a wonderful insight into a truly inspirational place


Please note that some dates may be estimated, they have been calculated when a date has been stated and then the number of years after the date has been referred to i.e. in 1286 etc etc., then two years later etc etc. Some major occurrences have also been referred to that may have influenced decisions made by the people living at Greasley at that time.

This is a working copy and referencing where known, is with the information.

NA = Nottinghamshire Archives

HOI = Truman and Marstons History of Ilkeston

WD = Wingfield Digby family of Sherborne Castle, Dorset and Coleshill, Warwickshire: the Warwickshire estate papers CONTACT BIRMINGHAM CITY ARCHIVES

SA = Sheffield Archives

1065 Notts part of Domesday gives one Vlfi or Ulfi as having been at Greasley in the Confessor’s reign, and that the Church and a priest were then here.


Domesday Book. 2 Manors in Greasley, both in the possession of Wiliam Peverel. One held by Ailric from William. Ailric. One of these manors was rated to be taxed at four bovats to the geld, where Peveril had one carucate, five villains, and two borderers having three ploughs; the other, which became Ailric’s fee, was also rated to the geld at four bovats and certified to be one carucate, but was then waste.

1071 in the month of February, the King caused all the monasteries that were in England to be plundered, &c.

1082 there was a great famine, notwithstanding which the King in 1083 caused a great and heavy tax of 22 pence (say 36 shillings of our money, or more), to be laid on every hide of land, &c.

1087 Malgar and the Muskhams Lords of the Manor of Ilkeston (which Greasley appears to be attached to)

1087 Again, after the birthtide of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1007 and eighty winters, in the one and twentieth year after William ruled and held despotic sway over England, &c., there was a very heavy and pestilent year in the land. Such a malady came on men, that almost every other man was in the worst evil, &c., &c. Afterwards there came, through the great tempests, a very great famine all over England, so that many hundred men perished. Alas! How miserable and how awful a time was then! When the wretched men lay driven almost to death; and afterwards came the sharp famine and quite destroyed them, &c.

1131 A great murrain fell on the cattle and swine that in the township where there had been ten team of plough cattle there was not one left and the man who had 250 swine lost them all. And the poultry died and ‘flesh meat’ and cheese and butter were no longer procurable. HOI p9

1140 Thoroton mentions the first of the de Greasleys as William by name, in the fifth year of the disturbed reign of King Stephen. He takes this William de Greasley to be of the same family with one Hugh, son of Richard, who gave some land in Claindon to the Priory of Lenton.

1148 Ralph de Greslei founds Swineshead Abbey, Lincs. (Presumed to be the owner of a motte and bailey castle close to the Abbey) ref R Skinner

1148 - 54 Raph de Greslei (or his son) founds Sixhills Priory, Lincs. Ref R Skinner

1211 – 1212 Raph de Gresele was certified to hold three Knights Fee of the honour of Peverell of Nott, one in Grasele. Thorotons Nottinghamshire pp239

1213 – 1214 Raph de Gresele made fine with the king for 100 pounds for his lands which was Robert de Muscamps (father of Isobel wife of Ralph) lands in hold of Phillip Marc Sherriff of Nottingham. HOI p9

1215 – 1216 Raph had a son in law called Hugh Fitz-Raph who took up arms against the king. Thorotons Nottinghamshire pp239

1219 Phillip Marc called to Westminster to answer issues regarding manore of Ralph de Greselegh. HOI p9

1226 Ralph de Greseley knight, resigned as Coroner of Nottinghamshire. HOI p9

Agnes de Greasley married Hugh FitzRalph (doubtlessly the Hugh FitzRanulf of the Torr Manuscripts), who was the first recorded Patron of Greasley, which was then a Rectory, of which we read in Domesday: "There was a church and priest, and wood pasture, nine quarantins long by six quarantins broad."

1228 Ralph de Gresele conveys to Hugh, son of Ralph, commonly called Hugh Fitz Ralph and Agnes his wife all the lands and tenements he holds in Chief. Hugh to pay £15 for relief. June19. HOI p10

1227 – 1228 Hugh Fitz-Raph and Agnes his wife (daughter and heir of Ralph de Gresele) gave account for their relief, of three knights fees two in Claindon and one fee in Gresele with the appurtenances. Thorotons Nottinghamshire pp240

1251 – 1252 Hugh Fitz-Raph had free warren granted in all his demense lands in Gresele. Thorotons Nottinghamshire pp240

1252 Hugh son of Ralph granted the right to hold a market at Ilkeston once a week on Thursdays and a fair yearly. HOI p11

1252 Possibly in the year 1252 or not long after Hugh Fitz Ralph, owner of the manor of Greseley died. An inquisition was held at Greseley :
"Inquisition made at Gresselley the Wednesday after Palm Sunday concerning the lands and tenements which formerley belonged to Hugh, son of Ralph, in the county of Nottingham, how much those lands are all worth in issues, by Gilbert de Brumslley, Daniel de Wandisley, Robart Torkard in Kirkeby, Adam de Aldisworde, Richard de Stapilford, William Torkard, Adam le Marchal, Stephen de Brokelstene, Stephen Dufft of Watamhous, Thomas de Kumsley, Robert de Fenton, and Robert le Ciselim, who say upon their oath that the said Hugh of the manor of Greseley, with its appurtenances, from the fee of Peverell of Nottingham by the service of one knight to be made to the lord king, and they say that there are three carucates (300 acres?) of land, with a capital messuage, which are worth six pounds per annum. There are 60 oxgangs of land (750 acres?) which are worth fifteen pounds per annum, held by villeins. There are also free tenants who pay 43s. 9d. per annum, and one pound of pepper, and one pound of cummin. There are also 14 coterells (kind of cottagers a little better off than ordinairy villeins), each of whom pays 12 pence per annum. And there is one windmill there, which pays 26s. 8d. per annum and one pigeon house worth 2s. per annum. And there is pasture there and wood worth 7s. 4d. And the advowson of the church,which is worth thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence to the rector. And they say that the said Hugh also held from the Lord Archbishop of York one Knights fee in the town of Muschamp. And they say that Eustachia is the daughter of Ralph, the son of Hugh, and is of full age, and the Lord Nicholas de Cantilupe holds her as wife. Total of the whole extent 26 13s 1d." Inq P.M. temp. Henry III., undated

(1279-1321 Thoroton Society Record Series 1914. Vol II 1279-1321 – different date stated) HOI p11

1260 Millicent mother of Nicholas de Cantilupe dies, his father predeceased her in c. 1251. HOI p14

1261 (HOI) Nicholas de Cantilupe swore oath to king 28th April orders to award Nicholas de Cantilupe Hughs lands. HOI p12

William de Cantilupe baptised in Lenton Priory – ref History of the parish and priory of Lenton Godfrey, pp.130-31n HOI p13

1262 Nicholas de Cantilupe aids feudal Lord Gilbert de Gaunt protecting the liberties and nobility of England from the King who had broken the provisions of the Magna Charta , the King is captured Nicholas de Cantilupe is named as one of these who fought in battle. HOI p14

1267 Nicholas de Cantilupe probably died within a few years of Hugh Fitz Ralph because in 1275 jurors of Wythecall, Co. Lincoln, said that in 1267 a royal official had emptied the fish pond there, and carried away the fish, there by damaging the estate to the value of 10s. The villa being at that time in the hands of King Henry "because of the death of Nicholas de Cantilupe."In guardianship for his son and heir William who was only five or six years old. HOI p15

1267 No known inquisition PM. Ilkeston & Gresley passed into hands of King Henry III as guardian of his infant heir, William who was only five or six years old at his fathers death. HOI p15

1267 - Eustachia, wife of Nicholas de Cantilupe remarried William de Ros, of Ingmanthorpe, without asking the kings leave. Court case arises as king already given the marriage to Alan Plunkenet. William paid 133 pounds to Alan de Plunkenet. Abbrev. Placit., Hen. III., fo 171-2 HOI p15

1267 - William de Ros or Roos entrusted with lands of William de Cantelupe until he comes of age -HOI pp15

1273-1274 Inq PM 2 Edw. II Inquest concerning the lands owned by Wm De Cantilupe in the County of Derby, made at Elkeston , 15 Sept, in second year of reign of King Edward son of King Edward HOI

1283 July 20th King Edward sent letter to Sherriff of Nottingham ordering him to make an inquiry of 12 free and law-worthy men of the neighbourhood of Lenton as to whether William de Cantilupe was born at the abbey of Lenton and baptised in the church of the said abbey and whether he, who by reason of being underage is in our custody, is of full age as he says. tatis Edw.I., No 11s HOI p16

1283 12 men of Muskham, Carleton & C., confirmed was already 21 on Palm Sunday last and should have his lands. HOI p16

1285 William and his first wife Matilda give house and lands to the convent of Bridlington. HOI p16

1291 William de Cantilupe fighting in Scotland HOI p16

1292 Wm De Cantilupe marries second wife Eva widow of Richard Knut. HOI p16

1294 William de Cantelupe serves in Gascony and later in Scotland. Thoroton, Greasley Castle,1934, 38 pp43

1297 income was 20 pounds pa. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp43

1299 Wm de Cantelupe raised to the peerage as Baron Cantelupe by writ of summons

1300 Wm De Cantilupe ordered to send a tenth part of a knight to help King Edward to complete the conquest of Scotland. HOI p16

1305-6 Document concerning Wm de Cantelupe gives the additional information that the manor of Greasley was of the great fee of peverel and held by William ‘by homage doing suit at the court of Honour of the liberty of Peverel every three weeks when scutage runs and is put at 40 shillings Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp44

1307 William in London to assist with coronation of Edward. HOI p20

1308 William de Cantilupe summoned twice to Parliament at Westminster.

1308 Husband of Matilda, Wm. died 1308?
William de Cantilupe dies in Scotch War inquisition concerning lands and tenements, which belonged to Wm De Cantilupe Inq PM 2 Edward III. HOI p18

1308 Oct 25th 1308. Ilkeston & Gresley taken into kings hands by reason of death by Willm de Cantilupe. Cal. Close Rolls, E.II., p79 HOI

1308 Orders were sent )ct 25th 1308 to the royal officers not to intermeddle with the manors of Ilkeston and Greasley, which had been taken into the Kings hands by reason of the death of Wm de Cantilupe, who held them for like at a yearly rent of 60 pounds

1310 Willms son Willm who is 13 years old inquest on feast of the translation of the blessed Thomas, Martyr in the begining of the fourth year of the reign of King Edward son of King Edward – Derby HOI p19

1313 William de Cantilupe son of William de Cantilupe begs kings forgiveness on his knees for the part he had taken with the Earl of Lancaster in the death of Gaveston, the french dandy and Kings favorite . HOI p20

1314 William offered two damsels in marriage, Johanna daughter of John de Grey and Margaret daughter of Robert de Strenle, he replies that he desires no woman for his wife. Claims that he is too young. HOI p20

1315 Willm son of William de Cantilupe gained his estates parl.writs. HOI p21

1320 Nicholas de Cantelupe in Scotland with Edward II. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp46

1321 Willm de Cantilupe makes over manor of Gresley to his brother Nicholas inquisition held to see if in kings hurt - lands looked at & values. The manor is worth £6 13s 4d the church is worth £23 6s 8d. Inquisitiones as quod damnum, 14. Edw.II., no 131

1322 William de Cantilupe dies around this time - no further records found. Possible he was one of the 28 knights that were hung drawn and quartered after supporting the Earl of Lancaster against King Edward. HOI p22

1322 Nicholas de Cantelupe an esquire in the retinue of the Earl of Pembroke. HOI p22

1323 Nic de Cantelupe returned as being man-at-arms in the county of Derby. HOI p22

1324 - 5 Nic de Cantilupe pays King fee of £10 to put off being a knight for one year. HOI p22

1326 smaller respite granted against becoming a knight HOI p23

1326 Whitsuntide, Nicholas de Cantelupe knighted. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp46

1326 Legions of Scots, mounted on wiry ponies were burning, pillaging and murdering in Yorkshire. HOI p23

1329-30 Nicholas in France or Flanders with the kings leave, holds kings letter of protection to last for three years. HOI p23

1329 -30 Royal commissioners came to Nottingham to enquire what rights the various landowners in the neighbourhood had to their privileges HOI p25

1329 – 30 Placita de quo Warranto, 3 Edw. III - Ilkeston
Similar enquiry was held respecting the manor of Gresley - with jurors HOI p25

1334 Nicholas sells a manor to Archbishop of York. HOI p 28

1335 Nicholas ordered to try monks of Thugaton for assaulting John de Oxford at Owthorpe. HOI p28

1336 Nicholas ordered to arrest Hugh de Freyne and Alice Countess of Lincoln. Nicholas had broken into the castle of Bolinbroke and carried off Alice to the kings castle at Somerton, which he had ebtered against the kings wish. Nicholas detained her there. HOI p28

1336 Nicholas in Scotland with Lord Beaumont to conquer Scotland. Distinguished himself so much that the King made Governor of the castle of Berwick. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp45. HOI p26

c.1337-1354 Nicholas attends Parliament on a regular basis. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp47

1337 Nicholas gains back the wood of Myddleclydon Co. York. John de Mount, parson of Greasley acts as his representative in England whilst he is away in Scotland. HOI p28

1337 Nicholas de Cantilupe buys the reversion of a castle and seven manors from Sir Roger Lestraunge. HOI p28

1338-40 CPR 1338-40, p449 The wording in the Calendar of Patent Rolls runs, "Licence to Nicholas Cantelupe to crenel-late his dwelling place of Gryseleye co. Notts." Thoroton in recording the granting of the licence to Nicholas "to strengthen or fortify his manor house," remarks, "from this time it was called a castle." Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward III., Vol. IV, 1338-1340. HOI

1338 Nicholas gives lands worth £5 a year to the Convent of Dale, that three chaplains might say mass for him every day in the church of Ilkeston for ever. HOI p28

1339 Nicholas in Scotland and Flanders. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp46

1339 Nic in Flanders helping King Edward to induce the Flemings and Germans to dethrone the king of France. They said they would on payment of money but once paid refused. The king got into their debt and left his queen with them as a surety. He went home with Nic de Cantelupe by his side to raise more money. When he returned the king threw most of his ministers into prison. HOI p26

1339 Nic de Cantilupe charged to array knights and squires of the counties of Notts and Derbys and to march them to Newcastle upon Tyne. HOI p26

1340 Monsur Nichol de Cantelu is assigned to hear and try the petitions of England. HOI p31

1340 Nicholas sent to Leicester to enquire into the attack upon the chief justice; Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp45

1340 (December) Nicholas sent to enquire into murders taken place in Lincolnshire Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp45

1340 Nicholas disguised as a pilgrim with wallet and staff goes to St Andrews with six other imitation pilgrims to spy out the land around Stirling Castle. HOI p26

1341 Nicholas de Cantelupe marries Joan widow of Willaim, Baron of Kyme in Lincolnshire. He was already a widower having been married to Typhonia. HOI p29

1341 Nicholas brought a manor from Anthony de lucy. HOI p 28

1341 Nicholas called upon to take 40 men-at-arms to fight against the Scots. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp46-47

1342 Letter from Pope Clement VI of Avignon to the Bishop of Lincoln ordering him to allow Nicholas de Cantilupe and Joan of Kyme to consider themselves as married and that their children be regarded as legitimate even though they were ignorant of the fact at the time of their wedding that they were closely related. HOI p29

1342 Nicholas and Joan visit Ilkeston the expenses of the journey of and her family journeying from Greasley to Ilkeston included 4d. for beer, 2d. for bread, 1d. for eggs. They also disposed of three chickens. They stayed for five days. HOI p29

1342 Nic de Cantelupe follows Edward to aid the heroic wife of John de Montfort in her magnificent defence of Brittany against the king of France. HOI p26

1342 - 43 Nicholas de Cantilupe founds Carthusian Priory at Beauvale.HOI p27

Nicholas de Cantilupe gave to the Prior of his newley founded Beauvale Abbey, a mill and 40 acres of land in Gresley and Watnowe, and the lordship of a third part of his town of Selstone: and William le maistre, his bondsman, Richard son of Walter, his bondman, with a house and two acres of land at Watnowe,: Margaret Koc his bondwoman, with a house and twelve acres of land: Roger son of Geoffrey, his bondman, with a house and 17 acres; John Bridd, his bondman, with a house and 14 acres: John son of Reginald, his bondman, with two houses and 40 acres: Agnes Keyning, his bondwoman with a house and 18 acrs: Richard Maysly, with two houses and 35 acres : Gilbert Tailor, with a house and half an acre : Richard son of Geoffrey de Gresleye, with a house and six acres: with all the goods ofthe said bondmen and bondwomen, and all their offspring, and 16 s. 6d. of rent in Seleston, which Johanna, who was the wife of William Cressy, paid annually to the said Nicholas de Cantilupe: 2s. 4d. of rent which Richard de Tournur paid, and 20d. in Watnowe which Nicholas the Baxter paid, together with their services: and there remain to the said Nicholas, beside his grant fourty pounds worth of rent and lands in Ilkeston and twenty pounds worth of rents and lands in Greasley - Inq. ad Q. Damnum, 21 Edw III., 2nd Nos., No. 83 within a few weeks of this docment the plague raged throughout Europe, it hit the Midlands from Leicester through to York and it was claimed that nine out of ten people died, this may have been the time that the village of Greasley diminished and disappeared.

1342 9th Dec 1343 17th year of King Edward III after the Conquest - Reg. W. Zouch.Ebor, fo.107 HOI
the said Monastery and Park of Gryseley adjoining, and three hundred acres of land, ten messuages, twelve bovats, with the appurtances of Gryseley, which Richard le Carter, John Pygot, Robert Newbell, John le Carter, Thomas Dey, Roger Pygot, Hugh son of Agnes, John le Maisterman, Henry le Cartre, Richard Sareson, Roger Dey, Thomas de Fulwode, and Hugh de Pynkeston, his natives and villains held of him in the said Town in Villanage, together with the said Villains, their Chattels, sequel and Sects, HOI The above charter states that one of the reasons for founding of the monastery was the desire to ensure ‘the good estate of Archbishop Zouch’ the founders ‘most dear lord and cousin.’ The people attending included Archbishop of York, bishops of Durham,Lincoln and Litchfield; the earls of Derby, Northampton and Huntingdon; Sir John Grey; Sir Wiliam Deincourt and Sir William de Grey of Sandiacre, knights; William son and heir of the founder and Williams son Nicholas. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp47-48

  1.  Nicholas an ambassador sent to treat for peace with France.

1344-45 William de Lynton lived at the manor house at Gresele. 1359-60 William de Lynton parson of church at Ilkeston. HOI p87

1345 Jon Cok holds land in Wilkynflate he used to pay a rent of 18 pence for it but now he pays a rent of a "poghim" at the castle of Gresley HOI p83

c.1345 And for the expenses of 41 pigs comung from Slayndon (?) ti Gresley for the lords larder, and remaining at Gresley for one day and two nights, half a quarter or for four repasts, or jalf a bushel per repast. And for the expenses of 30 pigs coming from Gresley to Ilkeston and remaining there 4 ½ days in order to be fattened, 41/2 bushels, or per day one bushel… ….and for one boar remaining at Ilkeston for eight weeks for fattening which boar had not had peas at the manor of Gresley, two bushels of peas. HOI p87

1346 Nicholas attends the king and fights at the battle of Crecy. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp47

1347-48 Enquiry held at Brokestow. Nicholas de Cantilupe gave to the Prior of his newley founded Beauvale Abbey, a mill and 40 acres of land in Gresley and Watnowe, and the lordship of a third part of his town of Selstone: and William le maistre, his bondsman, Richard son of Walter, his bondman, with a house and two acres of land at Watnowe,: Margaret Koc his bondwoman, with a house and twelve acres of land: Roger son of Geoffrey, his bondman, with a house and 17 acres; John Bridd, his bondman, with a house and 14 acres: John son of Reginald, his bondman, with two houses and 40 acres: Agnes Keyning, his bondwoman with a house and 18 acrs: Richard Maysly, with two houses and 35 acres : Gilbert Tailor, with a house and half an acre : Richard son of Geoffrey de Gresleye, with a house and six acres: with all the goods ofthe said bondmen and bondwomen, and all their offspring, and 16 s. 6d. of rent in Seleston, which Johanna, who was the wife of William Cressy, paid annually to the said Nicholas de Cantilupe: 2s. 4d. of rent which Richard de Tournur paid, and 20d. in Watnowe which Nicholas the Baxter paid, together with their services: and there remain to the said Nicholas, beside his grant fourty pounds worth of rent and lands in Ilkeston and twenty pounds worth of rents and lands in Greasley - Inq. ad Q. Damnum, 21 Edw III., 2nd Nos., No. 83 within a few weeks of this docment the plague raged throughout Europe, it hit the Midlands from Leicester through to York and it was claimed that nine out of ten people died, this may have been the time that the village of Greasley diminished and disappeared.

1347 21st of Edward III., another Deed of gift was executed at Gryseley on the 20th of October, to which the names of the same former witnesses were appended.......give five messuages, one mill, and forty acres of land, with the appurtenances in Gresley and Watnowe,......and divers small rents in Greseley,........and a messuage and six acres of land on the north side of the Castle in Greseley, which William de Beaurepayr held for life, and another of five acres and one rood of land, which William de Worthington and Agnes his wife held for life, on the north side of the Castle also, &c., &c. HOI

1347 Nicholas and Joan brought an action to recover a house and some lands,which they said were part of the latters dowry. HOI p32

1347 One of the most awful plagues spread from Leicester to York contemporary historians say that nine out of ten people died at this time. HOI p28

1349 Nicholas is granted permission from the pope to carry about a portable alter with him so that he may say mass during his battles. His wife Joan was granted the right to choose her own confessor to remit all of her sins at her time of death. HOI p29

1351 Nicholas brought an action demanding that William son and heir of John Sleight, knight should be given up to him because his father held his lands from him by millitary service and he therefore had a right to the custody of William. HOI p32

1352 Nicholas appointed one of the commissioners for defence in Lincolnshire. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp47

1356 Nicholas de Cantilupe died Enquiry held at Sandiacre on Tuesday next after the feast of All Saints Day by the oath of William son of Ralph … ...who say upon their oath that Nicholas de Cantelupe held no lands in the county of Derby at the time of his death because he had conveyed them to John de Lysens, knight, Thomas of Newmarket, knight and Hugh de Cressy and others long before he died. And they say that Nicholas died the Tuesday following the feast of St Peter last past. They also say that William, son of Nicholas is the next heir and is the age of thirty years or more. Inquisitions Post Mortem 29 Edw.III No. 6. HOI p32

1356 Nicholas buried at Lincoln Cathedral HOI p32

1356 Seven other enquiries held, Lincoln jury informed them that Joan who was the wife of William de Kyme, knight was seized of certain manors for her life belonging to Gilbert de Humfravil earl of Angus, which the said Joan the said Nicholas married, and was therefore seized of the said manors in the right of the said Joan, lately his wife, which Joan has survived him. HOI p32

1356 –57 At the assizes at Darby Joan had been the wife of Nicholas de Cantelupe, Chr. Raph Fawconberg, and others for fifty mess. Twenty tofts, one mill, and ten carucats of lands, one hundred acres of meadow, two hundred of pasture, and two of wood, and ten marks of rent in Ilkeston. Raph Fawconberg, produced a writing of the said Joane by the name of Joan de Kym whereby she released the said tenements, and the castle of Greseley in the county of Nott.. But she denied it to be her deed and recovered the manor of Ilkeston as she did at the assizes in Nottingham the same year, the castle of Greseley, thirteen Mess. Three carucates of land twenty acres of meadow two hundred pasture one thousand of wood and 10l. rent and William de Cantelupe and the rest were amerced. Thorotons Nottinghamshire pp241

1356-57 William de Cantilupe goes to Tower of London - suspicion of slaying brother in the charge of John Vendour of Newark appears to be unfounded.
HOI p33

1356-57 The Sherriff of Lincoln ordered to send the Walter de Formethorpe "steward of Nicholas de cantelupe"that he with others may answer to the king for divers felonies and transgressions HOI p33

1364 Joan wife of Nicholas dies. HOI p32

1366 CPR 1364-67, p 281. Castle in possession of Nicholas de Cantilupe son of William ref R Skinner

1371-72 Nicholas founded for the ‘health of his soul’ a college for five priests at Lincoln Cathedral. HOI p29

1371-72 On the feast of St Peter in Cathedra last past Nicholas dies - slain, aged 29 in 1371-72 inquisition held at Kirke Halum July 12 the 45th year of the reign of King Edward the Third jurors say that Nicholas de Cantelupe held the manors of Ilkeston and the castle of Greseley on the day of his death which manors Thomas de Neumarche, knight, John Buscy and Hugh de Crescy gave to Johanna who was the wife of Nicholas de Cantelupe, knight for her whole life, so that after her death the aforesaid manors should remain to Nicholas son of William de Cantilupe and his heirs, and if the said Nicholas de Cantelupe dies without heirs should remain to his brother William and his heirs. And that the said Nicholas died without an heir from his body issuing,William aged twenty-five years and upwards. - Inquisitions PM 45 Edward III., second Nos., No13 HOI p33

1375 Wife of Nicholas de Cantelupe set five priests to say mass for the soul of N de Cantelupe. HOI p29

    1. William de Cantelupe dies. IPM 49 EDW. III pt.I, No. 28 HOI p35


It is ordered to John Stanhope of Rampton escheator of the king in the County of Nottingham and Derby that when he has taken security from William de Cantilupe concerning the Castle of greasley and a certain piece of land in Kymmarley and thirteen pennyworths of rent in Hemsall with their appurtenances and the manor and advowson of the church of Elkeston in the said county of Derby which castle lands and rent are held from the lord king in Chief as from the honour of Peverell and the said manor and advowson from the heir of Henry de Beaumont Rot.Orig., 49 Ed. III., ro, 7. HOI p35

1375-76 Inquisition held at Risley concerning Wm de Cantelupe IPM 49 Edw. III pt 1, No. 19. HOI p35

1375 IPM XIV, n 108. Castle inherited by William la Zouch (uncle of the above)(died 1382)** ref R Skinner

1378 Inquisition held in Ripon Yorkshire says that William son of William de Cantelupe died on Wednesday in the third week of Quadragesima in the forty-ninth year of Edward III and that John Haystnges, son of the Earl of Pembroke, aged six years and William la Zouche aged sixty are his next heirs and cousins. HOI p37

1377 PRO ref 159/27 Poll tax – everyone over 14 except honest beggars to pay 4d (latin) Greasley Castle. (See PRO Website)

1379-80 Matilda widow of Wm. de Cantelupe married without king’s leave to Thomas de Kydale, Forgiven on payment of £2 fine. HOI p35

1382 IPM XV, n 641. Castle inherited by William la Zouch (son of the above)(died 1416)** ref. R Skinner

1395 96 William Zouch dies 13 May. IPM 19 Rich II No.52

1396 IPM XVII, n 717 and CCR 1396-99, p 4. Castle inherited by William la Zouch (son of the above)(died 1416)** ref. R Skinner

1396 – 99 CCR 1396-99, p 66. Castle granted away.** ref. R Skinner

1396 – 97 Rot. Claus. 20 Ric II ps. I m. 31 William la Zouch of Haryngworth when he died held the castle and manor of Greseley and the advowson of the priory of Bevale and the said castle and manor should remain to William la Zouche son and heir.Westminster July 4th. HOI p41

1415-16 IPM 3 Henry V., No. 46 m. 14 Held at Ilkeston regarding William Zouch both Ilkeston and the Castle at Greseley are said to be worth nothing per annum besides deductions and annuities. HOI p48

1416 CPR 1413-16, p 260. Castle passed to Thomas lord Berkeley, Thomas la Warre and Robert Isham.** ref. R Skinner

1423-24 Alice wife of William la Zouche and daughter and heir of Richard de St. Maur knight and Mary his late wife deceased had her age proved, she was born 23rd day of July 1408-09

1424 William la Zouches son William becomes of age. HOI p48

1425 Northampton June 18 1425. Proving of age took place. William 22 years at that time and was granted his estates. HOI p49

1428 PRO ref. 159/57 Subsidy on parishes and knights fees (Latin) Greasley Church (see PRO Website)

1454 Lord William de Zouche ‘seeke and feeble’. HOI p50

1464 William la Zouche died William la Zouche his son is his heir and aged thirty years and upwards. May 5th at Whytwell Co. Derby inquisition held. HOI p51

1481 John la Zouche son of William la Zouch above granted permission to posses his manors on derby and elsewhere previously having been under age. HOI p51

John fights with King Richard in battle and after the kings death found guilty of high treason and his lands were forfeited

1483 John Savage created Knight of the Bath by Edward IV. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp51

1484-1485 John Savage Mayor of Chester. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp51

1485 Sir John Savage granted the castle, lordship and manor of Greasley and Kymmarley and the manor of Ilkeston by Henry VII as Sir John la Zouch was attained as a Yorkist… …With all and singular their members and appurtenances in Gresley, Kymberley, and Ilkeston, which castle, lordships, manors, and lands, tenements, &c., Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp52. HOI p54

1494 Sir John Savage killed at the siege of Boulogne castle and lands pass to his son John. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp52

1494??? John Savage and his son also named John were found guilty of the murder of John Pauncefote, but were pardoned for their offences on the promise to pay the king 4,000 marks. Their lands at Granby, Sutton, Greasley and Kimberley were taken for ‘further surety of payment’. Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp52

1512 Calendar of Nottinghamshire Coroners' Inquests 1485-1558.

Peter Shaw of Watnall 7 April 1512On 6th April Peter Harden late of Greasley Castle 'Yoman", and Thomas Harden of Greasley Castle, 'laborer', lay in wait in the fields of Newthorpe and assaulted and beat Peter Shaw late of Watnall at Moor Green where they found him. Peter Harden gave him mortal wounds in four parts of his head with a staff worth 2d., while Thomas held him in his arms so that he could not move. Peter Harden also struck him in the throat with a dagger worth 12d., giving him a great wound 3 inches long, 2 inches wide and a foot deep, of which he died. Thus Peter and Thomas Harden feloniously murdered him, and immediately afterwards fled upon horses as felons about 7pm. Joan wife of Peter Harden late of Greasley Castle, 'huswif', on divers occasions feloniously encouraged and abetted her husband in the commission of the murder. Peter Shaw's first finder was William Clyfton of Watnall, a man of good standing and reputation.

1530 Sheep farming becoming so profitable that many local people became tramps and vagrants. The monks of Gresley and Dale feed the poor. HOI pIII

1534 - 44 PRO REF C 1/966/12. Case in Chancery Court. Simon Callas and Margery, his wife, v. John Heaton, William Hollinghead, William Hunt and Thurstan Roberts: Castle of Greasley and its lands.**

Greasley Castle estate
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/1 - date: 1595/6. (6 Feb. 38 Eliz. I)
[From Scope and Content] 2) Henry Poole of Greseley Castell, gent.
[From Scope and Content] For surrender of lease of premises by (1) to Bonaventure Eyton for life, later assigned to (2), and for £140, (1) to (2) castle or capital messuage called Greseley Castell, with Christall Wood (formerly occupied by John Eyton), excepting mines of coal, lead, iron and stone, existing or proposed, and liberty to dig same, for lives of Ambrose Poole, and Ann Poole, children of (2), and of Anthony, son of Andrewe Poole, brother of (2); £3 p.a.; reciting that as castle "is nowe in some decay for defaults of coveringe and other necessary reparacions and so was in decaye longe tyme before ye said Henry Poole or, Bonaventure Eyton... Surrendred... And cannot be repayred w'thowt great Chargs and expense", (2) may "alter and transforme anie of the partes of the said decayed buildings and to builde them in anie other Manner and forme so yt thereby the Compase and foundacion of the said buildings be not abridged or altered"; covenant by (1) for peaceable possession against E.S., Polexena his wife, and Roger his son; (2) to have "howseboote, hedgeboote, fireboote, ploughboote, and Carte boote"; on death of each tenant (1) to have best beast as a "heryott" or £4; if (1) summoned to provide soldiers for royal service, then (2) to find "an able and sufficient man with all convenient armor and furniture fytt for a Musketyre"; William Poole to be attorney of (1) to deliver seisin.

1596-1687 Creator(s): Fillingham family of Syerston, Nottinghamshire
[from Scope and Content] DD/FM/80/1-13 Greasley Castle estate 1596-1687 This is largely a collection of title deeds with some estate administration and financial papers together with surveys and maps, including a coloured "plotte" of Thorpe in 1619 (DD/FM/65/1). A series of papers relates to a drawn out and costly Chancery suit over the manor of Thorpe, purchased by George Fillingham in 1808 from the Neales of Tollerton and shortly afterward sold to Sir Robert Howe Bromley (DD/FM/59/1-10). The enclosure of Syerston is covered in some detail with copies of the act, award, map, and commissioners' minute book (DD/FM/78/2-4). There is also a detailed survey and map of the parish in its open state (DD/FM/60/4,DD/FM/64/1-2), as well as William Fillingham's own estimate of the improved value of his land after enclosure, and statements of the costs of the enclosure proceedings (DD/FM/60/2). The remainder of the documents are wills and executorship papers of the Fillinghams and related families, and estate papers of George Fillingham's clients. A few archives of the Earls of Rutland's Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire estates which obviously strayed into Fillingham hands from Belvoir during the course of their estate agency to the Manners family include a series of 16th and 17th century leases of the Greasley Castle estate, coal mining agreements between the Manners and an Ilkeston, (Derbyshire) yeoman, in 1616, and Major Charles White of Greasley, a local Parliamentarian commander, in 1641 and 1647 (DD/FM/80/1-13). The archives of William Fillingham are unfortunately scanty, but those of his son, George, are especially voluminous. The latter's meticulously kept and extraordinarily detailed account books are a model of their kind. They were begun within a week of his father's death in 1795, when he was 21, and were continued in his own hand, until he was in his 70s. His mother, each of his sisters, and later his children, all had their own separate accounts, which were "allowed" by the head of the family at the end of each year, and signed by both parties. As every minute item of income and expenditure of himself and his family is recorded (even down to pence lost and found), the ledgers afford an extremely detailed insight into the professional, economic and social life of the Fillinghams in the early 19th century, and particularly of the running of the estate and home farm. One volume, for example, records the exact activities of each of his agricultural labourers each day between 1839 and 1844, with details of their wages.

c. 1608 Manor and castle sold by the Savage family to Sir John Manners of Haddon.* (grandfather of the Earl of Rutland) Thoroton, Greasley Castle, 1934, 38 pp52

1608-09 The manors of Gresley and Kymberley, alias Kymbley with its appurtenances and 12 messuages, one dovecot, 12 gardens, 200 acres of land, 51o acres of meadow, 150 acres of pasture, 100 acres of wood, and 40 acres of moor and heath, with appurtenances in Gresley and Kymberley, alias Kymbley in our county of Nottingham which are held from us in chief as it is said, to our beloved and faithful John Manners, knight to be had and held by the said John and his heirs and assignees for ever from us our heirs and successors by the service therefor due of customary right. And to the said John that he may receive the aforesaid messuages…Rot.Pat. 6 Jac.I., ps. 6, m. 37. HOI p145

1612 NA -Greasley Castle estate
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/3 - date: 1612
[from Scope and Content] Valuation of Gresley Castle, giving field and sub-tenants' names, all in occupation of Mr. Trimmingsam, held for lives of An Trimmingsam and Ambrose Poole.

FILE - Indenture between 1 Thomas Swetnam of Graiseley Greasley Castle, co. Nottingham, gent., Elizabeth his wife, Guilbert Cocks of Normanton on the Soar Normanton-upon-Soar, co. Nottingham, gent., Mary his wife, John Baxter of Great Witley, co. Worc., gent., Ruth his wife, Thomas Fry of Kingsbury, co. War., gent., Ann his wife, and George Saunders of Coleshill, co. War., yeoman, and Winifred his wife, 2 John Lea of Ladbrookes parke Ladbrook Park in the parish of Tanworth, co. War., yeoman, 3 Isaac Sadler of Castlebromwich Castle Bromwich, co. War., gent., and 4 John Scotton of Maxstoke, co. War., yeoman, being a deed to lead the uses of a fine of two cottages, the moiety of a messuage and land with appurtenances in Tanworth, Minworth, Curdworth, Sutton Coldfeild Sutton Coldfield, Hurley, Kingsbury and Coleshill, co. War. Parchment. - Ref. MS 3888/A 1631 - date: 20 October 1692

1632 Tapestry Map showing gatehouse at Greasley. Woven by Mary Eyre, at Rampton.

1640’s Lord Capel, an ardent Royalist, was at that time the owner of the Lordship of Greasley,

1647 NA Greasley Castle estate
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/10 - date: 17 May 1647
[from Scope and Content] "A coppie of a note sent to my lord": reciting that in order to work the coal delph in the demesnes of Greasley Castle more water will be necessary in summer to supply the engine, and that this could be found by cutting a trench no more than 16 in, wide to bring water from a spring on land belonging to "my Lord Capell", paying compensation to the tenant (although it would be to his advantage as a drain), and also that "if the delph proseede forward", it would be desirable to sink another pit in the "nooke" of a close of Lord Capell's on the south side of the pasture called Kestoes, again paying compensation, and requesting that "your Lord' pp" should obtain Lord Capell's permission for these works "for you or yours may pleasure him or his tenn fould hereafter in the like nature, and not very farr from the place now in workeing".

1647 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/6 - date: 14 May 1647
[from Scope and Content] Reciting that (1), with consent of his mother, Lady Grace Manners, had permitted (2) to search for coal at Kestoe or Kestore in manor of Grealey, and had provided timber for construction of a "horse-Engine, a Water-Engine, Engine house, Stables and a house, mynes, soughes, Conveyancs for Water, Sough-pitts, heddinge pitts, Essay-pitts, Chaudrable pitts and other pitts," and that (2) had been at considerable expense in preparing the same, now (1) to lease to (2) all coal as can "bee gott with the Water-Engine as itt is now placed", for 7 years from 1 Aug. next; (2) to work pits at own cost, "without leaveinge post or pillar that may with safety bee taken away"; after 100 "Rucks of Coles are landed" (2) to pay to (1) 12d. for every ¾ of hard coal and 9d. for every ¾ of soft coal every Saturday until 1 August, then on last Saturday in every month for 7 years, with 200 loads of coal p.a. if required by (1), to be got at (1)'s expense, for use "att his Castle of Belvoir or other Mansion house, or houses, or lodge", with ingress and egress for (1)'s "Men, horses and Carradges"; (2) to work all hard and soft coals except "what is necessary for settinge of punches for supportinge of the said Worke", and (1)'s agents to have right to view the pits; hard coal to be got "but att two pitts att a tyme", no new pits to be opened until old ones exhausted; (2) to maintain in good repair all "Trenches, conveyancs for Water, dams, Water-courses, horse-ginn, Water-ginn, Wheeles, pumpes, ginn-house, soughes, ginn-pitts or pitt heads, headinge pitts, Chaudrable pitts, worke pitts", and return same to (1) at end of term; (2) to allow (1) use of any spring or water course brought to the gin from elsewhere for 10 years after end of term; (2) to leave to (1) all "Instrum'ts, tooles, cheynes, Ropes, turnetrees and ymplem'ts", (1) to pay for the "chaines, picks, Ropes, soes, Barrells, and hammers" at price agreed by 2 "indifferent men"; (2) to have 1 year after end of term to dispose of coal remaining on the ground; (1), with consent of his mother to allow (2) wood for "punches and Sinkinge Wood" out of woods of Gresley Castle demesnes for 1 year, (2) to pay for cutting and cording and also 5s. per cord (timber excepted); (2) not to sublet without permission of (1)

1649 Lord Capel surrenders at Colchester after a siege with the parliamentarians, he was together with the Duke of Hamilton and the Earl of Holland judged and condemned by a parliamentary Commission, and executed in front of Westminster Hall on the 9th of March, 1649.

1652 Robert Smalley, vicar of Greasley refused to sign the articles at the Restoration and was expelled. He went on to found the Independent chapel in Moorgreen.

1664: 1674 Hearth Tax Returns show Humfrey Jamson of Moorgreen with six hearths. Notts. Hearth Tax 1664:1674 edited by F Webster p75

1672 The registration of preachers and preaching places consequent to the Declaration of Indulgence 1672 includes a licence for the 'House’ of Humphrey Jameson, Gresley, Nottinghamshire.

1673 The vicarage of Gresley in the patron of Arthur Capell.

Thoroton says the castle is totally destroyed ‘except 1 or 2 fragments of a plain wall.

1681-2 Mar 11, Samuel Purdy of Moorgreen, p. Greasley, f.w.k. bac. 29, & Elizabeth Jamson of same, spr., 19; at Greasley. [Bond by Humfrey Jamson, of greasley Castle,

Greasley Castle estate

1687 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/12 - date: 1687. (30 July 3 Jas. II)
[from Scope and Content] 2) Humfry Jamson, citizen and clothworker of London.

1687 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/13 - date: 30 Sept. 1687
[from Scope and Content] 1) Humfry Jamson, citizen and clothworker of London.

1687 Humphrey Jamson leases greasley castle from Duke of Rutland setting up as a framework knitter. Document refers to the farmhouse. Earlier leases suggest the castle is in a dilapidated state. Jamson given permission to alter and for wood to be taken to assist in keeping the building in repair. Some roof missing.

1687 NA Greasley Castle estate
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/12 - date: 1687. (30 July 3 Jas. II)
[From Scope and Content] For £45 and £100 p.a. (1) to (2) castle or capital messuage of Greysley Castle, excepting timber, coal, lead, ironstone, and game; 21 years; to be void if (2) convicted of any offence, or "erroneous or hereticall opinions in Religion"; (2) to have timber to keep building in repair, and to keep land in good heart with lime and manure; (2) to keep 1 hound that will be sent by (1); (2) to set 10 trees of Oak, ash, elm or willow each year; (2) is not to sublet or assign premises without permission of (1), except Great Castoe Close and several lime pits, to be assigned to George Lane of Newthorp.

1687 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/FM/80/13 - date: 30 Sept. 1687
[from Scope and Content] Reciting lease as above, now, for £5 and £13 p.a. (1) to (2) Great Castor Close and several lime pits at Greysley Castle; covenants as to religion and manuring land as above; (2) to plant 2 trees p.a. as above.

1690 Humphrey Jamesons inventory refers to him having 4 stocking frames in the garret and the following rooms: -

Hall, parlour, kitchen, buttery, brewhouse, chamber over the hall and parlour, chamber over the kitchen, little chamber and maids chamber, garrett, one further room.

1703 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/33/3/7 - date: 25 June, 1703
[from Scope and Content] Lease for 21 years from Algernon Earl of Essex to Richard Cliffton William Purdy & Richard Jackson of Moorgreen yeomen of all those the tythes of Corn graine & Hay of Moorgreen Newthorpe Greasley castle Watnall Cantelupe Watnall Chaworth Brinsley Hemsell Kimberley Meffield grounds old ausworth Babington Moore Grasscrofts crabcroffts. Consideration: £40. Rent: £66.16.8. p.a.

1706 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/208/2/14 - date: 11 March, 7 Ann, 1706
[from Scope and Content] Indenture between Algernon Capell, Earl of Essex & John Barber of Greasley Castle, gent. Liberty of road from The Clift through land occupied by Thos. Cadman, Sam. Severon, Wm. Watkinson to the Watnall to Nottingham road; 21 years; rent £5 p.a. Seal of Barber.

1708 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/33/1/7 - date: 10 June 1708
[from Scope and Content] Lease between Rt. Hon. Algernon Earl of Essex and John Barber of Greasley Castle gent of a Coal Delph in Selston for 21 years. Rent: £1 p.a. & 1 sh. per wagganload of coal.

1723 SA Barker family of Bakewell, Derbyshire
APPENDIX: Manuscripts retained by the depositor
[from Scope and Content] 9 George I 1723 June 13: Appointment by John Duke of Rutland of John Barker (1688-1727), gent., as his Steward and Receiver of his rents and profits yearly issuing or arising out of his castle, lordships, manors, messuages, etc., lately in the collection of his servant Thomas Lawrence, in the towns, townships, parishes or places of Belvoir, Barkstone, Long Billington, Bottesford, Braunstone, Cottmanhay, Croxton, South Croxton, Denton, Eagle, Easthorp, Eaton, Fosston, Goldsmithe Grange, Gonarby, Granby, Graysley Castle, Little Hallam, Harby, Harstone, Hose, Ilkestone, Kimberley, Knipton, Melton Mowbray, Melton Ross, Muston, Normanton, Nottingham, Plungar, Redmile, Ropsley, Saltby, Sproxton, Stathern, Stonesby, Sutton, Thorp Arnold, Waltham, and Woolsthorp, in counties Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Derby, at yearly salary of £100. (Framed)

4 cottages (Wilson, etc. Sherbrooke)
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SK/94/1 - date: 21 Mar 1732
[from Scope and Content] (1) Martha Wilson late of Arnold, now Nottm., spin., Charles Dolby of London, packer and wife Dorothy, Mary Wilson of Nuthall, spin., Luke Jackson of Nuthall, yeo and wife Anne, Francis Barber of Greasley Castle, and Thomas Lamb of Nottm., gents.

C.1740 NA NOTTS DD/LM/210/2/1. Greasley Castle Farm exchanged by D of Rutland with Sir Robert Sutton for land at Brook Closes. (Proposed exchange, may never have happened.)**

1753 Greasley estate owned by the Sutton family (Lamb Close purchased from them by the Barbers at this time)

c. 1760 Church extensively rebuilt.

c. 1798 Main road bends around the outside of the bank in the Vicarage field. Gatehouse shown on Duke of Rutlands coal map. Indication that earlier exchange did not take place? Coal board map ref. NCB EM 299

1816 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/161/20/1-17 - date: 1816, 1829-1851
item: [no title] - ref. DD/LM/161/20/1 [n.d.]
[from Scope and Content] Sale Catalogue for Estates at Kimberley & Greasley Castle to be sold by Auction at the Black-Moor's Head Inn, Nottingham on 1 June, 1816.

1835 Churchyard extended into castle area. Borthwick Institute; R>IV>K 187 Additional Burial Ground – Sentence of Consecration 26 August 1835

1840 NA Lothian of Melbourne FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/192/2/7 - date: 11 Dec.,
[from Scope and Content] Merger of Tithes in Moor Green in the parish of Greasley. William, Lord Melbourne. Except Greasley Castle Farm of 251a; site of Vicarage & Glebe belonging. All tithes extinguished in the Freehold. Approved by Tithe Commissioners 23 Jan., 1841. 2 seals.

1846 enclosure map – shows only part of the orchard field as orchard. Possible medieval ridge and furrow marked on here.

1852 NA Thompson and Ray; The Dunsteads, etc.
Agreements and coal leases.
FILE [no title] - ref. DD/CH/40/74 - date: 18 June 1852
[from Scope and Content] 1) Thos. Grammer of Greasley Castle (Notts.), gent.

1871 NA FILE [no title] - ref. DD/LM/209/7/21 - date: 7 Nov., 1871
[from Scope and Content] P.C. Grammar, Greasley Castle, bill & rect £7.14.9. for bricks @ 22s. per 1000.

c. 1880 Church extensively rebuilt.

1933 2 day excavation by Herbert Green. Green presumed the form of the castle to have been quadrangular.

* = Source not known

** = Source not checked


(HOI) Agnes de Greasley married one Hugh FitzRalph (doubtlessly the Hugh FitzRanulf of the Torr Manuscripts), who was the first recorded Patron of Greasley, which was then a Rectory, of which we read in Domesday: "There was a church and priest, and wood pasture, nine quarantins long by six quarantins broad." As there was a doubt whether Agnes or Isabella had been Ralph de Greasley’s wife, so there is a doubt as to who the Hugh FitzRalph was, who married their daughter Agnes; but it is held that he was the son of Ralph Wandesley, Lord of Selston. He was a widower when he married Agnes, having lost his first wife Idonea, and is said to have been one of the Barons who had taken up arms against King John to wring Magna Charta from the unwilling monarch. He rendered homage to Henry III., from whom in 1251 he, among other privileges, obtained a grant of free warren, dated April 10th, 36th Henry III. Hugh FitzRalph and Agnes his wife had two sons, the elder of which was named Ralph, and he had a daughter named Eustachia, who became sole heiress of all the property of the de Greasleys, and the de Muschamps of old together.Eustachia, who on the death of Hugh Fitz Ralph (or Ranuif) had become sole heiress, married Nicholas de Canteloupe, one of the younger sons of the De Canteloupe’s of Hertfordshire; but there is not much known of him. He died early, not living long after his marriage, and Eustachia had by him a son named William, who was born at Lenton Priory, where possibly she may have taken refuge in those turbulent times.