civil parishis in the Ashfielddistrict of Nottinghamshire, England, between Hucknalland Sutton-in-Ashfield. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of four. Since 1974 it has formed part of the local government district of Ashfield. Before 1974 it was part of Basford Rural DistrictCouncil.
The parish is grouped with the neighbouring parish of
Annesley(pop 1096) to elect a joint parish council.
Throughout its history the hamlet of Felley has been overshadowed by the
Augustinian priory, Felley Priory. Therefore, few records of the secularsettlement exist.
In 1539, following the
Dissolution of the Monasteriesby King Henry VIII, the priory’s land was granted to William Bolles, but he did not hold them for long. As Mary I sold the land to Sir Anthony Strelley, whose family held Strelley, near Nottingham
Again the old priory's Felley property reverted to the Crown, James I letting it to Anthony Millington and his heirs. The Millingtons made it their family seat. It became the home of
Gilbert Millington, Anthony's son. A member of the Long Parliamentand Deputy Lieutenantof the county in 1642 when the civil war broke out between Charles I and Parliament, he was marked out for punishment by the Royalists who seized and sacked his home at Felley.Millington was one of those who signed the king's death warrant, for which at the Restoration he was condemned to death along with other regicides. However, he was spared the gallowsand spent the rest of his life in captivity on Jerseyuntil he died in 1676.
* [http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/home.htm Nottinghamshire History]
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