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Stivichall deeds and papers


Copy of a charter of inspeximus made at the request of Arthur Gregory, esq. of the following inquisitions: i) on the death of Walter de Langlee. Inquisition held on Monday in the feast of the Annunciation, 8 Edward I [25 March 1280] concerning the manors of Mulcote [Milcote] and Dersinton [Dorsington] with other property there, property in Athereston [Atherston], the manor of Pinnele [Pinley] and other property there, the manor of Stivichall and other property there, land in Herteberge [Harborough] and rents in Coventre ii) on the death of William de Caveswall, knight. Inquisition held on Sunday next after the Annunciation 33 Edward III [31 March 1359], concerning the manors of Mulcote and Pinlye, rents in Hardeberewe, the hamlets of Wyken and Stivichal, and the advowsons of the churches of Wolfamcote and Hardebarweye, all of which the said William held as a tenant for life by the gift of Master Thomas de Langlee, with reversion to Geoffrey son of Geoffrey de Langlee, now deceased, whose only daughter, Joan, married John, son of Alan, son of Cherleton. iii) on the death of Thomas Ferrers, knight. Inquisition held on 12 October, 14 Henry VII [1498] concerning the castle of Tameworth and the court of Stivurshill, the manors of Lee and Stretford next Tameworth, half the manor of Hardburgh and rents in Merston and Lee next Kynnysbure iv) on the death of Thomas Gregorye, esq. Inquisition held at Willenhall on 1 February, 18 Elizabeth [1575/6] whereat the jurors stated on oath that the said Thomas and one John Waide were seized in demesne as of fee of the manor or hamlet of Kingshull, alias Hull, alias Hellinhull, a warren and capital mansion there, a lane called Hellenhull Lane, three closes called the Grange Peeces, and a field called Hulfeild, with a moor, another field called Woodfeild, another called Brockfeilde and a little grove called Bawldwins Grove; also a messuage and common of pasture with three watermills in a close called Rabbecrofte in Stoneley, a piece of land called a Pingle and fishing rights in the waters of Armely from ?Welse Bridge to Porte Bridge in Stonley; also of forty-eight selions of land and meadow in Fynham, with a separate meadow called Alvershame a meadow called Merden, and four acres or five headlands in le Netherfeild in Finham; also of pasture in Fletchamsted and a chief rent of 11s. 0 1/2 d. from land of Richard Smyth, esq. with common of pasture for 600 sheep and other beasts on the wastes of Armely and Dale, and the wastes of Shevenhookes, Grimswood and Forwood in Stonley; all which lands the said Thomas and John had granted to Arthur Gregory, son and heir of the said Thomas, for the use of the said Thomas for life, by deed of feoffment dated 5 October, 4 Elizabeth [1562]. The jurors further stated that the said Thomas, jointly with the said Arthur, was seized of the manor of Stivichal, alias Stivinghal, alias Stichall next Coventr', with a heath reaching in length from Sevenhookes to Aylesden, and in breadth as far as Heath Sale and Nightingale Lane, a tenth part of a knight's fee and an annual rent of 10 shillings issuing from lands of Thomas Essex, esq., (viz. 8 shillings from a capital messuage with the fields pertaining thereto and 2 shillings from four acres of waste), a sixth part of a knight's fee and an annual rent of four shillings from lands late of Henry Barkley, knight, lord Barkley, a twentieth part of a knight's fee and an annual rent of 12 shillings and half a pound of cumin from lands of Thomas Hill, an annual rent of 4 shillings and half a pound of cumin from lands of the Master of Christ's College, Cambridge, an annual rent of 8 pence from a tenement of Robert Turnor, view of frankpledge, fishing in the waters of Sherborne and Sow and common of pasture. A fine of Michaelmas term 15 Elizabeth is recited, whereby the above property was conveyed to Thomas Cokaine, knight, Edward Holt and Humphrey Ferrers, esq., as trustees of the marriage settlement of Arthur Gregory and Jane Ferrers [no. 1218]. The jurors further stated that the site of the manor of Kingshull, called Hellenhull with the property in Fletchamsted was held of the crown in chief by military service, that the other property in Kingshull, Fynham and Stonley was held of the crown in free socage and was worth annually 20 marks; that the manor of Stivichale was held of the crown in free socage and was worth annually 5 pounds; also that the said Thomas died on 6 March, 16 Elizabeth and that his son and heir, Arthur, was then aged 24. The inspeximus ends with the exemplification of a writ, dated 2 July, 18 Elizabeth, to the barons of the Exchequer requesting a copy of the portion of the Nottingham Inquest (7 Edward I) relating to Stivichale; and an exemplification of the return, signed by Thomas Fanshawe, that, according to the Nottingham Inquest, Stivichall was held by the heirs of Margery de Nerburne from the bishop of Chester for the third part of a knight's fee, and the bishop held of the king in chief; that the view of frankpledge had been appropriated by the bishop of Chester; and that John de Langlee had as a free tenant, Ralph son of Hugh, who held a messuage and a virgate of land for a rent of 6 pence, a pound of cumin and suit of court every three weeks. [See Leigh, Misc. Vols. iii, f 126v-127] Dated: 11 July, 18 Elizabeth