; Soc to the kings great manor of Maunsfeld, with which that Soc or manor of
Oswaldbek, and this manor of Leyrton were granted, 22 H. 3. (fn. 2) to Henry de Haftings, and Ada his wife, and the heirs of Ada, (as in Maunsfeld may be noted) with
which family it descended.
(fn. 3) Lisiad de Musters held thirteen bovats in Legreton paying 10s. yearly. Lisiard
de Musters (called in 4 R. 1. (fn. 4) de Monasterijs,) gave to the priory of Thurgarton
that bovat of land in Leyton, which was Ulfkells, viz. that which Adam and Ernis
held; Roger de Capella confirmed it, of whom the said Adam and Ernis held it;
and so did Henry de Capella. (fn. 5) This was in the year 1328 divided, and Henry de
Wentelane, and Emme Arnwy, then paid each of them 2s. 2d. for each of them paid
half a bovat (to the said monastery) in Leverton.
(fn. 6) The jury, 24 E. 1. found that Robert de Hayton when he died held lands
here, viz. one mess. three bovats, five acres, &c. of John de Hastings in socage for
18s. 7d. rent, and that Thomas and Robert his sons were his heirs, as in Hayton will
also be noted.
(fn. 7) The jury, 8 E. 3. found that Thomas Latymer Bouchard held when he died
jointly with Lora his wife, 30l. and 12d. rent for term of life, whereof in South Leverton 11l. 9s. 4d. 0b. q. in Cotom 22s. 2d. 0b. in Stretton, Fenton, Littelburgh,
Clareburgh, Wellum, Morehouses, Wheatlye, Wyston, North Woodhouse, &c. certain rents
of the free-holders, and Oswardbek court then held of the king by reason of the minority of Lawrence, son and heir of John de Hastings. In 22 E. 3. (fn. 8) Lawrence de
Hastings late earl of Pembrok was found to have held the said rent of the free-holders,
and a certain wong in South Leverton containing an acre and an half, and half a rood,
and other very small parcels in some of the other towns.
(fn. 9) Laurence Moignc, and Elizabeth his wife, who 10 H. 6. had the manor of
Hayton, and Marshall Hall, had also something in South Levertou.
(fn. 10) John Wimbish, and Joane his wife, 3 H. 8. suffered a recovery of twenty
mess. one dovecote, one thousand acres of land, three hundred of meadow, one hundred of pasture, one hundred of moor, and 46s. rent with the appurtenances in South
Leverton, North Leverton, Cotom, East Retford, West Retford, Wellum, Moregate,
Clareburgh, Norwell and Heydon; which Simon Stalworth, clark, John Byron, esq;
Richard Basset, esquire, Edward Bussy, esquire, Gyles Husey, esquire, and others
claimed against them.
(fn. 11) In 14 H. 8. the same persons with Hamond Sutton, gent. and others claimed
against the said John Wymbishe, and Johan his wife, the moyety of the said twenty mess. one dovecote, one thousand acres, &c. in the said places.
(fn. 12) Humfr. Bentley, gent. 36 H. 8. claimed against Thomas Wymbyshe, esquire,
twenty mess. &c. in the said places.
(fn. 13) William Oglethorp, and John Mason, 11 Eliz. claimed against William Bette, and Isabell his wife, two mess. two tofts, one dovecote, two gardens, eighty acres
of land, thirty of meadow, twenty of pasture, six of wood, forty of marsh, and 2s.
1d. rent with the appurtenances in South Leverton, and Cotham, who called Robert
(fn. 14) Ed. Pickering, gent. and William Caryer, 17 Eliz. claimed against Hugh
Monnock, Robert Caworth, and Alexander Sampson, three mess. three tofts, three
gardens, one hundred acres of land, thirty of meadow, thirty of pasture and four of
wood with the appurtenances in South Leverton, and Cotham by Cotes, who called
John Bussy, esquire.
There was a fair house and demesnes, with divers tenements and farms heretofore
of long time the inheritance of Nevile of South Leverton, sold in our times by the
Neviles now of Mattersey, unto the right honourable the earl of Kingston, with whose
posterity it continueth.
(fn. 15) In 1612, the owners of South Leverton town are said to be William Keyworth,
Thomas Sampson, Edward Barker, Henry Sampson, William Sampson, Alexander
Carrier, Hugh Husband, Robert Porter, Edward Carrier, cott. Thomas Tong, &c.
(fn. 16) The vicarage of South Leverton was eight marks, and the Chapter of Lincoln
had the patronage. 'Tis now 6l. 13s. 4d. value in the kings books, and the Dean of
Lincolne patron, as he is of Maunsfeld, with which 'tis like this church passed to that of
Lincolne, by the gift of king William 2. Rufus, noted in Maunsfeild.
[Throsby] South Leverton
South Leverton, Is open field land; but about to be enclosed when I visited it. The property is divided: Lord Middleton has a capital farm.
The village is larger than North Leverton. Hence you may see Lincoln cathedral at
the distance of twenty miles.
The church is dedicated to All Saints, has an agreeable appearance; but nothing extraordinarly attracting within or without. The roads in this part of the county, in
winter time, are intollerably bad for the journeying of poor curates in the performance
of their religious duties, particularly if what I learned in this part of the county be
true, "that a certain curate in the neighbourhood has only 12l. per ann. for his duty
at one church, that is for praying & preaching about 40 times in the year, besides extra duty." He, in consequence of this poor pittance, serves five Churches on a Sunday!
perhaps, for which, he is no better paid. (fn. 17)
Patron, the Dean and Chapter of York. Incumbent, Rev. Samuel Lawry, Vic.—
K. B. 6l. 13s. 4d. Yearly tenths, 13s. 4d. Archiepisc. pro Syn, 3s. Archidiac.
pro Prox. 7s. 6d. Val. in mans: cum gleb: 17s. in pens: sol: per rect. 2l. in dec:
porc: anc: lin: canab: &c: cum cert: deduct.