As long as the king held in hand the manor of Worfield the produce of hay and of the mills used to come to the castle in Bridgnorth (1255.) The tenants of Worfield used to do hirson in time of war and take up their quarters in the castle for ward thereof if necessary. Reginald le Gaugey who had married Alice sister of John de Castello was a man of property in Bridgnorth. le Gaugey was murdered, by Giles de Burford a clerk, at Worfield in 1250 leaving a son and four daughters. Worfield, Alveley, Nordely and Claverley formed a continuous holding of Algar Earl of Mercia in Saxon times, an area of more than 23,000 acres including the Forest of Morfe. The manor was held in demesne by the Earls of Shrewsbury until de Belleme’s rebellion when it was taken back into Royal hands. At the time of Domesday, Hugh de Montgomery held Worfield of the king At one time Worfield was held by Wrenoch de Powis but he lost interest in the manor in 1238 the whole of the manor passed from the King to Henry de Hastings and Ada his wife. The Earl of Huntingtom was assigned Worfield. He dies 1250 then to his heirs. There was disaffection with the Hastings family. The hamlets of Stapleford and Ewyke which Eyton says is what is now Wyken. (note: he must be wrong about this, Eyke and Wyken appear together on court rolls. JAS) In Ewdness a man held land on the understanding he took the ferm (rent) of the manor to London. At the assizes of 1256 Reginald de Bromley was bailiff. in 1272 we have William Gerbaut on a Worfield jury, father of Alice Gerbod his sole heir. Wyton writes ‘I have little hesitation in assigning her as the wife of Robert de Bromleye.’ William de Rucheton Eyton is sure is their son. He is a king’s forester in 1300 and was acting then as Alice Bromley’s representative. He was at least 44. his paternal name was Bromley 1300 Alice Gerbod dies in possession of a capital messuage and 30 acres. Her son William Bromley was 50 in 1305 1316 William de Roughton died he had kept half the forest of morfe and had half a virgate and a rood of meadow. His brother and heir, Roger, was aged 50. He dies in 1318 and he held two thirds of a virgate. In 1317 his son is 26. 1345 A license enables William de Forester to grant to Walter le Fitz Reginald of the Hay and his wife Agnes daughter of William, in tail, a messuage and half virgate in Roughton and bailiwick of half the forestership of Morfe towards Worfield This is how Worfield came into the ownershio of the Diocese/Bishop of Lichfield. Lichfield bought a manor in Middlesex but Edward the Second wanted it and so gave Worfield to Lichfield in exchange. Thus Worfield passed out of Royal hands. Chesterton Chapel, Eyton speculates that it was probably founded by a layman.
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