An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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The lordship of this town was in the abbey of St. Edmund of Bury, at the survey, and Frodo held it of the said convent, with a carucate of land. Toli was lord of it, and sheriff; he gave it to St. Edmund, (that is the abbey,) in the time of King Edward the Confessor and afterwards held, or farmed it by the service of finding that convent provision for 2 days: there was one carucate of land in demean, 4 acres or meadow, one runcus, and 4 socmen, with half a carucate and 5 acres, valued at 20s. and the soc was in the abbey. (fn. 1)
This account, which is authentic, is partly contradicted by a register of Bury abbey, which says that William the Conqueror gave it to St. Edmund, when he first supplicated his favour and protection, falling prostrate before him, and placing a small knife wrapped up, on the altar of St. Edmund, in the presence of many of his chief nobility, and also the grant signed with his seal, which the register observes, was at that time preserved in the said convent. (fn. 2)
"He grants it with all its appertenances, sac soc, and all other customary dues, as Grith, (Girth,) the powerful Earl, held it in the time of good King Edward, and as he, now King of England, possessed it."
The abbot, in the 13th of King John, had a discharge of scutage for 52 knights fees in Norfolk and Suffolk, on the Scotch war; (fn. 3) and in the 52d of Henry III. he pleaded an exemption, and would not suffer the King's bailiff to enter this lordship.
In the Iter of the judges of Norwich, a fine was levied the day after St. Michael, between William son of Richard de Dunston, Tho. son of John de Nareford, William, son of Richard de Gunthorp, &c. petents, and John, abbot of Bury, tenent, whereby they release to the abbot all their right in this manor and advowson.
It continued in this monastery, held by one fee, till the general Dissolution, when it came to the Crown; and on May 27, in the 3d and 4th of Philip and Mary, was granted to Francis Yaxley, and Richard his brother; and soon after, in the said year, Thomas Yaxley alienated it to Jeffrey Warde, Gent. who died seized of it in the first of Elizabeth; and Thomas was found to be his son and heir, who had a grant in 1576, from Robert Cook, clarencieux, of these arms, argent, on a cross, gules, a wolf's head, erased, of the first betweent four martlets, gules; crest, on a mount, vert, an eagle displayed, ermin.
John Grey Bishop of Norwich appropriated the rectory to the chamberlain, after the decease of Hubert de Brock, rector, saving an honourable support for the vicar, to be assigned by the Bishops of Norwich.