A brief history...
On March 3rd 1103, an initial grant of monies and lands was made which founded the great Priory of Our Lady and St Cuthbert at Radford, near Worksop. The Canons of St Augustine were to establish Worksop Priory for the worship of God and the service of the local community.
This is described by a later medieval writer, the clerk Pygote, in his “Rhyming Pedigree”:
Later, the original grant to the Priory was confirmed as follows (originally in latin): -
BE IT KNOWN
to the Archbishop of York and to the Archdeacon of Nottingham and to all Barons,
clerks and laymen, French and English, of all England and of Nottinghamshire
that WILLIAM LOVETOT, by grant and consideration of Emma his wife and his sons,
grants and confirms by his writ the gift which he has made to God
and holy church and to the Canons of St Cuthbert of Wirkesop in perpeptual alms.
FIRST the whole chapelry of all his house, with tithes and oblations.
Next, the Church of Wirkesop in which the Canons are, with the lands the tithes
and things belonging to the same church, and fish ponds and mill
which is near the Church of Wirkesop
and the meadow which is near the mill and fish pond.
And moreover, all the tithes and pennies from his rents as well in Normandy as in England.
In the field of Wirkesop, one carucate of land in Inwara, and his meadow of Catalam
and all his churches of his demesne of the Honour of Blithe,
namely: the church of Gringley and the church of Misterton, and the church of Walkeringham,
and the church of Normanton, and the church of Colston, and the church of Willoughby
and the church of Wyshou, and his part of the church of Truswell,
with all the lands, tithes and things to the aforesaid churches belonging.
Likewise also the tithe of his pannage, and of honey, and of venison and of fishes and fowles,
and of malt and of his mills and all his things out of which tithe is accustomed or ought to be given.
And he wills and firmly grants that the aforesaid Canons
may hold all these things well and in peace, freely and honourably,
with all the liberties and free customs which he himself holds them.
Eger the priest, Wulvet the priest, Ilbert the scribe, Roger de Lincoln,
Edo the Steward, Erturus the Reeve, Wiger de St Albun, Count de Shefeld,
Gilbert de Gayteford, Roger de Sayendale,
WILLIAM de LOVETOT