Was always one manor, (fn. 1) which in King Edward's time was held by
Edric, (fn. 2) of Edric, for one carucate; and in the Conqueror's time by
Hubert, of Robert Malet, lord of Eye; it was then worth 15s. per
annum, being five furlongs long, and four broad, and paid 3d.
It was always held of Eye honour at one quarter of a knight's fee,
and paid x.s. relief. I do not meet with any lords' names (fn. 3) before
1280, (fn. 4) when John de Ludham was lord and patron, whose family
took their sirname from a village so called in Suffolk, in Wilford
hundred, (fn. 5) which they held many ages. In 1297, it was settled on
William de Ludham, and Alice his wife, and John their son,
and his heirs. In 1329,
Joan, wife of Sir John Ludham, and John Lowdham, Knt. son of
Thomas, was 21 years old, and held this manor; and in 1336, purchased several large parcels of land of Ralph de Shimpling, and
Katerine his wife, being the first of this family that had Boyland's
manor; both which, together with this advowson, in 1343, they
settled by fine on themselves, and the heirs of John; Edmund de
Ufford le Frere, and Peter de Teye, being feoffees. In 1351,
Sir John, son and heir of Sir John de Lowdham, and Joan his
wife, held this and Boyland manor in Osmundeston, Frenze and Stirston; he died in 1355, and Joan his wife had it to her death in 1371,
and held it of Edmund, son of Sir Thomas de Ufford, lord of Eye.
John, son of Thomas de Lowdham, Knt. inherited, and died in
Sir Thomas de Lowdham, Knt. brother and heir of John, son of
Thomas, son of John, and Joan his wife, held it, jointly with Maud
his wife; he died in 1385, and
Sir Robert Corbet, senior, Knt. held it, as guardian to John
Lowdham, who dying, left it to his wife;
And in 1401, the lady which was the wife of Sir Robert Corbet,
senior, Knt. held Boyland's in dower, and Sir Robert Corbet, junior,
her son, held Frenze, during the minority of John Lowdham, son of
Thomas de Lowdham and Maud his wife, who, when his father died,
was but seven years old. This John died 28th April, 1428; Alice his
wife surviving him: he left only one daughter,
Joan, then 14 years old, married to Thomas Hevenyngham, Esq.
and after that to Ralph Blaverhasset, Esq. both which she outlived,
not dying till June 20, 1501, being 97 years of age: she was seized
of Boyland's, the other moiety of which was granted by John Lowdham to John Woodhouse.
John Blaverhasset was her son and heir, being 77 years old at
his mother's death. This is a very ancient family, taking their name
from Bleverseta, or Bleverhayset, in Cumberland, where the eldest
branch continued a long time. In 1382, Alan Bleverhasset was
mayor of the city of Carlisle, as was John, in 1430. (fn. 6) In 1412, Ralph
Bleverhayset was parliament-man for that city, and so was Thomas,
in 1584. In 1510, this John died, in the 87th year of his age, seized
of Frenze, and a moiety of Boyland's; he had two wives; Jane
daughter of Thomas Heigham of Heigham Green in Suffolk, Esq. by
whom he had SirThomas, his son and heir, now 49 years of age; and
Jane, daughter of Sir Thomas Tindall of Hockwold in Norfolk, Knt.
He came from South-hill in Bedfordshire, to Frenze, which estate he
gave to John, his son by his second wife, who dying without issue, it
was divided among his four sisters,Margaret, married to Robert
Warner of Besthorp, after to William Drury of the same; Jane, to
Sir Phillip Calthorp; Anne, to Sir Henry Grey of Wrest in Bedfordshire, Knt.; Ellen to Miles Hobert of Plumstede in Norfolk, Esq. second son of Sir James Hobart, Knt.
Sir Thomas died seized of Frenze and Boyland's, June 27, 1531,
George, his eldest son by his first wife, his heir: he died in 1543,
and by his will gave Frenze to Margaret his wife for life, and Boyland's moiety to Mary, his daughter and heiress, then married to
Thomas Culpepper, Esq. she being to have Frenze also at Margaret's
death. This Mary, by fine, settled Frenze on
Francis Bacon, Esq. her second husband, and Edmund his son,
for their lives, both which had it, Edmund Bacon of Harleston being
seized of it in 1572: after whose death it reverted to
John Bleverhasset, who had enjoyed Boyland's ever since the
death of the said Mary. This John was brother to George, her father: he sold the moiety of Boyland's to Sir Thomas Cornwaleis, Knt.
and his heirs, but Frenze continued in this family; for in 1587,
George Bleverhasset held it; and in 1595,
Samuel Bleverhasset. How or when it went from this family
I do not find; but in 1666, 24th Nov.
Richard Nixon, Esq. died seized, and.
Richard was his son and heir, whose son, Diamond Nixon, sold
Sir Robert Kemp, Bart. whose son, Sir Robert, is now lord and
The Church is a small building, of equal height, covered with
tile; and having no steeple, the bell hangs on the outside of the roof,
at the west end: there is no partition between the church and chancel, but there is a beam fixed across the east chancel window, on
which the rood was conveniently placed. The church is about
24 yards long, and 7 yards wide; the south porch is tiled. It is
dedicated to St. Andrew the Apostle, (fn. 7) as appears from the will of
Ralph Bleverhasset, who desired to be buried in the chancel of St.
Andrew at Frenze. The meanness of the fabrick hath preserved the
inscriptions from being reaved, for it looks like a barn, at a distance.
In the chancel, according to his will, is buried Ralph Bleverhasset,
Esq. whose effigies, standing upon a lion, still remains on a stone, and
Hic iacct venerabilis Uir Radulphus Bleverhansett
Armiger qui obiit riiio die Mensis Novembris
Ao dni. Mo CCCC lrrbo. cuisu Anime propicietur Deus Amen.
There are four shields still remaining.
1. Bleverhasset with an annulet quartering Orton;
2. Ditto impaling Lowdham;
3. As the second;
4. Lowdham single.
The inscription for his wife is now lost, but was, as we learn from
Mr. Anstis's MSS. (marked G. 6, fol. 39.) as follows:
Here lyeth Mrs. Joane Bleverhasset, the Wife of Ralph Bleverhasset,
Esq. the Daughter and Heir of John Lowdham, who died the 20th Dan of
The same MSS. hath the following inscription, now gone:
"Here lyeth the venerable Gentleman John Blaverhasset, Esq; who
died the 27th of March, in the Year of our Lord, 1514."
On a stone by the south door is the effigies of a woman bidding
her beads, with three shields under the inscription.
1. Hasset with an annulet, quartering Lowdham;
2. Ditto impaling Tindall, quartering Fecklin;
3. Tindall quartering Orton and Scales.
Pran for the Soule of Jane Bleverhayssett, Wedow, late Wyf
onto John Blaverhayssett, Esquier, Whiche Jane departed oute
of this present Lyf, the bi Day of October, the Yere of our Lord
God, M y rri on whose Soule Jhu have merry, Amen.
On a stone at the east end,
Here lyeth Sir Thomas Bleuerhayssette, Knyght,
which decessyd the ryii Dan of June, the Yere of our
Lorde M yo rrri. and rrriii Yere of the Reigne of our Sobe
raygne Lord Kyng Henry the viiith, whois Soule God Pardon.
At each corner is a coat:
1. Hasset with an annulet, quartering Orton, impaling Lowdham
and Keldon, quartered.
2. Hasset and Lowdham quartered, impaling Heigham, his first
3. Hasset, Lowdon, Orton, and Keldon, quartered, impaling Braham, with a crescent.
4. Hasset, and the three quartered as in the last, impaling two lions
His effigies still remains, in complete armour, having a surcoat of
his arms, viz. Bleverhasset with the annulet, (which this branch always
bare for difference,) with his quarterings, Lowdham, Orton, and Kelvedon; (or Keldon;) under his head lies his crest, viz. a fox passant.
On a marble three yards long, and a yard and half wide, is this on
a brass plate:
Here lyeth Dame Margaret Bleverhayset, Wedowe. late Wyf to Syr
Thomas Bleverhayset off Frens, Knyght, Domghter to John Braham
of Metheryngset, Esquyer, who bad Yssue by the said Sur Thomas,
two Sonnes, Thomas a Pryst, and John Bleverhayset of Bargham, by
Beclys in Suff, and fyve Dowghters, that ys Elizabeth Fyrst married to
Lyonell Lowth, after to Francis Clopton, Agnes married to Syr
Antony Rows, Knyght, Anne married fyrst to George Duke, after to
Peter Rede, Margaret fyrst married to John Gosnold, after to Antony
Myngfyld, who dyed the rriii of Julye in the Yere of our Lorde, 1561.
The first coat is lost, but was Braham impaling Reydon.
2. Hasset, Lowdham, Keldon, Orton, Skelton, and Hasset, impaling
Braham; the third is lost.
Adjoining is another stone, having had two coats, which are reaved,
as is the effigies of the man; that of the woman remains; her head
lies on a pillow, and her beads hang before her; the two remaining
shields have these arms:
1. Duke quartering Banyard, with the difference of two annulets
interlaced on the fess.
Park and Ilketshall impaling Hasset, quartering Lowdham, Keldon,
Orton, and Skelton.
2. Hasset, and his quarterings, as before.
Mr. Le Neve says, that the two coats lost were,
1. Duke and his quarterings, as before.
2. Duke, &c. impaling Jenney, quartering Buckle and Leiston.
Buckle, or, a chevron between three buckles.
Heare uner lieth George Duke, Esquyre.
who marryed Anne, the Dowghter of Syr Thomas
Bleverhaysset, Knyght, the whiche George
died the rrbi day of July, in the Yere
of our Lorde God, a. M. CCCCC. li.
whos Sowle God Pardon, Amen.
Another stone hath its inscription torn off, and one shield; the
Cornwaleis impaling Froxmere.
The next hath a man in armour, his sword hanging before him on
a belt, his hands erected.
Hasset quarters Lowdham and Orton; Orton or Lowthe impales
Hic iacet venerabilis bir Johannis Bleber
hayset, Armiger, qui viresimo viiio die
Mens: Novemb: Ao Dni. Mo bo r. cuius anime propicietur Deus.
On another stone: crest, a fox sedant on a wreath, under it, in a
1. Hasset, Lowdham, Orton, Keldon, Skelton, Duke, frette - - - Lowthe.
2. Culpepper quartering - - - - a chevron between eleven martlets,
3, 2, 1, 2, 3, impaling Hasset, and quarterings as before.
3. Bacon impaling Hasset and quarterings.
4. Hasset and quarterings.
5. Duke, with an annulet, quartering three pelicans vulning themselves, and - - - frette - - -
Mariæ filiæ et hæredi unicæ Georgij Bleverhasset,
Militis inaurati Enuptæ primo Thomæ Culpeper,
Armigero, qui hic, postea Francisco Bacon, Armigero,
Qui Petistiræ in Comitat: Suff. tumulatur, sine prole,
Defuncte vii Septembr. 1587, Ætatis suæ, 70.
Viduæ, Piæ, Castæ, Hospitali, Benignæ!
Joannes Cornwaleis, et Joannes Bleverhasset,
Memoriæ et amoris ergo posuerunt.
On a brass fixed to the north chancel wall:
Here under lyethe Thomazin Platers, Daughter of George
Duke, Esquyer, and Wife to William Platers, Sonne t Heier
of Thomas Platers of Soterley, Esquier, whiche Thomazin
dyed the 23d day of December, in the second Yere of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lady Quene Elizabethe, Ao 1560.
Platers, arg. three bends wavy az.
Platers impaling Duke and his quarterings.
More towards the east, on the said wall, remains the impression of
a brass effigies, and inscription now lost, but in a MSS. (marked E.
26, fol. 23.) in Mr. Anstis's hands we have the following account:
Platers's arms and Duke's:
Orate pro animabus Willi Platers et Thomazin uroris suæ filiæ Duke
As also of this, now lost:
Orate pro Domina Johanna Braham, vidua ur: Johns: Braham de
Braham impales Duke.
On a stone having the effigies of a woman in her winding sheet,
bidding her beads:
Hic iaret tumulata domina Johanna Braham, vidua ar Deo dirata
olim uror Johannis Braham Armigeri que obiit rbiiio die Nobembris
Ao Dni. Millimo CCCCC rir. cuius anime propicietur Deus, Amen.
Braham single, and again impaling Reydon. Reydon single.
On a brass plated stone near the north door, a man in his winding
sheet, and this:
Pray for the Sowle of your Charite,
Of Thomas Hobson to the Trynyte.
On three flat marbles:
Nixon, on a chief, an axe impaling three roundels.
Here lieth the Body of Richard the
Son of Richard Nixon, Esq; and
Susan his Wife, who departed this
Life the 28th Day of August, 1678.
In the 22d Year of his Age.
Nixon, impaling a chevron between three lions rampant:
Reliquiæ Richardi Nixon, Armig:
Qui obijt 24° Novemb: Ano Dom.
1666, Ætatis suæ 77.
Per fess embattled three pheons impaling Nixon:
Here lyeth the Body of William Cooper, Gent. who died the 30th Day
of March, 1693, Aged 54 Years.
In a north window was a man bearing Ufford's arms, and by him
stood pictured a lady in the arms of Shelton, covered with a mantle
of Lowdham. (fn. 8)
In the next window, or, a fess gul. Hasset, Scales; many funeral
escutcheons for Hasset; one for Catherine, wife to Thomas Froxmere,
In the windows, Hasset and Lowdham quartered. Lowdham,—
Ufford,—Dalimer, arg. three inescutcheons gul.; Shelton, Mortimer
of Wigmore, Ufford with a label, again with a de-lis, again with a
batoon gobonne arg. and gul.; again with an annulet arg.
In the west window Lowdham.
Lowdham impales Bacon, gul. on a chief arg. two mullets of the
field, pierced sab.
Or, a fess gul. impales Scales.
Lowdham impales az. on a chief gul. three leopards faces or.
Mascule or and sab.
Most of these arms still remain in the windows.
I find among the evidences of Brightlead's tenement in Scole, that
Thomas Ropkyn was buried here, with this inscription, now lost:
Pray for the Sowle of Thomas Ropkyn.
I have now by me three brass shields, which I am apt to think were
stolen from this church some time agone; the arms being
Shelton impaling a cross ingrailed erm.
Shelton impaling a fess between fifteen billets, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Paston impaling Shelton.
At Mrs. Hill's at Castor, near Yarmouth, I saw an ancient canvass
surrounding two rooms, painted with the matches of the Bleverhassets;
(John Bleverhasset, who married Mrs. Hill's sister, and died in 1704,
was the last of this branch;) their names are under each coat; but
with hanging against moist walls, several are worn out: those that
are perfect I have added here, though they are so displaced, that the
time of the matches cannot be determined by their succession.
Bleverhasset, gul. a chevron. erm. between three dolphins embowed
Crest on a wreath, arg. and gul. a fox seiant, gul.
Impaled with all the following coats:
Frogmorton, gul. on a chevron, or, three bars sab.
Braham, as in p. 134.
Tindall, arg. a fess indented in chief three crescents gul.
Eyre, arg. on a fess, - - - three trefoils or.
Pickerell, as in p. 48.
Clopton, sab. a bend arg. cotized, indented or.
Lowthe, sab. a lion rampant or, armed gul.
Cressi, arg. three beacons sab.
Culpepper, arg. a bend ingrailed gul.
Covert, gul. a fess between three lions heads or.
Baynaugh, gul. a chevron between three bulls faces or.
Brampton, gul. a saltire between four croslets fitchee arg.
Meawes, pally of six, or and arg. on a chief gul. three croslets formy
of the first.
Lowdham, as in p. 134.
Kelvedon, (or Keldon,) gul. a pall reversed erm.
Orton, arg. a lion rampant guardant vert, crowned or.
Skelton, az. on a fess between three de-lises, or, a crescent sab.
Cornwaleis, Hare, Heydon, Wyngfield, Reape, Kempe, Gosnold,
Spilman, Colby, Alcock, Rowse, Drury, Hubbard, Heigham, Warner,
quartering Whetnall, Calthorp, Lovell and Ruthyn.
1294, John de Petestre, rector. (fn. 9)
1325, prid. non. Jan John de Novadomo (Newhouse) de Snapes;
presented by Cecily, widow of Sir Robert de Ufford Earl of Suffolk,
and lord of Eye, Robert de Shelton, and William Tastard,
guardians of John de Lowdham.
1349, 21 Sept. Walter Manneysyn (after wrote in Deeds Malvesyn.)
Sir John Lowdham, Knt.
1381, 7 May, William Payok, priest. Thomas de Lowdham,
1382, 6 June, John Baxter, priest. (fn. 10) Ditto.
1393, 4 June, Peter Rous, priest. Sir Robert Corbett, senior,
guardian to John de Lowdham.
1394, 20 May, Henry Brakkele, priest, (fn. 11) Sir Robert Corbett,
senior, guardian to John de Lowdham.
1397, 6 Decem. Sir John de Scoles, priest. Ditto.
1401, ult. Jan. Michael Crowe of Kenninghall, priest. Ditto.
1404, 4 Oct. Sir Tho. Warner of Leyham, priest. Gilbert de
Debenham, for this turn.
1408, 8 Nov. Robert Pope of Frandeston, priest. John Lowdham of Burgate.
1416, 18 Oct. Tho. Bukke of Melles, priest. (fn. 12) John Lowdham
of Ipswich, patron, by right of inheritance in a lineal descent.
1416, 20 Jan. John Greeve. Ditto.
1417, 22 Oct. Roger de Knyveton, priest. John Hevenyngham,
senior, Knt. Will. Shelton, Esq. Will. Lord, clerk, and John
Intewode, for this turn.
1419, 22 Dec. John Rawe, priest, on Knyveton's resignation. John
1423, 31 May, Simon Warner, priest. (fn. 13) John Lowdham, Esq. son
and heir of Thomas Lowdham, Knt.
1428, 10 April, John Bubwith, priest, on Warner's resignation.
John Hagh, Esq.
1479, 18 July, Henry - - - - - - -
1484, 22 Sept. Robert Stukely, collated by the Bishop. I meet
with no more institutions till
1597, 21 April, Edmund Stanhaw. The Crown (as guardian to
1598, 20 Oct. John Smith, A. M. on Stanhaw's resignation. Samuel Bleverhasset, Esq. united to Scole.
1603, John Smith, rector, of whom the Answers of the Parsons inform us, that he was a preacher allowed by the late Lord Bishop of
Norwich, but no graduate.
1618, 21 April, Tho. Hall, A. M. united to Scole. Samuel Blaverhasset of Lowdham, Esq.
1642, 10 Sept. John Gibbs, A. M. on Hall's death. Richard
1651, 18 Febr. Toby Dobbin. Ditto.
1673, 22 Sept. Tho. Wales, A. B. on Dobbin's death. John
Fincham of Outwell, in the Isle of Ely, Esq.; he had Thelton.
1702, 7 Oct. Tho. Palgrave, on Wales's death. Diamond Nixon,
1725, 24 Aug. Will. Baker, on Palgrave's death. Robert Kemp,
Bart. united to Wacton-Parva.
1734, the Rev. Mr. John James, the present  rector, on
Baker's resignation. Sir Robert Kemp, Bart. patron.
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This rectory is in Redenhall deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry;
and being sworn of the value of 30l. per annum only, is discharged of
first fruits and tenths, and is capable of augmentation; here is a rectory-house, and about 3 or 4 acres of glebe. It is a small village,
having only 6 houses, and about 60 inhabitants. [1736.] In Norwich
Domesday it is said, that the rector then had a house and 20 acres
land, not taxed. The old tenth was 1l. 5s. the association valuation,
204l. per annum, and the present valuation is 149l.
The Custom of the Manor is to the eldest son, and the fine is
at the lord's will; the leet belongs to the hundred, the leet-fee being
5d. per annum.