An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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King William, on his conquest, granted this town to the Lord Peter de Valoines, and Roger held it under him at the survey. Alestan, a freeman, was owner of it in King Edward's reign, when it was accounted a manor, with two carucates in demean and one amongst the men or tenants, &c. paunage for 10 swine, and the moiety of a fishery, one runcus, 15 cows, &c. and was valued at 20s. per ann. it was four furlongs long and two broad, and paid 3d. gelt. The soc belonged to the King's manor of Mileham. (fn. 1)
In the reign of Henry I. when the Lord Peter de Valoins founded the priory of Bynham, Roger, a knight of his gave two parts of his tithes in this town to that priory, which were confirmed afterwards by his son, and grandson, and John Bishop of Norwich.
This was likely that Roger, who held it under his Lord Peter at the survey, and was ancestor (as I take it) of the family of De Pattesley, lords of the town. Herbert de Patesle was living in the 9th of King John, of whom see in Ingoldesthorp.
About the 3d of Henry III. Hamo de Patesle held it by the fourth part of a fee, and soon after this, John de Patesley; and in the 52d of the said King, Hamon de Patesley, senior, settled it on Hamon his son, by fine with messuages, lands and rents, in Oxewick, Tittleshale, Cald ewell, Reynham, Wyssingset, and Tofts.
In the 29th of Edward I. William, son of William de Patesle, conveyed by fine, many messuages, lands, &c. in the towns abovementioned, to William, son of Hamon de Patesley, and in the said year John de Patesley granted by fine the manor and advowson to William de Patesley, senior, for life, remainder to John; and John de Patesley was lord in the 9th of Edward II. and presented to the church in 1304; and in 1321, John, son of John de Patesle, presented.
Roger, son of William de Patesley, granted by fine, in the 1st of Edward III. to William, son of William de Patesly, and Nicholaa his wife, several messuages and lands here, and in Oxwyk, Godwyk, Wissingsete, &c. for their lives, remainder to Ellen, Emme, Alice, Maud, and Margery, their daughters; and in the 20th of that King, William de Patesley, junior, held the fourth part of a fee, which John de Patesley formerly held; but it appears from the institution books, that John de Patesle, rector of Harpele in Norfolk, presented in the 23d of the said King: and in the 10th of Richard II. Sir Walter FitzWalter (whose ancestor married Gunnora, daughter and heir of Robert Lord Valoins) was found to be the capital lord of the fee, and to hold in this town, Tyteleshale, Godwicke, Welyngham, Whyssingset, &c. one fee belonging to his manor of Heminghale in Norfolk.
From one of the daughters and coheirs of the Patesleys (as is most likely) it came to William de Breton, who presented in 1351, and was living in 1388, when he also presented to this church, as did Nicholas Briton in 1391, but in the 3d of Henry IV. (1401) Ellen, Joan, and Catherine, daughters and coheirs of William Briton, are found to hold the abovesaid fourth part of a fee, or manor.
After this it seems to be in several hands, John Sutton presenting in 1405, Henry Carmely or Carman in 1408, 1409, and 1431, and John Schaymnes in 1429, who likely married the three daughters and coheirs of Breton, and having each a part, or share in this lordship, are styled in the institution books domicelli.
But it returned to the Patesleys soon after the last presentation of Henry Carman, and Hamo de Patesley died seized of it, and the advowson in 1438, when it is said that he held it in capite by the 20th part of a fee, and John Patesley, citizen and alderman of London, was his cousin and heir; he was sheriff of London in 1432, and lord mayor in 1440, being then a knight, but by Baker and others, falsely called Paddesley, and died lord of this manor in 1449, and bore for his arms argent, three de lis azure, each charged with an an annulet, or, his widow survived him, Joan Patesle, widow, citizen of London, lady of Patesle, presented to this church December 26, 1460.
In the 9th of Edward IV. John Seaman and Agnes his wife, William Carman and Catharine his wife, William Bulman and Cecilia his wife, Roger Richers and Margaret his wife, conveyed by fine levied, to John and Henry Heydon, Thomas Boleyn, &c. this manor and advowson, with 60 acres of land, and Henry Heydon, Esq. presented in 1484, and Sir Henry Heydon in 1493, and Sir John in 1521.
Sir Christopher Heydon of Baconsthorpe in Norfolk gave it, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, together with the advowson, to Cajus college in Cambridge, and the said college exchanged the manor with Sir Roger Townsend, Knt. of Rainham, for the manor of D'Engains in Feversham, in Cambridgeshire, and Stow Qui, and kept the patronage which they enjoy at this time, the manor being in the Lord Viscount Townsend. Here is only the manor-house remaining, wherein a farmer lives.
The lordship of the Hauvills of Dunton and Rainham extended into this town, and Thomas, son of John de Hauvill, paid a relief for lands here held by castle guard to Norwich castle in the 35th of Edward I.
The Church was dedicated to St. John Baptist, and was a rectory valued anciently at 40s. and paid Peter-pence 2d. ob. it is called a sinecure in the year 1521, and no church was standing (as I find) in 1571; the present value is 8l. 18s. 8d.