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Normanton on Soar
Parish of Normanton on Soar
William Willoughby, by his Will, bearing date 7th Oct 1587, gave to his son Gilbert and his heirs, all his
lands in Nottingham, Lenton and Radford, upon condition that he and they should deliver, yearly, on Whitsunday, to
four aged and needy persons, at his and their discretion, four frieze gowns, ready made, at the price of 10s a piece,
and to six honest men of occupation or husbandmen 6/.; and to a preacher to instruct the people on the said feast-
day, 6s 8d; and that these legacies should be paid to the people dwelling within the parishes of Great Marlow, Bucks;
Nuneaton in the county of Warwick; Normanton-on-Soar, Nottingham; the town of Nottingham and Wolvey successively;
and he directed, that his said son and his heirs should give to the poor people in the town and parish where he should
be buried, 3d every Wednesday and 3d every Friday, weekly, and to have continuance for ever, either in money or
bread, at his or their discretion.
The testator was buried at Normanton-on-Soar, and there is a monument in the church erected to his memory.
In respect of this charity, the sum of 8/. 6s 8d is received every fifth year by one of the parish officers of
Normanton-on-Soar. The four frieze gowns are then given on Whitsunday to four poor women selected by the minister,
and the sum of 6/. Is distributed amongst poor men of the parish, not always to the number specified in the will,
but generally to a larger number, and in smaller sums. The remaining 6s 8d is paid to the minister.
Source: Report of the Commissioners (County of Nottingham) For Inquiring Concerning Charities
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