Lay Subsidy Rolls | Historical Notes | Family of Farmery | Landowners | Population | Charities
Lay Subsidy Rolls
The Lay Subsidy Roll of 1327 contains the following list or persons, and the sums which they contributed:
Beatrice Court 1s,To the subsidy of 35 Henry VIII, 1543-4 the contributors at Springthorpe was 42.
Two years later the contributors at Springthorpe were:
John Topclyf 6s,This subsidy was based upon larger possessions than the two preceding ones, so the number of contributors was less.
Survey of Kirton Soke, 1616
The village of Springthorpe and Sturgate belonged to the Soke of
Kirton. None of the parishes appears to have given rise to any family of
real eminence. The following information was extracted from the Survey of
Kirton Soke, which was made for the Prince of Wales in 1616.
Richard Cooke alias Hornby,
The Testa de Nevill has an entry t the following effect: "The Sheriff is ordered to take into the hands of the King vi bovates of land with appurtenances in Springthorpe and Steregarth, which were the property of Thomas fil Gilbert, an out law, at the time when G. fil Peter had the Soke, because it has been shewn that these have never been in the hands of the King. And he is to hold them as from the Feast of S. Margaret in the third year of King Henry (1218-19) for a year and a day, and the Sheriff is to be responsible for the duty issuing from that land".
The Hundred Rolls , 1273, shew that "William de Stocheth received from Robert Curte of Steregath, indicated of theft, half a mark, to excuse him from appearing before the Justices".
Nicholas Farmery, who died in 1617, was a standard bearer to Lord Willoughby of Parham. His son William, Rector of Heapham, Springthorpe and Ludborough, married Cassandra Newland of Hackney, and died in 1633 having had by her five sons and three daughters. One of the daughters, Hestor, married two successive Rectors of Ludborough. The eldest son, John Farmery, was Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, and died in 1648, leaving a son of the same name, who was buried at Heapham in 1689. This second John Farmery was father of william, who was rector of Heapham and Vicar of Blyton. His wife, Bridget Tyrwhitt of Cameringham, was buried in 1707. Their son Robert succeeded him as the Rector of Heapham, and died forty years later.
The Return of Owners of Land, presented to Parliament in 1873, gives the following names as owners of more than five acres of land in the Parish:
Rev Blenkinsopp 18 acres,
The chief landowners were Sir Hickman B Bacon Bart. and Miss Beckett, of Somerby.
Doomsday Book gives 41 sokemen to Springthorpe and Corringham. Allowing half to each, and adding some few persons of lower position, we may conjecture that the population of Springthorpe in 1085 was about 125.
The Subsidy Roll of 1327 gives 32 names, from which we gather that the population had risen to at least 160.
In 1543-4 there were 42 contributors, so that the people were still increasing.
Bishop Wake found the number of families 41 and 37, so that for a long time the population had remained at about 200.
The Census Returns give us the following figures:
1801. Population 176. 1861.
The following are endowed charities at Springthorpe:
West's Charity - Thomas West, by his will of 1735, gave £5, the interest of which was to be distributed annually on "Thomas Day" to the most needy poor persons of Springthorpe, in sums of one shilling. After passing through different hands, the money was held in 1828 by Rev. Joseph Cox. He paid it on 28 Jan 1828 to Samuel Hill, farmer, of Springthorpe, the amount having been increased to £6 by arrears of interest.
Hill's Charity - James Hill, by his will of 15 Nov 1806, gave £10 to the poor of Springthorpe, not receiving parochial relief, the interest to be distributed as the Churchwardens and Overseers for the time being think fit.
Sarah Hill - By her will of 10 Feb 1808, gave £5 to be added to the last. Her executor and legatee, Samuel hill, received both sums in 1808, and the £6 of West's Charity in 1828. He gave security to the parish officers, who thereupon proceeded to distribute the interest.
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