An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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Several lords at the survey had an interest in this village, but the principal tenure belonged to Alan, the great Earl of Richmond, who held 88 acres of land, 2 carucates and 3 acres of meadow, possessed before the Conquest by 20 freemen, (and valued in Alan's great lordship of Cossey,) with paunage for 12 swine. The soc was in the King and the Earl, and it was 10 furlongs long, and 5 broad, and paid 8d. ob. gelt. (fn. 1)
In the 10th of King Richard I. William de Hunting feld with Isabel his wife, and William Breton, conveyed to William Battail, by fine, (fn. 2) before R. (Richard Barre) arch-deacon of Ely, William de Warr, &c. justices of the King, 60 acres of land here, in Alderford, and Swanington, with the advowson of the churches of the said 3 towns, and William Battail in the 3d of Henry III. conveyed lands here to Baldric de Taverham.
John Whytfoot and Margaret his wife held in the 7th of Edward III. as appears by a fine, a messuage, 150 acres of land, 4 of meadow, with 20s. rent per ann. in Felthorp, Taverham, Drayton, Attlebrigg, &c. and in the 5th part of 200 acres of heath in the said towns.
In the 40th of the said King, John de Middleton and Mary his wife, Baldric de Taverham and Margaret his wife, (she was a daughter and coheir of John Whytfoot,) surrendered by fine to Roger Russell, 3 messuages and lands here, and in Taverham, from the heirs of Mary and Margaret, probably two sisters and coheirs.
William Russell was living in the time of Henry III. Baldric de Taverham sold lands to Jeffrey Russell in the 33d of Edward III. and John de Russell, and Roger his son, lived in the 9th of Edward II. and the Russells gave name to a manor.
Afterwards Sir Henry Inglos possessed it in the reign of Henry VI. and his son Robert, in the 1st of Edward VI. Thomas Halse and Mary his wife, sold the manor of Russells, with lands, and a foldcourse to Henry Ward and Margaret his wife.
Ralph de Beaufoe had 43 acres of land, of which 3 freemen were deprived, valued at 2s. and Richard held it under him; the King and the Earl had the soc. (fn. 3)
Ralph's lordship of Drayton extended into this, held by the Bellomonts, &c. and after by the De la Poles, and Brandon Duke of Suffolk, on whose death, being in the Crown, was granted (as in Drayton) to the see of Norwich, and so continues.
Walter Giffard possessed a carucate and 30 acres of land, 2 acres of meadow, valued at 8s. of which a freeman was deprived; the King and the Earl had the soc of the whole town, in King Edward's reign, but at the survey it was in Walter. (fn. 4)
The Conqueror had also 100 acres of land, which 4 freemen held before the Conquest; 7 borderers belonged to it, with 2 carucates and 5 acres of meadow, &c. valued at 10s. the King and the Earl had the soc. (fn. 5)
Sir Roger de Bilney, aliened to the prior of Montjoy, in Heverland, 30 acres of heath, and as many of land here, in the 8th of Edward II. and about the said time, Thomas de Whitwell, rector of this church, gave all his lands, rents and services, with a foldcourse and heath here, to the said priory, for a yearly pension, and for the souls of his father Richard and Alice his mother.
1321, Edmund de Repps, presented by the prior of Weybridge; in the 11th of Edward II. the prior had a patent to purchase of William Battail, 3 acres of land here and the advowson of this church, and for 12 acres of land in Clipsby, Ouby, and Burgh in Flegg hundred, for a chantry in this church.
On the death of Edmund de la Pool Earl of Suffolk, it was forfeited, and came to the Crown, and King Henry granted it to Charles Brandon Duke of Suffolk, and being again on his death in the Crown, King Edward VI. granted it April 11, in his fourth year to the see of Norwich.