An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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Was a village adjoining to, and a beruite of Fretenham, or Heynford. Roger of Poictiers was lord of it, and Albert was lord before the Conquest; one carucate of land belonged to it, 2 villains, with a carucate, a mill, valued at 30s. but at the survey at nothing, probably accounted for in Fretenham, or Heynford, and it was 3 furlongs long, and 3 broad. (fn. 1)
In the sixth of that King it was found that Walter de Kam, a long time before his death, had enfeoffed William Charles of a messuage, 70 acres of land, an acre and half of meadow, and 20s. rent per ann. in Fretenham and Maindenton, so that Thomas Charles and Joan his wife, who were impleaded by John de Oketon and Alice his wife, were amerced; and in the 27th of the said King, he impleaded Thomas de Wardon, parson of Fretenham, &c. for entering on his free-warren, and destroying and taking his hares, partridges, &c. to the damage of 20l.
Sir John, gave it to John White, Esq. his son, by his second wife Joan, or Julian, daughter of Peter Hovel, Esq. of Swannington: this John, with Alice his wife, daughter and heiress of Robert Burnham of Lynn, are interred in Fretenham church.
In the first year of King Edward IV. on February 24, Sir John Howard, Kt. (afterwards duke of Norfolk) had a grant of this lordship, called Meyton-Hall, late Giles Saintlow's, of London, attainted;—of Hereford-Hall, late Thomas Daniel's, of Rising, in Norfolk;—of the manors of Layham and Whersted in Suffolk;—Smitheton-Hall in Essex;—Dantlesby, and Devilishe in Dorsetshire, lately belonging to James, Earl of Wiltshire, and Sir Nicholas Latimer attainted.
But this grant was soon after (as far as it related to this lordship) recalled, for it appears, that Giles left by Margaret his wife, one daughter, Elizabeth, married to Henry Statham, Esq. who died in 1481, and left Joan their daughter and sole heir, married to John Sacheverell, and Sir Henry Sacheverell conveyed it by fine, in the 18th of Henry VIII. to Sir John Shelton, &c. But yet the Whites of Shotesham had some interest herein.
Edmund White, Esq. who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Froximere of Bromesthorp in Norfolk, died seized of it, in 1521, leaving George his son and heir, who was an ideot, and died s. p. in 1546, and this manor, &c. was settled by Thomas Duke of Norfolk, his guardian, on Edmund White, Esq. his uncle, who died in 1538, so that on George's death it came to Edward White, son of Edmund, who died single in 1558, and his inheritance descended to his sister Anne, the wife of Henry Doyley of Pondhall in Suffolk, Esq. who had livery of it in the said year.
The Church of Fretenham is a rectory, dedicated to St. Swithin, the ancient valor was 26 marks.—Peter-pence 16d.—Carvage 5d. ob. and the abbey of St. Martin of Sees, or de Sez, in Normandy, of the Benedictine order, founded by Roger de Montgomery Earl of Shrewsbury, and father Roger of Poictiers, lord of this manor, and patron, had a portion of 5s.
Hic jacet Margareta filia Joh. Whyte, filij secundj Joh. Whyte, militis, uxor. Ægidij Seyntlowe, Arm et D'na de Mayton, filia Alice, filie et heredis Robtj Burnham de Lynne, et uxor Joh. Whyte 2di. p' dicti, et obijt in vigilia natalis D'nj. Ao. D'nj. 1435.