Ocellum Promontorium: Or, Short Observations on the Ancient State of Holderness, with Historic Facts Relative to the Sea Port & Market Town of Ravenspurne, in Holderness (Google eBook)

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J. Topping, 1824 - Holderness (England) - 286 pages
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Page 96 - On the whole, there are three things to be considered, wherever a sum of money is mentioned in ancient times. First, the change of denomination, by which a pound has been reduced to the third part of its ancient weight in silver.
Page 63 - They could not leave their lord without his permission : but if they ran away, or were purloined from him, might be claimed and recovered by action, like beasts or other chattels.
Page 125 - ... vanished greatness clinging to the place that was decayed even in Leland's days, when Henry VIII. still reigned. The father of English topography found the town insulated by creeks where ships lay ' but now men cum to it by 3 Bridges, where it is evident to se that sum Places wher the Shippes lay be over growen with Flagges and Reades ; and the Haven is very sorely decayid. There were 3 Paroche Chirchis in Tyme of Mynde : but now there is but one of S. Augustine : but that is very fair.
Page 31 - ... snow prevail abroad; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant. If, therefore, this new doctrine contains something more certain, it seems justly to deserve to be...
Page 227 - John by the grace of God, king of England, &c. Know ye that we have granted...
Page 198 - Holdernesse side, at a place called Ravenspurgh, even in the same place where Henry earle of Derbie, after called king Henry IV, landed.
Page 9 - It is equally certain that Ocellum was the name of the district now called Holderness. The name, from its derivation, may fairly mean the eye, or exploring place; and Baxter agrees with Camden, that Ocellum means Spurn-head, or protensum caput in Parisis, the projecting head in Parisi. These eminent antiquaries are supported in their opinion by the great addition which was made to the knowledge of the geography of Roman Britain, in the discovery of the book of Richard of Cirencester, a monk who lived...
Page 124 - Norman conquest;* and it is obvious, that if the waters of the Humber were not at present confined by banks of great height, the expanse of water at every flux of the tide, would cover thousands of acres of land in the East Riding, and in a great degree insulate the higher and eastern parts of Holderness. Before the Humber banks were made in the townships of...
Page 234 - And besides it is ordered, that she have a valet, who shall be of good bearing, and discreet, to keep her keys, to serve in the pantry and cellar ; and that she have a cook. And she ought also to have three greyhounds, for her recreation in the warren there, and in the parks, when she chuseth : And that she have venison, (in the park,) and fish in the fisheries, according as she shall be inclined : And that she reside in the best house of the manor, at her pleasure : And that she may visit the parks,...
Page 177 - Dugdale states the great increase in the height of the tides at this period, and adds, " How long the tides upon this coast kept their course so much higher than they had formerly done, I am not able to say; but it is like that they did so for no short time after, there being scarce a year in the succeeding part of this king's reign, that one or more commissions were not issued for repair of the banks, in some place or other, upon this great river...

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