An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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This town is not mentioned in Domesday Book, being accounted for under the lordships of Whitton, and Paston in this hundred, lordships of William Earl Warren, which extended into this village.
John de Sancta Fide, of St. Faith's, had an interest here, in the 24th of Henry III. as had the abbot of Holm, and in the 1st year of Edward I. the Earl Warren restored to the abbot a lete which he had here, (fn. 1) and in Paston, which he had taken away, and granted that it should be held by the abbot's bailiff, in the presence of the Earl's bailiff, within 15 days before or after the feast of St. John Baptist, yearly; the abbot to have all the amercements of his men, and the moiety of the money paid by those who entered into the tithing, or hundred. The Earl claimed in the 15th of that King, the assise, free-warren, view of frank pledge, &c. and in the 31st, Hugh, son of Clement Atte Fen, and Alice his wife, conveyed by fine, to Thomas de Sancta Fide and Emme his wife, 13 messuages, 102 acres of land, 2 of meadow, 2 of turbary, 11 of heath, with 17s. 3d. ob. rent in this town, Witton, Baketon, Swafield, &c. and settled on Thomas and Alice for life, remainder to Hugh.
In the 9th of Edward II. Laurence de Repps, the prior of Bromholm, Hugh Atte Fen, and George de Swanton, were returned to have lordships here, and Laurence was found in the 16th of that King, to have died possessed of a manor held of the Earl of Warren, by the service of 10s. per ann. and valued at 100s. per ann. Joan his wife survived him, and Sibilla, wife of Robert de Repps, aged 28, and Elizabeth, wife of John de Wilby, aged 24, were his two daughters and coheirs.
John de Wilby, or Willoughby and Elizabeth his wife, were querents in the 18th of the said reign, when William de Meneywaryn, parson of East Herling, conveyed to them the manor of Edythorp, with 18 messuages, 2 mills, 220 acres of land, 7 of meadow, one of wood, 40 of heath, and 48s. rent in this town, Paston, Witton, &c. settled on them in tail; and Laurence, their son, held it in the 13th of Edward III.
In the 11th of Richard II. Sir William Bardwell and Margaret his wife, surrender the term of life, which Margaret had in this lordship, and lands as aforesaid, to John Mounteney of Old Buckenham, and Maud his wife, and his heirs.
In the 10th of Henry V. John Baxter of Honing, John Roys, &c. convey the manor of Hawebones in Edythorp, to William Atte Fen, of Yarmouth Magna, and Margaret his wife, and in 1442, William Burgh, by his testament dated May 15, orders to be buried in the church of Bacton St. Andrew, and his feoffees to suffer Agnes his wife, to enjoy for life a moiety of this manor of Hawebones, the other moiety, with his messuage in Bacton, and lands in Witton, Paston, &c. to his eldest son Nicholas, and John his son, after Agnes' decease, to have the other moiety, remainder to Nicholas, and mentions Margaret his first wife; proved May 28, 1443. (fn. 2)
William Mounteney and Alianore, or Alice, his wife, convey this manor of Edythorp in the 10th of Henry VII. to Sir Henry Heydon, Sir William Boleyn, James Hobart, &c.
On April 13, in the 36th of Henry VIII. the King granted to Sir William Woodhouse, the manor of Hawebones, alias Hawchings, with the manor of Barton, Bury-hall, paying for Hawching a fee farm rent of 21s. 1d. ob. and for Barton 12s. 4d. fee farm rents, per ann. also the manor of Rothinghall, paying 22s. 4d. ob. q.—Stalham Wilds manor, 10s. 10d. ob.—Statham Lynfords, 23s. 11d. ob. q. in Norfolk, with the lordship of Kessingland in Suffolk 16s. 3d. q. and all other the lands and possessions of the said college in England, except the precinct and site of the said college, and a marsh, called Child's in Tunsted, with all the lands, closes, and manor of Heringby, being given to the said college, by the will of the founder, Hugh Atte Fenne, in 1475.
After this it was in Miles Hobart, Esq. lord in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and Ant. Hobart, Esq. in the 13th of James I.
Miles Hobart had livery of the manor of Willoughby here, about the 10th of Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth, on May 3, in her 29th year, granted to Edward Wymark, Gent. two acres of land, called Holy Bread Land, paying 6d. per ann.
The chief manor held by the Earl Warren, came to the Earls and Dukes of Lancaster, and so to the Crown, where it still continues, as part of the dutchy of Lancaster.
The tenths were 2l. 7s.—Deducted 7s.—The temporalities of Bromholm priory were 4s. 2d. ob.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints. In the reign of Henry III. Ao. 46, a fine was levied between John de Warren Earl Warren, querent, and John de Sancta Fide, deforciant, of the advowson of this church, granted to the Earl; and in the reign of Edward I. the rector had 16 acres of land, but no manse, and was valued at 5l.—Peter-pence 16d.—The present valor is 5l. 5s. 2d. ob. and is discharged.
In 1302, William de Paston was rector, and in the same year, Fran. de Trois was instituted, presented by John Earl Warren; in 1318, this rector having a right to the tithes of certain lands in Wytton, Paston, and Baketon, as parcel of this parish, of which three towns the priors of Bromholm (fn. 3) were rectors impropriate, containing in the whole 57 acres, and he detaining them from this rector, on a suit, he recovered it this year of the prior; in the said year, the manor and advowson were settled by fine on Thomas Earl of Lancaster, and his heirs, by John Earl Warren and Surry.
1345, Mr. Peter de Normandy.
1349, William de Boxgrave, by the lady Joan de Barr, Countess of Warren.
1353, Roger Pymbel, presented by the attorney of the lady Joan.
1361, Peter Brun.
1375, John de Donington, by John King of Castile.
1388, John Vaux.
1429, John Prentys, by the feoffees of the dutchy of Lancaster John Wilton, rector.
1465, William Catte, by the King.
1474, Edward Ward, by Elizabeth Queen of England.
1519, Simon Braitoft, by the King.
1531, Robert Barton.
1553, Robert Tesdale.
1557, William Farlam, by the King and Queen.
William Cotes, rector.
1576, Robert Gould, by the Queen; he returned 68 communicants in 1603.
1631, George Lockwood, A.M. by the King.
1661, William Gough, by the King.
1666, William Cullier, by the King.
1710, Theoph. Rice, by the Queen.
1748, Thomas Woodger by the King.
In the church, a black marble stone,
For William Call, Gent. son and heir of And. and Elizabeth his wife, died May 5, 1683.