Ilketshall St Margaret
contains 2088 acres, 2 roods, and 16 perches of heavy but fertile land, with a population of 315 souls.
On the 3rd of March, twenty-sixth of Queen Elizabeth, Philip Chapman, alias
Barker, of Sibton, Gent., in consideration of a certain sum of money, not mentioned,
did grant, bargain, sell, &c., unto William Gooche, the elder, John Gooch, the elder,
Edward Woodville, the elder, John Cory, the elder, William Gooch, the younger,
Robert Gooch, and others, owners of estates lying in St. Margaret Ilketshall, "all those
two pieces of land and pasture, adjoining, containing in the whole by estimation
30 acres; be there more or less; lying and being in Peasenhall, aforesaid, &c., to
hold, &c., to the said Gooche, &c., their heirs and assigns for ever, upon trust, and to
be feoffees for the whole of the inhabitants of the said parish of St. Margaret Ilketshall;
that with the issues and profits of the premises, such books and ornaments, meet and
convenient for the service of God, which the inhabitants of the parish were bound to
find, might be provided—the parish church of the said parish decently and orderly
repaired—the old, poor, and aged and impotent people of the said parish charitably
relieved, and other charges and burdens of the said parish borne and defrayed." (fn. 64)
Henry Smith, Esq., by deed, dated January 26th, 1626, devised a gift to be
bestowed in clothing, bread, flesh, or fish, among the poor of the parish of St. Margaret
Ilketshall, who have been inhabitants above five years. There is a clause excluding
from the benefits of this donation, "any who are guilty of excessive drinking, or profane
swearing, pilfering, and other scandalous crimes; or are vagrants, or idle persons,
or have been incorrigible when servants, or do entertain inmates."—"But if any
clothing be given, it shall be in upper garments, on the right arm of which shall be a
badge with the letters H.S., that it may be known to be the gift of the said Henry
Smith." Is not this sounding a trumpet before thee, when thou doest thine alms?
"Upon default of any of the conditions in this bequest being fulfilled, the parish
is to lose the benefit of this charity for one yeare." The estates charged with this
donation are situated at Tolleshunt Darcy, in Essex, and produce about £4 per
comprises a nave and chancel without aisles, and an ancient round tower at the west
end, in which are three bells. The edifice was covered till very lately with thatch,
scarcely water-proof, which has recently given place to slate. The interior is neat, and
reputably kept, but the fittings far inferior to what they should be, in a church so well
endowed as this is. The fabric is probably very ancient, though the windows partake
of the perpendicular character; and the only remarkable feature it possesses is the
rather curious stone which forms the lintel of the chancel doorway. There is a narrow
arch, now built up in the east wall, which probably led in former days to a chapel now
destroyed. The family of Hunne, or Hunn, were formerly of some importance here,
and bore for arms, a lion ramp. guardant. . . . . .
Susanna, Thomæ Hun, gen. conjux, obiit 28 Decemb. 1658, æt. 28. Tobias,
ejusdem Thomæ et Susannæ filius, obt. Decem. 14, 1680, æt. 22.
Maria, Thomæ Hunn, gen. conjux, obiit 26 Feb. 1683, æt. 45.
Thomas Hunne, gen. obiit 8 Aug., 1689, æt. 56.
Charles Pinson, Gent., died a widower, September 1st, 1786, aged 78.
The great tithes of this parish having been appropriated to Bungay Nunnery on its
first foundation, the benefice has ever since been a vicarage. The impropriation is now
in the family of Patteson. The great and small tithes are both commuted; the former
for a rent-charge of £528, and the latter for £121. 10s. There are 40 acres and
23 perches of glebe land, belonging to the vicar; and £15 per annum are payable
to the Rector of St. John Ilketshall, as the value of his great and small tithes for
68 acres, 1 rood, and 29 perches of land lying in this parish. The parish registers
commence in 1538.
Vicars of Ilketshall St. Margaret.
|William Aleman||1313||Prioress and Convent of Bungay.|
|Richard de Rattlesden||1313||Id.|
|Richard de Wortham||1323||Id.|
|William Thornekyn de Colkirk||1327||Id.|
|Philip Grenlyng de Yakesly||1333||Id.|
|Hugo Cleres de Dychingham||1351||Id.|
|Robert Waryner de Ryburgh||1374||Id.|
|Hugo de Cantasthorp||1375||Id.|
|Roger de Berneby||1381||Id.|
|Walter, fil. Gilbert de Tilney||1383||Id.|
|John de Middleton||1388||Id.|
|John Norman de Beston||1395||Id.|
|Galf. Crow de Wyrlingham||1418||Id.|
|William Skirbek de Multon||1421||Id.|
|William Warnyr||1457||The Bishop, by lapse.|
|Robert Wilson||1504||Prioress and Convent of Bungay.|
|William Tomson||1513||The Bishop, by lapse.|
|William Boys||1541||Richd. Wharton, Arm. assign. Prioress, et Conv.|
|John Greffith||1554||Thomas, Duke of Norfolk.|
|Richard Bradley||1572||The Bishop, by lapse.|
|Hugo Ashley||1576||Will. Dix and Will. Cautrell.|
|Alexander Shipdham||1625||The Earl of Arundell and Surrey.|
|Eliazar Sheene||1663||Henry Howard.|
|Henry Fenton||1679||Henry, Duke of Norfolk.|
|John Hacon||1694||Charles, Duke of Somerset.|
|William Evans||1731||John Anstis, Garter King at Arms.|
|Valentine Lumley||1755||Valentine Lumley.|
|John Clement Ives||1794||The Duke of Norfolk.|
|Patrick Ballinghall Beath||1812||Id.|
Estimatio eccliē xviij marc: estimatio Vicariæ illius vj marc. Synodalia per ann: iis. viijd. Denarij
S. Petri, xvjd.