There was in Ordsall soc of the kings manor of Dunham one bov: ad geldam.—
The land one car. There two sochm: had one car: and three acres of meadow,
and three acres of wood. There was also soc to Grove one bov: ½ for the geld.
(fn. 1) The land one car. Of the Tayn-land there was one bov: ad geldam. The land
was for four oxen, Erwin held it. At the making of doomsday book it was waste.—
There was in Ordsall of the fee of Roger de Busli four manors, which before his
coming with king William, Osward, Turstaun, Oderic, and Thurstan had, and paid
to the geld as four bovats for them. The land being four car: There afterwards
the men (or tenants) of Roger, had three car: and five vill: and two bord: having 2
car: there was meadow of sixteen acres, pasture wood one qu: long, half one broad.
In the Consessours time the value of this was 28s: in the Conquerours, 24s.
(fn. 2) The principal part of Ordesall went with Grove. In 30 H: 3, Mauvesinus de
Hercy was found to have held some here of Robert de St. George lord of Bodmeschell
viz. two bov: for 5s: 4d: per annum.
(fn. 3) Robert de Bakere of Retford, 18 E: 1, was plaintiff in an assize against Hugh
de Hercy, def: because he hindred him from fishing in the water of Iddell of Ordeshale
unto Suthall. The jury said, that the said Hugh did not hold the said fishing in his
several, together with Robert Morteyne, because, said they, that all who hold lands
abutting on that water, fish in it at their pleasure unto the threed [filum] of the water, as they of Greeneley on the east part, and they of West Retford on the west part,
and they of Wellum on the east part; they said further that a certain part of West Retford was of the fee of Lancaster, and abutted on the said water, and they of that fee
fish there unto the file (or threed) of the water, &c. Hugh was amerced.
Upon the disposition made by sir John Hercy this Ordesall fell to the share of —
Mackworth: It after came to Bevercotes, a younger brother of the house of Bevercotes, a lawyer of good note here, of the learned counsel at York, & sometimes feodary of this county, and by the marriage of one of his daughters and heirs, it went to
Thomas Cornwallis, who sold it to the lady Worteley countess of Devonshire, and she
estated it on sir Edward Worteley her second son:
There was another part of this township which belonged to, and went with Eton, as
in that place may be perceived:
(fn. 4) The jury, 9 E: 1, found twenty four perches of land, and three in breadth,
twelve perches of marish in length, and three in breadth, with the appurtenances in
Ordeshale, to be frank almoigne, belonging to the church of Eton in the Clay, and not
(fn. 5) John de Ripariis, 18 E: 2, levied a fine to Henry de Faucomberge of the manor of Ordishale, and of one mess: two tofts, one hundred sixty one acres of land,
twenty three of meadow, 36s: and 3d: rent, and the moyety of a bovat of land, with
the appurtenances in Eton, Retford, Gameliston, Clareburgh, Hayton, Wellum, Stretton, Beckinghom, Claworth, Fenton, East Drayton, West Markham, and Bughton:—
Another fine was levied at Nott: the Monday after the feast of St. Martin, 3 E: 3, (fn. 6)
between John de Bolyngbrok, quer: & John de Ripariis of Loversale, defore. of the
manor of Ordesale, with the appurtenances, & five tosts, one hundred eighty eight acres
of land, twenty seven of meadow, & 22s: 3d: rent, with the appurtenances in Ordesule,
Eton, Retford, Gameleston, &c. whereby the said John de Ripariis of Loversale, granted
for himself and his heirs, that the said manor, with the appurtenances, except two
mess: twenty seven acres of land, and three of meadow in the said manor, which John
de Ripariis of Ordesale held for term of his life, and that one mess: twenty four acres of
land, & three of meadow in the said manor, which Adam le Barkere, and Dionysia
his wife, held for the life of the said Dionysia, & that one mess: & three acres of land,
with the appurtenances which Robert Dokerel held for his life, and twenty four acres
of land, eighteen of meadow, 21s: and 3d: rent, with the appurtenances in the said
towns of Eton, Retford, Gameleston, Stretton, Bekyngham, Fenton, East Drayton, West Markham,
and Bughton, which the said John de Ripariis of Ordesale held for his life, & that one hundred twenty two acres of land and an half, and four acres of meadow and an half in
the said towns of Ordesale and Eton, which John, the son of John de Ripariis of Ordesale
held for his life, and five tosts, forty one acres of land and an half, &c. in Ordesale,
which Richard, son of John de Ripariis of Ordesale held for term of life, of the inheritance of the said John de Ripariis of Loversdale, should remain to the said John de
Bolyngbrok and his heirs.
The manor of Ordesall in Ordesall with the appurtenances, and two mess: and 8s: rent,
with the appurt; in East Retford, Wellum, Morehouse, and Eton, which John de Bozon,
and Elizabeth his wife, held for the life of the said Elizabeth, of the inheritance of
William de Saundeby, were by sir John de Leeke, chr. by fine, 18 R: 2, (fn. 6) passed
to Robert Wycliff, clerk, John Woderove, John de Gaitford, and Richard de
Wetewong, clerk, and the heirs of Richard.
These same same parcels which Peter Asheton, and Elizabeth his wife, held, during the life of the said Elizabeth, were by Robert Wycliff, clark, 11 H: 4, (fn. 7) by
another fine settled on Thomas, the son of Philip Darcy, chr: and the heirs males of
his body; remainder to the right heirs of the said Philip Darcy, chr.
(fn. 8) There was a recovery, 11 H. 7, wherein James Strangways, knight, claimed
against John Dennan the same manor and parcels.
(fn. 9) In an assize, 18 E: 1, the jury found that Robert de Furmeston held in common with Robert, son of John, common of pasture in two hundred acres of more, and
in Ordesale, in which Robert, son of Richard, son of Thomas de Retford, claimed to
have common, and by the said Robert de Furmeston to be thereof disseized, but
Robert de Retford was cast.
(fn. 10) The owners of Ordsall town in 1612, are thus set down, Maud Bevercotes, wid:
Thomas Cornwallis, esq; William Mackworth, esq; Nicolas Johnson, Richard Templeman, Stephen Coe, clark, Richard Walshe, William Rosse, Richard Oldham
John Sprigg, Nicolas Stones, William Denham, Mrs: Booth, Richard Brownley.
(fn. 11) (fn. 12) The rectory of Ordesall was 24l. when Mr: Hersy was patron: 'Tis now 19l:
18s: 11d: ob. value in the kings books, and sir Francis Worteley the last patron.
In the Church, Filius Armigeri mihi mater militis hæres,
Nomine sum Denman, arte magister eram,
Pastorem Ordsalie Maria regnante remotum
Restituit princeps Elizabetha gregi.
Continuo & feci caperet Retfordia fructus
Progredier si qui Religione student.
Pauperibus struxisse domos Ordsalia novit,
Mole sub hac tandem mortuus ecce cubo.
Mortuus! ah fallor, vitam traduco beatus,
Terra cadaver habet, spiritus astra colit,
Lies within a mile of East Retford, watered by the little river Idle
This is a good rectory, formerly under the patronage of the Wortley family. Incumbent, Rev: Joseph Scott. King's book, 19l: 10s: 7d. ½. Yearly tenths, 1l: 19s
od: ¾. Archiepisc. pro Syn: 4s. Archidiac: pro Prox: 7s: 6d. Pens: sol: preb: de
Ditton annuat 6s: 8d. Val: in mans: ter: gleb: dec: &c. Sidney Wortley, presented in 1695. John Baker, gent, 1727. Edward Wortley in 1743. Earl of Bute,
and lady Mountstuart his wife, in 1774.