John ODINGSELLS of Epperstone, England, 1577- 10 July 1655
From: Thoroton Society Summer Excursion, 1908
"Epperstone Church and Manors" by Mr. Thomas W. Huskinson
Regarding the Church in Epperstone:
"...A tablet to John Odingsells, runs as follows :
HERE LYETH IOHN
EPERSTON ESQr &
WIFE SISTER TO SR
WILLIAM SVTTON OF
AVERHAM, KT WHOM
GOD BLEST W.TH
OF WHOM ARE LIVEING
4 SONS, & 2 DAUGHTERS.
HE DIED THE 10TH OF
IVLY 1655, IN THE 79TH
YEARE OF HIS AGE.
He was a member for Notts, in Barebones' Parliament...
...The cedars and yews were planted in 1839. The church is dedicated to the Holy Cross.It is built entirely of Epperstone stone, with Mansfield stone for the windows and arcade.
There are four bells, viz.:
Treble, with inscription, 1742, God save his Church.
Tenor, T. Taylor & Co Loughborough 1865
Second, God save his Church 1729
Third, Jhesus be our spede 1590
Three are only rung because one is entirely appropriated by our chiming clock.
There were three manor places in Epperstone from ancient times, ranged about the little croft east of the church supposed to have been the green.
The ODINGSELLS manor, now Mrs. Dufty's, came into that family by the marriage of Hugo de ODINGSELLS, a Fleming, with Basilia, the daughter of Gerard de LIMESI. As the land originally belonging to the ODINGSELLS would not now produce £700 a year rental, and yet the ODINGSELLS played a part in history, it argues greater prosperity and stability for ancient times.
The small manor house, east of the croft, was in the fee of Roger de Busli at the Conquest. It was probably given to a retainer, as in the reign of Edward I., Robert Arre had it and sold it to the Jorz family, and it went with a daughter to the Walker family, descending by inheritance till 1878, when the house and 250 acres forming its estate were sold.
The third manor, now known as the manor, was formerly part of the ODDINGSELLS' manor, but early in the 12th century the Sampsons held it with three-and-a-half fees (which apparently carried land equivalent to about £1,500 yearly income at the present day). It was six generations in the Sampson family, when Baron Tibtoft bought it in the reign of Edward I. and it has passed successively through the families of Scroop, Howe, Houldsworth, and Huskinson, to Sir Francis Ley, the present possessor...