Was the lordship of William Earl Warren, and held of him by
Walter; Toke, a great Saxon thane, held it in the reign of the Confessor, who was dispossessed at the conquest. It contained 2 carucates of land, 29 bordarers, and 2 servi, there were 2 carucates in demean, and 4 amongst the men, &c. 16 acres of meadow, a mill, 1
runcus, or beast for carriage, with 5 cows, 180 sheep, 40 goats, 1 beesskep, and a church not endowed with any land, valued before the
conquest at 40s. and at the survey at 60s.; the whole was 4 furlongs
long and broad, and paid 12d. gelt. (fn. 1)
The family of the Grancourts were early enfeoft of this manor:
Walter, son of William de Grancourt, was lord in 11th year of King
John, when he gave to the King a good hawk, to be exempted from
being put on any assise, except between barons, (fn. 2) this Walter was
probably desended from that Walter who held it at the survey; and
in the 14th of that King, William de Bellomonte gave to the King 60
marks, to have the custody of Walter de Grancourt, who was indicted
for killing a man, but was rectus in curia, in the 3d of Henry III.
when he gave a mark to have a pone against William de Burnham,
and held in this town, Crokeston, and Clipstan, one fee and 3 quarters,
of the Earl Warren; and in the following year he granted to Robert,
the prior of Castleacre, &c. by fine, the advowson of this church, or
rather confirmed it, being granted before by Hugh de Grancourt, his
William de Grancourt was lord in the 45th of Henry III. and in the
52d of that king, was a witness to several writs, (being then, as I take
it, chief baron of the Exchequer,) dated November 21, directed to the
sheriff of Norfolk, and several other sheriffs, reciting, that whereas the
King had great occasion for money, by reason of his foreign and domestic affairs, that as he would avoid corporal punishment, loss of his
goods, and the King's anger, he should speedily pay 400 marks of the
money, due on the summons of the last iter of the justices, in that
county, otherwise he should know that the King would chastise his
neglect in such a manner, that his punishment should teach others how
to perform the King's commands.
In the 31st of Edward I. Edmund de Munpinson was querent in a
fine, and Thomas de Grancurt deforciant, of the 3d part of this manor,
granted to Edmund with 6l. per ann. rent, and in the next year
Thomas de Grancurt, and Agnes his wife, conveyed by fine to Walter
de Langton Bishop of Coventry and Litchfield, 23 messuages, a mill,
5 carucates of land, 40 acres of meadow, 200 of pasture, 8 of wood,
with 6s. rent in this town, Crokeston, Clypston, Kettleston, Woodnorton, Geyst, and Stybberd, with two parts of the manor of Fulmodeston, and the advowson of the church of Kettleston, except 6l. per
ann. rent here, all granted to the Bishop, who gave to Thomas and
Agnes, the lordships of Aspal and Debenham in Suffolk; and in the
35th of the said King, Giles de Monpinzun and Christiana his wife,
conveyed to the said Bishop the 3d part of this manor by fine, with
the 6l. per ann. rent.
In the 8th of Edward II. Humphrey de Bohun Earl of Essex and
Hereford, and Elizabeth his wife, were querents, and John parson of
of Snoring Parva deforciant, of 21 messuages, 5 carucates of land, and
2 parts of this manor, settled on Humphrey and Elizabeth; and Walter
de Langton Bishop of Coventry, &c. conveyed to the said Earl, in the
12th of the aforesaid King, 18 messuages, 2 carucates of land, with 10l.
rent in this town, Clipston, Croxton, and Kettleston, with the third
part of this manor; the Earl settling an annual rent of 30l. on the
Bishop, for life. And Humphrey de Bohun Earl of Hereford, &c.
in the 46th of Edward III. dying possessed of it, left 2 daughters and
coheirs, Eleanor, afterwards wife to Thomas of Woodstoke Duke of
Gloucester, 6th son to King Edward III. and Mary, wife afterwards
to Henry Earl of Derby, who was King of England by the name of
Henry IV. which Thomas Duke of Gloucester died lord in the 21st of
Richard II. when it should have descended to Edmund Stafford Earl
of Stafford, who married Anne, (fn. 3) one of the 2 daughters, and at length
sole heir to the said Duke; but Henry Earl of Derby, &c. possessed it
in right of Mary, his wife, and King Henry V. and VI. were also
lords; it remained in the Crown till King Richard III. in his first
year, granted it to Henry Stafford Duke of Bucks, on July 13th, who
being soon after beheaded, (as a rebel against the said King,) at
Salisbury, it was again in the Crown.
On the 7th of March, in the 1st of King James I. Sir Edward Coke
had a grant to farm it at 37l. per ann. and the manor has been some
time in that family, the Earl of Leicester being the late lord.
The tenths were 4l. deduct 40s.—This town and Croxton paid to
the lord of the hundred, lete fee 2s.
The Church of Fulmodeston is dedicated to St. Mary. In the
reign of Edward I. the prior of Castleacre had the patronage; the
rector had a manse in the village of Croxton, (which belonged to this
parish,) with 20 acres of land, but the rector was subject to an annual
payment of 13 marks, to that priory; the rectory, with the chapel of
Crokstone, was valued at 15 marks, the prior of Castleacre had also a
portion of tithe of 20s. Peter-pence 2s.
Hugh de Grancourt gave the patronage to Castleacre priory, and
Henry I. confirmed it before the death of Bishop Herbert.
1176, William de Crakeford, rector, presented by the prior, &c. of
1190, Jeff. de Derham, archdeacon of Suffolk, and Bishop's chaplain, rector.
Mr. John Pagrave, rector.
1251, Thomas Walcote, rector, by the prior, &c.
1327, William de Wath, by the prior and convent of Castleacre;
he was then chaplain to the Countess of Warren, and in her family.
1332, John de Malmsbury. Ditto.
1333, Gilbert de Welton. Ditto.
1338, Robert Spirhard, by John Earl Warren, as patron of Castleacre priory.
John Clere, in 1350, by the prior, &c.
1360, John Prilleston. Ditto.
1361, John Goos. Ditto.
1376, Thomas Gery. Ditto.
1388, Richard Freman. Ditto.
1400, William Blake. Ditto.
1400, Thomas Bond. Ditto.
1422, John Marse. Ditto.
1422, Richard Hendry. Ditto.
1423, Walter Wilmot. Ditto.
1423, William Goldington. Ditto.
1423, William Patrynston. Ditto.
1434, John Hert. Ditto.
1436, John Fuller. Ditto.
1442, Stephen Paly. Ditto.
1457, John Thompson. Ditto.
1469, Mr. Thomas Forest. Ditto.
1481, Henry Sharp. Ditto.
1507, John Wright. Ditto.
1518, Andrew Dey. Ditto.
1533, William Bird. Ditto.
1554, Richard Taylor, by Thomas Duke of Norfolk.
1559, Roger Wilkins, by John Dannock.
1569, Robert Crome. Ditto.
1587, Thomas Wilson, by William Clopton, clerk.
1655, Daniel Green, by Townshend Wilson, clerk.
1700, Barry Love, by John Wace, clerk.
1705, Robert Wace. Ditto.
1740, Fran. Alymer, died rector in 1758, by Bennet's college, Cambridge.
1759, John Bernardiston, by Bennet's college, Cambridge, the present patrons.
In 1454, I find a legacy of 40s. to the building of the new tower.
Here were gilds of St. Mary, and St. Erasmus; and the lights of
All-Saints, and St. John Baptist, in the chapel of Croxton.
The patronage is now in Corpus Christi Coll. Cambridge.
In the chancel are grave-stones for,
Nabbs, son of Riches Brown, Gent: and Mary his wife, (she was
daughter of — Nabbs, (who died, 1707.—for, Mary Browne,
widow of John Browne, late of Saxthorp, who died 1700, aged 51.
In the church a grave-stone,
In memory of John Brown, Gent: son of Riches Brown, Esq. of
Fulmodeston, who died 1693. Arms, a fess, &c. between 3 spears
Richard Berney, Gent: buried, June 17, 1599.—Roger Salisbury, March 22, 1606.