An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 priory testify.
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. per ann.
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 and first-fruits.
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.
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.