There was in Wateleg besides what was a Berue of Lanum, the arch-bishop of
Yorks great manor, of the King's wapentac or Soc of Oswaldbec, which then belonged to Maunsfeld, as much as paid the geld or tax for two bov. The land
two car. (fn. 1) There six sochm. one vill. had two car. pasture wood one leu. and one
forth long, one qu. ½ broad. In King Edward the Confessours time it was valued at
3s. in the Conquerours at 7s. But the principal part of this place was of Roger de
Buslies fee, where before his coming five Tayns had five manors which answered to
the geld for nine bovats. The land eight car. There Roger had in demesne four
car. four sochm. twenty-five vill. having twelve car. ½ and five acres of meadow, small
wood one leu. long, one qu. broad. This continued the ancient value 8l.
(fn. 2) Martin de Watelege 5 Steph. gave account of 46s. 8d. of the pleas of G. de
Clinton. William, son of Robert de Waytele, gave to the monks of Blyth 7s. 1d.
rent (fn. 3) which he was wont to receive of certain tenants for land in Waytele, which
he sometimes passed to Ela de Warenna for seven marks of silver.
(fn. 4) But it seems Raph Taisun (of which name one had pardon 5 Steph. by the
Kings writ for 9s 9d. in the sheriffs account) was owner of Wetele, which eschaeted
to the crown, (fn. 5) and sometimes Brian de Insula had it in ward, and then it was
valued at 26l. 13d. King John let Nicholas de Lettris hold it, and then it was valued
(fn. 6) The King 4 H. 3, commanded the sheriff of Notss. to give Roger de Monte
Begonis possession of the land of Oswaldebec, and the manor of Wateleg, which was
John Malherb his brother's, both which King John had granted to the said Roger,
the first in see, the other for life only, but the sheriff was then to keep Claworth in the
Kings hand still.
(fn. 7) Hubert de Burgo, 13 H. 3, had the manor of Watle, which he held of the
countess of Ewe or Augi, as Raph Teisun was also said to do. (fn. 8) John de Burgo
44 H. 3, had free-warren in Watley. (fn. 9) John de Burgo the elder, (son of Hubert
earl of Kent) 2 E. 1, (fn. 10) granted the manor of Wheteley, with very many other in
several counties, to the king in fee, who then granted the said John for life, the
tower of London, and castle of Colchester, and hundred of Tendring, 18 Decemb. at
St. Martins in London. (fn. 11) Mr. Philip Boulton, 6 E. 1, remised to the king and his
heirs, (fn. 12) ten marks rent of the gift and grant of John de Burgo, son of Hubert de
Burgo, sometime earl of Kent, issuing out of tenements in Misterton, Stretton, Misne,
and Bolum, belonging to the manor of the said John, viz. Whetelaye.
(fn. 13) In Nom. Vill. 9 E: 2. Whetley and the fourth part of Bole answered for an intire villa, whereof the the king was lord.
(fn. 14) Gausr. de Mauquinci gave to God, and the canons of Felley 12d. yearly, in
that bovat of land which Roger, son of Swan, held of him in Whetley, for his own
soul, and Maud his wifes. The witnesses were the prior and covent of Wirkesop,
Will. son of Rich. de Rudington, Galfr. de Paveli, Joel the chaplain of Wirkesop,
Thomas the dean, Math. the clark, &c. Laurence de Pavelli about 11 E 2. (fn. 15)
held 40s. land and rent in Whetley of the arch-bishop of York, by the service of suit to
his court from three weeks to three weeks.
(fn. 16) Michael de la Pole earl of Suffolk held before his forfeit the manor of Normanton, and Weston, and lands in South Wheteley.
(fn. 17) There was a fine, 2 H. 6. between Matthew Horneby, esquire, quer. and
John Spencer of Winterton, and Isolda his wife, daughter and heir of Robert Knight
of Stokwyth, deforc. of three mess. thirty acres of land, and the moyety of one acre of
meadow, with the appurtenances in South-Bek Whetelay, whereby the premises were
made the right of Matthew, quit from the heirs of Isolda.
The rectory was part of the chapelry of Tykhill, and disposed with that, as in Lowdham and other places may be noted.
(fn. 18) The owners in South Wheatley town 1612, are said to be Charles Markham,
gent. and Thomas Markham, gent. in North Wheatley, Gilbert earl of Shrowsbury,
Thomas Osborne, Thomas Bingham, John James, Thomas Cartwright, and Henry
(fn. 19) The rectory of South Wheatley was xl. and is now 6l. 14s. 2d. value in the
kings books, the patronage still belonging to the chapter of Southwell.
(fn. 20) The vicarage of North Wheatley was ten marks when the abbat of Westminster was
patron: 'Tis now 3l. 18s. 11d. ob value in the kings books, and the marquess of
North Wheatley land belongs, chiefly, to lord Middleton, open fields. South
Wheatley is chiefly in the hands of Mr. Mason, of Eaton, enclosed.
The north town is computed to be five-times bigger than the south. Churches in
both, in which, nothing material. North Wheatley church is dedicated to St. Peter.
Patron of North Wheatley, lord Middleton. Incumbent, rev. Mr. Bristow, vic.
K. B. 3l. 18s. 11½d. Archiepisc. pro Syn. 4s. Archidiac. pro Prox. 6s. 8d. Val.
per ann. in mans. cum gleb. 1l. 6s. in decim garb. fœn. lan. agn. &c. Abbey of
Westminster, Propr. William Sacheverall, esq. and others presented in 1688—
Lord Middleton, 1720, 1776, 1784.