In Domesday book called Dallinga, as lying in a dale or valley;
thus Dalham in Suffolk, and the additional word, Wood, was afterwards to distinguish it from Field Dalling in this county.
The chief manor at the survey was in Peter Lord Valoins; Fist,
a freeman, held it before the conquest, and was then deprived of it;
there belonged to it one carucate of land, 9 villains, and 16 borderers,
with 2 servi, there was one carucate in demean, 3 among the tenants,
and 2 acres of meadow; when Peter entered on it, as lord, there was
one runcus, 6 cows, 6 swine, 16 sheep, and 30 goats, and 5 socmen
with 20 acres of land, and a carucate. The soc belonged to the
King's manor of Folsham, it was valued at 40s. was one leuca long,
and half a one broad, paid 19d. gelt to the King, whoever was lord
of it. (fn. 1)
Tirus, Turald, or Torald, was enfeoffed of this lordship, by Peter
Lord Valoins, and when that lord founded the priory of Binham,
Turald gave 2 parts of his tithes to that priory, in the reign of Henry I.
Sir Ralph, son of Turald, of Wood-Dalling, gave to the monks of
Binham, the churches of this town and of Ryburgh Parva, with
lands here for the soul of Peter Lord Valoins; (fn. 2) witnesses, Reginald
de Warren, and Alice his wife, the Lady Juga his own wife, Roger
his son, William de Merlai, dapifer to the Earl of Arundel, Ralph de
Beaufoe, dapifer to Reginald, &c.
Roger, son of Ralph de Dalling, confirmed the aforesaid grants,
and the Lady Agnes, widow of Sir Adam de Rattlesden, confirmed
lands to them in this town;—witnesses, Sir Gyles de Argenton, Sir
Ralph Gateley, junior, William de Hackford, Richard de Bec, &c.
William, son of Roger de Dalling, released to the prior all his right
in a windmill and watermill, and Richard, the prior of Binham, confirmed to Sir Ralph, son of Roger de Wood-Dalling, the watermill,
with the site of a windmill at Wenescote, and the land that Roger his
brother held of the monks, with homages and services of divers men.
In the 34th of Edward I. this lordship was settled by fine, on
Simon de Rattlesden, and Maud his wife in tail; remainder to the
heirs of Simon, by Gilbert Luvell, &c. trustees; and in the 9th of
Edward II. Simon held the 3d part of a fee of the honour of Valoins,
and was found to die seized of it in the 14th of that King; in the
18th of Edward III. it was settled by fine on Sir John de Rattlesden,
and Alianore his wife, by their trustees for life; remainder to Philip
and John, their sons, in tail.
The Dallings had yet some interest here, for in the 20th of that
King, John de Dalling, and Maud his wife, conveyed by fine, to
John Foxley, &c. 5 messuages, 160 acres of land, 12 of meadow,
16 of pasture, 3 of wood, and 7s. 6d. rent in this town, Themilthorp,
Folsham, &c. who reconveyed it to John and Maud, for life; remainder to William, son of Roger de Shimpling, and his heirs.
In the 36th of the said King, John, son of Sir John Rattlesden,
was lord of this manor and of Fakenham Aspes in Suffolk; Joan was
found to be his daughter and heir, married to Robert Hovell.
In the 17th of Richard II. it appears that Robert Monceaux, and
Joan his wife, held (for her life,) this lordship, those of Bradfield,
St. Clere, and Weston Mercate in Suffolk; this Joan was the daughter
and heir of Rattlesden, before mentioned; and in the 3d of Henry
IV. Robert Monceaux held 3 quarters of a fee here. This Robert,
by his will, dated April 20, 1415, was then lord, and married 2
wives; Joan, relict of Robert Hovell, and Margaret who survived
him; Robert his son succeeded him, who dying sans issue, Thomas,
his brother, was his heir, and died seized of it, and of 100 acres of
land in Geyslweyt, Refham, &c. held of the hundred of Eynford,
in the 29th of Henry VI. leaving 2 daughters and coheirs; Margaret,
married to William Lumner, of Manington, Gent. Lumner bore,
sable, on a bend, azure, cottised, ermine, 3 escallops, gules; and
Monceaux, or, a saltire, gules, and on a chief of the same, 3 escallops, argent; Margaret, his widow, was the wife of Thomas Brigge,
Esq. of Salle, in 1494, in which year he made his will, as may be
seen at large in Salle; William Lumner, son of William and this
Margaret, sold this lordship, as it seems, to Thomas Briggs, aforesaid, who in his will, abovementioned, orders a gravestone to be laid
over Matilda Monceaux, in the church of Wood-Dalling, she being,
as I take it, sister of Margaret his wife, and the other daughter and
coheir of Thomas Monceaux, aforesaid.
After this, it was possessed by Sir Henry Heydon, in the reign of
Henry VII. and in the year 1552, Sir Christopher Heydon was lord;
from the Heydons it came to the Bulwers, a family of good antiquity
in this town; John Bulwer was living here in the 2d of Henry VI.
Roger Bulwer the elder, by his will, dated in September, 1512, desires to be buried by his father, in St. Thomas's chapel, in WoodDalling church; (fn. 3) and gives the manors of Halwood and Hardegrey's,
to John his son; William Bulwer was living in 1534; see in Geistwick.
On May 16, in the 8th of Charles I. Richard Bulwer of this town,
Gent. and John Bulwer, merchant of London, convey to Sir John
Hobart of Blickling, the manors of Wood-Dalling, alias Monceaux,
Halwode and Hardgrey's, in this town; and in this family it remains.
Walter Giffard Earl of Bucks had a lordship here, of which 5
freemen were deprived, containing 70 acres of land, 2 carucates and
an half, &c. of meadow, always valued at 10s. and the soc was in
the King's manor of Folsham
This came from the Giffards, by marriage, to the Earls of Clare. (fn. 4)
Thomas, son of Jordan, held in the 8th of Edward II. two fees
and an half here, in Laringset, &c. of the honour of Clare.
Margaret, late wife of Sir William Wichingham, died seized of
Holwode-Hall, held by the 8th part of a fee; and Henry Linge and
his parceners were found to hold it of the honour of Clare in the
3d of Henry IV.
Thomas Jordan held a 4th and 8th part of a fee, of the said honour,
in the 3d of Henry VI. Thomas Brigge of Salle died lord of Hardegrey's manor here, in 1444, and Thomas Brigg, Esq. died lord in
1494, of Holwood Hall.
Roger Bulwer the elder was lord of Holwood and Hardegrey's, in
1512, and left them to John his son, held of the honour of Clare.
In the 8th of King Charles I. Richard Bulwer was lord, and
Edward Bulwer in 1700.
The Earl Warren had a lordship here and in Thirning; 5 freemen
were deprived of their lands in Dalling, and one freeman of his in
Thirning; among these there were 3 carucates and an half, with
2 acres of meadow, &c. valued at 20s. at the survey at 30s. and came
to the Earl by an exchange for lands at Lewes in Sussex (fn. 5)
Thomas Walton held half a fee of the Earl Warren, when King
Henry the Third's sister was married to the Emperor; and in the
said reign a fine was levied between Maud, late wife of Roger Nugun,
and Ralph de Nugun her son, whereby she grants to him her dower
here, excepting 8 acres of land in demean, and the rents and services
of several persons, and villains; Ralph paying to her 6s. 8d. per ann.
In the 15th of Edward I. the Earl Warren claimed view of frank
pledge, assise of bread and beer of his tenants here.
John de Noioun died in the 15th of Edward III. seized of lands,
Beatrix his wife surviving, and John was found to be his son and
heir, aged 14; this John, in the 35th of that King, was found to
die seized of lands, and to hold the 4th part of a fee of Michael
Poynings in this town, and Salle, and John Jernegan was his cousin
Jane, late wife of John Benefeld, held here, &c. in the time of
Henry IV. half a fee of the dutchy of Lancaster.
Francis Mapes of Rollesby in Norfolk, Gent. by an inquisition
taken January 15, in the 14th of Charles I. was found to die on
March 9, last past, and held lands of the King in soccage, by fealty,
leaving 2 daughters and coheirs;—,wife of John Guibon, and
Crabgate Lancaster Manor.
This lordship, in 1603, belonged to Sir Edward Coke, Knt. attorney
general; (fn. 6) and in 1662, Sir Thomas Rant, Knt. had it. In the 9th
of William III. 1697, Arthur Branthwayt, Esq. held his first court
here, in which family it continued till 1766, when Miles Branthwayt
of Gunthorp, Esq. conveyed it to William Wigget Bulwer of Heydon,
Esq. who is the present lord.
The fines are at the lord's will.
Luton fee extended also into this town.
Dalling's, alias Bulwer's Pedigree.
Tyrus, or Turold de Daling, who was enfeoffed of the lordship of
Wood-Dalling, as also of that of Bynham-priory in Little Ryburgh,
by Peter Lord Valoins, who had it from the Conqueror, was ancestor
of this family, and when the said Lord Valoines founded the priory
of Bynham, Turold gave 2 parts of his tithes to that priory. (fn. 7)
Sir Ralph de Dalling, son of Turold, gave the monks of Bynham
the churches of Wood-Dalling and of Little-Ryburgh, with lands in
Roger, son of Sir Ralph, confirmed the aforesaid grant, to which
Lady Juga, wife of Sir Ralph, Roger, and Roger his sons, &c. were
William, son of Roger de Dalling, released to the prior of Bynham,
all his right in a wind-mill, and water-mill, &c. and Richard the
prior confirmed to Sir Ralph, son of Roger de Wode-Dalling, the
water-mill, with the site of a wind-mill in Wenescote, and the land
of that Roger, his brother, held of the monks, with the homages
and services of divers men.
Ralph de Dalling, in the 4th of King John, released 10 acres of
land belonging to the church of Ryburgh Parva, to the prior of
Peter Fitz Ralph de Wood-Dalling gave to the prior, with the
assent of Thomas his son and heir, and Lefguena his wife, lands in
The son of the said Peter gave them lands there also.
In 1283, Simon de Dalling, and Isabel his wife, purchased in
Gissing, a manor which was afterwards called Dalling's, alias Dawling manor, of John, son of Sir Richard de Boyland. (fn. 8) They left
issue, John de Dalling or Wode Dalling, who in 1335, settled it on
Maud his wife, and in the 20th of Edward III. they conveyed by
fine, to John de Foxley and others, 5 messuages, 160 acres of land,
12 of meadow, 16 of pasture, three of wood, and 7s. 6d. rent in
Wood-Dalling, Themilthorp, Foulsham, &c. who reconveyed it to
John and Maud for life; remainder to William, son of Roger de
Shimpling, who married their daughter.
In 1313, John de Dalling had Bintre manor, in Itteringham, in
right of his wife, Maud de Bintre. (fn. 9)
By the pedigree taken out of the Herald's office, it appears that
the family divided, and that one branch which descended from John
Dalling, alias Bulwier, of Woodallinge, became many years since
extinct, and that Simon Dallinge, alias Butwere, of Wood-Dallinge,
is the ancestor of the other branch, and from whom the present
family is descended. (fn. 10)
John Dallinge, alias Bulwier, of Woodallinge, who bore for his
coat armour, gules, on a chevron ingrailed, between three eagles reguardant, or, as many ogresses, married Margaret, the daughter of
John Smith, by whom he had Roger, his son and heir, who was the
father of William, who by Thomasine, daughter and coheir of—
Gage, had Richard, who about the year 1582, built Dalling-Hall, (fn. 11)
and gave it with part of the demesne lands, to Robert, his 2d son;
but the manor and lordship of Wood-Dallinge, alias Dalling-Hall,
alias Monceaux, Halwood, Noijons, and Hargraffe, with the house
and estate at Churchgate, in Wood-Dalling, went to William, his
eldest son, who in 1682, with his son Richard, conveyed it with his
estates, also in Thurning, and Kerdeston, to Sir John Hobart, Knt.
and Bart. in whose family they still remain.
This branch of the family ending here; we shall speak now of
Simon Dallinge, alias Bulwere, of Wood-Dallinge, ancestor of the
He married Margaret, daughter and heir of Robert Mouny or Mouncy, of Wood-Dallinge, (fn. 12) and bore for his coat armour, gules, on a
chevron, between three eaglets, reguardant, or, as many cinque foils,
sable, which arms have ever since been borne by his descendants.
Roger, his eldest son, had Simon, (fn. 13) who by Joan daughter of Peter
Alleyn of Woodallinge, was the father of.
Roger Bulwer of Gestwick, Esq. eldest son and heir, who having in
the 9th year of Queen Elizabeth, (fn. 14) purchased the manor of Broseyard's,
and Norton-hall in Gestweyt, with the demesne lands of Sir Christopher
Heydon, Knt. was the first of the family that settled at Gestwick. (fn. 15)
He was impropriator, patron of the vicarage, and lord also of the
manors of Gestwick, and of Mendham-Densons in Gestwick; all which
manors, &c. have ever since continued in the family. His first wife
was Ann, the youngest daughter of William Bulwer, of Wood-Dallinge, Esq. by the coheir of Gage, and great-grand-daughter of John
Dallinge, alias Bulweir, of whom we have before spoken. The issue by
this marriage is extinct. His 2d wife was Christiana, daughter of
John Browte, Gent. by whom he had
Edward Bulwer of Gestwick, Esq. his son and heir, who married
Anne, sole daughter and heir, of William Becke, of Southrepps, Esq.;
by her he had 3 sons, Roger, Edward, and William.
William, the youngest, died without issue, as did also Edward, the
2d son, in 1661, in the 70th year of his age, and lies buried in Dalling
church, under a marble stone. He built the west front of the mansion
house near the church, in Wood-Dalling, the seat of the late William
Bulwer, Esq. and which now belongs to William Wigget Bulwer, of
Roger Bulwer of Gestwick, Esq. eldest son, married Elizabeth
daughter of—Cocks. He was succeeded by his eldest son and
Edward Bulwer of Gestwick, Esq. who in 1645, married Anne, the
sole daughter and heir of William Younge, of Kettlestone in Norfolk,
clerk, descended from the Youngs of Rimwell in Essex, by whom he
had 3 sons; (fn. 16) he died April 23, 1697, aged 74, and was buried with his
ancestors at Gestwick.
Edward Bulwer of Wood-Dalling, Esq. the eldest son, was, the 27th
of March, 1689, sworn one of the gentlemen in ordinary of his Majesty's most honourable privy chamber. (fn. 17) He married Hannah, daughter and heir of George Peryer of Godalmin in Surry, descended from
the ancient stock of the Peryers, of Peryers Green in Sussex; he died
without issue, and lies buried in Dalling church.
John, 2d son, died single, and was buried there also.
William, 3d and youngest son, on the decease of his brothers,
succeeded to the estate; he had 3 wives; Ann, his 1st wife, was the
daughter of Peter Elwyn, of Thirning, Gent. by whom he had one
son, Edward, who died unmarried, and 2 daughters. By Margaret
his 2d wife, daughter of Edward Britiffe of Baconsthorp, Esq. and
sister of Robert Britiffe of Norwich, barrister at law, he had one daughter. By his 8d wife, Frances, daughter of Edmund Lee of Fulmodeston,
Gent. descended from the Lees of Northamptonshire, of which family
was the late Matthew Lee of Low Layton in Essex, M. D.; he had 3
sons; Christopher, John, and William, and 3 daughters; Sarah, Elizabeth, and Lydia, all which died without issue, except Sarah, the
eldest daughter, of whom hereafter. William Bulwer of Wood-Dalling, Esq. the youngest son, took to wife Dorothy, the 3d daughter of
the Reverend Mr. Wilson of Stiffkey in Norfolk; she died the 25th
March, 1748, and was buried in the chancel of the parish church of
Gestwick, by whom he himself was also interred, in 1755, to whose
memories a mural monument is erected on the north side of the
chancel; of which the annexed plate is a representation.
By his will, dated the 5th of May, 1750, he gives all his manors and
estates, to his nephew, William Wiggett, the only surviving son of
Sarah, his eldest sister, before mentioned, by Rice Wiggelt of Gestwick, Esq. (fn. 18) strictly enjoining and requiring him to take and use the
name and arms of Bulwer; and who in 1756, agreeable to the will of
his said uncle William Bulwer, applied to parliament, and obtained an
act to confirm the same to himself and family.
The said William Wiggett Bulwer, Esq. married the 2d of June,
1756 Mary, eldest daughter of Augustine Earle of Heydon, Esq. and
afterwards coheir of her brother Erasmus, by whom he has 3 sons,
William Earle, Augustine, and John, and 3 daughters, Frances, Mary,
The temporalities of Lewes priory were 5s. Of Ely 22s. ob. Of
Cokesford 9s. 9d. ob. Of Norwich 10s. 11d. Of St. Faith's 8s. 6d. Of
Walsingham 12s. 8d. (This priory was found in the 4th of Henry VI. to
hold here and in Salle, the fourth part of a fee of the honour of Clare.)
Of Bynham priory 11s.
The tenths were 8l. 1s. 2d. deducted 1l. 10s. 2d.
The Church is dedicated to St. Andrew, and was anciently a
rectory valued at 50 marks, and the prior of Binham had a portion
of 20s. Peter-pence was 18d.—The patronage of the church was in
the priory, but was not appropriated to them, but a vicarage was after
settled, valued at 4 marks; the present valor is 8l. 8s. 4d.; it consists
of a nave, with 2 chapels, a north and south one adjoining to it.
Ralph, son of Thorald, presented Roger and Pagan, two brothers, to the church in the time of William Turbus Bishop of Norwich.
William de Bec was presented by the prior of Binham in the
time of John Bishop of Norwich.
Linchius de Eustachio, subdeacon to the Pope, chaplain and
canon of Rheims, had this rectory provision, in the time of Pope Gregory IX. about 1266, (fn. 19) and Octo, the cardinal legate, testifieth it, by
the gift of Peter de Supino, the Pope's clerk, and received the yearly
rent thereof, 53 marks per ann. every mark to contain 13s. and 4d.
sterling. In 1279, an assise was brought by the prior against Adam
de Rattlesden, and it appears that the prior's right of patronage was
1315, Robert de Rungeton instituted, presented by the prior of
1349, John Leche. Ditto.
1351, John Leche, by the master, &c. of Trinity-hall Cambridge.
On November 25, 1351, William Bateman Bishop of Norwich appropriated it to Trinity-hall, a pension of 1l. 10s. per ann. being reserved
payable to the see, and an agreeable habitation with 20 marks per
ann. was to be paid to the vicar; the master, &c. of Trinity-hall to
present on every vacancy, two proper clerks, and the Bishop to choose
one for the vicar.
1354, Laurence de Littleton, vicar.
1354, Adam de Colby, by the master, &c.
1388, John Bridale. Ditto.
1392, John Glyn.
1409, John Youn.
1411, John Snow.
1413, John Wright.
1424, Richard Hindreys.
1457, Laurence Stephens.
1459, Edward Andrews.
1485, Gregory Stalon.
1531, Simon Grome.
1542, Edmund Pecke.
1547, Thomas Golborn.
1573, Edward Grenewood.
1580, Thomas Lewgar.
1599, John Turner.
1610, John Gibson.
1616, Miles Knolls.
1629, Edward Agar.
1630, Edmund Duncon.
1662, John Hildyard.
1703, Owen Hughes, by the master, &c. of Trinity-hall.
1715, William Allen, LL.D
1733, Francis James, LL.D. Ditto.
1739, William Thickness, Ditto.
1751, John Banson. Ditto.
1759, George Carr. Ditto.
Here were the guilds of our Lady and St. Thomas. In 1465,
Simon Everard gave by will, 20 marks to the fabrick of St. Thomas
the Martyr's chapel in this church; light of our Lady in the chapel,
of our Lady of Pity, St. Andrew, and St. John in the chancel.
In the 32d of King Henry II. a fine was levied before John Bishop
of Norwich, Ralph de Glanvile, justices, Richard, the King's treasurer, Joceline archdeacon, of Chichester, Robert de Ingleston, (fn. 20) Thomas
de Huseborn, Hugh Bardolf, William Ruffus, and Robert de Wychesfield, between the abbot of St. Alban's, the prior and convent of Bynham, and Reginald, son of Ralph of Dalling, of the presentation of
this church, then granted to Reginald.
In the 10th of King John, an assise was brought about the right of
presentation of this church, then void, claimed by Phillip de Dalling,
against Roger Baam, and the jury find that Hamo de Dalling, father
of Philip, presented the last rector.
A fine was levied in the 3d of Henry III. between Hugh, rector of
a moiety of this church, petent, and Ralph de Nugun, tenent, of 3
acres of land here, released by Ralph, to Hugh and his successours.
In the south isle or chapel, are the following, on brass plates:
Orate p. a'i'a. Johis. Drave de Wooddallyng, q'i. ob'it 2 die Junii
Ao. Dni. 1517.
O'te p. a'i'a. Matildæ Mouncews quæ obiit Ao. Dni. 1486, cuj's a'ic
Here lieth the body of Thomas Kemp, gent. who died 7th Aug. Ao.
O'te p. a'i'a. Catherinæ Bulwer, quœ obiit 17 die mensis Marcii, Ao.
O'te p. a'i'a. Rogeri Bulwer, qui obiit 26 die Aprilis, Ao. Dni
On a black marble stone, the arms of Bulwer, with this,
Hic jacet corpus Edwardi Bulwer, armigeri, qui obiit 4 Octobris,
1726, ætatis suæ 76.
In the middle isle.
O'te p. a'i'a. D'ni Edvardi Warcop, captini, qui obiit 28 die Janu.
Hic jacet Edvardus Bulwer, generosus, cælebs, tertius filius Edvardi
Bulwer de Gestwick, gen. septuaginta annos natus, qui obiit 7 Maii,
On the same stone is engraved the following;
Here lieth the body of Frances Bulwer, relict of William Bulwer gent.
late of Wood-Dalling who departed this life Feb. 21, 1750, aged 82
On a plate of brass, with 2 figures of men, is this,
O'te p. a'i'a. Joh'is Bulwer, qui obiit 9 die Augusti, Ao. Dni. 1517,
& p. a'i'a. Thomæ Bulwer.—filior. Rogeri Bulwer qui obiit 16
die Junii Ao. Dni. 1518, quor. a'i'ab; p'piciet. Deus amen.
On the same stone the following,
Here lieth the body of Lydia Bulwer, daughter of William Bulwer,
gent. and Frances his wife, of Wood-Dalling, who died March 21, 1726
aged 22 years.
On a large marble stone, with the arms and crest of Bulwer,
Here lieth the body of John Bulwer, Esq; of Wood-Dalling, in the
county of Norfolk, who died February 3, 1725, aged 72.
On the same stone,
Here lieth the body of John Bulwer, junior, who died June 19th
1722, aged 25.
On a stone adjoining to the above,
Here lieth the body of Eliz. Bulwer, 2d daughter of William Bulwer
gent. late of Wood-Dalling, and Frances his wife, who departed this
life September 5th, 1742, aged 42 years.
In the north isle or chapel, on plates of brass, are the following,
O'te p. a'i'a. Matildæ Bulwer, quond. ux'is Rogeri Bulwer, quæ obiit
30 die mensis Decemb. Ao. Dni. 1463, cuj. a'i'a. pp'tur Deus, amen.
O'le p. a'i'a. Margaretæ Bulwer, nup. ux'is Joh'is Bulwer, quæ obiit
28 die mensis Dece'bris Ao. Dni. 1487, cuj. a'i'a. pp'tur Deus, amen.
O'te p. a'i'a. Simonis Bulwer qui obiit 17 die Jan'rij 1504. cuj. a'i'a.
pp'tur Deus, amen.
O'te p. a'i'a. Joh'is Bulwer, qui obiit 29 die me'sis Dec'bris, Ao. Di.
O'te p. a'i'a. Rogeri Bulwer, qui obiit 18 die me'sis Dec'bris. Ao.
On a brass plate in the chancel.
Hic jacet D'us Robertus Dockyng, capellan. qui obiit decimo septimo
die mensis Dece'bris 1465, cuj. a'i'a. pp'tur D's.