An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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Godric farmed this lordship (or was steward of it, when Domesday book, was compiled) of the King, where we find that a certain priest was deprived of it, who held 30 acres in free alms, and there were 9 socmen with 12 acres of land, and 2 carucates and 2 acres of meadow, and he held it of King Edward by singing 3 masses for the King and Queen daily, and paid then, or was valued at 2s. it was one leuca long, and half a one broad, paid 10d. gelt, whoever was lord of it. (fn. 1)
At the survey, William Earl Warren had a lordship, out of which a freeman had been ejected; to it there belonged 30 acres of land, 10 borderers, with 2 carucates, and 4 socmen with 20 acres, and one carucate and 2 acres of meadow; and there was a church endowed with 10 acres, The whole valued at 50s but at the survey at 20s.
The abbot of Holm had a manor belonging to that abbey in King Edward's time, one carucate of land held by 2 villains, and 2 borderers, one carucate in demean, and the moiety of one among the tenants, valued at 3s.
The prior of Bromholm had a lordship in this town of the priory of Castleacre in the reign of King Richard I. when a controversy arose; (fn. 2) the prior of Bromholm used to pay to that of Castleacre 13 marks, 8s. 8d. per ann. for the same, but having improved the said farm and lordship, it was agreed that for the future, 14 marks and 5s. 4d. should be paid for it per ann.
Laurence Attehill de Witton, released to the said prior, all his right, with certain free tenants, and a piece of common; and Roger Baxter, of Witton gave lands to the said prior of Bromholm, who was returned in the 9th of Edward II. as lord; and the temporalities were valued at 9l. 2s. 9d. q. with those of Castleacre, to which Bromholm was a cell.
On the 5th of June, in the 37th of Henry VIII. Thomas Woodhouse had a grant of this manor of Bromholm, and Henry Woodhouse had livery of it about the 15th of Elizabeth; in the 17th of the said Queen, he had license to alien it with its appertenances, to Thomas Crofts of Felmingham.
Sir John de Veile and Letia his wife, lived here in the reign of Henry III. and in that of Edward I. he released to the prior of Bromhold, all his right in the advowson of this church for 13 marks of silver. (fn. 3) Reginald de Dunham inherited it as heir to the de Veiles, and died seised of it in the 27th of Edward III.
In the 29th of Edward III. William de Kettleston and Margaret his wife, conveyed to Laurence Drake, a lordship in this town; and in the 17th of Henry VI. Thomas Walsham, and Margaret, convey to William Baketon, four messuages, with lands and 20s. rent, here and in Edythorp.
In the 10th of Henry III. Thomas Walle passed by fine to Sir Robert Brandon and Catherine his wife, the manor of Gorges in this town, Bacton, Edythorpe, &c. which Catherine was (as I take it) an Inglos; Edward Ingles held it in the 17th of the said King, and his father Sir Henry died lord of it December 20, Ao. 8, of that King.
Thomas Duke of Norfolk, on June 20, in the said reign, sold all his lands, rents, &c. here, late Brandon's, and which the said Duke purchased of Sir George Throgmorton, to Leonard Spencer of Blofield, Gent. called the manor of Gorges and Thuxton's.
By an inquisition taken at Norwich castle, August 17, in the 16th of Charles I. before John Knap, escheator of Norfolk, Robert Gosling, Gent. was found to die seised of the manor of Witton, August 26, in the 15th of that King, with free warren, several messuages, &c. the Red-House and White-House, and Thomas was his son and heir, aged 30.