An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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Godwin, a freeman, was lord in the reign of King Edward, and Earl of Kent, &c. father of King Harold, and at the Conquest, it was granted to William de Scohies, a Norman, who attended Duke William, and was amply rewarded: there belonged to it 30 acres of land, 4 borderers, a carucate and 5 acres of meadow, with half a carucate among the tenants, valued at 10s. but at the survey, when Hugh held it under Scohies, at 20s. per ann. (fn. 1)
There belonged to it a church, endowed with 8 acres, valued at 12d. but Ralph the late Earl had the soc.
The family of De Tymworth had an interest herein, in the 20th of Henry III.—Roger Bigot Earl of Norfolk, in the 14th of Edward I. claimed the assise, &c. of the tenants of William de Tymworth, but it was found to belong to the Crown.
In the 22d of Edward I. Robert de Reydon conveyed by fine to Nicholas de Trowse and Joan his wife, 12 messuages in Panxford, with 3s. and 6d. rent, and the advowson of the church; and in 1322, Nicholas presented to this church; he was lord in the 9th of Edward II.
Peter Buckskin was also returned to have a lordship.
The above Nicholas recovered in the 25th of Edward I. seisin of several messuages, 29 acres of land, 4 of meadow, with 3s. rent here, and in Ranworth, from Ralph de Rothing.
Catherine Kett, or Catt, of Hevingham, had an interest in 1334, and presented, as did Sir Constantine Mortimer, and the Lady Catherine his wife, in 1349; Robert Bishop in 1374, and John Cobbe in 1377, and 1382; probably as lords of the manor of Tymworth, who are said to hold it by a quarter of a fee in the 20th of Edward III.
In the 5th of Edward II. William de Ufford held it and the advowson in capite, heir to Lady Catherine Brews, being son of Margaret, sister of Thomas de Norwich, father of the Lady Catherine.
The Conqueror had in this town a carucate of land, and 19 acres, with 12 acres of meadow, also 9 borderers, with a carucate, of which 3 socmen of Earl Guert were deprived, and was measured and valued with Ranworth. (fn. 2)
This was granted by the Crown to the Bigots, as in South Walsham. Roger Bigot Earl of Norfolk had the assise, &c. of his tenants in the 15th of Edward I.
After this it was granted to Thomas de Brotherton, and so came to the Mowbrays, and the Howards Dukes of Norfolk.
Alan Earl of Richmond had here and in Dilham, in Tunstede hundred, 50 acres of land, Ribald his brother was enfeoffed thereof; and Ralph his son granted it to the priory of Norwich, in the presence of Bishop Turbe, &c. (see in Dilham,) and is now in the dean and chapter of Norwich.
Roger de Valoines gave to the abbey of St. Bennet, 100 acres of heath and marsh in this town. (fn. 3)
Ralph de Criketos and Isabel his wife, &c. gave 100 acres in Panchesford, to that convent, as in South Walsham.
In the 14th of Edward I. Bartholomew de Redham impleaded Constantia, daughter of Bartholomew de Somerton, for several messuages, 60 acres of land, 2 of meadow, and 6s. rent in this town, and Ranworth, &c. and the abbot in the 9th of Edward II. was returned to have a lordship.
The temporalities of this convent here and in Randworth, were valued in 1428 at 17s 3d. ob.
The tenths with Randworth, were 4l. Deducted 6s. 8d.
The church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints; the ancient valor was 40s.
In 1322, John de Sweynsthorp, presented by Nicholas de Frows.
1334, George Bacoun, by Catherine Kett de Hevingham.
1347, Thomas Raker, by Constant. de Mortimer.
1349, Nicholas Cros, by Sir Cons. de Mortimer, and Catherine his wife.
1374, Robert Hert, by Robert Byshop.
1377, Adam Lenne, by John Cobb.
1380, John Barneby, by John Cobb.
1381, Bartholomew Benet. Ditto.
1382, Robert Carter. Ditto.
1396, Stephen Hewet, by the prior and convent of Beeston.
About 1600, Thomas Wright was rector, and Henry Holditch patron. Of this family see in Randworth.
1736, William Garrod, on Benjamin Young's death, by William Morden, Esq.
The present valor is 2l. 13s. 4d. and is discharged. Of the original of this church, see in Randworth; it is consolidated with the vicarage of Randworth, and the church is dilapidated.
The town takes its name from Pan, so called from some stream or river, by the Britons: thus Panfield in Essex, and Painswick in Gloucestershire, and Panworth in Norfolk.