1100, June, 2nd: Early Lords of the Manor Strelley

Strelley, June 2nd 1100

The Squire, lent me one of his Books it mentions the Domesday Book and the impact of the Norman invasion on the Village of Strelley.


Map of Strelley in 1835- Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Early Lords of the Manor; The Saxon Lords.

The earliest mention of Strelley is in the Domesday Book of 1086. According to this Strelley consisted of three manors – a large one and two smaller ones. No Lords of the Manor were given for the dates 1066 and 1086. The large manor had:- 1066 “Godric” and 1086 “Godwin the priest” and the small manor 1 had:, 1066 “Brun” and 1086 ‘Ambrose” The second small manor 2 had:- 1066″ Ulfkell” and 1086 both “Wulfsi” and “Godwin”.

Little can be said about these men. Godric and Ultkell were presumably Thanes (Saxon gentry). “Brun” may have been the same man that held land at Brinsley, then Brunnesley, and Trowell also the lost village of Sutton Passeys. At least the name is the same.

“Wolfsi” may also have held several villages, for the name is given as the Lord of Bilborough in 1066, where he is stated as being the son of Swein. In 1086 the name occurs at Strelley and also Drayton, neither of which had been his in 1066. It could be that there were two men named ‘Wolfsi”, but for the fact that at Drayton he succeeded Swein to the manor. Therefore he is either the same man or an unlikely coincidence.

It seems likely that Godwin the Priest of the largest manor is the same Godwin who shared the smaller manor with Wolfsi. He also held land at Adbolton and Costock, and it was his land that eventually formed the nucleus of the Huge de Strelley estate.

Ambrose, the Lord of the smaller manor, was a different type of man entirely. He was not a Saxon, but one of the men following the Norman Baron William Peveril. He was the Lord of many manors.

As well as the small manor at Strelley, he held the principal manor at Bilborough (with, so it is said, 4 slaves), plus land at Tibworth, Bedfordshire, Kilmarsh and Mellington in Northamptonshire, and Adstock in Buckinghamshire. He must have been one of Baron Peveril’s knights – well rewarded for loyal service.


Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website. 

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