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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


are found, and the interpretation has been equivalent to that of a dweller on the banks of the river Sture or Stour - "riparum de Stures." (p. 773). A Maths de Stures is referred to as holding lands in Wykes and in Werdham, Co. Wilts.

In Vols. XV. and XVI., pp. 12-116, of the Antiquary, the variants met with are Stir, Styr, Steer, Sturë (pronounced Stury).

I find the name John Stere (probably pronounced Sterry) in the Inquis. Post Mortem.

"3rd Hen. V. (1416) John Stere, Thomas et Willus de Flore Servientes Joh'es Russel, militis, De injuriis factis tenentibus de Esthaddon, Donnington, Killingworth, Raundes and Ringstede in Northumberland."

John Stere would probably be descended from Galfridus le Ster.

In the Manerium de Maze (see Court Rolls), Southwark, a Julian Sterry is named under the heading of "Tenentes Liberi," 2nd June, 1661.

In Vol. I. of the Collectanea, afore quoted from, Nathaniel Sterry, fil Antonii, is mentioned in connection with the manor of Maze, Southwark - pp. 260-262. Nathaniel Sterry had two messuages or tenements, with appurtenances, situate in the aforesaid manor of the Lord Hammersley, in Mill Lane, "in fra manerii pdict P. reddit 1d fidelitat sect. cur. et at servic." Vol. VII., p. 262.

In very early times the Stories (Istures) might take their name from the various rivers-Sture and Stour. There are rivers Stour in the counties of Cambridge, Kent, Oxford, Somerset and Worcester. Just as the ancient family of Sands, Sandes and Sandys, took their name "del Sands," from the sands of the sea in the neighbourhood of St. Bees, Cumberland, so it is likely that the Storeys derived their name in a similar manner. This family has been most prolific for ages, and they have ramified into all parts of the country. The name has long been prominent in the counties of Northumberland, Durham, York, Westmorland, Lincoln, Norfolk, Middlesex, Essex, Salop, Derby, Nottingham, Dorset and Surrey, and likewise in what I always designate as the "little county of Furness," which, as Parson and White, in their "History, Directory and Gazetteer of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmorland," say,-

"in a natural division of the country, would have been annexed to Cumberland or Westmorland which bound it on every side except the south, where it is terminated by the ocean. The mountainous ranges, which form the loftiest parts of those counties, branch into this division, and give it an Alpine character; materially different from the 'rest of Lancashire.'"

Distinct from Lancashire in racial aspects, in dialect and customs, manners and habits, it is to me like writing a falsehood to include Furness and Cartmel in Lancashire. One might as fitly say that Sedbergh or Clapham and Ingleton are in Lancashire.