He also founded Lenton Priory which would become the richest religious house in Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire.
William Peverel the younger was the son or Grandson of William Peverel senior.
He too was an important figure locally- involved heavily in fighting for King Stephen in the Anarchy he was driven into exile by Henry II in 1154.
He had poisoned Ranulf Earl of Chester in 1153, and was banished for his actions- possibly taking refuge in Lenton Abbey, founded by his grandfather (more on Ranulf Earl of Chester coming soon).
The Honour of Peverel was taken into the hands of the crown by Henry II.
This was important for the history of Sherwood Forest as it allowed extension by the Crown of Forest law over these lands (it is assumed it was not in the forest before this time - see below).
This expansion of the Forest both locally and nationally would be part of the disquiet that led to Magna Charta in 1215, and to the subsequent Charter of the Forest in 1217 under Henry III.
The Charter of the Forest led to boundary disputes and a reduction of the area under forest law.
It seems the forest retreated back within earlier boundaries following these disputes.
The area under the Honour of Peverel, especially that in the area of the Wapentake of Broxtowe (see map- area to west of Forest) was disaforested and this probably meant it was outside the original forest.
The Honour of Peverel is important then, as it helps us to understand why Medieval Sherwood Forest was the shape it was.
We know that all of Nottinghamshire north and West of the River Trent was Forest in the reign of Henry II, Richard I and John (see boundaries page for more information).
The Honour of Peverel was in crown hands at this time- due to the reasons outlined above.
Following the Charter of the Forest the areas of the Honour of Peverel were deemed to be outside the forest suggesting that they had been originally outside the forest.
It would seem then that the jurisdictions of early Norman lords, castles and politics following the conquest had an impact on the original shape of the Norman Forest in Nottinghamshire...
More to come on Hunting for the Norman Forest soon... including the castlery of Nottingham, the Honour of Tickhill, and more...