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The Crepping Family
(aprox. 1293 - 1330)

The Crepping Family in Middleton ...

(1) Richard de Crepping had rights in Middleton granted to him by Andrew Gramaire

On the 17th May 1293, Robert de Mideltona granted to William de Erdislawe of Middleton, a messuage and land, at a rent of 5s [1]. Similarly, Robert de Mideltona had previously granted to Richard de Crepping a piece of land called Planrode. [2]

Richard died before 1300 leaving his son, Simon, as his heir. [3]

(2) Simon de Crepping held the manor at Middleton by the grant given to his father, Richard, by Andrew de Grammary.

Middleton is listed in the "Feodary Honor de Pontefract tempe Alice Lacye, villa de eodem feoda" in 1300 or 1301. The feodary was a manuscript which contained a list of the names of all the tenants who held land by "knights service" and the name of the land for which the service is owed. Middleton is recorded as half a fee:

Midleton. M Simone de Crepinge p dimid feodi ib.m. [4]

In the Aid Granted to King Edward I (1301) Middleton is again mentioned:

MIDELTON. De Simone de Crepping pro iij car. terrae in Midelton, unde, ut supra, di. marc. [5]

The return of the knights fees (1302/1303) states that Simon's half fee comprises of 3 caracutes, with under-tenants; William d'Autrey holding 1 caracute, Alice de Lacy holding 3 bovates and Ralph de Beeston [spelt Weston] holding 4 bovates:

Middelton. Simone de Crepping tenet in Middelton, tres car. terrae; de quibus Willemus de Ata Ripa tenet in eadem, de codem Simone, unam, car, terrae, domina Alicia de Lascy tenet in eadem tres bov. terrae, Radulphus de Weston tenet in eadem, de dicto Simone iiij or bov., inde xviij car. faciunt feod, milit. [6]

A grant of a messuage, lands and rights was also given to Simon by John, son of Robert de Middeltone. This grant was witnessed by Hugh de Swillington, William de Beeston, Willam Alta Ripa, William de La Haye, Adam de Swillington and William de Ardesley [7]. On the 1st March, 1302, Geoffrey de Wodehuse and Isabel, his wife, were granted land in Middleton for their lifetime by Roger de Fresnes with reversion to Simon de Crepping. [8]

In the Nominum Villarum for Yorkshire, [1316], we find: Wapentagium de Morley ... Middelton ... Simone de Creppinge. [9]

In 1302 Simon leased the manor of Middleton to Roger de Fraxuns for the period of his life:

Roger de Fraxuns of Guuethorpe, quer. and Simon de Creppings, deforc. of the manor of Middelton juxta Rothewelle. Covenant. Simons right. For this he granted the same to Roger and has rendered in Court. Roger to hold for life, of Simon and his heirs at a yearly rent of £20, a moiety [a half-part] at Mich[ealmas] and a moiety at East[er]. Simon and his heirs to warrant, quit and maintain. Reversion to Simon and his heirs to hold of the chief-lord. [10]

In 1310 Simon received all rights in the manor, released by William de Gramayre [See grant above].

William Grammary then quit-claimed later in that year:

Simone de Creppyngg, quer. William de Gramayre, defor. of the manor of Middelton juxta Ledes. Covenant. Simons right. William has remitted and quit-claimed for himself and his heirs to Simon and his heirs. For £100 sterling. [11]

On Simon's death he left a daughter, (3) Margery de Crepping, as his heir.

Margery married Sir John de Merworth, a Kentish knight, by deed dated at Pontefract upon Saturday, in Easter Week 1323.

On the 29th September 1323, John de Merworth (and Margery his wife) granted a messuage and lands to Robert, son of John Moke of Middleton. [12]

In 1324 Henry de Oulton was granted land in Middleton:

Henry de Olton and Ellen his wife, quer., and William de Alta Rypa and Isabel his wife, deforc., of 5 messuages, 2 tofts and 16 bovates of land in Middleton juxta Rothewelle. Covenant. Ellen's right. William and Isabel for themselves and William's heirs have remitted and quitclaimed to Henry and Ellen and Ellen's heirs. William for himself and his heirs to warrant. For 20l sterling. [13]

In 1325 John de Merworth (and Margery his wife) granted a messuage and lands to Thomas de Fenton at a rent of 6 shillings. The rent was to be paid for the first time on Whit-Sunday. [14]

On the 9th February 1326 John de Merworth (and Margery his wife) granted a messuage and lands to John Le Salter of Middleton, and Alice his wife. The rent is service and 4 shillings for their lifetime with reversion to the grantor. On the 8th February 1327, further land in Middleton was granted to John, again at a rent of 4 shillings. [15]

On the 29th April 1329, Robert de Silkeston, a clerk, granted to Gilbert de La Leghe, his manor of Middleton (juxta-Rothwell), which the said Robert held for his lifetime at the death of Simon de Crepping. The grant was made for Gilbert's lifetime with reversion to John de Merworth and Margery his wife (the heir of Simon de Crepping). [16]

In 1330 John de Merworth and Margery granted Middleton to Gilbert de Legh:

York: Three weeks of Michealmas 1-Edward-3 (1327). Westminster: Octave of Martinmas 4-Edward-3 (1330). Gilbert de la Legh, quer; John de Merworth, chivaler and his wife Margery, def; of the manor of Middelton near Leeds. To hold to Gilbert and his heirs, together with the homage and service of Ralph de Beston, Thomas de Fenton, Henry de Oleton and Alianore his wife, and Robert Mok and of their heirs, subject as to one messuage, one mill, 180 acres of land and 30 acres of meadow to the life estate of Robert de Silkestone; and as to 2 messuages and 4 bovates and 2 acres of land to the life estate of Robert Short; an as to one messuage and 2 bovates of land to the life estate of William de Tonge and Dionisia his wife; and as to 3 messuages and 2 bovates of land to the life estate of William Wright of Middelton; and as to 1 messuage, 2 tofts and 3 bovates and 9 acres of land to the life estate of John de Salter of Middelton and Alice his wife. John and Margery warrant for themselves and the heirs of Margery. Gilbert gave 250 marks. [17]

References

[1] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[2] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[3] Yorkshire Parliamentary Representation. Volume 1.

[4] Yorkshire Archaeological Society. MS71.

[5] The Survey of the County of York [Kirkby's Inquest]. Surtees Society Publications. Volume 49. Page 280.

[6] The Survey of the County of York [Kirkby's Inquest]. Surtees Society Publications. Volume 49. Page 225.

[7] http://www.a2a.org.uk PHC/286

[8] http://www.a2a.org.uk PHC/287

[9] The Survey of the County of York [Kirkby's Inquest]. Surtees Society Publications. Volume 49. Page 360.

[10] Feet of Fines for the County of York. (1300-1314) Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Record Series. Vol 127. Page 20.

[11] Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Record Series. Vol: 127. Page 83.

[12] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[13] Feet of Fines for the County of York 1314-1326. Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Record Series. Vol CLVIII. Page 100-101.

[14] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[15] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[16] https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datas John Rylands Library

[17] Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Record Series, Vol. 42 Page 34.

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