Found in West Field, Belton, near the stream, this quern stone was taken to the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, for dating. It is from the Late Iron Age/Roman period. More details can be found in Journal No 5.
Stamford Ware Pottery
Four pieces of early Stamford Ware pottery were found underneath the foundations of an old wall in the garden of the Old Smithy, Nether Street. These pieces were dated by Leicester University as 9th/13th Century.
Text regarding the Belton Church
“Texts survive of a further writ of King William informing Bishop Remy of Lincoln, Hugh De Port and the officers of Nottinghamshire that he has confirmed to the Abbey the Churches of Uppingham, Wardley, with that of Belton, as the monks held them in 1066”.
Rutland Record No 5 – Westminster Abbey’s Churches, 1066-1214, by Emma Mason.
Reference to the Manor of Belton
“The Manor of Belton was probably one of the berewicks attached to the Manor of Ridlington in 1086. (fn. 6) It was presumably alienated by the Crown with the Manor of Oakham (q.v.) in the 12th century, and from that time was held of the castle and Manor of Oakham (fn. 7) as one knight’s fee” . A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1935.
Manor now held by the Castle and Manor of Oakham
“Presumably alienated by the Crown with the Manor of Oakham (q.v.) in the 12th century, and from that time was held of the castle and Manor of Oakham (fn. 7) as one knight’s fee”. A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1935.
Church Chancel and Norman arches
The lower part of the walls of the chancel and the Norman arches of Belton Church are dated around 1190. (Leicestershirechurches.co.uk)
Ralph De Freney
“The first sub-tenant of the manor seems to have been Ralph de Freney (de Fraisneto, du Frenai), who granted land belonging to his fee in Belton to the Priory of St. Mary at Brooke, (fn. 8) probably at its foundation by Hugh de Ferrers before 1153. (fn. 9) Whether Ralph held the whole manor or whether its division into moieties (fn. 10) had already taken place is unknown. Ralph was living in 1166–7, and was succeeded by his son William” (British History online, Victoria County History 1935).
Our earliest will 1498
The earliest will found for a resident in Belton is dated 1498. It is written in Latin and has been transcribed. An article is currently being prepared for our next Journal (No 7) where full details will be available.