An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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Thirty-three freemen held here 2 carucales of land under Stigand the Archbishop of Canterbury, who had the soc and protection of them, to whom there belonged five borderers with six acres of meadow, all which was possessed by William Earl Warren, at the survey.
This was valued then at 3l. per ann. but the soc was in the King's manor of Mileham. (fn. 1)
This lordship came to the Earl Warren on an exchange for lands at Lewes in Sussex, and was held by Wimerus, the Earl's dapifer, lord of Gressenhall, and by his posterity; and Jordan Foliot was lord of it in the 15th of Edward I. and claimed free warren. From the Foliots it came to the Hastings, and to the L'Estranges, (as may be seen in Gressenhale,) Sir Henry L'Estrange, Bart. being the late lord.
Alan Earl of Richmond had 6 acres here, which, with lands in Mileham, were held by two socmen of Stigand, which the son of Almarus held under Alan Earl of Richmond. (fn. 2)
The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Margaret. The ancient valor was 10 marks, and paid Peter-pence, 2d. ob. the present valor in the King's Books is 6l. 14s. 2d.; has a long nave covered with lead, and a chancel tiled, with a square tower at the west end.