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 lordship in this town belonged to the Bishop of Thetford before and at the survey, as part of the see, and Jeffrey held it of the Bishop: there was one socman with 24 acres of land, 2 borderers and the moiety of another, with one carucate valued at 5s. iiiid. and there were 28 acres belonging to the church, and a borderer, with 2 acres of meadow, valued at 2s. The whole was one leuca long, and 4 furlongs and one perch broad, &c. and paid 18d. gelt. (fn. 1)
William de Curechun or Curzun, and Julian de Swafield, held between them half a fee of the Bishop; and in the 2d year of King John, Julian had by a fine, the patronage of the church, with the manor house assigned him by William, but the lands were still held in equal moieties between them.
In the said reign William de Monesley and his mother, held in demean a quarter of a fee of Thomas Elingham, and he of the Bishop; and this was held in the 20th of Edward III. by Laurence Sprigg of Thomas de Weston; and in the 4th of Henry IV. by John Mondeford, of Thomas de Weston, and he of the Bishop.
Richard, son of Gilbert de St. Dennis, impleaded in the 18th of Edward I. Nicholas de Monesley and Agnes his wife, for a messuage, a mill, thirty acres of land, one of turbary, and 19s. rent, which seems to be of the other moiety.
William de Scohies had a grant of 6 acres of land, of which a freeman was deprived, valued at 6d. and the abbot of Holm had the soc of it. (fn. 2)
Ranulf, brother of Ilgar, had also a grant of 18 acres which 2 freemen were deprived of, with a carucate and an half acre of meadow, valued at xvid. (fn. 3) This seems to have come afterwards to the Earls Warren.
The prior of Bromholm's manor in North Walsham extended also here. This was granted in the 4th and 5th of Philip and Mary to Francis Chaloner and William Butler, September 6; and in the 20th of Elizabeth was possessed by Thomas Gryme, Gent. There temporalities were 4s. 7d.—The tenths were 2l. 12s. 6d.—Deducted 8s. 4d.
The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Nicholas; the Earl Warren had the patronage in the reign of Edward I. but is said to have no right, the church being founded on the land and manor of the Bishop of Norwich; the rector had no manse, or land belonging to it, it was valued at 6 marks and an half, and paid Peter-pence 9d.; the present valor is 6l. and is discharged.
Gilbert de St. Dennis, by deed sans date, granted to the prior of Bromholm, lands here, which Claricia de Becham, widow of Thomas de Birston, held in dower, and Richard his son confirmed them in the 19th of Edward I. William de Glanvile, the founder of that priory, gave the tithe of the paunage of the turbary of Swathefeld.