An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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TITCHWELL, With The Manor,
Was a beruite to the manor of Southmere and held by the Conqueror, as the book of Domesday testifies. Harold the King, had been lord of it, (but on his death the Conqueror seized it) when it contained a carucate and an half in demean, 14 villains, 6 borderers and 4 servi, with 16 acres of meadow, &c. and a mill; there was one carucate amongst the tenants, and 4 socmen with 2 carucates and 9 acres, also one socman with 60 acres and 2 bovates, and one socman with half a bovate, and the 4th part of an acre. (fn. 1)
This lordship was granted with Southmere, in or about the reign of King Henry I. to William Lovell, or to Goel de Hebreys, or Iberi, his father, of whom see in Southmere, and continued in that family many years.
In the 26th of Henry VI. by an inquisition taken at Lytcham in Norfolk, the jury find that John Lord Lovell, gave this lordship to one Thomas Lovell, (this John Lord Lovell, was probably the father of Maude, an only daughter, married to the Lord Zouch, and Thomas was his brother,) and the heirs of his body: Thomas had issue, Ralph and Thomas; Ralph had a daughter Margery, who died without issue in the aforesaid year; and Margery, wife of Sir Edward Hull, and Agnes, wife of John Wake, Esq. were cousins and heirs of Margery, viz. daughters and heirs of Thomas Lovell, son of Thomas, and brother of Ralph, father of Margery, and the manor was held by the 7th part of a fee.
Another manor or small tenure was at the survey in the hands of Roger Bigot, held by Tove, a freeman, under Harold, in the Confessor's time, and Ralph, son of Herluine, held it under Bigot, consisting of one carucate of land, one carucate in demean, one amongst the men, with 6 villains, a borderer, and 2 acres and a half of meadow, valued at 13s. 4d. at the survey at 12s. (fn. 2)
The abbot of Ibrey in Normandy, had the patronage in the reign of Edward I. when the rector had a manse, with 30 acres of land, then valued at 15 marks, and the aforesaid abbot had also a portion of tithe valued at 13s. 4d. Peter-pence 12d.