An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1807.
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The Earl Warren had one socman here, and in Stabrigge (Stiberd,) who held 30 acres of land, and a carucate, and one acre of meadow, with the moiety of a church, endowed with 3 acres, valued at 5s. and 4d. and seems to be held of him by Peter de Valoins, his name being set over the words, as below.
In Ryburgh also, Peter held under the said Earl 8 socmen, who held one carucate of land, and there were one villain, and 6 bordarers, with 2 carucates, paunage for 20 swine, 2 acres of meadow, a mill, valued at 20s. and was of the fee of Frederic, before it came to the Earl. (fn. 1)
This seems to be held by the ancient family of De Paveli; Sir Philip de Paveli, of Riburgh Parva was witness to a deed, sans date; but in the reign of Richard I. Sir Ralph de Paveli was his son, who gave lands to Castleacre priory, witnessed by Prudence his wife: of the said family was Roger de Paveli, who had a lordship in Hillington, and was a benefactor to the said priory, and to the abbey of Derham, in the reign of King John. In the 12th of Henry III. Philip de Paveli granted, by fine, to Ralph, his son, 80 acres of land, with a mill, who regranted it to Philip for life, and Philip covenants, that he would not mortgage, alien, &c. or commit any waste in the woods, carrs, &c. belonging to the land.
Richard, prior of Binham, and the convent, granted to this Ralph, and his heirs, the liberty of building a chapel in this house, in the parish of Pyburgh Parva, saving all right belonging to their church; and that the chaplain should admit none of the parishioners to any sacrament, and shall swear to be true to the mother church; and if any chaplain should with-hold any profit, then the prior to suspend him till a restoration. (fn. 2)
John de Paveli was son of Sir Palph, had free warren here, and in Stiberd, in the 3d of Edward I. and witness to a deed in the 6th of Edward I. He is said to hold here two parts of a fee of the heirs of Comyn, and of the barony of Valoines, of which the prior of St. Faith held the fourth part.
In the 31st of Edward I. John, son of Palph de Pavely, of Riburgh Parva, granted, by fine, to William, son of John de Paveli, 45 messuages, 2 mills, 362 acres of land, and an half, 12 acres of meadow, one of moor, one of wood, 8l. 0s. 3d. ob. rent, in this town, Stiberd, Testerton, Geyst, Gately, Pudding-Norton, Weston, Diddington, and Northwold, and William regranted them to John for life.
Robert de Paveley held here the 3d part of a fee of John de Norwich, and he of the King, which John de Pavely formerly held of the Earl Warren's fee; and John de Pavely was found at the same time to have a third part of a fee of the said tenures, and John de Rattlesden also held 2 parts of a fee of the heirs of Comyn, of the barony of Valoins, which Simon de Rattlesden formerly held, and of which the prior of St. Faith's held the 4th part, Ao. 20th Edward III.
In the 46th of Edward III. Elizabeth, wife of Richard Talbot, ancestor of the Earls of Salisbury, held in demean 8 fees, as appears from the eschaet rolls in this town, Sculthorp, Stiberde, Snetesham, North Barsham, Frenge Ingaldesthorpe, Dalling, &c. in capite; she was daughter of John Comyn, of Badenagh, heir to Valence Earl of Pembroke, and held them of the castle of Acre.
John de Paveley of Heynford, by his will, dated 12th of the calends of May, 1379, bequeathed his body to be buried in the church of AllSaints, of this town, and was proved July 23d following; (fn. 3) and John Pavely of this town, by his will, dated 1421, and proved the 15th of March, 1522, was buried in the churchyard of the said church of AllSaints. Suit of court was paid to Sculthorp manor 17s. per ann. and 4 capons, about this time. (fn. 4)
In the 4th of Henry VII. Roger Townesend, Esq. and Anne his wife, held this lordship, 8 messuages, 4 tofts, 2055 acres of land here, in Stiberd, Wood-Norton, Fulmodeston, Geyst, Bathele, Gunthorpe, Barmere, Barwick, Stanhowe, North-Creke, Docking, and Chiphow: in this family it remains, the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Townsend being the present lord.
Binham Priory Manor.
The Lord Valoins had a lordship also in this town, granted to him by the Conqueror, out of which a freeman was ejected; Tyrus held it of the said lord, consisting, in King Edward's time, of a carucate of land, and 9 bordarers, 2 servi; there was also one carucate in demean, and one belonging to the men, &c. 4 acres of meadow, a mill, &c. valued at 40s. and was 3 furlongs long, 2 broad, and paid 12d. gelt. (fn. 5)
Ralph, son of Turald, and Roger his son, gave the church of this town, with that of Wood Dalling, with 40 acres of land here, 3 in Butaichescroft, with the tenth, or tithe of the mills, to Binham priory. (fn. 6) This was confirmed by Reginald de Warren, (brother to the Earl Warren,) who was living in the reign of King Stephen: to Ralph's deed are witnesses,—Reginald de Warren, and Alice his wife, William de Merlei, cupbearer to the Earl of Arundel.
Roger, son of Ralph aforesaid, confirmed to them the church of Riburgh Parva:—Witnesses, Lady Juga his wife, Roger, and Roger his sons, William, son of Ralph, Peter his brother also he gave them 10s. rent here:—Witnesses, Pagan and Roger, parsons of the church, Richard de Refham, Richard de Nugun, Geffrey, son of Gilbert of Laringsete.
In the 1st of King John, Thomas, prior of Binham, let to Ralph de Dalling 40 acres of land here, paying 6s. rent per ann. and the said Ralph, in the 4th of that King, released 10 acres of land belonging to the church.
Peter Fitz-Ralph de Wood-Dalling gave to this priory, with the assent of Thomas his son and heir, and Lefguena his wife, lands here, called Fenwong and Mulnewong, and elsewhere, in the fields, &c. Witnesses, Wimer, the sheriff, William de Kerdeston, Alexander his brother, William de Gunthorp, Reginald his brother, &c. and Lefguena, by another deed, confirmed it. Witnesses, Almer, the sheriff, &c.
Roger, son of Andrew of Ryburgh Parva, gave all the land he held in this town of Sir Ralph de Dalling, and the lands held of Agnes, mother of the said Ralph, with the lands held of Ralph, son of Geffrey, of East-Barsham, &c.
The prior demised to Richard the chaplain, for life, so long as he should keep the secular habit, 3s. per ann. all the small tithes of the demeans, formerly Ralph de Monpinzun's, and of his men in this town.
St. Faith's, or Horsham-Priory Manor.
In the 6th of Edward I. the prior held the fourth part of two parts of a fee of the barony of Valoines, probably granted by the Lord Robert Fitz-Walter, about the reign of King John, having married Gunnora, daughter and heir of Robert Lord Valoines.
At the Dissolution. it was granted December 3, Ao. 35th Henry VIII to Robert and Giles To ensend, Esqs. on the payment of 29s and 3d. ob. per ann.; they were younger sons of Sir Roger Townsend, who soon after had bcense to alienate it to Sir Roger, their brother; and Sir John Townsend was found to die possessed of it, in the 1st of King James I. in which family it remains, the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Townsend being lord.
Wood Hall Manor.
In the 3d of Henry IV. the prior held here 2 parts of a fee, and was part of the Lord Valoine's.—At the Dissolution, it was granted to Sir William Butts, M. D. from whose family it came to the Bacons.
The temporalities of Castleacre priory were, in 1428, (fn. 7) valued at 10s. 6d. per ann. Ralph de Pavili gave 3s. rent, to whose died Prudence his wife was a witness. The temporalities of the abbey of Creke 5s. 8d. ob. q.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, and was a rectory appro priated to the priory of Binham, its old valor being 13 marks, and had a manse, with 5 acres; the vicarage valued at 4 marks. Peter-pence 11d.—Present valor 7l. 14s. 4d and called a rectory.