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Village History - Appendices  

Appendix I - Extract from Inquisition of Priory Lands

Having included the Bavant lands in the great endowment of the Priory of Dartford the king in 1372/1373 had an inquisition taken of all the prioress’ manors and lands including Norton.

“The manor of Norton with its appurtenances, the advowson of the church of the manor with the chantry in the church, and certain members to the same manor belonging to wit: Silleigh (Bilhay), Ernewell (Emwell), Trowe (Trow), and West Withill (Widhill).  And also all rents and services with the appurtenances of all our tenements in the parishes of Weremenetre (Warminster), Rolveston (Rollestone), and Madyngton (Maddington), with their appurtenances in the county of Wilts; and all rents and services which they hath in Burton-atte-Nashe, and attemore, with all the appurtenance of our manor of Norton, in co. Dorset.  The manor of Fiffehide (Fifield Bavant) with its appurtenances, lands, tenements, rents, services, escheats, reversions, and all other things pertaining to the said manor of Fiffehide which were formerly belonging to the prioress and convent in Gerardston (Gurston), Wilton, Degehampton (Ditchampton), Foulston (Fugglestone), and Little Derneford (Durnford) in the county of Wilts; and all lands and tenements, meadows, rents and services with their appurtenances, which they have in Purbeck, in co. Dorset (manor of Bradle), pertaining to the same manor of Fiffehide with all other manors of this manor, and the advowson of the church of Fiffehide and St. Michael, in west street, in Wilton, also the knight’s fee, and all other lands and tenements belonging to the same.”

Sir Peter Scudamore shortly after 1250 acquired the advowson of the church of St Michael’s on West Street in Wilton.  In 1298 the advowson was vested in his daughter, Alice de Bavant, and later passed from the Bavants to the Priory of Dartford.

Appendix II - Charter from Brudenell Deeds

“know men present and future that I Robert Hereman of Norton Escudemore, give, grant and by this my present charter confirm to Walter Escudemore, lord of Upton (Scudamore), and his heirs, all of my tenement with all my lands which I had of Peter Escidemore in the vill’ and fields of Norton Escudemor.  Witnesses: Walter de Pavely, Warin Maudut, Robert de Vernon, Reginald de St Martin, John de Inham, John de Kingeston, Knights; Walter de Park, Nicholas Malemains, Nicholas de la Mare, Robert Cole of Doninton, Robert Gocelin, Robert Swoting, and many others.”

This charter is among the Brudenell Deeds.  No date, but soon after 1293 when Norton had already passed to the Bavants.  Not that the manor is still called Norton Scudamore.  The Scudamore name was spelt many different ways over the centuries.

Appendix III - Charter from Hastings Deeds

“To all the Christian faithful to whom the present writing may be seen or heard Peter Escudemor, son and heir of Sir Walter Escudemor, Knt., of Upton Skidmor (sic) greets in the Lord.  Know that I have surrendered, granted, and by this my present writing confirmed to Thomas Warston and Alice Dansy (Dauntsey) of Norton Skidemor all the land and tenements with their pertinencies everywhere that the aforesaid Sir Walter, my father, formerly acquired of Robert Hereman in the vill’ and fields of Norton Skidemor.  And I also surrender and grant to the same Thomas Warston and Alice Dansy 13 acres of arable land which the aforesaid Sir Walter, my father, recovered from Lady Alice de Bavant in the Court of the Lord King by writ warranty.  To have and to hold for the terms of their lives…rendering annually to Peter and my heirs and assigns 40x at four terms of the year equally, viz, at the feast of Purification, at Easter, at the feast of Nativity of St John the Baptist, and at the feast of St Michael, for all services, taxes and secular demands saving the royal service which pertains.  Witnesses: Robert Swoting, Peter Scarlet, Edward le Botiller, Thomas de Helmesford, William de Muntemulle, and others.  Given at Upton Skidemor on Wednesday in the feast of St Batholomew, apostle, 17 Edward II (24 August 1323).”

This charter is among the Hastings Deeds which are now among the English historical documents at the Huntington Library, California.

Appendix IV - Charters from Hungerford Cartulary

“Final concord of the Court of the lord King at Westminster, Michaelmas in three weeks, 32 Edward III (8 September 1358) before Robert de Thorp, John de Stonford, Henry Greene, Thomas de Seton, Henry de Motelew, justices, between Walter Skydemour, Knt., and Alice his wife, querent, and John Bavant, deforciant, a release and quitclaim to the manor of Upton Skydemour and it’s pertinencies, for 100 marks of silver.”

Appendix V - Charters from Hungerford Cartulary

“This indenture, made at Upton Skydemor on the Saturday in the feast of St Giles, 32 Edward III (1 September 1358) between Walter Skydemour, Knt., and Alice his wife, and John Bavant, and agreement that John Bavant will release by a fine with warranty all his right and claim to the manor of Upton Skydemour and all its pertinencies, and in all the lands and tenements that John Scarlet and Agnes his wife hold from the same Walter and Alice for the term of their lives in Norton Bavant, the fine to be made before All Saints next (1 November 1358).  Witnesses: Sir John Mauduyt (Mauduit), Sir John Pavely, Sir Edward Clivedon, Sir Thomas de Kingeston, Sir Richard de Penleigh, Knts., Peter Pypard, John Talebot, John Westbury and others.”

These two documents are in the Hungerford Cartulary at the Wiltshire Record Office.

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