MISTERTON, STOCKWITH, GUNTHORP.
In Munstreton of the kings Soc of Maunsfeld, there was also a good share which paid
the geld for five bov. and ¼. The land one car. There five sochm. six vill. one
bord. (fn. 1) had one car. meadow one qu. long, half so much broad. The value
in the time of K. Wil. when the survey was taken, was 7s. At which time there was
also in Munsterton of the fee of Roger de Busli, that which before the Conquest five
Taynes had for five manors, which paid the geld or tax for thirteen bov. ½. The
land two car. ½. There Roger had eight vill. five bord. having two car. ½. There
was a church, meadow three qu. long, one qu. ½ broad. (fn. 2) In the Confessour time
the value of this was 20s. In the conquerours when the survey was taken, 21s, more,
or 2s. or 20s. (for every copy I have differs) There was also in Munstretune of the said
Rogers fee, soc to Gringeley, seven bov. ½. ad geldam. The land twelve bov. There
were five sochm. one vill. five bord. having one car. ½ meadow four qu. long, half one
broad, pasture wood four qu. long, one qu. ½ broad.
Wil. de Lovetot gave the church of Misterton, with Gringley, and Walcringham, and the
rest to the monastery of Wirksop, which he founded, as in those and other places is
(fn. 3) It was inrolled in Michaelmas term, 7 E. 2, that king Henry the elder (viz. H.
2.) And king John king of England, and when he was earl Morton, gave to the canons
of Newstede fifteen pound land, in which were contained two parts of the town of Walcringham, and the third part of the town of Misterton, with Stokketh, and Walcreth, and the
whole fee which the said canons held was of the kings ancient demesne, in the Soc of
Oswardbeck, and they had writs of having tallage of their tenants in Walcringham, Misterton,
and Papulwyk, when king E. 1, (fn. 4) made all his demisnes throughout England to pay tallage, and granted to the great men who held any of those demesnes to have reasonable
tallage, and made Mr. Adam de Hamundesham, and sir Richard de Furneys, assessors
and collectors, and they made Richard de Whatton, and Walter Olyver collectors.—
In the tallage assessed 32 E. 1, and 35 E. 1, Misterton, was 10s. Walcringham 24s. and
certain in Papulwyk 13s. 2d.
(fn. 5) It appears also in other records that the prior of Newstede had two parts of the
town of Walkringham, and eleven bovats of land in Misterton, of the gift of the said kings,
as before is shown.
(fn. 6) In an assize 18 E. 1, it also appears that the prior of Newstede, Robert de Hayton,
and Constantia de Byerne, were chief lords of the whole town of Misterton, but that the
free-holders had common in twenty acres of more, which the said lords had inclosed.
The suit it seems continued; for 35 E. 1, (fn. 7) the said prior, Constantia, and Thomas,
son of Robert de Hayton, complained that Roger Oyly parson of the church of Misterton, Robert de Levesham, William Doynell, Hugh le Fouler, Roger, son of Nicolas,
&c. unjustly, &c. but the jury found, that it was the common soil of the free-holders
and that the lords had nothing in it but as free-holders, according to their proportions,
&c. and so the lords were cast, though some lawyers did not like the verdict.
(fn. 8) Misterton 9 E. 2, answered for an entire villa, and the king, the prior of Newstede, and Thomas de Hayton were returned lords of it.
(fn. 9) The jury, 24 E. 1, found that Robert de Hayton when he died held six bovats
in Misterton of the lord of Gringley, and six bovats in capite of the lord of Tikhill castle
then in the kings hand, and that Tho. and Rob. his sons, were his heirs.
(fn. 10) The jury, 14 H. 6, returned that Thomas Belwode, John Greystoke, clark, and
William Farceux, vicar of the church of Misterton, were seised of the manor of Hayton,
and held two mess. five bovats of land, and meadow, and 4s. rent in Misterton and Stockkyth, and two bovats in Walkringham, and by their deed passed them to Raph Makarell,
and Margery his wife, named in Hayton, where the descent of some of these lands may
be further discerned.
(fn. 11) Market and fair 12 H. 3. was proclaimed to be in Stoketh town. The prior
of Newstede 17 E. 3, (fn. 12) recovered against John, son of Hugh le Fouler of Misterton,
2s. 6d. rent, (fn. 13) which Mr. Thomas de St. Alban rector of the church of Misterton died
seised of, who was a bastard, as the prior supposed, and had no heir.
Robert de Haldenby, and Alured vicar of Athelingflet, by an assize taken (fn. 14) 10 R. 2,
recovered their seisin as well of the moyety of seven mess. fourscore acres of land,—
as of 63s. rent, service issuing out of the said moyety, against John Morley, his wife,
and their son, in Misterton, with 10l. damage, for which 12 R. 2, they prayed execution
and had it, &c.
(fn. 15) Walter de Fogheler in 5 E. 3, held the moyety of a bovat in Misterton, which
lately was Raph Damyots, an ideot, by the service of 8s. per ann. of the manor of
Gringeley, then in the kings hand.
(fn. 16) By a fine at Leicester the Wednesday after the feast of St. Andrew, 10 Joh.
John Chamberlayn, and Orencia his wife, passed to John de Levesham, and Emme
his wife, and Martin de Minsterton two bovats and the fourth part of a bovat in Misterton, for which the said John and Emme passed to John and Orencia, and the heirs
of Orencia, the fourth part of a bovat and a toft which Walter Hobel held, and
one bovat which Walter, son of Hugh held, which were to be held of the said John
and Emme, by the free service of paying 6d. per annum.
(fn. 17) Robert Barnetby, and Margery his wife, 14 H. 6, claimed against John Boys,
esquire, and four others, five mess. forty acres of land, eleven of meadow, 2s. 2d. q.
and a pound of pepper rent in Misterton.
(fn. 18) John Orston, clark, 9 E: 4, claimed against Nicolas Gaynesford, esquire, 16s.
rent, with the appurtenances in Misterton.
(fn. 19) Robert Thornehill, and Leonard Warcappe, 29 June, 38 H 8, amongst other
things had a piece of land called the Laund, and a wind-mill, and lands and tenements in Misterton, in the tenure of Henry Stokwyth, late belonging to the priory of
Axholme in Lincolneshire, and a close called the Nunne Close, in the tenure of the said
Henry Stokewyth, in West Stokewith, between a close of land of sir Thomas Wentworths, knight, on the west, and one called Sharecroft, by the meadow of Nicolas Denman on the east, and a selion of land, in the tenure of the said Henry Stokewith,
and common of pasture in Stockwith, and a mess. and lands in Mysterton, late belonging to the priory of Hevenings in Lincolneshire, and a cottage in Misterton, late belonging to the priory of Wirkesop, granted to them and their heirs.
(fn. 20) June 27, 7 E: 6, a close of land in Misterton, in the tenure of Humfrey Stockwith, gent. late belonging to the priory of Wirkesop, was granted to Robert Dudley,
knight, and William Glaseour, gent. and to the heirs of Robert.
(fn. 21) John Eyre, senior, gent. John Eyre, junior, and John Routh, 2 & 3 Ph. and
Mar. claimed against George Conyers, gent. one mess. sixty acres of land, twenty of
meadow, 100 of pasture, five of wood, with the appurtenances in Misterton.
(fn. 22) The chantry of Misterton, 2 E. 6, then dissolved, was let to farm to Robert
Thornehill. gent. John Flower, gent. 4 & 5 Eliz. (fn. 23) claimed against Hugh Thornehill, gent. one hundred acres of land, twenty of meadow, and forty of pasture, with
the appurtenances in Misterton, and Walkringham.
(fn. 24) John Standly, gent. and Hugh Childers, 6 & 7 Eliz. claimed against Richard
Childers one mess. two cottages, three gardens, one orchard, twenty acres of land, six
of meadow, ten of pasture, forty of turbary, and one hundred of more, with the appurtenances in Misterton, Moregate, and Clarbourgh.
(fn. 25) William Mason, gent. and Tristram Dayntree, 18 Eliz. claimed against Humfrey Stockwith, gent. one mess. one toft, one garden, sixteen acres of meadow, twelve
of pasture, with the appurtenances in West Stokwyth, and Misterton.
(fn. 26) Robert Williamson, 19 Eliz. claimed against Thomas Coringham one mess.
two tofts, eighty acres of land, thirty of meadow, ten of pasture in Misterton.
(fn. 27) — Peake, and — Broxham, 19 Eliz. claimed against —Williamson divers lands in East Stokwith, who called to warrant Edward Stokwith, gent.
(fn. 28) Edward Wymark, gent. 25 Feb. 29 Eliz. had the priors close then divided into two, in Stockwith, belonging before to Newstede, and lamp-land in Misterton granted
with many other small parcels of land.
(fn. 29) In 21 Eliz. Septemb. 22, twenty acres in the town and fields of the parish of
Misterton, in a place there called Bleford, sometime given by Thomas Darnall for
observation of his obit, were amongst many other things granted to Edw. Grimston,
senior, and Edward Grimston, junior, and their heirs.
Haytons manor came to Poge, and after the time of Henry the eighth Cogans;—
Tong, and Pettinger had lands of that tenure.
(fn. 30) About the year 1612, the owners of Misterton town are said to be sir Thomas
Jervas, knight, Darcy Poge, gent. Francis Williamson of Walkeringham two mess.
one cott. three tofts, one dovecote, three gardens, ninety acres of land, John Baxenden, senior, Arnall Reasby, gent. the heirs of Thomas Thornehill, Thomas Dawson,
the heirs of — Wilbore, Robert, two Johns, Hugh, and William Tonge, Thomas
Sirringham, senior, William Dickenson, William Howton, Percivall Clifton, Anne
Norfolk, Edward Wilbore, Edward Edlington one wind mill, thirty-seven acres of
land, the heirs of — Conyers, widow Tompkinson, William Ellwick, Robert
Spavold, widow Stoakham, the heirs of Pettinger, Roger Gregory, gent. Edward
North, esquire, and above forty more.
(fn. 31) In the town of Stockwith the owners then were — Moseley of Carberton,
gent. William Brownlowe, gent. Symon Hall, gent. Thomas Wakefeild, Thomas Wilbore, Richard Fish, Philip Andrew, Barnabas Williamson of Bothomsell, gent. widow
Coggan, and fifteen others.
(fn. 32) The vicarage of Mysterton was 10l. and the chapter of York had the patronage:
'Tis now 10l. 5s. value in the kings books, and the dean and chapter of York patron.
Misterton, is a divided lordship and enclosed. The village is nearly a mile long. Here
are catholic, methodist, and calvinist places of worship, whither, over some
roads intolerably bad, the sectaries, from the neighbouring villages, resort;—
but these perhaps are light impediments to a truly religious mind, in the comtemplation of heavenly things. To others, of a contrary disposition, such passages imbitter their pursuits, whether their tendency be of a pleasurable or of a laborious
Misterton church is dedicated to All Saints, v. with Stockwith chapel. Dean and
chaper of York propr. and patron. Incumbent, — —. K. B. 10l. 5s.
Val. per ann. in mans. 5s. & in pens. sol. per eccles. Ebor. 10l.