LANGALE, and KIRKSTED.
In the Book of Domesday, both these villages are accounted for, and
stand under the hundred of Loddon, where we find, that they belonged to the abbot of Bury, given (as I take it) to that abbey by Toli,
the sheriff of Norfolk, in King Edward the Confessor's time, with
Brook in this hundred.
The abbot had in Langhale and Kirsted, 27 socmen, with 2 carucates and a half, and 10 acres of land, 2 villains, and 11 borderers,
and 6 carucates, and 8 acres of meadow, valued in Brook; a church
endowed with 15 acres, valued at 16d. (fn. 1)
Langhale is one leuca long, and half a leuca broad, pays 16d. gelt,
whoever may possess it.
This lordship, in 1428, was valued at 4s. 9d. ob. q. and belonged to
the chamberlain of that abbey.
At the Dissolution it was granted (as I take it) to Thomas Godsalve,
Another lordship at the survey in the town of Langhale, was possessed by Isaac, who had a grant of the land which a freeman held
under the protection of Tolj, the sheriff, in King Edward's reign, containing one carucate of land, and one in demean, and another might
be recovered; and 5 freemen under him, 8 acres, and 3 borderers;
half a carucate, valued then at 7s. at the survey at 10s. (fn. 2)
Gundreda, Countess of Norfolk, wife of Hugh Earl of Norfolk, in
the reign of King Stephen, during her coverture, purchased a knight's
fee in Langhale, of Hubert, son of Rowland, for 60 marks, which
Roger, son of Earl Hugh, recovered against her after his father's death
according to the judgment of the law, whereby a wife cannot purchase any land, &c. to herself during her husband's life.
This was held of the Earl of Norfolk, by Rodland, and Baldwin,
Le Pettour, or the farter, by serjeanty, the lord being obliged by his
tenure to come into Westminster-Hall, or where-ever the King was,
and there to take a leap, cry hem, and let a fart, (per saltum, sufflatum, et pettum) before the King on Christmas yearly.
In the 7th year of King John, Alexander de Brompton, and Agnes
his wife, gave account of 15 marks, to have the manor of Hemmingston in Suffolk, which Jeffrey, son of Huberts, brother of Agnes held,
whose heir she was, without any partition to her sisters; that manor
being held by grand serjeanty, and formerly belonged to Rodland and
Baldwin Le Pettour, as above-specified: and this manor of Langhale
was a part or a member of Hemmingston.
Besides what the family of Le Pettour held here, William l'Enveyse
held a part of it by the King's consent, and Richard de Senges had a
part, in the 3d of Henry III. viz. 20 acres of the Earl of Norfolk, by
the 20th part of a fee, valued at half a mark per ann.
Pauline Peyvere, one of the King's justices, had also an interest in
Langhale, and held the 3d part of a fee, of which he enfeoffed William,
his younger son, in the 35th of Henry III. held of the Earl of Norfolk:
of this Pauline see in Thorp Market, North Erpingham hundred.
In the 9th of Edward II. Maud Peyvere held it; and in the 14th
of Edward III. Phil. Peyvere was witness to a deed of lands in this
town of Langhale.
In the 13th of Edward I. Roger Mynoth was lord of a manor, called from him Miniot's, and had then a grant of free-warren in Kirksted, and Seething in Norfolk; — Hengham, Bramford, and Stonham
Antigon in Suffolk;—Middleton, Kneton, Newsome, Broughton. Hithe
in Yorkshire: and in the 20th of Edward III. Jeffrey Miniot was lord.
Catherine, daughter and heir of ---- Myniot and Ellen his wife,
brought it by marriage to Nicholas Gavel, Esq. of Kirby Cam: in the
reign of Edward III. Robert his son was lord.
Thomas Gavel, Esq. the last heir male of this family, left it at his
death to his four daughters and heirs.
John Cook and Elizabeth his wife, one of the said daughters and
coheirs, sold his part in the 36th of Henry VIII. to Thomas Godsalve,
Francis Clopton, Esq. and Dorothy his wife, another of the four
daughters, &c. convey in the 37th of Henry VIII. to John Everard,
Esq. their right: and in the 22d of Elizabeth, John Copledike, Esq.
had license to alien this manor of Kirksted Miniot's, to William Roberts of Winston and his heirs: this John was son and heir of Leonard
Copledike, Esq. and Thomasine his wife, another of the daughters and
coheirs of Thomas Gavel.
Roger Godsalve sold his interest in it to the said William Roberts,
an attorney, about the 40th of Elizabeth, who was lord of the whole;
and on his death it came to Mr. Smith of Beccles in right of his wife,
sister and heir of Roberts.
Smith conveyed it to Thomas Spooner, Gent. who presented as lord
to this church in 1626.
After this it came to the Osborns.
In 1677, Edmund Osborn was lord, and presented: and in 1701,
Edward Osborne, Esq.
Robert Osborn, Gent. died lord of Kirsted-Hall, in 1729.
The tenths were 3l. 11s.—Deducted 17s.
St. Faith's temporalities in Kirsted 6d.; Sibton abbey's in Langhale and Kirsted 2s. 3d.
The abbot of Langley had also in Langhale and Kirsted, a considerable lordship.
Roger, son of Sir Richard de Senges, Knt. confirmed to this abbey,
by deed sans date, all the lands and tenements which they held of the
grants of his ancestors, or of any other, of his father's fee, in Langhale,
Kirksted, Senges, and Mundham; to hold quietly from all homages,
rents, &c. so that no manner of profit should come from them to him,
and his heirs, except 6d. rent for the tenement of Barth. de Upgate;
witnesses, Sir William de Senges, Jeff. de Lodne, William, son of Charles.
In the 20th of Henry III. the abbot also held a quarter of a fee of
the Earl of Norfolk, of his manor of Forncet.
William de Hemenhale gave, in the 41st of Henry III. to Simon,
the abbot, a messuage, with 2 carucates of land, 3 acres of wood, in
Langhale and Wootton.
The temporalities of this abbey in 1428 in Langhale and Kirsted,
were valued at 8l. 4s. 1d. ob.
At the Dissolution it was granted to Thomas Godsalve, Esq. and
continued in that family, till on December 3, Ao. 4 of James I.
Owen Shephard, Gent. had a grant to himself and heirs of Langhale
manor, with all its appertenances, lately belonging to Langley abbey,
and afterwards to Thomas Godsalve, Esq. with all the messuages,
houses, mills, gardens, orchards, &c. in the hamlet of Langhale, Kirsted, Wootton, Seething, &c.
The church of Kirsted is a rectory, dedicated to St. Margaret.
In the 45th year of Henry III. Walter de Hemenhale granted by
fine to William prior of Buttley in Suffolk, the advowson of the church
of Langhale; (fn. 3) but by the Norwich Institution Books, it appears that
John of Oxford Bishop of Oxford confirmed the grant of the churches
of Kirstede and Langhale, to that priory, which the records of that
In the reign of Edward I. the rector of Kirsted had a grange and
20 acres of land, was valued at 10 marks, paid no Peter-pence, but
carvage 4d. and the prior of Butley had a pension out of it, of 20s.
It is probable that both the churches were granted about the time
of the foundation of that priory, by Ralyh de Glanvile, the founder,
or some of his dependants.—The present valor is 10l. and pays tenths
In 1317, Laur. de Geyton, instituted rector, presented by the prior
1330, Bened. de Hoxne. Ditto.
Thomas de Scroutby, rector.
1350, Robert Wygot. Ditto.
Thomas de Cressingham, rector.
1377, Ralph Atte Heth. Ditto.
1378, John de Swynstede. Ditto.
1379, Thomas Mason. Ditto.
1393. John Peynter. Ditto.
1395, John Ferthing. Ditto.
1400, John Caus. Ditto.
1408, Richard Snowe. Ditto.
1411, John Yon. Ditto.
1418, Robert Samborn. Ditto.
1426, Nicholas Bussey. Ditto.
1460, Robert Ippeswell. Ditto.
1463, Thomas Saxham. Ditto.
1482, John Askew. Ditto.
1484, Nich. Palmer, instituted by the rector, &c.
1506, Thomas Keton. Ditto.
1507, John Roket. Ditto.
1508, Nicholas Thacker. Ditto.
1530, Thomas Smith. Ditto.
1554, John Rudde, by the Queen.
1561, William Greneway. Ditto.
1564, John Barne. Ditto.
1580, Thomas Maud, by William Roberts; in 1603, he returned 72
1626, Edward Holle, by Thomas Sponer, Gent.
1677, Ralph Osborn, by Edward Osborn.
1680, John Brown. Ditto.
1701, Charles Osborn, by Edward Osborne, Esq.
1728, Evans Evans. Ditto.
1730, John Leman. Ditto.
The Church of Langhale was appropriated to the priory of Buttley, in the time of John of Oxford Bishop of Norwich, so that what is
said of the grant of it by William de Hemenhale, must relate only to
some right he might claim, and then resigned.
The prior had in Edward the First's reign, a manse, with 30 acres
of land, valued at 6 marks, and the Peter-pence were 9d. and was
dedicated to St. Christopher.
On May 24, 1421, it was consolidated to Kirksted, and so remains;
in the reign of King James I. the church was dilapidated.
On a grave-stone in the chancel,
Here lyeth interred the body of Robert Love of Kirstead, Gent. who
died March 12, 1643, aged 86.
In memory of Robert Love, Gent. eldest son of Charles Love, of
Kirsted, Gent. who died the last day of 1676, aged 35.
In memory of Mrs, Elizabeth Love, relict of Robert Love, of Kirsted,
Gent. who died December 26, 1685, œtat. suæ, 47; with these arms,
vert, a tiger passant, or, armed gules, impaling argent, on a bend, between two lions rampant, sable, Osborn.