Burton-Joyce (St. Helen)

BURTON-JOYCE (St. Helen), a parish, in the union of Basford, S. division of the wapentake of Thurgarton and of the county of Nottingham, 5 miles (N. E. by E.) from Nottingham; containing, with the chapelry of Bulcote, 764 inhabitants. This place, in Domesday book called Bertune, belonged in the reign of Henry II. to the family of Jorz, from whom it derives the adjunct to its name, and from whom it descended to the ancestors of the Earl of Chesterfield. The village is pleasantly situated on the north bank of the river Trent, the vale of which is bounded by a range of lofty hills that shelter it on the north. The Nottingham and Lincoln railway has a station here, 5½ miles from the Nottingham station. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £4. 19. 2.; net income, £145; patron and impropriator, the Earl of Chesterfield: the tithes were commuted for land in 1768. The church is an ancient spacious structure, with a spire: in a niche of the north aisle is an upright effigy of an armed knight, standing on a lion, and bearing a shield on the left arm, said to represent Robert de Jorz, who lived in the reign of Edward I.; and in the chancel are two altar-tombs of members of the family of Stapleton, with inscriptions in Saxon characters. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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