The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser

Ingram : The Components Of The Village

Successive Inquisitions Post Mortem give an impression of the scale and facilities of the settlement during the medieval period (cf. Dixon 1985, II, 368; NCH XIV (1935), 368). On the death of Geoffrey de Lucy, in 1284, his manor of Ingram was reported to comprise a capital messuage (i.e. a manor house of some kind with attendant ancillary buildings), a garden, 180 acres of arable and ten acres of meadow in demesne; ten bondagers, fourteen cottagers and fourteen freeholders (including one William de Grenside with twenty acres of land), sixty acres ‘scheling’ land, a forge, a mill, and brewhouse (NRO ZAN M15/A36).

The same number of bondage holdings – by this stage labelled husbandlands – and cottage holdings was recorded at the death of Sir Thomas Heton in 1353 (PRO C135/124/5), though these were mostly described as waste, presumably as a result of the demographic devastation wrought by the Black Death.

There was also a parish church and, by the early 16th century, a tower held by Lord Ogle, which subsequently seems to have been used by the rector of the parish or parson (Bates 1891, 24, 32-3; see Selected Sources and Surveys no. 6).

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