This is also in the parish of Edenestowe, yet there were in Alreton two manors,
one of the fee of Roger de Busli, where before the Conquest Alwold paid for
two bov. half to the publick tax. (fn. 1) The land one carucat. There in K. Williams
time five sochm. and one vill. had two car. and one mill of 6s. 8d. The value of
this continued as in the time of the Confessour 20s. The other of the fee of Gislebert de Grand, which was one Wades before the Conquest, and answered for five
bov. ½ to the geld. The land three car. There William the man (or tenant) of
Gislebert had one car. six sochm. on two bov. of land, and three vill. having six
car. There were two mills 16s. pasture wood one leu. long, four qu. broad. In
the time of king Edward the Confessour this was 40s. value, when the survey was
taken in the Conquerours 30s.
The fee of Gaunt in this and diverse other places became the inheritance of the
constables of Chester, as in Knesale may be seen, and accordingly descended to the
earl of Lancaster, who in the record of Nom. Vill. 9 E. 2, (fn. 2) is returned lord of this
(fn. 3) The jury, 4 E. 3, said that Edward earl of Kent held when he died the manor
of Allerton under Sherewode of the honour of the castle of Donnington, and in 26 E.
3, (fn. 4) they said that John earl of Kent left it with the Wapentaks of Risecliff and
Plumtre on the night following St. Stephens to Joane his sister and heir, wife of Tho.
de Holland chr. and in 35 E 3, (fn. 5) the jury likewise said that the said Thomas held
at his death, of the inheritance of Joane his wife, 40s. rent here, and a water-mill,
and that Thomas his son was his heir. (fn. 6) In 9 R. 2, they found that Joane princess
of Wales died seised of this manor and the Wapentag of Plumtre, and 10s. rent in
Rodington, which rent was held of the king as earl of Chester, and parcel of the castle
and manor of Donyngton, and that Thomas Holand, son and heir of the said Joane,
was then above thirty years old. (fn. 7) And in 10 H. 4, they said that Edmund de
Holland earl of Kent held when he died in fee tail, the manor of Allerton in Sherwood, and that Edmund, son of Alianor countess of March, Joane dutchess of Yorke,
Margaret, wife of John earl of Somerset, Alionor, wife of the earl of Sar. and Elizabeth, wife of John Nevill, were his heirs. (fn. 8) And in 1 H. 6, they found that this
Elizabeth had a son and heir called Raph Nevill then above sixteen years old, and
that she enfeoffed sir John Etton chr. Edmund Hastings chr. and others in this manor.
And in 4 H. 6, (fn. 9) the jury said that Joane, who had been wife of John Grey chr.
died seised in fee tail of the third part of 35s. 8d. rent, issuing out of this manor,
and that Henry Grey her son and heir was then seven years old and more. In 5 H.
6, (fn. 10) they said that Raph earl of Westmerland had this manor, and in 16 H. 6. Further I cannot yet trace this seignory.
(fn. 11) William de Sutton, and Matilda his wife, gave to the monastery of Rufford
Raph Viel of Alreton their native (or villain) with his whole sequel, and all his chattels. Robert de Sutton (son of that William) 2 E. 1, (fn. 12) left Richard de Sutton his
son and heir eight years old (as in Sutton upon Trent, Eykring, and Warsop, &c.) who
held the moyety and a part more of the town of Allerton of the earl of Lincolne, by
doing suit at his court at Allerton from three weeks to three weeks. By a fine, 18
E. 2, (fn. 13) John de Sutton (son of that Richard) passed the manors of Aykeringe and
Alverton under Shirwode, and the advowsons of the churches, to Hugh le Despenser
earl of Winchester and his heirs.
(fn. 14) The jury, 17 E. 1, said that Robert de Marcham (the other sharer of the lord
Lexingtons lands) held in Allerton a water-mill, and lands there of William, son of
Thomas (Fitz-William) paying to the master of the hospital of Nusham 14s. per
annum. (fn. 15) And in 25 E. 1, they found that John de Longvilers (one of the heirs
of the said Robert, as in Tuxford may be seen) held the moyety of the water-mill
and natives (or bond men) in Allerton of William Fitz-William. Sir William de
Bevercotes, knight, and William de Marcham of Laxton were of this jury, at the taking the inquisition.
Sir John Markham to his third wife had Anne, one of the four sisters and heirs of
John Strelley, esquire, the relict of Richard Stanhope of Rampton, by whom she had
only a daughter Saunchia, married to John Babington, but to sir John she brought
sons William Markham of Okeley her eldest, who married Elizabeth, one of the
daughters of sir Edward Mountague, by whom he had only two daughters: she was
the relict of Richard Cave; and Thomas Markham of Allerton her second son,
standard-bearer to queen Elizabeths band of pensioners, who married Mary, daughter
and heir of Rice Griffin of Dingley slain at Norwich, by whom he had sir Griffin Markham knighted at Roan, but at length banished, and very many other children, of
which George Markham of Allerton married Judith, daughter and heir of John
Withernwick of Claxby in the county of Lincolne, esquire, by whom he had Thomas
Markham of Allerton slain, (or fighting on the kings part driven with many others into the Trent and drowned) at Gainsburgh in the year 1643, being a colonel and much
But besides sir Griffin, and his brother George before named, Thomas Markham
of Allerton, son of sir John, had other sons, viz. (fn. 16) Robert Markham who died at
Rome; William, and John who had to wife Mary, daughter of sir Robert Markham
of Cottham, whose children died without issue; Thomas and Charles twins. Charles
had a daughter Anne, the wife of Thomas Waterton of Waterton in Yorkshire, and of
sir John Middleton, knight. This Thomas Markham had four daughters married,
viz. Elizabeth, to Ed. Sheldon of Beoly, Anne to sir Francis Smith of Wotton, Jane to
sir John Skinner of Castle Comps, and Marg. to Nicolas Longford of Longford. His
son George had, besides his eldest son Thomas before spoken of a son called George
Markham of Wirksop Lodge, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Marmaduk Tunstall
of Wycliff and Hutton, and by her had a son George, and two daughters Katherin and
Elizabeth; his sister was Katherin, and seems to be almost twenty years younger than
he; his elder brother the said Thomas Markham when he was slain left a son of his
own name about three years old by his wife Vrsula, one of the daughters of William
Clopton of Sledwick in the bishoprick of Durrham, after his death married to Henry
Nevill alias Smith of Holt, to whom she brought Henry, Anne, and Vrsula. Her son
Thomas Markham now of Allerton married Anne, daughter of William Nevill alias
Smith, son of the said Henry her husband, on whom he hath begotten a son of his
own name also, and three daughters, and may have more.
(fn. 17) The owners of Ollerton in 1612, are set down to be the lord Vaux, George
Markham, gent. Thomas Stirrop of Normanton, gent. James Bacon of Welley, William Walheade, Mary Huddleston, widow, William Yarwood, Robert Hooton, Robert
Thislordship belongs to the hon. Lumley Savile of Rufford abbey. It contains
about 1300 acres of land, enclosed. Many hops are grown hereabouts.
This place has a little market on Friday, and two fairs, one on May-day, and the
other 26th September, for hops; in which month, there is a kind of market or hopclub every Tuesday. The town contains about 600 inhabitants. The bridge here,
like many others, was thrown down (or blown up as it is called) in the flood of 1795.
The church or rather chapel, is small and is newly built, consequently no food there
for the mind of the antiquary; but at the hop-pole, near the church, I have more than
once, after journeying from village to village, completely tired, found comfortable refreshment for the body.