|Topiary figure Screveton|
They were made by Pirate Technics and first displayed at the Festival of Neighbourhood at the Southbank Centre, near Waterloo Bridge then they were moved to the Olympic Park for a time. Now they are in the middle of a Notts field .... can't imagine the logistics involved in moving them ... let alone the looks of motorists if they came here by road!
|Topiary figures by Pirate Technics|
In the meantime here is another giant that has appeared on the farm. This one was at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show a few weeks ago.
|Giant pilot made for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015|
|Screveton War Memorial|
|Screveton War Memorial|
|Sir Richard Whalley (1499 - 1583)|
|Second wife ... Ursula .... + 13 kids|
The Whalley family were very influential in Tudor times. Richard's father was physician to Henry VII and Richard was a member of Henry VIII's court. He assisted Wolsey and Cromwell in the dissolution of the monasteries. He was given Welbeck Abbey as a reward for his services. After Henry VIII's death (1547) Richard became steward to Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (Lord Protector of England during the minority rule of King Edward VI). In 1552 Somerset was executed and Whalley was in trouble. He had escaped the same fate as his boss by giving evidence against him but he didn't escape completely. He had to sell Welbeck Abbey to pay the heavy fines for siding with the Duke. It is surprising to report that despite the heavy debts; a decline in his social standing and twenty five children to keep in the state to which they were accustomed to live Richard still managed to die a very rich man in 1583 at the grand old age of 84. His third wife Barbara obviously liked him .... she had the monument made. It is very similar to the alabaster tomb of Archbishop Sandys in Southwell Minister who died in 1588, five years after Richard Whalley. I think the one at Screveton is the better of the two .... shame it is out of sight in a dark spidery place at the back of the church.
|Third wife ... Barbara|
Richard's eldest son and heir, Thomas, died in 1582 (a year before Richard) so Thomas's son - another Richard - inherited the estate. This Richard was to become the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1595. He married Frances Cromwell, daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell making her sister to Oliver. They had seven children: one of whom was Major-General Edward Whalley. During the Civil War Edward sided with his uncle, Oliver Cromwell, and took a leading role for the Parliamentarians (the only member of his family to do so). He was a zealous supporter of social reform: he tried to introduce a Parliamentary Bill to prevent land enclosure as he saw this as a major cause of unemployment. When Charles I was captured he was entrusted to Edward and his men at Hampton Court Palace. Before his execution Charles wrote a letter of thanks to Edward for the courteous manner in which he had imprisoned him! Edward's was the fourth signature on the King's death warrant. After the Restoration of the Monarchy Edward, as a Regicide, was forced to flee to New England. He arrived in Boston in 1660 and spent the next fourteen years hiding from Royalist agents sent to hunt for him. He probably died in Hadley, Massachusetts, around 1674.
The Whalley family seemed to be very good at choosing the wrong side .... move forwards to the reign of James I and The Gunpowder Plot. One of those accused and executed was Henry Garnet ... otherwise known as WHALLEY!
Their large house stood on land right next to St Wilfrid's Church. Originally named Kirketon Hall .... it no longer exists. The old building dated back to Medieval and Tudor times and was owned by the Kirketon family; the Leeks and then the Whalley family. In 1685 Thomas Thoroton (1636-1695) bought Kirketon Hall and the manor of Screveton from Peniston Whalley. (Yes, we have come across the Thorotons before in our post on Car Colston.). Early in the 18th century one wing of the building was demolished and replaced by a set of rooms; the name was changed to Screveton Hall and it became the Thoroton family's principal seat until they bought Flintham House in 1789. Colonel Thomas Blackborne Hildyard (son of Colonel Thomas Thoroton) had the house demolished in the 1820s and gave the land to the church in exchange for some land that belonged to the rector of Screveton.
Above the font is a wooden carving of the Arms of Charles II. Displaying the Royal Coat of Arms was common practice in churches after the Restoration. This was a time when your religious beliefs were a matter of importance. Displaying the Royal Arms showed you were loyal to the King and the Church of England.
|Arms of Charles II|
|Burlison & Grylls window|
Amazingly, this is a Burlison & Grylls window right here in Screveton! Burlison & Grylls were one of the most successful stained glass companies in Britain. Their work includes the fabulous West Window, Exeter Cathedral and a number of windows in Bath Abbey. The company began in 1868 when the architect G F Bodley wanted a window in keeping with his Gothic church design. Morris & Co (see William Morris window at Whatton) designs were too modern for Bodley's taste so he encouraged two young artists - Burlison & Grylls - to start the company and they never looked back. The company went out of business in 1945 when a bomb demolished their Oxford Street offices and all their records.
The stone masons decorated the inside ......
|St Wilfrid Church|
|A slate headstone by James Sparrow|
The stone that I liked best sits just outside the main door and is ....
|Engraved headstone by "Wood of Bingham".|
|St Wilfrid Church (headstone mentioned above is the large one on the right under the window)|
A 16th century timber framed house with lovely patterned brickwork. It is now a smallholding with cute pigs in the garden, hens running about the place and three friendly alpacas out the back
Screveton is a lovely peaceful place, yet so far its residents have taken us to the heart of the Tudor court; into the battles of the Civil War; the intrigue of The Gunpowder Plot and the Second World War ..... but we don't stop there. Meet the Sutton family from Screveton!.
Sir Charles Manners Sutton (1780 - 1845) was Speaker of the House of Commons for 18 years. His father was the Most Reverend Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury who in his turn was the grandson of the 3rd Duke of Rutland.
An illegitimate son of the 3rd Duke was Captain Evelyn Sutton, a naval officer during the Napoleonic wars who was court marshalled by his commanding officer for supposedly delaying his ship's entry into a sea battle. This accusation cost Captain Sutton his reputation as well as his battle prize money. The court marshal proved him innocent of the charge so he sued his commanding officer for £5,000 (ten times his yearly salary!). It took years to settle the case: Captain Sutton lost. Evelyn Sutton was married to Roosila Thoroton (yep, yet another Thoroton .... Roosila's sister Mary was married to Evelyn's legitimate brother, Charles Manners Sutton ....see above!).
The old village pinfold (where stray animals were impounded until their owners paid a fine for their recovery) has been restored and turned into a garden.
Map of Screveton: click here.