The name of Strelley, sometimes found as Sterley, used to be popularly derived from “stella”, a star, and the star devices on some of the old tombs in this church are supposed to refer to this. Unfortunately this theory is discredited by modern etymologists, who attach more importance to the other spellings, “Stredlegh” and “Stretley”, commonly found in the Middle Ages. In the “Place-names of Nottinghamshire”, recently published by the English Place-names Society, the name is said to be clearly a compound of the Old English “Straet” and “leah”, meaning clearing, although, say the editors, no Roman road (such as “street” uaually signifies) is known to have existed in the neighbourhood. They were probably unaware that in 1937 members of this Society discovered a Roman camp at Broxtowe, a very short distance from Strelley. This certainly supports their definition, for where the Romans made camps, they made roads to and from them.

Robert, who died in 1487/8. His wife Isabel, sister of Cardinal Archbishop Kemp, died at Oxton in 1458/9;  her brass in Strelley Church shows a beautiful example of the butterfly style of headdress.

b.abt.1423 Strelley, Nottinghamshire, England s/o Robert and Joanna (Stenhope) Strelley
d.March 12, 1488 England
m.Isabell Kemp
b.abt.1427 Strelley, Nottinghamshire, England d/o Thomas Kemp

CHILDREN included:

  1. Nicholas Strelley b.abt.1450 d.June 12, 1491
  2. Joyce Strelley b.abt.1450 Gloucestershire, England m.bef.1485 Humphrey Salway
  3. John Strelley b.1448 d.1501

Presumably this John is the one mentioned in the feud below…