The Manor, Sutton in Ashfield

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The Old Manor

By M Reid

The Manor of Sutton in Ashfield

The Manor was situated in Devonshire Square. According to the Domesday Book of A.D. 1084 land of the Manor was owned by King Edward the Confessor, latterly William the Conqueror. The Manor was then owned by William Peverel who was granted the whole forest in 1153. It was said that 55 Manors were given to William, Sutton Manor being one of them. William Peveril built Peveril Castle in Castleton, Derbyshire.

Walter de Sutton then owned the Manor in 1170. In 1279, Sutton in Ashfield was owned by Edward II it is stated that Sutton-in-Ashfield and Hucknall were a whole villa (town) "being of the ancient demense of the Crown". The Manor was then passed to Walter de Sutton. In 1515 the Manor was granted to Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk the uncle to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of King Henry VIII wives and whose father was Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk the great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1528 the Manor was passed to Jasper the Duke of Bedford.

Tudor period

The Tudors and the Tudors and the Manor

The Manor in Sutton was passed to Roger Greenalgh of Teversal then unto James Hardwick the brother of Bess of Hardwick in 1574. Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick made a ‘recovery’ to James Hardwick in 1574 who was to be in possession of the Manor of Sutton in Ashfield,having started to build a manor near Hardwick Old Hall. The Manor was passed unto Bess’s daughter Mary. Bess of Hardwick was the ‘wealthiest women in England’ at the time, a close friend of Queen Elizabeth I‘

16th & 17th Centuries

The Manor was then passed unto William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire in 1677, William being the eldest son of Bess.[16] The Manor remained in the family until 1800, when William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland became the owner. William being the Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1783. Property and lands were owned by William Cavendish in Sutton in Ashfield prior to 1614, which formed part of Sherwood Forest. The Devonshires and Portlands owned a large part of the land in and around Sutton in Ashfield.



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National Archives ‘Deed To use of a fine: Countess of Shrewsbury and her youngest son 1579 Cite Web




This page was added by David Reid on 19/02/2021.
Comments about this page

That isn't a photo of the Manor; it's  the Nag's Head  public house.

The Manor is across from  the top of the bus station, behind the high wall that follows the road to Lammas Road.


By Veronica Goddard
On 06/09/2022

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