An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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Roger Bigot, ancestor to the Earls of Norfolk, held several fees in this town at the survey, wrote in Domesday Book, Mundhaham, and Algamundestuna, from some mound or fence, against the water; thus Mundeford in Norfolk; Wimundham, &c.
Alan Earl of Richmond laid claim to it; but Ralph Guader, Earl of Norfolk, held it with his manor of Romboro, (in Suffolk,) and the men of this hundred have heard the said Ulketel acknowledge the same once, about a year before Earl Ralph forfeited, and once after Ralph forfeited, they heard say that the said Ulketel did suit of court at Romborough, and lately the hundred heard him say, that he performed service to Roger Bigot, and that the men of Earl Alan had from that manor, every year, for 4 years last past, 10s. and this they were ready to prove in any manner, but Ulketel then held it.
In Algamundeston, 13 freemen of Ulketel had 50 acres of land, and 7 borderers, 12 acres of land, and there were among them 4 carucates and 2 acres of meadow, valued at 8s. at the survey at 10s. (fn. 1)
In Mundham, Roger, had also the land of a freeman, who held under the commendation of Alwi of Thetford, who could not give or sell it without the license of his lord, and Thorold held it under Roger; there belonged to it 30 acres of land, and in Alwi's time there was one villain, and one borderer, with one carucate, and under him 2 freemen, with the moiety of another, held 8 acres, with two servi, and 2 acres of meadow, and among them all there was one carucate, valued at 5s. at the survey at 8s.
Also a freeman of Earl Godwin, held under his son, Earl Gert, in King Edward's reign, 30 acres of land, granted by the Conqueror, to Bigot; 5 borderers, with half a carucate belonged to it, valued at 40s. and there were 3 freemen of Godwin, who held under Gert, 16 acres of land, and one carucate valued at 5s. which Bigod had. (fn. 2)
Roger Bigot Earl of Norfolk, by deed sans date, gave to Richard de Seinges and his heirs 23 acres of land in Senges, and lands here; and in the 8th of Henry III. conveyed by fine to Ralph de Scheldon, the advowson of the church of Ethelbert, in this town, and Ralph granted him the service of John, son of William, in this town and Seinges.
Sir Ralph Shelton was lord in the reign of Edward I. and patron, and John his son and heir presented to the church of St. Peter's in Mundham Magna, as I find it sometimes called, which seems to have belonged to the fee of Bigot.
In 1334, Walter de Filby was lord and patron of St. Peter's church, but in the following year, Sir Adam de Clifton, lord of Bukenham castle, granted license to Walter de Filby, Sir Stephen, parson of the church of Lound, in Suffolk, and to Sir Thomas de Preston, parson of Colby, to alien one messuage, 8 acres of land, and the advowson of St. Peter's church, to the hospital of St. Giles in Norwich, which they had purchased of Sir John Shelton.
In the next year, the master, &c. of the said hospital, presented to that church. In 1330, the King had granted license to Walter de Filby, and Edmund, parson of Lound, to settle on the said hospital, a messuage, 15 acres and a half, 2 acres of meadow, with 44 acres of juncary, or reed ground, in Norwich, Sithing, &c. purchased of Ralph de Burghwode: and in 1332 to settle what is before mentioned, purchased of Sir John de Shelton; and the said hospital is in possession of it at this time,
Ralph, son of Sir John Bygod, gave it to Sir William Calthorp, in the 14th of Edward II. and in the 20th of Edward III. William Calthorp held the 20th part of a fee, late Sir John Bigot's; and in the time of Henry IV. it was in the same family.
Thomas de Mowbray Lord Mowbray, in the 3d year of that King, (as heir to the Bigots,) held here, &c. in capite, the manor of Bigot's by the 20th part of a fee; and from the Mowbrays it came to the Howards Dukes of Norfolk.
Robert, son of Corbun, had the grant of a lordship, which Godwin a freeman of Edwin, was deprived of, who was lord of it before Godric, the King's steward, held it, and Nigell was enfeoffed of it by Robert Corbun, and held it at the survey; there belonged to it 30 acres of land, one carucate in demean, &c. 4 acres of meadow; and 11 freemen of Edgar had, in King Edward's reign, 30 acres, with a carucate and a half, valued then at 10s. at the survey at 20s. and the King and the Earl had the soc.
In the said town, Robert, son of Corbun, had the grant also of a lordship which Algar, a freeman, held under Stigand, consisting of one carucate of land, and 4 villains, with 2 carucates in demean, half a carucate among the tenants, with half an acre of meadow, one saddle-horse, kept at the hall, two cows, &c. 20 sheep, and 4 socmen, and the moiety of another, held 5 acres and a half of land; and a freeman under Algar's protection had 6 acres; among them all there was one carucate valued at 10s. and Anger held it under Corbun.
Corbun had the grant also of 10 acres of land, which a freeman of Godwine was deprived of, with one borderer, and valued above. (fn. 3)
John de Dunham conveyed by fine to William Gerberg, vintner, lands belonging to this fee, in the 1st of Edward I.; and in the 14th of Edward III. a fine was levied between John Gerberge, and Alice his wife, querents, William Gerberge, parson of Wodnorton All-Saints, and John de Beckham, parson of Islington, deforcients, of 10s. rent in this town, Tweyt, &c. with the homage and service of Sir William de Calthorp, Knight, of this manor here, settled on John; remainder to Roger his son.
In the 33d of the said reign, Nicholas, son of John de Hekingham, and John de Wykes, and Margaret his wife, pass by fine to Walter Hillary and Mary his wife, the advowson of the church of St Ethelbert, with three messuages, 60 acres of land, 2 of meadow, 4 of marsh, and 4s. rent here.
John de Norwich was also lord in the 22d of Richard II. and then granted to Roger de Haylesden, &c. in trust, this lordship, in this town called Heckyngham's, (with the advowson of St. Ethelbert's church,) and its appertenances in Seething, Thwait, &c. and sealed with a lion rampant, bruised, with a bendlet over all.
In 1428, by the name of John Norwich of Yoxford, he wills to be buried in St. Peter of Yoxfords chancel, and that his manor here should be sold; (fn. 4) dated March 20, and proved in Sept. 22 following.
In 1430, John Berney, Esq. of Reedham, presented to St. Ethelbert's church; and in 1437, Sir John Fastolf; in the 29th of King Henry VII. he sold the manor and advowson to Hugh Acton, master of St Gyles's hospital, for 200 marks, where it remains.
John Spooner of Seething was lord of the manor of Mauclerk's, late Inglose's, in the reign of Henry IV. and died lord in 1514, and Richard Sponer was his son and heir, who was to marry Cecilia Willis; and Thomas Spooner, Gent. was lord in the 40th of Elizabeth.
In Mundham, the King had a lordship, which William de Noiers had the custody, or care of for the King; seven freemen had been deprived of it, being a beruite to the lordship of Ditchingham; three of these freemen were under the protection of Archbishop Stigand, 2 under Edwin's, one under Algar's, and one under Tohla's, (the Viscount, or the sheriff of Norfolk,) and they held 60 acres of land, and 3 carucates. Robert son of Corbon, claimed 4 of them, with 24 acres, and had livery of them from the King, as the hundred witnesses, but afterwards Roger Bigot added them to his lordship of Earsham, with 52 acres, and held it at the survey, when the King and the Earl had the soc; and it was valued with Earsham. (fn. 5)
Godric, the King's steward had a grant of 8 acres of land here, and held by three freemen of Edwin, with other lands in Seething, and Washingford, which they ploughed with 3 oxen; the soc was in the hundred, and what these freemen held, (and what other freemen held in Seething, &c.) was valued at 20s.
In the 9th of Richard I. Alan de Mundham granted to Peter de Eggefeld, half a Knight's fee, for 15 years; after that to return to Alan for ever; and in the 52d of Henry III. Jeffrey Parris granted lands in this town, to Alan, son of Gerrard de Mundham.
Here were certain lands called Holme's. Catherine de Hulmo released to Warine de Hulmo a messuage, with 80 acres of land, held, as is said, of Constant. de Clifton, of the Arundel fee, ao. 3d Henry IV. Reginald de Holme, senior, of Lodne, confirmed to Philip Bozard of Ditchingham, all his lands and tenements in Mundham, Seething, &c. in the first of Henry VII.
Here were 2 parishes, one called St. Peter's, from its church, also in some old writings Mundham Magna; it was a rectory, valued at 12 marks, paid Peter-pence, 10d. carvage, 7d. had a manse, with 30 acres of land, in the reign of Edward I. and Sir Robert Shelton was then patron.
The King, in 1332, licensed Walter de Filby, Thomas de Preston, rector of Colby, and Stephen, rector of Lound, to settle a messuage, with land, and the advowson of this church of Mundham St. Peter, on the hospital.
This church seems to have belonged to Corbun's fee abovementioned, and was held of the Lord Tateshale, as of the Albini fee, in 1305, by the Sheltons; Sir John de Shelton, Knight, conveying the advowson, &c. to Walter de Filby, &c. and in 1340, the Bishop appropriated it; 6 marks and a half per ann. reserved for the curate.
Reader, the dust inclos'd beneath this pile, A life unspotted liv'd; devoid of e'ery guile, Plain in his manners, sincere to his friend, A pattern of virtue with honesty combin'd, Shewn thro' e'ery action while here on earth, 'Till unerring fate had stopt his breath.
Sir Walter de Senges, lord of Seething, whose lordship extended into this town, gave by deed, sans date, to Sibeton abbey in Suffolk, lands here, to which deed Sir William de Senges, Roger de Diclebur, Robert de Hedenham, &c. were witnesses.
This Sir William de Senges confirmed by his deed, sans date, about the 30th of Henry III. and we find this family to have an interest in the church. Richard de Seinges, by fine, conveyed his right in the advowson of St. Ethelbert's church, to Ralph de Schelton.