An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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A socman (of Guert, as I take it) held here a carucate of land, and five borderers, with 4 acres and a carucate of meadow, it was 6 furlongs long, and 5 broad, and paid 10d. ob. gelt, and Godric took care of it for the Conqueror, who had then the soc, but Earl Ralph then forfeited it on his rebellion.
Another socman had also 60 acres of land, 2 carucates and 4 acres of meadow, but the soc belonged to the hundred; these socmen, with others in Mouton, Hemlington, Bastwick, Randworth, Panxford, South Walsham, &c. in other hundreds, paid 8l. quitrent, and 100s. to their customary or yearly due in tale, also 20s. for an income.
Of all these who belonged to the Earl's fold, the Earl had the soc and sac, but of the other the King and the Earl had the soc and sac. (fn. 1)
This lordship was granted (as in Acle, &c.) to the Bigots Earls of Norfolk, and was held of them by the ancient family of Der Gerbridge, who took their name from the bridge at Yarmouth over the Yar or Ger, and Jer; and seems to have had an interest herein in the reign of King John.
William de Corton and Clementia his wife, as trustees, settled on Sir William de Gerberge of Wickhampton, and Joan his wife, 7 messuages, a mill, 2 carucates of land, — of meadow, 300 of marsh, with 50s. rent in this town, Tunstal, Halvergate, Mouton, &c. with the advowson of Wickhampton church, for their lives and in tail.
In the 9th year of Edward II. Sir Edward Gerbridge was found in the 20th of Edward III. to hold the 3d part of a fee. Ralph Gerbridge and Alianore his wife, settled it on themselves and in tail, by fine, levied in the 40th of Edward III.
In 1397, Edward Gerbrygge was lord, and presented to this church. This Edward left by Cecilia his wife, a daughter and sole heir Elizab. a minor; and King Richard II. on his death, seised on this lordship, and granted it to Thomas Grace, and John de Alderford; but on the application of Sir Thomas Erpingham, Sir John White, &c. who were trustees for it, it was recovered by them in the first year of King Henry IV. as appears by a pleading in Trinity term in the said year.
The said Elizabeth, widow of John Bray of Norwich, by her will, dated June 1, 1473, and proved in October following, bequeaths her manor of Mount, called Mill-hill, &c. in Wickhampton, Halvergate, Tunstal, Mouton, Frethorp, Upton, &c. (fn. 2) with the advowson of the church, to John her son; Robert Grys, Gent. and William Sweteman, clerk, her executors.
In this family it remained, till it was mortgaged by Richard Berney. to Michael and James Edwards, Esq. who presented in 1697; and on the sale of this manor, Sir James Edwards was lord and patron in 1710, and afterwards Sir Lambert Blackwell, Bart. and his heirs in 1742.
1384, William Beckford, by Alianore de Gerbrygge, (fn. 3) Lady de Wichingham.
In the church of Brampton in Norfolk, is a gravestone in memory of Robert Breton, Esq. who died in 1479, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Brampton. On this stone are the arms of Breton impaling Brampton, also Breton impaling Gerbrigge as above, and Breton impaling Bray, argent, a chevron between three eagles claws or legs, erased, sable, the arms of Bray, lord of this town.