Is the next town eastward of Herling; the church of this village is
dedicated to St. Andrew the Apostle, and is a rectory discharged of
first fruits and tenths.
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It is in Rockland deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry, hath a
rectory-house, and 60 acres 1 rood and 16 perches of glebe. It was
valued in the Norwich taxation at 10 marks, and the temporals of the
Prior of Bokenham were taxed at 6s. 8d.
Will. de Swannington, rector, sold to Thomas, son of Will.
de Hakeford, Knt. Walter, William, and Alice, children of Ralf Dod,
(who were his villeins,) with their families.
1274, Sir Will. de Eleford, rector.
1285, Tho. de Hastynges, rector.
1305, 3 kal. March, Will. de Eleford. Miles, son of Phillip de
1334, non. Jan. John Jordan, of Grafham, clerk. Maud, late
wife of Miles de Hastynges.
1375, 16 Sept. Sir James de Heyham, priest. Sir John de Herling, Knt.
1400, 9 Nov. John Maundeville, shaveling. Margaret Tuddenham, late wife of John de Herling.
1400, 19 March, John, son of John Balie of Blithe, shaveling, on
Maundevile's resignation. Ditto.
1401, 20 Octob. Tho. Maundeville, priest. Ditto.
1410, 8 Feb. Edmund Hemgrave, shaveling. Ditto.
1411, 5 June, John Joy of Lutcham, priest, on Hemgrave's resignation. Ditto.
1434, 14 March, Laurence Gerrard, priest, on Joy's death. John
Fitz-Rauff, Oliver Groos, Esqrs. John Kirtling, clerk, and
John Intewode, feoffees of Sir Robert Herling, in Quidenham
1448, 1 Dec. Ralf Wode, on Gerard's resignation. Sir John Fastolf, Knt. feoffee.
John Sterre, on whose death, in
1465, 4 Aug. John Caundyssh succeeded. Robert Wingfield
and Anne his wife.
1504, 5 Nov. John Butler, A.M. on Caundyssh's death. Lady
Margaret Bedingfield, James Hobart, and Tim. Bachcroft.
1544, 5 June, John Reder, chaplain, on Butler's death. John
1560, 6 July, Tho. Davye, priest, on Reder's death. John Sulyard and Alice his wife.
1570, 7 Dec. Rob. Newsham. John Sulyard, Knt.
1579, 28 July, Robert Downes, A.M. by lapse.
1580, 27 April, Thomas Richards, on Downe's resignation. The
Bishop collated by consent of Bedingfield, the patron.
1583, 27 Nov. John Dalton, on Richard's resignation. Lapse.
1584, 8 June, Daniel Reeve, on Dalton's resignation. The Bishop,
by consent of Humphrey Bedingfield, Esq. patron.
1603, Daniel Reeve, D.D. and rector of Banham, returned in his
answer, that the e were 80 communicants here. Henry Bedingfield, patron.
1621, William Wood, clerk.
1636, 16 Nov. Henry Sulyard, A.M. on Wood's resignation. John
Holland, Bart. He held it united to Tostock in Suffolk.
1668, 15 October, Arthur Womack, clerk. Ditto.
1685. Will. Bosworth, A.M. on Womack's death. Ditto. United
to Icklingham St. James.
1705, 8 Febr. James Baldwin, A.M. on Bosworth's death. Sir
John Holland, Bart. He held it with Icklingham St. James; resigned June 24, 1731.
1731, The Rev. Mr. John Hull, the present  rector. Isabella-Diana and Charlotte Holland, sisters and heiresses of
Sir William Holland, Bart.; the patronesses, are ladies of the manor,
and owners of the whole town.
The Church is a small building, having its nave, chancel, and
south porch tiled, the south isle and north dormitory leaded, a small
steeple, round at bottom, and octangular at top, in which are three
bells, two of them are thus inscribed,
1. Missus de Eelis, habeo nomen Cabrielis.
2.Uirgo Coronata, duc nos ad Regna beata.
On a brass in the south isle,
HERE lyeth the body of RICHARD DAVYE, who deceased the
29 of March, 1628.
On a mural monument, on the south side of the chancel,
Crompton, ar. on a chief az. three pheons or, impaling Holland.
Sub hoc Marmore jacet Katherina Uxor et Relicta Roberti
Crompton, Ordinis Equestris, Filiaque Pulcherrima Thomæ
Holland, ejusdem Ordinis, Quæ Katherina obijt in Edibus Henrici North de Millnall, in Comitatu Suffolciæ, Armigeri, vicesimo Novembris, Anno Dom. 1653, atque Ætatis suæ tricesimo
quarto, Qui Henricus in Honorem et Memoriam Dominæ istius
præclarissimæ, hunc Lapidem posuit.
En ! Pia Nata, Placens Uxor, Materque benigna,
Fæmina, dum vivit, dic mihi, Qualis erat?
On a mural monument, at the north east end of the north wall,
Holland impaling Panton, gul. two fesses erm. on a canton sab. a
In Memory of the Merits of that excellent Person, the Lady
Alathea Sandys, whose Bodie lyeth in the adjacent Dormitorie,
is this Monument deservedly erected; she was the Daughter of
John Panton, Esq. first married with William, Lord Sandys,
afterward with Sir John Holland, by whom she had 6 Sonns, and
5 Daughters, and with whom she lived happily 50 Years within
3 Months, and then in the 69 Year of her Age, upon the 22
Day of May, 1679, she Cheerfully rendred up her pious Soul to
God that gave it.
Under this is an altar tomb covered with a black marble.
Holland, Knevet, and Wigmore.
Here lyeth the Body of that Worthy Knight Sir Thomas
Holland, who lived highly esteemed in his Country, and died
the 5. of Febr. in the 48 Year of his Age, and in that of our
Lord One thousand six hundred twenty and five, universally
On a black marble on the floor, by this tomb,
Here lyeth the Lady Holland, the second Wife to Sir Thomas
Holland, and Wife to Mr. Edward Barker, and buried in the
On a mural monument against the north chancel wall, more west,
Holland and Panton.
Sir John Holland who erected this Monument for himself, 17
Years before his Death, maryed the Lady Alathea Sandys, he
was sent a Commissioner from the Parliament to K. C. the First,
and received Marks of Royal Favour, he lived an Honour as
well as Benefactor to his Family, being Eminent for his perticular
Abilities and Integrity, and dyed 19th of Jan. 1700, after he was
created Baronet 72 Yeares, and in the 98th Yeare of his Age.
There is a stone lately laid in the church for Ann, relict of Thomas
Slapp of Rushford, daughter of Tho. Goddard of Wretham, who died
Decem. 12, 1729, aged 57 years 11 months, and also for Sarah Slapp,
her daughter, who died Nov. 25, 1729, aged 22 years 9 months.
There is an altar tomb in the churchyard for John Buckenham, who
died April 22, 1731, aged 54 years.
In a south chancel window, is the effigies of the Virgin holding a
wafer, on which is this,
Hi Visite ye.
On the south buttresses,
Jesus, Jesus Salbator.
Upon old stalls in the chancel are the arms of Vere, Bardolf,
Herling, Plantaginet, Garnish, Ufford with a bendlet. A
fess between six de-lises. Two fesses. Gironne of eight. Three
roundels, on each three pales. On a bend cottised three escalops, a
rose for difference.
In the parsonage window is an eagle snatching a piece of a sacrifice, with some of the fire sticking to it, which being carried to
her nest, fires it, and burns her young; under the flaming nest is
So let him feare, who e're he be that dare,
Purloin God's Tribute, and the Churches Share.
and round the oval is this,
It is Destructive to Devour That Which is Holy.
Here are 13 acres, 3 roods, and 20 perches town land, in divers
pieces, all which (with the glebe) are abuttalled in a survey of the
manor, taken A° 1587. The rent was 3l. per annum, (fn. 1) paid to the
church-wardens, and overseers, for the relief of the poor, and repairs
of the church. (fn. 2)
In the dormitory on the north side, there are seven coffins of lead,
1. Sir John Holland the first baronet of the family. 2. Lady Alathea
Sandys, his wife 3. Thomas Holland, Esq. of Bury St. Edmund,
their son 4. Sir John Holland, Bart. his son. 5. Lady Rebecca
Paston, his wife. 6. Sir William Holland, Bart. their son. 7. Elizabeth Holland, his sister. (fn. 3)
In 1723, at the bottom of the lime-pits in this parish, was found a
large copper medal, thus circumscribed, Antoninus. P.P. TR. coss.
iii.; on the reverse a Genius, and S.C. by which the Romans should
have worked in these pits.
This town paid to the tenths, 3l. 10s. is now assessed at 274l. 10s.
and hath 9 houses, and about 50 inhabitants. Leet fee to the hundred
is 2s. per annum.
Cuidenham, or Guidenham,
Undoubtedly signifies Villa Guidonis, or the country seat of one
Guido or Guy, but who he was we know not; one part of it was
Godwic's, a freeman, under the protection of the Abbot of Bury, who
held it three years after King William came into the realm; but
Godwin Awnd, a man of Earl Ralf's, unjustly took it from him: the
soc was at first in Kenninghall; it was worth 15s. and after 30; it was
then a mile and a quarter long, and a mile broad, and paid 17d. 1q.
geld, being at the survey, in the King's hands, who had taken it from
Godwin, and committed it to Earl Godric's care.
Another part was given by the Conqueror to be held at a fee and
half, to Will. de Albany Earl of Arundell and Sussex, who gave one
fee of it to Warine de Munchensi, who granted it to Miles Hastyngs,
against whom William, son of Warin de Munchensi, in 1194, brought
his action to recover it, but to no purpose; this was after held at one
fee of the Munchensis, (lords of Winfarthing,) and their successours,
who held it of Bokenham castle.
The other half fee was given by the said Earl, in King Henry the
First's time, to the monks of Rading in Berkshire, in pure alms, (fn. 4) who
were obliged to grant it to Ralf, sirnamed the Great, (Magnus,)
conditionally, that he and his successours should for ever pay an
annual rent of one mark, for the health of his own, his ancestors,
and successours souls, to make a good dinner or repast in that convent, (fn. 5) on his uncle Joceline's anniversary. It contained a carucate
of 100 acres of land in Quidenham, Kenninghall, and Atlleburgh, and
40 acres in Ridlesworth, and divers rents and services, with common
of pasture on all the commons in Quidenham, and a fold-course there:
from this Ralf it came to Brian his son, who settled it on William
de Hocham for life; and in 1198, Wimar, son of William de Hocham,
had it confirmed to him and his heirs, by William, the third of that
name, Earl of Arundell and Sussex, (fn. 6) from whom it it was called
Hockham's Manor, or Free Tenement.
John son of Brian, agreed to this confirmation, on condition that he
should pay 1s. a year to him and his heirs, and a mark sterling every
Michaelmas Day, to the Earl and his heirs; and in 1200, Wimar and
John jointly conveyed it to Miles Hastyngs of Quidenham, who joined
it to his other part, with which it now continues. (fn. 7) It was always
held of the manor of Kenninghall, as of the castle of Bokenham.
One manor and moiety of the advowson, belonged to Bury abbey,
with the whole soc of it, in King Edward's time, and was in the
Abbot's hands, till Baldwin, Abbot there, infeoffed his brother Frodo
in it, in the Conqueror's time, who infeoffed Joceline, who held it at
the survey; (fn. 8) this Joceline was sirnamed de Lodne, and was uncle to
William de Albani Earl of Sussex, as he says in his deed. In 1196,
Ernald de Charneles had it, between whom and Sampson Abbot of
Bury there was a fine levied this year, by which he acknowledged,
that he held it at one fee of the Abbot, by the service of 20s. scutage,
and castle-guard to Norwich; it then extended into Quidenham,
Aclee, Turiston, Elyngham, and Norton, and had 60 acres in demean,
two villeins, and one bordarer; (fn. 9) and in 1199, it was in Miles de
Hastyngs, a younger son (as I take it) of William de Hastyngs,
Steward to King Henry I. (fn. 10) He sealed with
Hastyng's arms, I cannot say whether with
any difference or not, though I have a seal of
Nicholas de Hastyng's about this time, which
hath a label of five over the maunch.
Miles, his son and heir, was lord in 1264,
being then married to Dionise, daughter of Peter Goldington of Goldington in Bedfordshire.
In the Roll of the Rebels and Adversaries to
King Henry III. and Prince Edward his son,
after the battles of Lewes and Evesham, this
Miles was found to be one, being then lord
and patron, and holding 80 acres in demean,
all which were seized, it being proved that
he had taken the barons' part; it was afterwards restored, as all those
estates were which were seized upon this account. His brother
Will. de Hastyngs lived here; Miles de Hastyngs, son of Miles, was
lord of Stoke-Goldyngton, and Cavendish in Suffolk, Elesford in
Oxfordshire, and Dayleford in Worcestershire; he settled Elesford on
Thomas, his youngest son, who was rector of this parish; he married
Maud, who was lady in 1280, and soon after married to Pigaz, whose
widow she was in 1288; they had three sons and one daughter;
Margaret, who married Richard de Noers. Nicholas, the second son,
was alive in 1282, at Phillip his eldest brother's death, who left Alice
his widow, who, in this year, recovered against Miles de Hastyngs,
her father-in-law, 10l. a year in land, in Cavendysch, for her dower;
but it appearing that those lands were settled on Thomas, Nicholas,
and Margery, the younger children of Miles, with the consent of her
husband, she had 20l. a year in Quidenham, with a watermill there,
instead of it. Miles, son of Phillip, was 30 years old in 1304, and
at his grandfather's death became heir; he had two wives, Dionise,
and Maud who outlived him, and was lady in 1334, and so continued
till after 1345. In 1355, John de Herling purchased a third part of
the manor and advowson, of William Furneaux of Sheffield, who had
married one of the three daughters and coheiresses of Miles Hastyngs,
and another third part anno 1362, of William de Ingaldesthorp, Knt.
and Elcanor his wife; and in 1371, the other third part of Tho. Caus
and James de Hegham, by which means he had the whole manor,
from which time it passed as East-Herting, (fn. 11) till Sir Edmund Bedingfield sold Herling, and continued this, in his family.
Was made up of different parts; it belonged at the survey to Roger
Bigot, and went to Walter Bygot of Fornsete, a younger brother of
that family, and from him to Richard Bygot, his son, who conveyed
a part to Ralf of Kenninghull, called the Falconer; Edmund de Bella
Campo, or Beauchamp, had 30 acres of it, and the moiety of the
advowson; he left it to John de Beauchamp, his son, who, in 1287,
by deed enrolled in the King's-bench, granted it to Edward, son of
Sir Will. Charles, Knt. of whom it was purchased by Miles Hastyngs,
who joined it to his manor, and so had the whole advowson. Another part went to Simon Bygod, who was lord in 1280, John le Fauconer being then lord of Richard Bygot's tenement. In this year
Richard Le Baxter and Agatha Maynwaryn are said to have a manor
here, but it was only a part of Maynwaryn's manor in East-Herling,
that extended hither, and soon after John le Fauconer got Simon
Bygod's part, and so became lord of both; Will. Hastyngs of Quidenham gave Simon Fawconer, father of John, a messuage and lands
here, which he added to this manor, and Maud de Hastyngs conveyed
a quarter of a fee out of her manor to him, this whole manor being
then held of her manor, at half a fee, and paid 20s. relief, and from
the time it was purchased by Ralf Le Falconer, always went as
Fawconer's manor in East-Herling, to which I refer you.
The manor which belonged to the family sirnamed de Quidenham,
was joined to this, by one of the Falconers. William de Quidenham
lived in Henry the Second's time; Adam his son succeeded him, he
granted divers lands to be held of his manor, by the service of four
annual suits at his courts here. Hugh his son had Gilbert, who was
dead in 1319, Igred being then his widow; I take it he was the last
of this family that was lord, though it did not extinguish till after
1400; for then William Quedenham lived at Quidenham. About this
time also they purchased the messuage, and all thereto belonging,
which Richard Bygot granted to Martin, father of Adam de Quidenham, to be held of him in villeinage; and after that Bygot sold him
as his villein, to Adam Neve of Quidenham, who sold to Rob. de Sulwode of Wymondham, Adam son of Martin de Quidenham, his villein,
with all his cattle, and family, born, or to be born, and all their appurtenances.
The family sirnamed De-ponte de Quidenham; or atte Brygge, (fn. 12)
continued here from Henry the Third's time, to about 1500, and had
a free tenement held of Kenninghall manor, at 16s. 5d. a year, which
is now joined to the other manor; and thus all the manors and free
tenements became joined in
Sir Henry Bedingfield, Knight of the Bath, in right of the
heiress of the Tudenhams; he left it to Peter Bedingfield, his fourth
son, who settled here; he had two wives; by his last, who was
daughter of John Moninges of Greynford in Kent, he had John Bedingfield, Esq. his son and heir, who married Alice, daughter of Humphry Kervile of Wigenhall St. Marie's, who outlived him, and after
married Sir John Sulyard, Knt. who was lord here in 1550, her first
husband dying Jan. 1, 1545; (fn. 13) at her death Humphry Bedingfield,
Esq. her son, became lord; he married Margaret, daughter of Edward Cocket of Ampton, by whom he had Dorothy, that died without
issue, and Frances, his sole heiress, who married Anthony Twaits of
Hardyngham, whose only daughter and heiress, Elizabeth, married
Jeffery Cobb of Sandringham, whose son, Will. Cobb of Sandringham,
was living in 1664.
This Humphry, in 1572, sold it to John Holland, Gent. and his
Holand, or Holland: this honourable family flourished in the
time of the Confessor, and took their name either from Holand in
West Derby hundred, in the county of Lancaster, or from Holand in
Lincolnshire, both which were the ancient possessions of this house.
Sir Otho de Holland, lived before the Conquest, (fn. 14) and left Sir Stephen
his son, whose grandson, Sir Ralph, son of Sir Ralph, lived at the
Conquest, and held divers lands of the Conqueror's gift; he married
Sibill, daughter to William de Well, and left issue, Sir John, father of
Sir John, and grandfather of Sir Robert de Holland, Knt. (fn. 15) who was
summoned a baron of parliament, July 29, the 8th of Edward II.
(A° 1314,) he founded the priory of black monks at Holand in Lancashire; by his wife Maud, daughter and coheir to Alan Lord Zouch
of Ashby, he had a numerous issue; his eldest son, Robert, was a
baron in parliament in the time of Edward III. and dying without
issue male, left only Maud, married to John Lovell of Tichmarsh,
afterward Lord Lovell. Sir Otho, Otes, or Eton Holland, Knight
of the Garter, was at the siege of Calais, attended with three esquires,
where he was taken prisoner; (fn. 16) he bore a cross patee gul. upon the
shoulder of his lion, for his gentilitial distinction; Sir Tho. Holland
also was at that siege, attended by four esquires, and four archers on
horseback; he was summoned as a baron in parliament the 27th of
Edward III. and was Earl of Kent, and Baron Wake of Lydell, in
right of Joan his wife, sister and heir to John Plantaginet Earl of
Kent, and of his wife Margaret, sister and heir to Thomas Lord
Wake, which lady afterwards married the Black Prince. From this
Thomas proceeded the Hollands Earls of Kent, one of which was
advanced to the dignity of Duke of Surrey; and by a younger son,
the Dukes of Exeter, and Earls of Huntingdon, some time enjoying
the title of Earl of Ivory in Normandy, and Edw. Holland Earl of
Montaigne. The line of Kent expired in the 9th of Edward IV. for
want of male issue, as did also, about that time, the lines of Exeter
and Huntingdon; their lives are written at large in Mr. Dugdale's
Baronage, from fol. 73 to fol. 83 of the second volume, for which
reason I have no occasion to repeat it here.
The fourth son of Sir Robert de Holland first mentioned was John,
who by the daughter and heir of Sir Andrew de Medestede, was progenitor to the Hollands of Weare in Devonshire; his fifth son was
William, of Denton in Lancashire, and from him branched the Hollands of Clifton, and from them, by a second son, the Hollands of
Sutton; his eldest son was also named William, who had lssue,
Richard Holland of Denton, who, by a daughter of Harington of
Hornby castle in Lancashire, had a son named Thurstan, and by
Amery, his second wife, daughter and heir of Adam Kenyon, (fn. 17) had
another son named Richard.
Thurstan Holland of Denton, Esq. his eldest son, married
Jane, daughter of John Arderne of Hawardine, in the county of
Chester, Esq. and had issue five sons; Robert, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Ashton of Middleton, Esq.; the second was
Sir Richard Holland, Knt. who married twice, and left issue by both
wives; third John; fourth Ralph; fifth Terence.
John, the third son, had issue, Brian Holland, Esq. of Denton
Hall, with whom I shall begin the pedigree, his third son, John,
being the first of the family that settled in Norfolk.
Among the evidences of the Hollands there is a very large genealogical table of the family of the Hollands in Lincolnshire, from
which house all the families of this name are descended. It was collected by Geo. Holland, one of the family, in 1563, and continued
since to 1601; it begins thus: "Estovinghall, Here ensueth the pedigree of the Hollandes of the house of Estovenhall, in the partes
of Holland, in the countie of Lincolne, and do dwell there, without alteration or change, eyther of house or name, by xiijth.
descent before the Conquest," &c.
Before which time they all bore, party per pale indented, of six,
or and gul. which the house of Estoven always continued, and since
the Conquest their descendants bore the present arms, with their
Sir Ralph Holland, who descended in a direct line from that
Sir Ralph that lived in the Conqueror's time, was entombed in
Swineshed abbey, anno 1262; Sir John Holland, his great grandson,
was buried in the parish church of Swineshed. In 1340, his greatgrandson's grandson was Sir Thomas Holland, who married the
Devilish Dame, called Elizabeth, daughter to Sir Piers Tempest, Knt.;
he spent his life in the Holy-Land, and came home but every seventh
year; his son, Sir Thomas, lived about 1457, and dwelt two years at
Crowland, then at Boston, Easton, and at Lynn, where he is buried,
in St. Nicholas's church. His son, Thomas Holland, was buried at
Bury abbey; Tho Holland, his son, was first Comptroller of the
Household, and after Treasurer to the Duke of Richmond's good grace;
and Hamond Holland, his brother, was first apprentice in London,
and after, by great conjectures, was thought to be of great authority
under the Grand Turk; this Thomas had three wives; by Jane, his
first wife, he had George, Secretary to Thomas Duke of Norfork, who
died without issue; by his second wife he had Tho. Holland, Esq.;
and by Jane, his third wife, daughter of Henry Smith of Norfolk, he
had Hen. Holland, who, in midsummer, 1563, proceeded master
of arts in Gonvile Hall in Cambridge, and Christ. Holland, then student in Pembrook Hall, whose son, Edw. Holland, in 1601, was
student also in Cambridge.
Note, "At the dissolucion of the abbaye of Swineshead, I my
selfe, [sc. George Holland,] with my elder brother, and divers other
gentlemen being there, sawe the body of Sir Ralf Holland our
Ancestor, entombed there in the right-hand of the Quyre, by the
High Altar, as the chief founder of the house, who was there
buried A° 1262, lye as wholy to the sight of the eyes, as might be,
'till being touched with a little stone falling from the brincke of
the tombe, that wholly dissolved to duste; Cuthbert Tunstall,
late Bishop of Durham in his you the, near ij Yeres, was brought
up in my great grand father Sir Thomas Hollandes kitchin unknowne, 'till being knowne, he was sent home to Sir Richard
Tunstall his father, and so kept at schoole, as he himself declared
in manner the same unto me.
"Note, Sir Robert Holland was had in great favour and reputation with Thomas Earl of Lancaster, in 1321, as my poore father
was the like with the mighty Prince Henry Duke of Richmond, in
the time of his father, King Henry the Eight." (This Duke
married a daughter of Thomas Howard Duke of Norfolk, (fn. 18) by whose
means this George Holland became that Duke's Secretary, and dying
without issue, left much to John Holland, Gent. of Wortwell, his successour to his place in that family, by which means the pedigree
came into this family.) "My grandfather lieth buryed at Burne
abbey, he had among other children, 7 sonnes, and made them
all religious, viz. Davy and Laurence to Ramsey; Daniel and
George to Crowland, where I dwell next house to the late abbey;
Richard to Walsyngham; John to Barkyng, after that to Newbowe; Nicholas parson of Thurleby, a bachelor of divinitye; and
Sir Antony of Twynne, and this John, channon of Barkyng,
twynne brother to Sir Antony, was the first that ever King Henry
the VIIIth by his supremacie dispensed with, and so was secular
prieste, and after that, parson of Feltwelle in Norfolk. Doctor
Makeryll, Abbot of Barkynge, who in the commotion, was called
Captaine Coblerne, killed him in person.
Henrye Holland was bachelor of divinitye in Cambridge, and
after vicar of Boston, and so died.
Note, That the cuntry of Holland being at the Conquest very
strong, by abundance of waters, the Hollands, the Welles, and the
Lords of Kyme, being confederate together (as by old men, from
man to man I have heard credibly reported) kept out the Conqueror by force, 'till at length he had it by composition and agreement, that they should keep their lands still, and so the grant to
the Hollandes at that tyme from the Conqueror, passed in this
Notescat omnibus Anglis Francis et Alienigenis nos Willum:
Regem, redidisse Radulpho Militi de Holand totum dominium suum de Esteveninge, tam libere honorifice, quiete
et in pace sicut aliqui alij de Baronibus nostris de nobis
tenent. Teste, &c.
This manor or lordship of Estevening continues his name and
place, and never went from the Hollands since, and now Thomas
Holland my brother is heire, and enjoyeth it; the same lordship
hath by special charter very great privileges and liberties, viz.
free-chace and free-warren, wyeffe, stray, fellons goods, and
ought to pay no manner of towle, nor pays no rent, but 5s. to
castle-warde, and a marke for his liberties, whereby he may keep
sessions within the lordship, as Sir Thomas Holland my grandfather
did, who executed two fellons at Drayton, within the lordshipp,
arraingned and condemned at the said sessions.
Edmund Holland, Earl of Kent, who was killed beyond sea, was
brought home and buried at Burne abbey, about 10 miles from
Estoveningehall, where I see him lye entombed in the midst of the
quire, with 5 or 6 of my ancestors, entombed round about him, and
there did my grandfather in his latter days keep house, and lies
buried hard by; the said Earl also, part of his tyme, kept house
there, and was either founder, or a great benefactor to the priory
of St. James at Deeping: none of the Hollands are buryed at
Swyneshed church, but only Sir John, who lies flat with the Hollands quire there, the scripture of his burial being in French, the
date worn out, he married Margaret, but further appears not,
most of the Hollands were buried in abbeys, and friers houses; I
have seen them lye in great number at Bourne, Swyneshed, Barkyng, Bardeney, Sempring, Grysted, Strikswold, Spalding, Crowland; and the friers at Boston and Stamford, now being the
Dukes of Suffolk, and my father lies in Spaldynge church, to which
houses of religion, my said ancestors to my knowledge, have been
too great benefactors, my mother lies buried in the Holland's quere
at Swineshead, and my uncle Blase at Boston. Geo. Holland was
Secretary to the most worthy and mighty prince, Thomas Duke of
Norfolk, grandfather to the present Duke, and served him in that
calling, and Clerk of the Counsail in the warrs both in France,
England, and Scotland, and when he was committed to the Tower,
and his son of Surrey beheaded in the last year of King Henry the
VIIIth, and being most worthily delivered thence by Q. Mary, I
served him in that callinge till his death, and was with him against
Sir Tho. Wiatt his godson, where he was most slenderly appoynted
by his own men & capt; trayterously."