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 principal lordship at the survey was in the hands of Ralph de Beaufoe, of which 14 freemen (who held it in King Edward's time) were deprived, 2 carucates and a half, and 20 acres of land belonged to it, with 12 villains, and 5 carucates, and 6 acres of meadow, and a church endowed with 20 acres, valued at 16½d. In King Edward's time this lordship was valued at 60s. at the survey at 43s. was 7 furlongs long, and 6 broad, and paid 36½d. gelt. (fn. 1)
Ralph had also another tenure here, to make up his lordship, of which 5 freemen were deprived, who held 2 carucates of land, and 4 borderers, and 4 carucates of meadow, valued at 20s. at the survey at 32s. 4d. but the soc was in the abbot of Ely.
Hubert de Rie, castellan of Norwich, by the marriage of Agnes, only daughter and heir of Ralph, succeeded him; and from this family it came by Aliva, a daughter and coheir to John Marshal, of the family of the heirs of Pembroke, in the reign of Henry II. and by Hawys, daughter and heir of John le Marshal, to Sir Robert Morley, who was lord in 1323.
Alice, only sister and heir of Henry Lovell Lord Morley married Sir Will. Parker, and in her right, enjoyed it, and had livery in the 5th of Henry VII. and his descendant, Edward Parker Lord Morley, about 1583, sold great part of his inheritance, and this lordship, to Sir Thomas Lovell, of East Herling, and his son, Sir Francis, possessed it. in 1620, &c.
In this town the church of Ely had in the time of the Confessor, 8 socmen, who held 30 acres of land, and 2 carucates of meadow, but at the survey there was but one carucate, and 8 acres, valued at 20s. at the survey at 13s.
John de Mareschal held here and in North Tudenham, in the reign of Edward I. one fee and an half of the Bishop of Ely. In the 20th of Edward III. Robert Lord Morley held one fee and an half of the church of Ely.
There were 3 villains, 2 borderers, 12 acres of meadow, and the moiety of a mill, and at that time 4 carucates also, valued at 30s. at the survey at 42, but this part was held by them without any commendation. (fn. 2)
In the 43d of that King, Gregory Sterre, and Alice his wife, conveyed by fine, to John de Mountney and Joan his wife, a messuage, 52 acres of land, 27 of pasture, 5 of wood, and 28s. rent in Mateshale, Bergh, North and East Tudenham, Hokering and Yaxham.
In the 22d of Edward IV. Roger Drury, Esq. and Anne his wife, daughter and heir of Henry Sturmer, passed by fine to Alexander Cressener, Esq. Henry L'Estrange, John Garneys, William Drury, Esq. Henry Fenne, Esq. &c. 300 acres of land, 60 of meadow, 100 of pasture, 16 of wood, 100 of marsh, 60 of heath, and 5l. rent, with 2 fold-courses here, in Bergh, Hokering, &c. from the heirs of Anne. At the same time also John Pagrave and Margaret his wife, another of the daughters and coheirs of Sturmer, conveyed their right to Henry Fenne and his heirs.
In the 6th of Henry VIII. it was in the Crown together with the honour of Wirmegay, as may be seen in the account of that town, and at this time was possessed by Henry Pagrave, who died lord of it, and of Burgh: as may be seen by his will, proved January 14, 1527, and held of the said honour. (fn. 3)
By indenture made August 9, 1667, William Bond of London, Esq. granted and sold to Sarah Bispham, relict of Samuel Bispham, M. D. and her heirs, the manor of Matteshale Mounteneys, which Sir John Pagrave of Northwood Barningham in Norfolk, Bart. by indenture dated in the 24th of Charles I. sold to Samuel Smith of Norwich, Esq. and Robert Willimot, of Greys Inn, Esq. both deceased, and to the said William Bond for the term of 1000 years.
William Earl Warren, had 14 acres of land, of which a freeman was deprived, and it was valued in Thurston. (fn. 4)
In this parish lived an ancient family De Herleston, Margaret, daughter of Robert Harlestone of this town, the wife of Dr. Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, gave lands here in 1569, to the value of 50s. per ann. for the poor of this parish, and a sermon to be preached in this church, which is preached every year by a fellow of Corpus Christi college in Cambridge, on Tuesday in Rogation week.
This annual sermon is much frequented, and the great resort to it, occasions a sort of fair on that day, and is commonly called Matteshale-Gant, or Gang, a word anciently used for perambulating the bounds of parishes in Rogation week.
Thomas Harleston, Gent. by his will in 1558, gives his tenement, called Sparrows, to be an alms-house at Mateshale, and his house called Coppes to the poor of the said town, with several ewes, and money to the poor of this town, Burgh Parva, Shipdam, Cranworth, &c.
In memoriam charissimi fratris Gul. Sigiswick, nuper vicar; hujus eccles. quondamq; Caij coll. in acad. Cantabr. socij senioris, obeuntis Sept. 26, 1675, œtat. suœ 61, Robert. frater hunc lapidem posuit; and the arms of Segiswick;—On a cross, five bells,—exmin, three chevronels, sable, Repps, impaling per pale, argent and sable, a chevron between three talbots, passant, counterchanged, on a chief, gules, three leopards heads, or, Gooch.
M. S.—Franc. Reppes, armiger, filius natu quintus Joh. Reppes, armig. et Annœ, uxor suœ, qui duxit Luciam, filiam Ric. Calybut de Saham, in agro Norf. Gent. ex quâ suscepit filium Johan. filias Annam, et Franciscam, postea duxit Mariam filiam Joh. Leman de Brampton apud Suffolciens. Generos. quœ in dilecti conjugis moriam H. M. P.— Obdormivit in Christo vir pius, dum supplex genibus flexis Deum invocabat, 17 Dec. 1692: with these arms, Repps impaling on the dexter side, Calybut, on the sinister, Leman—azure, a fess between three dolphins embowed, argent.
M. S. Venerabilis viri Nich. Reppes, S. T. P. qui xiii cal. Apr. Ao. œrœ Christianœ 1689, ad plures obijt, et beatam hic prœstolatur resurrectionem; dilecta conjux Jana D. Tho. Willis de Ditton in agro Cantabr. Baron. filia posuit.
Hic jacet in spe beatœ resurrectionis Gulielm. Brabant, A. M. ex agro Lancastriensi hujus ecclesiœ quondam vicarius (et honoratissimo D'no, Joh. Egerton, Comiti de Brigewater, - - - - - - ) qui ob. 2°. Feb. 1788, œtat. suœ 38.
In the 29th of Elizabeth, Francis Hancock (fn. 5) occurs, and in 1603.
Robert Foster Wulman, by his will in 1507, bequeaths to the making of a chapel of our Lady in the este end of the suth ele in this church 40 marks, to be buried there, and to have a grave-stone to the price of 40s.
Here were in this church, the gild of St. Thomas, St. Mary, St. John Baptist, Holy Trinity, and St. Peter; the ligths of St. Mary, and St. Michael, St. Nicholas, of the rood loft, and of the white torches.
In the 16th of Richard II. Juliana, wife of Richard Bedil, &c. aliened to the scholars of the hall of the annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, a messuage, and an acre of land here; and in the said year, dame Mary Pakenham, widow of Sir - - - - - Pakenham, Knt. gave the rectory, and the patronage of the vicarage to the said hall, called Gonvile-hall, in Cambridge, for the stipend of one fellow.