Some Early Chaddesden Landowners

England is fortunate in possessing a wealth of archives from the earliest times which help historians work out the frequently confusing way in which estates have been passed down the centuries. In this article I shall take a brief look at three inter-related families who held land here in Chaddesden for many generations, yet their names – fitz Nicholas, Pipard, and de Twyford – will be unfamiliar to many people. At the time of Domesday Book (1086), Nigel de Stafford held various manors in Derbyshire and Staffordshire and two of his descendants became founders of the Gresley and Longford families. Another of Nigel’s posterity was Ralph fitz Nicholas, who served variously as Steward to Wil

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