An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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William Earl Warren had the lordship of this town at the survey, of which 9 freeman had been deprived; half a carucate belonged to it, 2 borderers, and 8 acres of meadow, and three carucates, valued iu King Edward's time at 10s. but now at 20s. and there was a church endowed with 12 acres; and it was 6 furlongs long, 5 broad, and paid 15d. (fn. 1)
In 1161, Gilbert de Rysing was lord, and a great benefactor to the priory of Lewes; and Roger, son of Baldwin de Frevil, conveyed in the 11th of King John, to Adam de Moundeford, the rent of 20s. per ann.
Simon de Hecham and his parceners, in 1277, had the homage of Morehow; Richard Fitz-Warren the homage of Frevil, and in the 7th of Edward I. Richard, son of William de Breccles, and Katherine his wife, conveyed to Robert de Westhorp, messuages and lands.
In the 20th of Edward III. Thomas Howard, and Robert Curson, held here and in Shipdam, a quarter of a fee of Michael Poynings; and this was in the tenure of John Skeet, and held of the Earl of Arundel in the 3d of Henry IV.
After this, it was in the Bramptons, and came to John Gurdon, Esq. eldest son of Robert Gurdon, Esq. of Assington in Suffolk, by the marriage of Amy, sole daughter and heir of William Brampton, Esq. of Letton, son of Sir Thomas Brampton, who was son of Sir Peter Brampton.
This John was high sheriff of Suffolk, in 1585, and died in 1623, leaving Brampton Gurdon, Esq. his son and heir; and by his 2d wife, Muriel, daughter of Sir Martin Sidley, of Morley in Norfolk, was father of Brampton Gurdon, Esq. living in 1664, who married Mary, daughter of Henry Polsted of London, Gent. by whom he had Brampton Gurdon, Esq. and by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Thornhaugh, of Fenton, in Nottinghamshire, left Thornhaugh Gurdon, Esq. father of Thornhagh Gurdon, Esq. by Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Sir William Cook, Bart. lord of this town.
Lewes Priory Manor.
Gilbert de Rising, in 1161, gave to this priory in Sussex, by deed, (wherein he calls the monks his lords (fn. 2)) half the soccage of Letton for 15 years, from the feast of St. Michael, and after the coming of the king into England, when he sent the abbots and Earls through all England to enquire into the actions of the sheriffs and provosts, and the other mediety, together with the advowson, to the priory for ever.
Under the invasions of Hermerus de Ferrarijs we find that he had seized on 21 acres of land, which 2 freemen held in the time of the Confessor, and were under protection only, at that time, and one freeman now possessed it under Hermerus, with 4 acres of meadow, valued at 3s. 4d. (fn. 3)
This came to the Lords Bardolf, and in the 3d of Henry IV. Robert Read, and his parceners, held here, in Shipdam, Yaxham, &c. lands, sometime William Atte Rodes, by the 5th part of a fee, of the honour of Wirmegey; and Robert Fishpoole held it ao. 5th of Henry VI.
Will. de Scohies had 27 acres, and an acre and an half of meadow, of which a freeman was deprived; held then by a borderer, with half a carucate, valued at 23d. (fn. 4)
The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints.—The ancient valor was 16 marks, paid Peter-pence, 12d. and the priory of Lewes had a portion of tithe valued at 20s. per ann. The present valor is 7l. 13s. 8d.