The Gresleys were an ancient Norman family, descended from Nigel de Stafford, the son of Robert de Stafford, scion of one of the most powerful Norman families in England. (His son Nigel de Stafford began calling himself after his holding of the castle at Gresley.) The Domesday Book recorded Nigel de Stafford holding the Manor of Drakelowe near the conclusion of the 11th century, and his descendants, the Gresleys, continued to hold it for nine hundred years.

The family established the Priory of Gresley near their castle in Gresley before the year 1200.

Their history has been captured in the following book – The Gresleys of Drakelowe, written by Falconer Madan, librarian of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library published in 1899.

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