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Brief Notes on Nympsfield Rectory. TN the twelfth century Nympsfield* was a chapelry in the
I parish of Frocester. Of the erection of its little chapel we have no record, but probably the monks of Gloucester, who held property there by gift of Etheldred and William the Conqueror,t had some share in the work, as they take a leading part in dealing with it later on. The early de Berkeleys, lords of the manor of Nympsfield, were associated with them in this good work, and “anciently” bestowed a smalli endowment in perpetuam elemosynam.
This endowment had consisted of one virgate of land, which if the same measure as in the neighbouring manor of Frocester, would mean thirty-six acres. |
Towards the close of the twelfth century, in the year 1185, a chantry was founded in Nympsfield chapel by the lord of the manor, Nicholas Fitz-Robert de Berkeley, and the first step was taken in developing the ecclesiastical constitution of the place, by the appointment of perpetual chaplains in perpetuam vicariam, without prejudice to the rights of the “persona" of Frocester. * Nympsfield, anciently Nymdesfield. Nymd (Celtic)= sanctuary.
† Rudder, p. 577.
| Cart., III., 88. VOL. V.