This town is not mentioned in the book of Domesday, being accounted for in the lordship of Stockton, of which it was a part and
member, and was granted with Stockton, by King Stephen, to
Hugh Bigot Earl of Norfolk, and held by his descendants Earls of
Norfolk, who enfeoffed a younger son, Sir Ralph Bigot, therein; by
a daughter and heiress of that family, it came to the Garneys, the
Delapoles, Earls, &c. of Suffolk. After this, coming to the Crown,
William Roberts, attorney, town clerk of Yarmouth, farmed it of the
Crown in the reign of Queen Elizabeth: his sister and heir brought
it by marriage to Simon Smith, Esq. (fn. 1) whose son and heir, Thomas,
married Margery, daughter of Nicholas Garnish of Redesham Hall in
Suffolk; he died June 6, 1630, and was buried in the churchyard of
Gillingham, All-Saints, being father of Simon Smith, Esq. who married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edmund Mundeford, sister and heir to
her brother, Sir Edmund of Feltwell in Norfolk. From the Smiths it
came to the Fleetwood's, by Frances, daughter and heir of Thomas
Smith, Esq. who married Charles Fleetwood, Esq. whose son, Smith
Fleetwood, Esq. was lord in 1708.
The Church is dedicated to St. Andrew, and is a rectory. The
rector, in the reign of Edward I. had 20 acres of land, valued at 20s.
Peter-pence 12d. Carvage, 3d. ob. and Roger Earl of Norfolk, was
In 1303, John de Honyng, presented by Roger Earl of Norfolk.
1303, Thomas de Mutford. Ditto.
1330, John Spare, by Thomas de Brotherton Earl of Norfolk.
1330, Thomas Reynald. Ditto.
1349, Hugh Ditchingham, by Sir Edward de Montacute.
1351, Reginald Bishop. Ditto.
1352, John Mareys. Ditto.
1355, William Bernard. Ditto.
1357, John de Bedwell. Ditto.
1365, John Styward, by William Ufford, Lord of Framlingham.
1366, William Kemp. Ditto.
1367, Robert Warrener. Ditto.
1367, John Markant. Ditto.
1384, Henry Gille, by Margaret Countess of Norfolk.
1385, John Slygh. Ditto.
1390, Robert Burney, by Margaret Countess of Norfolk.
1394, William Hebbe. Ditto.
1398, John Smith Ditto.
1402, John Spendlove, by the King, on the minority of Thomas
Mowbray, son of Thomas, late Earl-Marshal.
1412, William Forster. by the Bishop, a lapse.
1437, William Bernsdale. Ditto.
On the 9th of February, 1440, the Bishop's vicar-general, by the
consent of Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and the parishioners, united and
consolidated this church to that of Gillingham, All-Saints; Thomas
Wright, then rector of Gillingham, All-Saints, who was obliged to
serve one Sunday at Winston, and the two following at Gillingham.
In the first year of Edward IV. John Mowbray Duke of Norfolk,
died lord and patron; and aftewards the Howards Dukes of Norfolk;
and on the attainder of the Duke in Queen Elizabeth's reign, it came
to the Crown, but was granted by King James, in his first year, to
Henry Howard Earl of Northampton.
Sir Nicholas Bacon, Bart. was patron, and gave it to his sixth son,
Nicholas Bacon, Esq. who died August 17, anno 17th of Charles I.
and it remained in the said family, in 1742; Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart.
of Gillingham, then enjoylng it.
This rectory, with that of Windele, was valued at 5l. 6s. 8d. and
discharged, and both united to Gillingham.
The tenths were 1l. 6s. Temporalities of Langley abbey, 2s.