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 Conqueror was possessed of a lordship here, of which 6 freemen were deprived, who had it in King Edward's reign, containing 30 acres of land, and 2 carucates, with 2 acres of meadow, also 9 freemen with 40 acres and a carucate, valued in Rachey; Godric took care of this for the King, as his steward; the King and the Earl of Norfolk had the soc, the township was half a leuca long, and 5 furlongs broad, and paid 10d. gelt. (fn. 1)
Godric, the King's steward, had also 30 acres, and half a carucate, with 2 acres of meadow, of which a freeman was deprived, valued at 2s. per. ann. and the King and the Earl had the soc, and this Godric held in his own right. (fn. 2)
The ancient family of De Mounteney were lords of this manor in the reign of Henry II. when Robert de Mounteney was found to hold one fee here, &c. of the old feoffment, and Sir Arnold de Mounteney held here in Catton, &c. the same in King Henry the Third's time, of Robert Lord Fitz Walter. (fn. 3)
Maud, the eldest daughter and coheir of Sir Richard, married to Walter Fitz Robert, the progenitor of the Lords Fitz Walter, and Sir Arnold de Mounteney, married Dionysia, the fourth daughter and coheir.
In the 6th of Edward III. Benedict de Beston and Agnes, his wife, confirmed to John de Corpusty, merchant of Norwich, lands, &c. in this village, and Thomas de Beston, wills to be bmied in the church of Beston, by his ancestors, and gives legacies to his nephew John de Beston.
By an inquisition taken at Norwich, on the death of Simon Nunne of Ringfeld in Suffolk, he was found to die November 5, in the 38th of King Henry VIII. seized of a capital messuage, called Wryngeys, and 48 acres of meadow, pasture, wood and heath here, and in Crostwick, and of a messuage, and lands, called Corpustey's, and 20 acres and an half of land, held of Wroxham manor, Wrongey messuages, &c. being held of the hundred of Taverham of the King by fealty, and James was his son and heir, aged 9 years, by Margaret his wife, daughter of Thomas Guybon, Esq.
Robert Lord Mallet, had a lordship of which 2 freemen in this town, and 3 freemen in Sprouston, were deprived, who possessed 64 acres of land, and there was a borderer, a carucate, and an acre of meadow valued at 6s. the King and the Earl had the soc. (fn. 4)
The Lord Mallet granted it to Walter de Cadomo, with the barony of Horseford, of which this lordship was a member, and so always passed with it, to the Cressies, Claverings, Lord Dacres, &c. as may be seen at large in Horsford.
Ralph de Beaufoe had 30 acres of land, a carucate of meadow, and a moiety of the church, at the survey, of which a freeman had been deprived, valued at 12d. (fn. 5)
This Ralph, left a daughter and heiress, Agnes, who married Hubert de Rie, castellan of Norwich; a coheiress of this family, Oliva, brought it to John Marshall, lord marshal of Ireland, and by Hawise, heiress of that family, it came to Robert Lord Morley.
The Church was dedicated to St. Andrew, and had two medieties, in the patronage of the Mounteneys, and both granted by Robert de Mounteney, son of Arnold de Monteney, by fine in the 54th of Henry III. to Geffrey, prior, and the convent of Peterston; this was valued at 5 marks per ann. as the other moiety was, but one of them was appropriated, soon after the grant.—Peter-pence 10d. ob. q.—Carvage 4d.