which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

A Description of Crich and South Wingfield

A Transcription of the 18th Century Manuscripts

of John Reynolds

Transcribed by Stuart Hill and reproduced with his permission.


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Ex coll Johis Reynolds
de Plaistow green

This was antiently written Cruche, Cruch, Crouche, Cryche, Criche, Crych, Crich, but now mostly corruptly Critch, and sometimes Creech, the former of which two modern names being now commonly used by the Justices Clerks in the direction of their Masters Warrants Brewers Licenses & appointments of Pochiall Officers; and the latter by the Brief Coll'rs & some few officers in the Ecclesiastical Court.

This Parish contains therein these Villages or Hamlets following viz. Crich, Frichley, Plaistow and Wheatcroft, together with two Farms, which have antient and distinct names, the one called Wakebridge, and the other the Edge, all which lie within the Hundred of Moreleston & Litchurch, and Washington or Wessington which lies in the Hundred of Scarsdale, and Tansley within the Wapentake or Hund'd of Wirksworth.

Crich is a Mannor being antiently the Seat of a Barony, held (as Dr. Thoroton informs us) at the time of the Conquest by Ralph Fitz Hubert (i.e. Radulphus filius Huberti) from whose posterity it descended by an Heir general to Anker de Fressunvile, about the time King John, whose posterity co'd not enjoy it for above 3, or at most 4 Generations, for Anno 19 E. 2di. Roger Bolers held the Manor of Crich for a Knight's Fee. [Marginal Note: Thoroton's Nott. p. -]

Anno 4'to. Rici. 2'di. one Bollers held the Manors of Criche, Winfeld, and Tybshelfe. [Marginal Note: vid. M.S. pouesme]

Annis 4'to. et 5'to. Hen. 5'ti. one Swillington held the Manors of Crich, and Tibhselfe.

Anno 36'to. Hen. 6'ti. John, Earl of Shrewsbury, held the Manors of Wynfeld and Criche (ut patet ex compoto pouesme)

The Title of an Old Vellum Roll (above quoted) now in my custody is this

Wynfeld Compotus Johannis Statham Receptionis deneriorum
& nobilis Domini Johannis Comitis Salopiae ibidem a
Criche festo Michaëlis anno regni regis Henrico sexti post
conquestum xxxvj. usque idem festum Michaëlis
[Marginal Note: viz. from Mich. 1458 to Mich'as 1459.]

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anno praedicti regis xxxvij, videlicet per anum
annum integrum.

I suppose this must be the first year the Shrewsbury Family was possesst of this Mannor from the first article in the fores'd. Roll, next after the above title, which is Arreragia nulla quia primus compotus hujus Dominij (for horum Dominiorum). and yet plainer upon another part of the s'd. Roll, under the following title.

Criche, Compotus Thurstani Leyland praepariti ibidem per
tempus infrascriptum (meaning the last before mentioned)
Arreragia nulla quia primus Compotus tempore Comitis
Salopiae nunc possessoris ejusdem Dominij.

From this time it continued in the Shrewsbury family entire till Gilbert, the 7'th. Earl of this Family died without Male issue, leaving 3 Daughters his Coheirs, that is to say,
Mary, the eldest married to William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, Elizabeth, to Henry Grey Earl of Kent, and Aletheia wife to Thomas Howard Earl of Arundel & Surry which three enjoyed it during the rem'r. of King James's & King Charles ye first's Reign.
[Marginal Note: viz. in 1616.]

Anno Domini 1655. The Mannor of Crich was the Estate of the "Trustees of the Right Hon'ble the Earls of Arundel & Shrewsbury, and Sir George Savile Baronet equally divided amongst them."
[Marginal Note: See a Survey in my poss'n.]

Anno Domini 1660. The Hon'ble Henry Howard, Esqr. second son to y'e. R't. Hon'ble the Earl of Arundel & Surrey (wch Henry was afterwards Duke of Norfolke) sold one undivided third p't. of the Mannor of Cryche, and one undivided third part of all his y'e. s'd. Henry Howards Lands, Tenements &c. lying and being in Crich Frichley, Crich Chase, Culland Parke, Upper Holloway

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Nether Holloway, Lea, Tansley, Wheatcroft & Lindway Lane to Anthony Benett & al. who parcelled it out amongst the Tenants.

In the Reign of Queen Anne and sometime before the year of our Lord 1711. The most noble Charles Duke of Shrewsbury Marquess of Alton &c. sold to John Halten and William Flint, an other undivided third part of all Lands Tenem'ts. & Hereditt's. within the Manor of Crich & its appurts (as in the forementioned Deed of Howards) excepting the Royalty & Lands in Crich Chase, which said Halton & Flint sold the same in Parcels to the Tenants.

Anno 1711. The s'd. Duke of Shrewsbury sold to William Sudbury, Geo. Wood, & others, one undivided third part of the Mannor or Royalty of Crich, and one half of the Lands in Crich Chase (being what he had excepted out of his Deed to Halton & Flint) who sold the same again in parcels (strangely divided & many lots) to divers other persons.

That 3'd. part of the Manner, Lands, Tenements & Heredit's which in 1655 belonged to Sir Geo. Saville descended to William Savile late Lord Marquess of Halifax, after whose and his Lady's Deaths, his 3 daughters and Coheirs, who had married to the Earls of Burlington, and Ailsbury,
and Sackville Tufton Esquire (late Earl of Thanet) enjoyed the same till about 20 years ago, when they parted the Estate of the late Marquess of Halifax amongst them, and the third part of Crich (and some others to be mentioned hereafter) fell by Lott to the late Earl of Thanet, whose Son (now the present Earl) enjoys it at this time.
[Marginal Note: to wit in 1760]

"Ralph de Frechvill alienated Criche (as he did all or most of his part of the Barony) Raph, Son of Raph de Frechevill put his claim by the Fine, wch the s'd. Raph
[Marginal Note: Thorot~s. Nott.]

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"de Frechevill levied of the Manor of Boney 18 E. Ii to Roger Boler and his Heirs for ever Roger Boler his Son being then above 7 years old. Alice was wife of the said Roger Boler."

"Robert de Swillington married Margaret one of the Daughters and Coheirs of Roger Boler."
[Marginal Note: Thorot~s. Nott.]

Culland Park is a parcell of Land within the Manor of Crich lying Eastw'd. of the Town of Crich between a Brook called Culland Brook and Wingfield Park, which are the bounds thereof to the West and East and the Edge Moor and Frichley Mill Green to the North and South. It still retains the name.

The Edge is a Farm belonging now to Mr. Wm. Milnes of - But antiently was parcel of the Estates of the Abbot of Derley, and after the Suppression of the Babingtons of Dethick, who sold it to John Claye of Cryche, temp. Eliz. Regina. It lies within the Mannor of Crich, & Hundred of Morleston &c.

Anno Dom. 1646 Timothy Pusey of Selstone in Com Not. was possessed of y'e. Edge, al's Ege in Cryche.
[Marginal Note: See a writing in my possession.]

Since that time the Edge (and several other Lands and Tenements in Crich being parcell of y'e. possess'ns. of y'e. Abbot of Derley, & in y'e. beginning of James y'e. 1'st. of John Claye afs'd.) belonged to Lady Mary Dixie, widow of S'r. Beamond Dixie of Selston and Grandmother to Sir Woolstan Dixie of Market Bosworth in Com. Leicester Bar't. who sold y'e. same to one Thomas Morley a Potter who sold the Edge Farm to Mr. Milnes of Dunstan.

Trin. 27o. Eliz. a Fine levied before Edmund Anderson, Francis Wyndham, and William Peryam, Et Mich. so'd.
Anno. coram iisdom et Francisco Rodes, int Johem Claye gen's.
quor~. et Antonin~s. Babyngton Arm~s. et Marg~t. ux~r. ejus deford.
de 6 messuagiis 8 Cotag. 6 Toftis 14 Gardinis, 14 pomarius
[Marginal Note: See the Exemple of this Fine poues Tho. Dodd.]

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60 acr's Terrae, 40 acr's prati & 60 acr's pasturae et 6 acris bosci cum comunia past~. & oibz an~ ijs et coia~. Turburij cum pertiu~ in Cryche als Cruche et Egge als Edge, et oibz decimis feui et garbar~ in Egge als Edge

John Claye of Cryche in com Derbi gen~ by Deed indented (quintupite) bearing date Oct 1o 10o Jac~ regis (1612) made between him the said John Claye of the first part Thomas Brailsford of Seyner in Poch de Howt=Hucknall in d'co com~ Derb~. gen~s. & Penelope his wife of ye 2d pt Tymothie Pusey of Selston in com~ Nott~ gen~ & Mary his wife of ye 3d part
Robert Clarke of Mannsfield in Shirewood in dco~ com~ Nott. gen~s. and Susanna his wife of ye 4th pt. and Wendesley Blackwall of Dethicke in dco~ com~ Derb~ Esq. Nicholas Lowe of Derby Esq. & William Parker of Parwich in dco~ com~ Derb~ gen~ of ye. 5th. part. vested all his Estate in Cryche als Cruche, in them the said Wendesley Blackwall, Nich, Lowe, & Wm. Parker, for the use of his 3 Daughters & coheirs, Penelope, wife of Thomas Brailsford, Mary, wife of Timothy Pursey and Susanna wife of Thomas Clarke, and their Heirs Hence Pusey's Wife came from Claye.
[Marginal Note: See the original - poues Tho. Dodd]

Crich Chase, is a pretty large Extent of Both Wood, Pasture, Meadow and Arable Land, having the Rivers Darwent & Amber its bounds on two sides; being situated just where the latter empties it self into ye former. 'Tis within the Mannor of Criche & Hundred of Morleston and Litchurch.

Nether Holloway and Upper Holloway, are two Hamlets part of both which lies within the parish of Crich & the other part within the Parish of Ashover, and so much of them as lie in Crich Parish are in the Hundred of Moreleston and Litchurch, but that part which is in Ashover Parish is in the Wapentake of Wirksworth. And the whole of both villages or Hamlets, is in the Mannor of Lea.

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Wakebridge, antiently written Wakebrugge, and Wakebrugg and since that time Wakbrige and
Watebrige, seems once to have been a Lordship, because one of the Poole's some time owner thereof, is Stiled upon his Tomb in Crich Church Dominus de Watebrige. But now the Hall or mansion House and the greatest pt. of the Farm, is reckoned to be in the Mannor of Lea, and the remainder (being but small) within the Mannor of Crich. The whole however is within the Hundred of Morleston.
[Marginal Note: He died Ao 1588]

The Antient Owners thereof, were surnamed from the place. De Wakebrugge, from whom it passed by marriage to ye Poole's (one of which served the Office of Sheriff of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in 14.7) who continued owners thereof till about the yr 1751. when Mrs. Mary Poole, relict of John Poole of Spinkhill, Gent. dying, it descended to Garrat Morphy of Abbelaix in Queens County in the Kingdom of Ireland, Gent, Eldest Son of Revel Morphy by the only Sister of the said John Poole, who now owns the same.
[Marginal Note: vizt. in 1760.]

Frichley, or as it is sometimes written, Fritchley, is a Village within the Mannor of Crich (and Hund.d of Morleston) and has had the same owners as Crich for 140 years past & how long before that I know not.
[Marginal Note: See a Rentall of the Mannor of Crich in 1619.]
[Marginal Note: now at Winfield]

There is a small Tenement now comprehended under the name of Frichley, lying between Fritchley and Culland park called Nunfield, which formerly belonged to a Nunnery at Derby [confirm Derby not Derley] and was let out upon Lease from the prioress & convent thereto John Pole, Son & Heir of Rauff Pole of Wakebridge
[Marginal Note: 5o. H 8vi.]

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in 1513. at the yearly rent of 4 shillings, tho' now 'tis let at 8 pounds. [Marginal Note: in 1760.]

This Tenement called Nun close or Nunfield, is said in all the writings belonging to it (as they are all in my possession.) to be in Barowcote als Borowcote, within the parish of Crich till about the latter end of Queen Elizabeth's time & then and ever since that time, 'tis said to be in Fritchley.

So whether Frichley (or Fritchley) was antiently called Barowcote or Borowcote and it were two distinct places, now counfounded together I dare not determine, tho' I must own I'm the more inclined to think the former, as I never meet with the name of Frichley till within this 200 years.

In one old writing that I have of Nonne close als Nonnefeld, 'tis sd. to be parcell of the Manor of Bradney in Com~ Lincs~ wch see pag. [Marginal Note: 1o. E. 6ti.]

Plaistow (antiently Plaustowe) lies pt. within the Manor of Crich, & pt. within the Manor of Lea, but all in the Hund.d. of Morleston. It gave name to an antient Family of whom, John de Paustowe I have seen a witness to several writings in the time of Henry the 3rd. who undoubtedly was owner thereof. It afterwards belonged to the Abbot & Convent of Derley and at the suppression of that Abbey was granted by King Henry the 8th. to Thomas Babington of Dethick Esq.

'Tis sometimes written Plesto. Playstow, and Pleastow but in King Henry's Grant to Tho. Babington, Plaistow. It is not known that it ever was reputed a Mannor

Wheatcroft (antiently Whitecroft) is a Village lying within the Manor of Lea, and Hundred of Morleston, wch belonged formery to the Abbot & Convent of Derby, & was after the suppression of Religious Houses, the Estate of the Babingtons of Dethick and now of several Freeholders.

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I always think this to have been a Mannor, but have not yet any positive proof thereof.

Washington (anciently Wistanton) and now spelt various ways belonged to the Abbey of Darley, and was by K. Hen~ 8th. granted to Thomas Babington of Dethick in 1546. [Marginal Note: 36 H. 8]

It was the Estate of the Rt. Hon'ble Gilbert Earl of Shrewsbury in 1611 (Excepting some parcel of Freeh'd Land which belonged to Robert Taylor) and was sold by the Trustees of the Right Hon'ble ye Earl of Arundel & Surry, and Henry Howard Esq. (afterw'd Duke of Norfolk) in 1657 to Richard Taylor & William Hill, who selling several of the Farms out to the Tenants, reserved a good part and the Royalty to themselves & tho' their posterity have much diminished their Lands therein, yet the Manor or Royalty belongs at present to John Taylor, and John Hill, lineal descendants from the purchasers above mentioned. [Marginal Note: in 1760.]

'Tis as has been before observed, a Manor and lies within the Hundred of Scarsdale.

Tansley is a Mannor belonging to the Duke of Portland in Right of his wife, the only Daughter & Heir to Edward Harley, Earl of Oxford, who holds the Courts here, But the Land belongs to divers Freeholders, the foresaid Duke having no Land but the Cottages therein It is in the Wapentake of Wirksworth.
[Marginal Note: viz. in 1760.]

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Ex coll Johis Reynolds de Plaistow green

This was antiently written Wynnefeld, Winnefeld and Wynfold, but never Wingfield till within this 200 years in any writing that I have yet seen also the addition of South seems to me to be of much more modern date than that time.

The Parish contains therein the Villages of Southwingfield and Oakerthorpe, and several odd Houses scattered up and down, some with distinct names, seemingly antient, and some not: - and three Mannors viz. Wingfield, Oakerthorpe, and Ufton.

Wingfield may be reckoned the principal manor, as the Parish is denominated therefrom (tho' the Church stands in the Mannor of Oakerthorpe) and in the time of Richd. the 2d. belonged to one Roger Bellors or Boller (who bore Arms, parti & pale pale Gules and sable, a Lion rampant, Azure crowned, or) afterwards of one Swillington (who bore Argent, a Chevron, azure, a Label of 3 points, Ermine) then of Sir John Grey, (who bore Barry of Six pieces Argent and Azure.
[Marginal Note: 4o Rici~s 2.1381.]

and then to Ralph Lord Cromwell, who built the Manor [^abt the yr. 1440 as is generally believed] House there. This Cromwell was Lord Treasurer to King Henry the Sixth, and bore Arms Argent, a Chief Gules, and Bond Azure, a Chief, Ermine, for Tateshall of Tateshall or Tattershall Castle in Com. Linc~n. He died without issue in the time of the sd. King Henry the 6th and could
not be owner of this Mannor long, for in 1450 it was the Estate of John, second of that name, Earl of Shrewsbury and since that time till the Reign of King Charles the 2d. had the same owners as the Mannor of Crich.

Anno Domini 1678. The most noble Henry Howard Duke of Norfolk sold one undivided third part of the

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Manors of Wingfield & Ufton, and one undivided third part of all Lands &c. therein, and also one
undivided third pt. of certain other Lands lying within the Manor of Oakerthorpe, to Immanuel
Halton, Thomas Platts and Michael Williamson who parcelled it out amongst the Tenants, And in
1710. The most noble Charles Duke of Shrewsbury sold an undivided third pt. thereof to John Halton and William Flint, who sold the greatest part thereof to Thomas Leacroft of Wirksworth attorney at Law which is now [^viz. in 1760] possessed by Robert and John Leacroft, two of his the sd. Thos. Leacrofts sons. And the Remaining third part belonging in 1655 to Sir George Savile, is now the Estate of ye. Rt. Hon~ble Sackville Tufton Earl of Thanet.

Ufton, antiently spelt Uffeton, once the Residence of a Family named de Ufton of which family I meet with one Philip de Uftone mentioned in a Charter of Robert de Heriz to ye. Abbey of Derley, without date which manor seems to me to have belonged antiently to the Heriz's, But certain I am, that in the year 1458, it was ye. Estate of John Talbot (second of that name) Earl of Shrewsbury, for in that year John Statham Steward to the sd. Earl, accounted for £7"0"0 Rent for the Manor of Uffeton, which acct. I have now by me. Since the sd. yr. 1458. it has had the same owners as Wingfield. 1/3d. being sold in 1678. by the Duke of Norfolke, and ano~r in 1710 by the Duke of Shrewsbury and the Remaining 3d. by my Lord Thanet's.

The Manor House called Ufton Hall stood close by the Road leading from Derby to Chesterfield on the East side thereof but has been long decayed & gone. On the other side the way, just opposite stands

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now a large Inn, kept by Jonathan Kendall and known by the Sign of the Peacock. generally now called Ufton Barnes because the Barns and outhousing belonging to Ufton Hall stood where the sd. House and other outhousing now doth. Adjoining Kendal's House was a Chappel called Linbery or Linbury Chappel Licensed to the Abbot of Derley at the request of John de Herris for him & his Heirs "to have divine service performed therein so long as it should not be hurtful to the Mother Church of Winnefeld", And it was then agreed betwixt them that if it should be found to hurt the sd. Church, the Abbot shoud (sic) interdict the same. Part of this Chappel was standing in 1760 (and the whole in 1736).
[Marginal Note: See a place at Wingfd. Manor House]
[Marginal Note: See a Copy of this agreemt. or License in my poss~ion]

Oakerthorpe antiently Ulganthorpe and Ulkurthorpe and soemtimes Ulkerthorpe, is another Mannor in the parish of Southwingfield which belonged formerly to an antient family surnamed from their Residence De Ulkurthorpe, many of which I have found mentioned and amongst the Rest William Son of Hugh de Ulkerthorpe, who alienated it to Ellen which was Wife of John Otterby [Ottoby?] by a Deed bearing date the Monday in Easter week ao. D~mis 1341.

The Parish Church stands (now) within theis Manor, tho called Wingfield Church But I can hardly think it always has, as it would more likely have born the name of Oakerthorpe Church than that of Wingfield, if it had stood therein from the beginning.

The Lord of the this Manor is his Grace the Duke of Devonshire which (together with the Manor of Pentrich The Tythes of Ripley and Oakerthorpe and the Advowmson's of the Churches of Southwingfield & Pentrich) was purchased by one of his Ancestors (I think Henry Cavendish Esq.r) out of the Court of Augmentations, in 1551.

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Whose the Manor of Oakerthorpe was from 1341. till the beginning of the 17th. Century, I know not But in the year 1603 it was purchased by Sr. Philip Strelley, Knt. Goldsmith and Citizen of London of Edward Leeke Esqr. and by a Codicil annexed to his Will (the will being made before the purchase) now remaining in the Prerogative Office at Doctors Commons, London, vested the same in the Company of Goldsmiths, in trust to let out the same upon Leases for 99 yrs. or Term of Life (wch shod. first happen) to the next of kin of his name and family &c. at a certain
Reserved yearly rent, mentioned in the said Codicil, The Application of wch rent to certain charitable uses is also ordered by the sd. Will, but as 'tis now 6 yrs. since I saw the same and I took no notes thereout, I cannot be certain as to the particulars thereof. Mr. William Strelley of the Borough of Derby is the present Lessee (in 1761.)
[Marginal Note: in 1761]

N.B. the said Sir Wm. Strelley Knt. died, and the Will was proveid in 1603.

The Woodhouses were formerly two Tenements in Southwingfield parish, within the Manor of Wingfield and in 1458, belonged to John Earl of Shrewsbury The Tenants living there were surnamed de Wodehous one of which viz. John Wodehouse, was Bailiff of the Manor in the sd. yr. 1458, and I find William Wodehouse & Thomas Wodehouse Ten~ts. there in the beginning of the Reign of Edward the 4th.

The Lands called now Woodhouse Fields, and the Wood Closes are parcel of several Farms,
whose Houses stand in Wingfield Town. The Houses have been long ago decayed but some
Rubbish and several Goosberry bushes servived

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very well to indicate the place where they stood which were not quite cleared away till within my time.

Morewood, the name of a single Tenement in 1458, now divided into two, but retaining still the Old name, lies within the Manor of Wingfield, adjoining a Common called there from Morewood Moor, so that we may say the Moor first imparted ts name to the Tenement, and then the Tenement reciprocally to the Moor.

My Lord Thanet has 1/3 pt. of these Tenements as being parcel of his Manor of Wingfield the other 2/3ds. being sold out in 1678 and 1710. as before observed.

Roulston Field. (containing 2 Oxgangs of Land) is within the parish of Southwingfield, adjoining Morewood but within the Manor of Lea. So called from its owners the Roulston's or Rollestone's of Lea aforesaid who were owners thereof in the time of Henry the sixth and Edward the 4th and how long after I know not It afterew~ds belonged to the Babington's of Dethick, and in 1650 John Kirkeland of Wheatcroft. Yeom~ who dying in 1652. left it and a Farm in Wheatcroft to ---
Clarke of Chilcote and at present, it belongs to Godfrey ßClarke of Sutton in le Dale, Esq.
[Marginal Note: to wit, in 1458 and 1461.]
[Marginal Note: in 1761.]

The Manor House of Wingfield is a very large Building, built in the Reign of Henry the Sixth By
Ralph Lord Cromwall his Treasurer as 'tis reported in or about the yrs. 1440. or 1441. But as to ye. Exact year I cannot say, but with regard to the Founder we have the Testimony of Camden and several others, and indeed upon the middlemost of the Embattlements over the Porch of the said House is carved the Army [sic - presumably he means Arms] of Cromwell quartering those of Tateshall or Tattershall. And upon the next westerly Embattlement (the said Porch
door facing the South) the arms of K. Edwd. the Confessor

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and upon that next Eastward a plain cross of St. George, and over the Gatway out of the yard into ye. Court are carved several Escutcheons (but have no charges in bossed thereon) and purses stringed & Taselled in allusion, as I suppose, to his Office of Lord Treasurer of England.

[See a plan made in 1655 before they were inclosed.]
I shall say no further about the House at present reserving that for ano~r. opportunity, only that there formerly belonged to it two parks adjoining each other called the Great Park and the Little Park, in the latter of which the Mannor House stood, which said Parks extended themselves into the Mannors of Pentrich and Oakerthorpe, being of very large extent There is now a parcel of Land called Amber Lee, on the East side the River Amber (which River Ran thro' both Parks) and within the Parish of Pentrich which was alienated to the Earl of Devonshire before the year 1655. which was part of Wingfield Great Park containing I dare say not much less than 100 Acres and belongs now to his Grace the Duke of Devon: and notwithstanding this the remainder of the Great Park as surveyed & planned in 1655 by one Francis Allyn of Lea, contained 889 acres, and the Little Park 177 acres, or both together 1066 acres, so that the whole of both parks, when the Mannor House was in its prosperity under George Earl of Shrewsbury (who was Husband to Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury) could not contain less than 1200. acres of Land.
[Marginal Note: He died in 1591.]

Within that part of the Little Park that within the mannor of Oakerthorpe at a small distance from the River Amber is to be seen the vestiges of an antient House, said to be called Bakewell Hall, from a

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Family of that surname that dwelt there, the very Foundations of which are now quite vanished and the place by this time had been quite forgotten, did not the Mote that Encompassed it round appear very visible, within which compass, if you dig into the Ground, appear much small stones & Morter, which are a stony evidence of there having been sometime a structure there, and as to the name a Wood lying Close to the Eastward thereof (within the sd. Little Park also) comonly called the Shaw Wood, but in all writings thereof Bakewell Shaw and a large Meadow now divided into two lying betweeen the said House and Wingfield Church, still called Bakewell Meadow, corroborate the same tradition and as this House stood so near the Park pale, it certainly had caused to be a Habitation before the Park was made, or at least before those Lands (in Okerthorpe) were inclosed within the Park.

The Living here is a Vicarage (tho it has the Tithes of abt. 790 acres of Land in the Lordship of Wingfield belonging it and a Tenement of abt. 40 acers set out in the Great Park in Lieu of the Tithes of so much of the said Parks as are within the Mannor of Wingfield, at the inclosing of
them into Farms) in the Gift of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire but formerly of the Abbot of Derley, the Church is dedicated to All Saints, and the whole parish is within the Hundred of Scarsdale.

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