Robert de Jort – Hoton Leceistershire

Mar 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Laurie's Blog, Of Ancient Times

Hoton’s early history

In continuing the search for the early history of the de Jort family I came upon this reference to Robert de Jort on the Wolds Historical Organisation website owning land in Hoton, Leceistershire.

Hoton, meaning ‘settlement on a heel-shaped hill’, dates from Anglo-Saxon times. After the Conquest its 1300 acres were shared between Normans Robert de Jort, with four ploughs and two villeins, and Earl Hugh. Later landowners included the de Prestwolds, the Poutrels, the Neles, the Skipwiths and the Packes.

Hoton was sparsely populated with eleven households in the 1300s, nine in 1564. By the time the 1666 hearth tax list was drawn up there were nineteen.

Farming was by the open field strip system, with three fields of 400 acres: one corn, one peas, and the other fallow. There was common grazing land, and no hedges or fences. Following the 1760 Enclosure Act a pattern of small fields was established, and farming methods changed. There was a large increase in population and by 1788 seventy households were recorded. In 1737 a turnpike road from Cotes to Nottingham was constructed, passing through Hoton. Completion of the Soar Navigation in 1785 coincided with the growing Industrial Revolution.

A reference in the Domesday Book states –

962 i, 236v (42-5) Kings officials; Hoton:  TRW Robert de Jort holds five carucates of land in Hoton from the King.  There he holds a meadow, which he possesses through force (vi possidet).

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