Hodsok with the Hamlets.
In Ordesache Vlsi before the normans came had a manor for which he paid to the
dane-geld for for two car. The land being then known to be sufficient for four
plows (or four car.) (fn. 1) There afterwards Turold the man of Roger de Busli
(whose see it then was become) had two car. and three sochm. on four bov. of this
land, and twelve vill. having twelve car. There were two mills of 16s. 4d. and
eight acres of meadow, pasture wood one leu. long, & a half one broad. The value
in former time and then also was 3l. It had sok in Blyth of three sorts, as in that
place will be noted.
That Turold the man of Roger I take to be Thorald de Lisoriis, brother of Fulc
de Lisoriis, both witnesses to Roger de Busli's charter of foundation of the monastery
of Blyth dated 1088. (fn. 2) and both concerned in this place, in which Fulco gave
two bovats to that priory, and two which Roger Escossard held of him in Hodesak.
(fn. 3) Pagan, son of Cossard, granted the lands of Hodesac, which Fulco de Lisouriis gave to St. Mary of Blyth as alms, which land Cossard held of the said Fulco,
&c. (fn. 4) Raph Cossard gave to that monastery six acres of his demesne in Cossardthorp, which his grand-father Roger gave, and three acres and a toft, which Walter
Cossard his father gave. The sheriff, 6 R. 1, (fn. 5) accounted for 22s. 8d. of the
chattels of Raph de Cossard-thorp sold, being one of the kings enemies. Raph Coshart 7 R. 1, (fn. 6) gave account of five marks for having seisin of his land of Cossardthorp, which was taken into the kings hands for his being with earl John. (fn. 7) Henry de Cossardthorp (called also Henry Cossard, son of Raph Cossard) gave to the
prior and monks of Blith, Roger de Cossardthorp, son of Thorald, and Beatrix his
mother, with her whole sequel, and their whole land in Cossard Thorp, paying him
and his heirs 2s. per ann. This is an hamlet of Hodsac now called Costrop.
(fn. 8) But the next lord of Hodsac that I have found was Roger de Cressey, who gave
to God, St. Mary, and the monks of Blyth, half a bove of land in Dulecotes, and
the tythes of all his mills of the soc of Hodesac, and the monks granted him perpetually four masses in a week for himself, his ancestors and successours, as well living
as dead. This gift the said Roger made upon the altar at Blyth before many witnesses, which was confirmed by his son William de Cressi.
(fn. 9) William de Cressi, 2 Joh. gave the king twenty marks, and one palfrey, that
he might justly, and according to the custom of England, be brought off from the
dower which Cecily, the daughter of Gervas de Clifton, claimed against him. Cecily, who had been wife of Roger de Cressi, 2 Joh. (fn. 10) gave the king forty marks,
and one palfrey, for having her reasonable dower which concerned her of the freehold, which was the said Rogers in this county. William de Cressi, 3 Joh. (fn. 11) pleaded that Cecily was not the wife of Roger de Cressi, so the cause was transmitted to the
arch-bishop of York, who signified she was lawfully married to him. But William
said he signified his own will against right & ecclesiastical custom, & offered pledges
to try it, &c. and had day given, &c. There was a fine at Clarendon the Monday after Midlent, 5 Joh. (fn. 12) between Cecily, who had been wife of Roger de Cressi, petent, and William de Cressi, tenant, concerning the reasonable dower of the said
Cecily, which she claimed against the said William of the gift of her said husband
Roger in Hoddishat, Gedling, Kelum, Weston, Rampton, and Mareham, all which she
quit to the said William and his heirs for half a knights fee in Melton. and five acres
of medow in Lokenges for her life.
(fn. 13) W. de Cressi gave to the monks of Blith the damms of his mills from the
bridge of Gildenebridges unto the land of Suain Sarpesive to the same state they were
Anno. Dom. 1225 and gave them free firmage [firmuram] of the damm of the
mills of Westcroft in his land, paying out of that mill of Westcroft half a quarter of rye
at Mich. yearly to him and his heirs. He released likewise to them 12d. yearly,
which they paid him for land in Holm, &c (fn. 14) William, son and heir of Roger de
Cressi, who was in ward of Alice, countess of Augi (in the former part of Henry the
third) held of her the whole town of Hodsok, with the Soke by one knights fee. William de Cressi, son of Roger de Cressi, confirmed two bovats in Hoddesah, (fn. 15) with the
appurtenances, which Fulc de Lisoriis gave to the almoner of St. Mary of Blyth, &c.
and all the lands, rents, and possessions which the monks had acquired of him or his
ancestors from the begining of the world till the feast of St. Martin, 1273.
(fn. 16) William de Cressi, knight, granted for himself and his heirs to the religious
men, the abbat of St. Katherin of Roan, and the prior and covent of Blyth, and their
successours, that from thenceforth they might hang thieves taken within their liberty
of Blyth, who deserved hanging, on the gallows of Emmeslawe, without any contradiction
or claim of him or his heirs, saving that he or his heirs should hang the thieves taken
within their liberty of Hodisac. which should deserve hanging on the said gallows. And
that if the said gallows should be thrown down, it might be lawful for the said prior
and covent, and their successours to make new ones, or set up and repair the old ones
as they should please.
(fn. 17) William de Cressi, son and heir of Sibylla de Cressi, 6 E. 1, made his fine before the treasurer and barons of the exchequer of 40s. for his relief of the lands which
he had by inheritance of the said Sibyll his mother. She was it seems daughter and
heir of John de Braytoft. (fn. 18)
(fn. 19) William, son of Roger de Cressi, 13 E. 2, made fine with the king of 40s. concerning his relief for certain lands and tenements which he held in Surflet of the king in
fee farm, paying 40s. per annum, for all service, by pretext of a charter of king Richard the first, made to Walter de Braytost, ancestor of the said William de Cressi.
(fn. 20) Edmund de Cressy, knight, held this manor for his life, and in 3 E. 3, claimed the priviledges. Yet I find that Hugh de Cressy, son and heir of William, son of
Roger de Cressey, 9 E. 3, (fn. 21) gave the king 40s. for his relief of the manor of Rysegate
in the town of Surflete in Lincolneshire.
(fn. 22) There was also a certain Hugh de Cressy, who, 9 E. 2, had licence to give seven
mess. and four bov. of land in Blyth and Hodesake to three chaplains in the chapel of St.
John the Evangelist near Blyth, &c. because the said Hugh had committed felony.
(fn. 23) There was a fine, 21 E. 3, between John, son and heir of Hugh de Cressy of
Rysgate chr. quer. by Raph de Quadryng his Guardian ad lucrandum, and Richard
de Colishull, and Joane his wife, deforc. of the manor of Hodisak, with the appurtenances, which Edmund de Cressy chr. held for term of his life, of the inheritance of
the said Joane, and which after his decease should have reverted to the said Richard
and Joane, & the heirs of Joane, but by that fine was settled on the said John and his
heirs. By another, 1 R. 2, (fn. 24) between John de Annesley chr. Peter de Dalton,
clark, Robert de Morton, and John de Kyneton, clarks, quer. and John de Cressy
chr. and Agnes his wife, deforc of the manor of Hodesak, &c. whereby it was settled
on the said John and Agnes, and the heirs of John de Cressy.
(fn. 25) The jury, 7 R. 2, found that John de Cressy chr. died seized of this manor,
and that Hugh de Cressy was his son and heir. And in 9 H. 4, (fn. 26) the jury said that
Hugh, son of sir John de Cressy chr. when he died held in see tail the manner of Risgate, and the fourth part of the manor of Braytost, in Lincolneshire, and the manor of Hodsak, &c. and that Katherine, late wife of John de Clifton chr. and Robert Markham
were his heirs.
(fn. 27) The partition was made at Retford, 10 H. 4, between sir John Markham (the
elder judge) and Raph Makarell, who married Katherin the relict of sir John Clifton,
as in Clifton may also be seen. The manors of Risegate, Braytost, and Exton in Lincolneshire (of which last Hugh de Cressy of Dulecotes held the moyety for his life) fell to the
share of the judges posterity, and since sir Robert Markham of Cotham destroyed the family. Cressy Hall in Lincolneshire became the seat of sir Edward Heron, knight of the
Bath, whose son sir Henry Heron now hath it, and all or most of these lands. Hodsak
yet remains to the family of Clifton, and is now the inheritance of William Clifton
under age, only son of sir Clifford Clifton, knight, son of sir Gervas Clifton, knight
and baronet. (fn. 28) Raph Makarell, 7 H. 5, had on his seal within his name three fishes
erected 2, and 1, I suppose Makarells. Sir John Markhams seal, 10 H. 4, is party
per fesse, and on the upper part a demy lion rampant, and so are the arms in Sedgebrook
hall in Lincolneshire set up by sir John Markham the lord chief justice (his son by another venter, as in Maplebec is said) who built the house, from whom it is descended
to sir Robert Markham, baronet, only there is a border arg. for a difference, the upper part is or, the other azure, and the demy lion gules; but now they only make
a chief of the upper half, like the seal of Richard de Furneux, mentioned in Carleton.
(fn. 29) In the year 1188, on the eve of St. James in the monastery of Blyth there was
an agreement between R. de Pauliaco prior of Blyth, and Galfr. son of Richard de
Hodesac, who confirmed to that priory all the land which Wlmer his grand-father
gave, and the moyety of the meadow called Fleucesheng, which Richard his father gave,
and engaged himself to pay yearly to the said priory 18d. whether with the aid or help
of the prior and monks he could hold that land or not.
(fn. 30) Adam de Novomercato confirmed to Roger, son of Galfr. de Hodishoc the whole
land of Wermeswrth, with the appurtenances, which Henry de Novomercato his brother sold him.
William de Cressy lord of Hoddesak, and Thomas, son of Roger de Hoddesak in
the year 1272, agreed concerning the chapel of the town of Hoddishac, saving to the
said Thomas his wife and heirs, free ingress to hear divine service; the rest he released to the community of the town of Hoddisac.
Thomas de Hoddesac, & William de Grendon, rector of Babworth, 31 E: 1, agreed
that the said Thomas should give his whole manor of Wermundesworth, with the advowson of the church, &c. and whatsoever the said Thomas had in Hoddesok, Woodhouse,
Holme, Blyth, and Flyrthorp, to Henry de Grendon, brother of the said William,
and Custancia, daughter of John, son of the said Thomas and their heirs, and the
said William was after forty daies to re-infeoff the said Thomas in the said manor,
&c. for life, and to sustain the said Custance with meat and drink, &c. Henry de
Grendon, and Isabell his wife, 18 E. 3, gave and conveyed to Custance de Grendon (his mother) and William her son 34s. 8d. yearly rent out of their lands in
Blyth, together with the whole rent of Holme, and 5s. and one pound of cummin in
A hamlet, with a few scattered houses. Leland makes this short remark of this
place. "About a mile beyond Blythe I passed by a park called Hodsak, where master Clifton hath a fair house." A Mr. Spencer lives now at the lodge house.