An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.
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At the survey the King had 30 acres of land, 2 acres and a half, a carucate of meadow, valued at 16d. of which a freeman had been deprived; (fn. 1) the Conqueror had also the land of which a socman (of Gert as I take it) had been deprived, viz. 27 acres of land, a carucate and 3 acres of meadow, these Godric his steward took care of. (fn. 2)
This came by a grant from the Crown to the family of Le Veile. (fn. 3) In the 6th of Richard I. Emma, widow of Richard Le Veile, gave 15 marks for liberty to marry whom she would, and to have custody of her heir, and their land during the King's pleasure.
Sir Roger le Veile in the 4th of King Edward I. grants several lands here to his son John, and in Laringsete, &c. reserving an estate for life to himself, and John was returned to have a lordship in the 9th of Edward II.
John Veile, Esq. was living here in the 9th of Henry IV. and in the 6th of Henry VI. William Le Veile died lord of this manor, and of Laringset in Norfolk; and John was his son and heir, aged 16, and John le Veile was lord in the 5th of Edward IV.
Philip Curson, Gent. alderman of Norwich, by his will in 1502, appoints that Agnes his wife should have all her father's lands in this town, called Levyle's, for her life, and all his lands purchased here in Radworth and Sallows, to his son John, and his heirs male.
The abbey of St. Bennet at Holm, had a lordship at the survey, given as is said, to that convent, by King Edward the Confessor, consisting in King Edward's reign, of one carucate of land, and 20 acres, and 9 villains, one servus, with a carucate in demean, and one among the tenants, 14 acres of meadow, one runcus, and 20 sheep.
In 1250, the rent of assise of this manor was 41s. 5d. ob. and there were 61 acres of arable land at 4d. per acre. (fn. 4)
On October 12, 1545, this manor with the rectory, &c. was by way of exchange granted by Bishop Rugg, to John Corbet, Esq. for his manor of Bacon's in Ludham by the King's license; he was also lord of the manor of Le Veile's in this town; and Miles his son had livery of it in the first of Queen Elizabeth. In this family it continued till the death of Sir Thomas Corbet, Bart. who dying without issue, soon after the restoration of Charles II. it came to Elizabeth, one of his sisters, married to Robert Houghton, Esq. of Ranworth; and in 1698, there was an act of parliament to vest the estate of John Houghton, Esq. in Wood-Bastwick in trustees, for payment of his debts.
The Church was dedicated to St. Fabian, and was appropriated to the abbey of St. Bennet of Holm, first by William Tarbe Bishop of Norwich, next by Bishop William Raleigh, and after by William de Suffield, Bishop, in 1249, and a vicarage was settled, valued with the appropriated rectory at 12 marks. (fn. 5) Peter-pence 16d. carvage 3d. The present valor is 3l. 6s and is discharged.
In the fourth year of King John, Ralph, abbot of Holm, was petent, Thomas Rydel and Cecilia his wife deforciants, of the 3d part of the advowson of this church, acknowledged to belong to the abbot, who gave to them half a mark of silver.
Ralph de Beaufoe had a lordship here on the Conquest, of which Godric a freeman was deprived, 4 socmen belonging to Gresham had 7 acres of land, and one villain had 15 acres. Beaufoe had also a grant of the lands of Ulketel and Witheri, 2 freemen of King Herold's, who had 4 socmen, and the moiety of another, and 6 borderers, with 11 acres of land, and one of meadow, and half a carucate, valued in Gresham, and Ulketel held 40 acres of land, and 4 of meadow, valued in the same village of Gresham. (fn. 6) Of this see in Tunstal.