An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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Was the lordship of Ralph, brother of Ilgar, and 16 socmen held 120 acres under him, and 5 carucates and an acre of meadow, valued at 20s. (fn. 1) It takes its name as lying on meadows by some rivulet.
Several persons had an interest herein. Thomas de Walcote, by deed sans date, released as lord, to Roger de Veile, the moiety of this church: witnesses, Sir Roger de Gyney, Adam Groos, &c. The Roscelines had also a lordship here and in Honing. (fn. 2) Sir John de Veile of Witton, and Letia his wife, released their right in a moiety of the advowson, with lands in Witton, as did John le Veile their son.
In the 51st of Edward III. Thomas Rosceline had a charter of free warren in his demean lands. Reginald de Dunham, heir of John le Veile, gave to the abbey of Bromholm, 8 acres of land in this town and Bromholm, and the advowson of a moiety of the church, which he held with his manors of Fishley and Witton, which he held of the King by keeping a goshawk for the King. Esch. 27 Edw. I. This Reginald was son of Beatrix, sister and heir of John, son of Sir John le Veile.
The prior of Bromholm had also a lordship in the 31st of Edward I. he had license to receive in mortmain the advowson of this church, with lands in Witton and Bacton; and in the 41st of Edward III. he was impleaded for stopping the water-course at Ridlington bridge, between Witton and Ridlington, and ordered to let it have its usual course.
On the Dissolution it seems to be granted to Sir Thomas Woodhouse, with the advowson; and his son Sir John had livery of it about the 15th of Elizabeth. The temporalities of the priory were valued in 1428, at 26s. 4d.
The Church is dedicated to St. Peter. In the reign of Edward I. the prior of Lewes had the patronage of a mediety. Mr. Ralph Tremyngham (quere if not Gymingham) was patron of another, each mediety valued at 2 marks and an half. Peter-pence 8d. See in East Riston.