Willington and the Mowbrays

June 2019
236 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc
ISBN: 9780851550824
Format: Hardback
Beds Historical Record Society
BIC HBLC1, 1DBKESD, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS015020, HIS015030

Willington and the Mowbrays

After the Peasants' Revolt

Dorothy Jamieson

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Drawing on documentary evidence dating between 1382 and 1522, this volume examines a single manor parish that was dominated by the powerful Mowbray family, the Dukes of Norfolk, and by Katherine Neville, widow of the second Duke, as part of her dower 1432-c.1482.
Drawing on documentary evidence dating between 1382 and 1522, this volume examines a single manor parish that was dominated by the powerful Mowbray family, the Dukes of Norfolk, and by Katherine Neville, widow of the second Duke, as part of her dower 1432-c.1482. Numerous documents relating to the manor are extant including 101 manor court rolls, bailiffs' accounts and receiver's accounts; taken together they provide an insight into local administration and justice in a rural settlement on the south bank of the River Great Ouse, east of Bedford.
The Newnham Priory terrier, a transcription of which is included in this book, gives details of the prior's holdings in the manor in 1507. Although the prior held substantial lands in Willington, it seems that life in the manor was less influenced by the church in the years after the Peasants' Revolt than by members of local families, such as the Gostwyks, who would later go on to undertake roles of national importance.
Although the structure and language of the manorial records suggests continuity and a hierarchical system of control, the history of Willington reveals how tenants took opportunities to better themselves and their families while the lords of the manor sought to maintain the value of their property and income. This was a difficult task due to long-standing issues with declining rental values and ruined buildings. While there is evidence for crime and disorder, the manor emerges as a relatively stable community where the custom of the manor prevailed, and the local bailiff, almost always a resident, was a pivotal figure.

DOROTHY JAMIESON has an M.A. in English Local History from the University of Leicester. She translated the Willington Manor Court Rolls, 1394-1674, about one hundred of which can be found on the Bedfordshire Archives web-site. Her most recent project has been the transcription, translation and analysis of the Wroxhill Custumal of 1253, which has been completed with the assistance of Dr Kathryn Faulkner of Bedfordshire Archives.

Table of Contents

The Evidence
The Decline of Serfdom and the Peasants' Revolt
Willington, Blunham Greys and Eggington
Life on the Manor
The Mowbrays and their Management Networks
Finances and Assets
Newnham Priory
After the Peasants' Revolt
Appendix One: Terrier of the prior and Convent of Newnham of its Land and Tenements in Wellyngton
Appendix Two: By-laws of the Manor, 1397-1540
Appendix Three: View of Frankpledge with Court Baron of William Gostwicke Esquire
Appendix Four: A New Barn for Thomas Wyltshyre and Other Buildings
Appendix Five: Manor Officials
Appendix Six: People and Families
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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