Takes its name from the Saxon word ben, a cave, or hollow place
between two hills, which exactly answers to its situation: (fn. 1) the present church stands on a high hill, and the parsonage-house on the
north side of the churchyard, in the very den or hollow, from which
the village is named. The superiour jurisdiction over divers freemen
of this town, from the time of the Conquest to this day, hath passed
with the hundred of Earsham; (fn. 2) but the chief manor of Denton, was
held of Bishop Stigand by Alfriz, in the Confessor's time, (fn. 3) and by
Eudo son of Spiruwin at the Conqueror's survey; when it was worth
4l. per annum the town being then a mile long, and four furlongs
broad, and paid 18d. geld. This came to William de Albany, who
joined it to Bukenham castle, with which it passed many ages, as you
may see at vol. i. p. 369, &c. Another part which formerly belonged
to Bury abbey, was held by Tarmoht, and after by the said Eudo; (fn. 4)
this constituted that manor called Payone's in Denton.
Denton cum Topcroft Manor
Passed with the Albanys, and at the division of the estate of that
family among female heiresses (as at vol. i. p. 372,) was allotted,
among others, to Sir Rob. de Tateshall, Knt. in whose family it continued till the failure of issue male. In 1227, King Henry III. granted to
Sir Robert de Tateshale, Knt. a charter for free-warren here, which
was confirmed to Constantine Clifton, his heir; and in 1285, Rog.
Bigot was found, as lord of the hundred, to have joint free-warren
with him: it went from the Tateshales through the Bernaks, Orrebys,
&c. as at vol. i. p. 374, &c. to the Cliftons, and continued in that
family with Bukenham castle, till 1447, and then Sir John Clifton,
Knt. gave this manor (as at p. 377, vol. i.) to Robert Clifton his
cousin, (fn. 5) and his heirs; who, jointly with Elizabeth his wife, conveyed
the united manors of Denton cum Topcroft, the manors of Hoes and
Littlehall in Denton, with the advowson of the church, to Sir Gilbert
Debenham, Knt. son of Sir Giles de Debenham, Knt. together with a
manor in Denver, and the advowson of St. Giles's chapel in Topcroft;
the manors then extending into Denton, Topcroft, Alburgh, Bedingham,
Wotton, Hemenhale, Hadesco-thorp, and Dicleburgh; and by a fine
passed soon after, they were settled on Tho. Gardyner, as trustee, for the
use of Robert and Eliz. Clifton his wife, for life, remainder to Sir Tho.
Brewse, of Salle in Norfolk, (fn. 6) and Wenham in Suffolk, and Eliz. his second
wife, sister and heiress to Sir Gilbert Debenham, and their heirs: (fn. 7) Sir
Thomas's will is dated in 1479, by which he ordered himself and wife
to be buried in Wodebridge priory church, of which he was patron,
and where many of his ancestors lie; he had four sons, William, Robert, John, and Edward, and a brother named Robert, whose daughter
Anne, was a nun at Redlingfield; he gave his manor of Stinton's in
Salle, to William his eldest son, after the death of Eliz. his wife, to
whom he gave the manors of Hawker's, Denton, Topcroft, Hoo, and
Littlehall, with the advowsons of Denton and St. Giles's chapel in
Topcroft, for life; and his feoffees settled them accordingly, with remainder to Robert Brewse, Esq. his second son, and his heirs; he married Katherine, daughter of Sir John Wing field of Letheringham in
Suffolk, Knt. and was succeeded by Thomas Brewse of Topcroft-Hall
and Wenham in Suffolk, Esq. who in 1514 was lord; he married Jane,
daughter of Scroop of Bentley in Suff.; their son, Sir John Brewse of
Wenham, was lord in 1533 and 1582; and in 1590, Thomas Brewse,
Esq. whose son John Brewse, in 1602, was lord, being then six years
old; he was afterwards knighted, and married Cecily, only daughter
to John Wilton of Topcroft, Gent. (see vol i. p. 364.) and soon after
the Wiltons were lords. In 1650, I find that Rob. Wilton, son of
Ric. Wilton, brother to the said Cecily Brewse, held a court baron for
Denton cum Topcroft, and a lete for Topcroft; that for Denton
belonging to the Duke's hundred of Earsham; and it passed with the
Wiltons as Wilby did, till Nic. Wilton, Esq. who held court here in
1679, sold it in 1680, to
George Smith, doctor of physick, second son of John Smith of
North Nibley, sheriff of Gloucestershire, son of John Smith, sheriff of
Gloucestershire in 1569, son of Thomas Smith of the same, sheriff of
the said county in 1550, who descended from the Smiths of Elkington in Lincolnshire, who flourished in Henry the Sixth's time, and
were returned among the gentlemen of that county, and afterwards of
Tremblethorp; and thence about 1527, Thomas aforesaid settled at
Nibley, where the elder branch have resided to this day from father
to son. (fn. 8) This George took his master of arts decree at Oxford, and
afterwards travelled beyond sea 25 years, and on the 24 of Dec. 1638,
was admitted doctor of physick at Padua, as a fine diploma now in the
family testifies; (fn. 9) in which he is called Nobilis Anglus; he married
Mary, daughter and heiress of David Offley of Cheshire, Esq. by
whom he had one son, Offley; his second wife was Anne, daughter of
William Chilcot of Isleworth in Middlesex, Esq. who survived him,
but had no issue; (fn. 10) he is buried in Topcroft chancel, with this on
his stone, and the arms of Smith between those of Offley and
Here lies buried Dr. George Smith, Dr. of Physick, he was Son
of John Smyth Esq; of North Nibley in Gloucestershire, he died
in Topcroft-Hall the 15 of Aug. 170-he had 2 Wives, Mary
Dr. of David Offley of London Esq; by whom he had one Son
Offley Smith; and Anne the Daughter of William Chilcott of
Isleworth in Middlesex Esq; by whom he left no Issue.
Offley his son inherited at his death; who was likewise a great
traveller, and never resided at Topcroft, but died at London in 1708,
and lies buried in St. Bride's church there, leaving this manor and
George Smith, his eldest son, (fn. 11) by Mary daughter of Thomas
Archer of Gloucestershire, Esq; who settled at the manor-house of
Topcroft-hall, the present seat of the family; he married Mary, 3d
daughter of William Churchman. Esq. of Illington, now living, and
his widow: in 1735, he was sheriff of Norfolk, and died in Dec. 1745,
leaving a numerous family.
William Smith of Topcroft Esq. his eldest son, a minor, is now
lord of these united manors.
The said George Smith left also a second son. Offley Smith, Gent.
of Harleston in Norfolk, who by Bransby Bransby his wife, hath issue.
Anne a daughter, married in Gloucestershire.
Crest, on a wreath a heron's head erased, with a fish in his beak
proper. (fn. 12)
SMITH. HOE'S MANOR IN TOPCROFT,
Being joined to Denton cum Topcroft, I choose to treat of it here: it
belonged at the Conquest to Bury abbey, and at the survey Berengarius held it of the Abbot, (fn. 13) and the lete then belonged to it, and it was
worth 40s. per annum: this man was infeoffed in it by Abbot Baldwyn,
and in 1196, Roger de Hoo owned it; in the year 1300, he was returned as holding it by inheritance from John de Hoo his father, in
this record he is called Howe; he divided it into two parts, that in Topcroft, Roger de Coggeshale, and the other, Nic. de Falsham had; and
being soon after united, it passed through many hands, and was purchased by Andrew de Bixton, citizen of Norwich, whose feoffoes, in
1348, conveyed it to Catherine his widow for life, and then to Jeffery
his son and heir, who sold it to the Cliftons, and in 1378, Sir John
Clifton was lord, and in 1458, Robert Clifton, Esq. who had it by inheritance from his father, joined it to Topcroft cum Denton manor,
with which it still remains.
Little-Hall manor in Topcroft
Is also joined to the aforesaid manor: this had its original in 1302,
when Robert de Tateshall, the fourth of that name, then lord of Topcroft and Denton, granted to William de Bernak and Alice his wife,
daughter of Robert de Driby, sister and heir of John de Driby, and
their heirs, about the third part of the manor, to be held of his capital
manor at 2d. a year, (see vol. i. p. 374) John Bernak, their son and
heir, had it, and after him Hugh his brother; in 1352, Richard Bernak, and Alice daughter of Ric. de Watervil, his wife, had it; and
with Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir John Bernak, it went to
her husband John Stonham, Esq. and so to the Greys; John Grey,
Esq. of Topcroft, was the first that owned it of that family; he left it
to Robert Grey his son and heir, who sold it to John Stanhawe of
Bedingham, whose son Ralf Stanhawe was lord in 1409, and before
1447, sold it to Robert Clifton, Esq. and Elizabeth his wife, who
joined it to his other manors, with which it still remains.
The customs of these manors are,
The eldest son is heir, they give no dower, every messuage pays 6s.
8d. fine certain, every acre of land of the old grant or feoffment, pays
2s. each acre fine certain, and every acre of the new grant 4s. fine
|The quit-rents,||Ex parte Denton are 18l. 19s. 2d.||a year|
|Ex parte Topcroft 19l. 18s.|
A decree in Chancery passed 5 Nov. 1590, between Thomas Brewse,
Esq. lord, and the tenants, settling the customs, and decreeing the
measure of land according to custom, to be 21 feet and an half, to the
perch or pole; the tenants to cut timber as they please, to repair their
copyholds; and also, for plough boot, gate boot, stile boot, cart boot,
paling, and all other necessary uses, free of all demand from the lord,
and no distinction to be made; but may take off Denton to use at Topcroft, and off Topcroft to use at Denton: but in the decree is this,
The Lords without Left or Denial of the Coppihold Tenants, in a
convenient Time, and without any unnecessary Damage to the said
Coppiholders, or their said Lands, may take, have, and perceive,
convenient and sufficient Timber of the Trees now being, or hereafter growing upon the Coppihold Premises, or any Part thereof, for,
and towards the building, transposing, repairing, bettering, or
amending of the Manor House of Topcroft-Hall in Topcroft
aforesaid, or any of the Houses, Buildings, or Edifices thereof; or
of any Water-Mills of the Lord's, within the said Manors, or any of
them, and not otherwise, without the Assent or Consent, of the said
Coppiholder or Customary Tenant, that then shall have the present
Estate or Inheritance, upon whose Coppihold Lands and Tenements
the same Trees been, or shall be standing and growing; Provided
that He or They shall not take so, but that there shall be always left
by Him or Them, to every several Coppiholder, of whom Timber
shall be so taken, sufficient Timber upon his several Coppihold for
his necessary Uses aforementioned, from Time to Time."
Westhall, or Payone's Manor in Denton,
Was formerly a considerable one, extending into divers towns. It
was in two parts, in 1239, Stephen de Brokedish granted his part
(which contained a carucate of land) to John son of Hamon, and
Maud his wife, who in 1249 was called John de Denton; in 1256,
he claimed to be superiour lord of his own fee, excluding the Earl
Marshal, who had only the weyfs of it in right of the hundred. Roger
de Denton succeeded, and in 1397, Will. de Wotton had it; and in
1345, Rob. de Occult, and then it became joined to the principal part
of the manor, which was infeoffed by Bury abbot in the Bygods, and
by them in the Boises of Fersfield, and passed with that manor, as you
see in vol. i. p. 74, &c. In 1345, Sir John Howard had it; in 1401,
Gilbert Fraunsham was lord; and it was soon after purchased by
Stephen Payon of Denton, and left to William Payone, from whom it
took its name: the next owner I meet with, was John Bengys, parson
of Scarning, who released it to Robert Rous of Dennington, Sir Will.
Phelip, Knt. Sir John Carbonel, Ric. Pykot, and Robert Park, to the
use of Ric. Pykot; and so it became joined to Starston-hall manor, to
which I refer you.
This church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who had her image
in the chancel, with a light burning before it. Domesday of Norwich
tells us, that it was valued at 36 marks, that the rector had a house and
carucate of land, and paid 2s. synodals, 7s. 7d. ob. archdeacon's procurations, and 14d. ob. Peter-pence. The Corography says, there are
80 acres of glebe inclosed, and wooded, lying round the house within
itself, and hath a pretty manor, having about 20 copyholders, and six
marks a year quitrents, the fines being at the will of the lord. This
town paid 4l. 10s. clear to every tenth. It stands thus in the King's
24l. Denton rectory, 2l. 8s. yearly tenths.
And consequently pays first-fruits, and is incapable of augmentation.
Will. de Brehull, chaplain to King Edw. I. who granted a prohibition in the 31st year of his reign, that no one should molest him
1317, Will. de Diss. Sir John de Cove Knt. and Eve his wife,
this turn, in right of Denton manor.
1334, Peter de Bledneworth. Tho. de Brotherton Earl of
Norfolk, this turn, as belonging to Earsham hundred.
1346, Richard de Boghay or Bowgheyn, ob. Lady Eve de Tateshale, by settlement of Sir Rob. de Tateshale, her former husband,
1353, William de Panham, shaveling. Sir Adam de Clifton,
Knt. this turn. He was deprived, because the King recovered the
turn against Sir Adam, and presented
Will. de Gyppewico, or Ipswich, who died rector.
1357, Ric. de Burtone. Sir Adam Clifton, Knt.
1357, Ric. de Skidby. The King, as guardian of the estate of John
de Orreby deceased, having recovered it against Adam de Clifton, one
of the cousins and heirs of Rob. de Tateshale.
1361, Will. de Stoke, priest. Sir Adam Clifton, who recovered
it against the King: He changed in
1365, For the mediety of Westburgh in Lincoln diocese, with John
de Horsham. Sir Rob. Bernake.
1380, Robert Ethom. Lady Margaret Countess of Norfolk.
1407, John Holm. Ric. Gegh, James Billingford, and John
Rawlyn, this turn.
1432, Ralf Wolman. Sir Ralf Lord Cromwell and Tateshall, who had two turns, one by right of inheritance, another on
account of the purparty allowed him at the death of Mary Rous, and
the third turn belongs to Sir John Clifton, Knt.
1460, Rob. Hope, LL. B. John Duke of Norfolk, ob.
1468, Tho. Cosyn, S. T. B. Lapse. He resigned for a pension of
10 marks per annum, out of it, with the Bishop's consent.
1511, Edw. Almer, bachelor in the decrees. Tho. Earl of
1532, Ric. Cornwaleis, who was not eleven years old, was allowed by the Pope to hold it in commendam till he was 18 years old,
and then was to become rector and be instituted. Tho. Duke of
Norfolk, who presented the following rectors:
1545, Henry Simonds, at whose deprivation in
1554, Henry Carter succeeded. He was buried here Dec. 9,
1562, and John Porter had it, (fn. 14) who resigned in
1574, to John Porter, who in 1603, returned 136 communicants
in this parish; he was presented by Will. Dix. and Will. Cantrell, feoffees to the Duke. At his resignation in
1612, John Blague, A. M. had it. The Earl of Northampton.
1638, Will. Goad, or Good, S. T. B. John Woodward, Gent. (fn. 15)
1662, Robert Rogerson, A. M. Henry Howard, second son of
Henry late Earl of Arundel. He was succeeded in
1714, by Mathew Postlethwayt, A. M. who was presented by Robert Herne of Denton, patron of this turn; he was afterwards
rector of Redenhall, and archdeacon of Norwich; (fn. 16) in 1719, he published a sermon in quarto, on Acts xxvi. 9, entituled, "The moral
Impossibility of Protestant Subjects, preserving their Religious
or civil Liberties, under Popish Princes, &c. Preached at Norwich
Cathedral, Nov. 5, 1718." He was succeeded by his son,
The Rev. Mr. John Postlethwayt, the present rector who
holds it united to Thelton. The Archbishop of Canterbury is perpetual patron, but must present one that is, or hath formerly been,
fellow of Merton college in Oxford. (fn. 17)
The Church, chancel, two isles, and north porch, are leaded; the
north vestry is down. At the west end stands a low square brick
tower, in which there are three bells; in the churchyard, on the south
side, there are memorials for Rob Tipland 1635. John Jay 1659,
æt. 77. Henry Jay his son 1680, æt. 70. Rachel Stone formerly
wife of Henry Jay Gent. 1706, 84.
Jay's arms, as in vol. iv. p. 316.
Crest, a pair of wings conjoined with a mullet over them.
Smith of Suffolk, or a chevron, and on a chief gul. three martlets
Under this Stone lieth the Mortal Part of Ames Smith Gent.
ob. 8 March 1738, æt. 36. whose beloved Wife, was Sarah, the
only surviving Child of Robert Tite Gent. by whom he had 6
Children, 4 survived their Father, viz. Tite, Eliz. Sarah, and
Ames. Also Robert Tite Gent. who died 23 Febr. 1737, æt. 75.
In whom was extinct the male line of the family of the Tites,
who have flourished in the parish of Denton, from the
30 Hen. VIII. 1538, as appears by the Register Books of the
said Parish, who have also been possessed of Lands in the same,
ever since 4 Edw. VI. as appears by the Survey Book of Topcroft cum Denton. Also Ames Son of Ames and Sarah Smith
aforesaid, who died 23 Nov. 1742.
On a decayed stone against the south chancel wall in the churchyard.
Rob. Tyte and Helen his sister, the one died in Maye the other
in June, A. D. 1635.
The east chancel window is all of painted glass, the most perfect
and curious I have seen in any country village; it contains the arms
of Howard, Brotherton, Warren, and Mowbray, quartered.
France and England in a garter.
Norwich city, gul. a castle arg. and a lion of England.
Branch and Rede impaled.
Canterbury see impaled with the arms of the Archbishops
Morton, Kemp, Sheldon, &c.
Az. a cup between two annulets or, quartered with gul. a leopard's
face or. Gul. a cross bottony arg. impales az. and or, a fess between
three owls counterchanged. Vert, frette or, an annulet sab. Barry
of 8 arg. and gul. a lion rampant or, quartering quarterly, 1, Az. a
cross moline or. 2, Lozenge or and gul. Erm. a cross ingrailed gul.
Arg. a chevron between three eagles heads erased sab. armed or.
Arg. a cross ingrailed gul. between three sinister hands cooped at
the wrist arg. Arg. a lion rampant gul. on a bendlet az. three
bezants. Crest, a griffin passant or, and six coats in a shield:
1, Gul. on a saltier arg. an annulet in fess sab. 2, Or, a frette gul. a
canton. 3, Az. a chief indented or. 4, Quarterly or and gul. a bend
sab. 5, Gul. a fess between six croslets or. 6, Arg. a fess between
three martlets in chief, and a chevron in base az.
Will. Bannister de Com. Somerset Armig. Vert, a maunch
arg. impaling gul. a cross between 4 plates arg. Elizabetha Filia
et Heres Phillippi de Wellesleigh, Com. Somerset.
Johannes Sturton de Preston Pluchnet Com. Dorset. 3s Filius
Johannis Domini Sturton. Sab. a bend or between six plates,
impaling gul. three lions passant arg. surmounted by a bend
gobone or and az. Catherina - - -
Gul. a chevron erm. between three garbs or, impaling, arg. a
bend between two water-budgets sab.
Motto, Pace, Plenitudo.
Crest, a dove with an olive branch in its beak proper, and this
Motto, Tous Jours Verd.
And in the middle pane is this inscription:
JOANNES POSTLETHWAYTE A. M.
Hujus Ecclesiæ nuper Patronus,
Testamenta legavit 200l.
Tota hæc Fenestra
Cancelli hi ornarentur
Mensâ Dominicâ Instruerentur,
A. D. MDCCXVII.
In a south chancel window over the rectory pew, are the arms and
quarterings of C. le Grys and Manfylde.
Over the altar is a new painting of the Lord's Supper, in which
our Saviour and his apostles are represented.
In the chancel there are stones for Mary wife of John Jacob 1662.
John Tindal 1663. Robert Randall 1649. Robert Randall Gent.
1690. Jane Randall. Bruce Randall 1658. Robert son of Robert
Randall 1681. with this;
'Tis Sinne that slates Man in Mortality,
Altho so young, yet old enough to dye.
On a brass against the north chancel wall,
In this church-yard over against the chancel door, lyeth buried the body of Anne the Wife of William Goode, Minister of
Denton, who was the Daughter of Edward Foster of Thorne in
Yorkshire, ob. Oct. 4, 1645.
There is a mural monument of white marble against the north
chancel wall, with the following crest, arms, and inscription.
Crest, a hand proper, holding a de-lis or.
Rogerson, arg. a fess between a de-lis in chief, and an annulet in base or, impaling Gooch.
M. S. Robertus Rogerson A. M. nat. xviii Cal. Jul. 1627,
hujus Ecclesiæ Curam A. D. 1660, suscepit, quam plus Annos
liv Pastor sustinuit, nec nisi cum Vitâ senex deposuit. Dextramque versus hujus ad Muri pedem pulvis futurus pulveri immistus jacet, ubi longa post Divortia rejungitur BarbarÆ suæ
benevolentissimæ Gul. Gooch de Metingham Suff. Armig.
Filiæ, Denatæ Anno Partûs virginei 1637, Materni 1684. Hic
etiam, et parentibus è prole suâ duodenâ bis quatuor condormientes accubant; Thomas et Robertus Filij, Anna et Elizabetha
Filiæ, soli è tot suis superstites,
H. M. P. P. P. (fn. 18)
Abi Lector et resipisce.
On a black marble in the chancel, are the crest and arms of Rogerson, impaling a lion rampant between three holly leaves.
Sub hoc marmore ad caput charissimæ matris suæ spe beatæ
Resurrectionis requiescunt Cineres Filij obsequentissimi ThomÆ
Rogerson A. M. de Ampton in Agro Suffolciensi, ahquandiù
Rectoris vigilantissimi, Viri Pietatis & Probitatis eximiæ, judicij
perspicacis & limati, Fortitudinis, et tamen Modestiæ summæ,
Prudentiæ et Sagacitatis egregiæ, mansuetudinis et Lenitatis
laudabilis, Candoris et Comitatis singularis. Charitatis et Beneficentiæ Memorabilis: Qui peractâ Vitâ verè Christianâ, verè
Sacerdotali, tandem in Domino obdormivit, Martij xiv. Anno
æt. suæ LXII. Incarnationis autem Dominicæ MDCCXXIII.
Huic etiam à Latere accumbit Susanna Uxor ejus, Quam (à
nuptijs usque ad mortem) habuit chariorem seipso: Quæque hoc
Monumentum marito et sibi condendum voluit: obijt ii Die Nov.
Anno Dni. MDCCXL. Ætatis suæ LXXVIII.
This gentleman being a nonjuror, resigned his living of Ampton,
and afterwards lived a peaceable, retired life, and died with a fair
character; he gave by will, the moiety of the clear yearly rent of
six acres, let at 5l. per annum, towards supporting a charity school in
Denton, (fn. 19) and if there be no such, to furnish every poor family with a
Bible, a Whole Duty of Man, and Christian Monitor; and every
poor person with a Common-Prayer-Book; and the rest to be distributed in bread every first Sunday in the month after divine service,
among such poor housekeepers only, as constantly keep their church,
and frequently receive the Sacrament; the profits to be received and
applied by the rector of Denton for the time being, for ever.
In the nave, on a brass,
Here resteth expectinge the second Cominge of our Saviour
Jesus Christ, the Body of Margaret Gedge, Wife of Robert
Gedge, who ended this Life beinge at the Age of 50, and was
buried the 24 of July 1619. Also John Gedge Father of the said
Robt. was buried 24 Nov. 1621, aged 87.
There are stones for Katherine, relict of Robert Randall, 1672, and
Mary their daughter, 1680. At the west end, Hester wife of Jeremy
Thompson, 1712, 45. Sarah wife of Sam. Harmer, 1729, 56. Will.
son of John Harvey, Gent. 1689, 3. Eliz. daughter of John and
Eliz. Harvey, 1698, 5. Grace wife of Will. Hervey of Bedingfieldhall in Suffolk, daughter of John Cullum of Thorndon, Gent. 1694, 75.
Eliz. wife of John Hervy of St. Cross in Suffolk, Gent. and eldest
daughter of William Love. Esq. 1718, 55. John Hervey, her husband, eldest son of the said Will. Hervey and Grace his wife, 1732, 84.
By the north isle door, lie Mary Wife of James Tompson, 1713, 25,
and two children.
The north porch hath a stone arch, and a chamber over it, with
several carvings in stone, of the Resurrection, the Salutation, the Last
Judgment, and our Saviour walking on the water.
I find by the terrier, that the rector receives divers portions of
tithes from Earsham, Bedingham, and Alburgh, in which last village
there is a meadow belonging to Denton parish : there are 7 acres and
an half of town-lands to repair the church; a pightle called Charitable
Use Pightle, of 20s. a year, for the use of the poor, which was given
by Mr. John Porter, formerly rector; Robert Rogerson, rector, by
his will dated 1713, gave a piece of land intermixed with the glebe,
for the augmentation of the rectory for ever.
In 1693, Sarah Bidbank gave 8s. per annum, to buy Bibles, to be
given away at Easter by the church-wardens. Mr. Warnes gave 20s.
per annum to the poor labourers of Denton, which is now paid by
the treasurer of the Boys Hospital, in Norwich, for which, see vol. iv.
This hundred is all enclosed, and as good fertile soil as any part