An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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The Conqueror was lord of this town, forfeited on the rebellion of Ralph Guader Earl of Norfolk, and said to be held by the old Earl R. in King Edward's reign, when there were 6 carucates of land, 6 villains, 46 borderers, and 3 servi, four carucates in demean, &c. and 7 among the tenants, &c. and 30 acres of meadow, with a saltwork, 2 runci, 7 cows, 13 swine, 260 sheep; and 13 socmen had half a carucate and 15 acres of land, and there were always 2 carucates and a half, with 6 acres of meadow, valued then at 8l. after at 9l at the survey at 10l. quitrent 40s. the customary payment in tale, 20s. as a present or fine. It was one leuca long, and one broad, and 2s. gelt. (fn. 1)
This town and lordship was granted from the Crown to the Bigods. Hugh Bigot Earl of Norfolk, was possessed of it in the reign of King Stephen; from that family it came to Thomas de Brotherton, EarlMarshal of England, &c. and by his daughters and coheirs to the Mowbrays, Dukes of Norfolk; from them to the Howards.
On the attainder of Thomas Howard Duke of Norfolk, 1572, it was then in the Crown, and granted by King James I. Ao. 1, to Thomas Howard Earl of Norfolk, and Henry Earl of Northampton, and from them to Thomas Howard Earl of Arundel, as in Acle at large.
By indenture, dated in the 13th of Charles II. John Dyx, alias Ramsey, of Wickmere in Norfolk, Esq. and heir of John Dix deceased, (trustee for Thomas, late Earl of Arundel) was sued for payment of the debts of the said Earl, of this manor of Halvergate; which manor, at the request of Henry Howard, second son of Hen. late Earl of Arundel, the said John Dix absolutely grants, and releases to Sir William Playters of Sotterley in Suffolk, Bart. and to Sir Richard Onslow of West Clandon in Surry, Knt. their heirs and assigns for ever.
The church was formerly a rectory, valued at 12 marks, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, paid Peter-pence, 16d. and carvage 4d. Sir Roger Bigot, Earl-Marshal, granted to the priory of Carhow, the tithe of his demean lands, which was confirmed by Simon Bishop of Norwich, in 1264, then valued at 16s. 8d.
John de Knovil occurs rector in the 22d of Edward I.—On the 3d of the calends of March, 1301, the rectory was appropriated to the abbey of Tinterne in Wales, in the diocese of Landaff. by John Bishop of Norwich, on the grant of Roger Earl of Norf. and a vicarage was settled.