An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1807.
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STABERD, or STIBERDE,
Called in Domesday Book Estanbyrda, and Stabyrda. At the survey, 3 freemen here, with 3 in Barsham and in Snaring, held of the King's manor of Fakenham, 3 acres and a carucate of land: it was 3 furlongs long, and 2 broad, and paid 12d. gelt, and was valued under Fakenham. (fn. 1)
The family of De Pavilly was, soon after the conquest enfeoffed, by the Earl Warren, of this lordship, and was also seized of the King's manor here, belonging to Fakenham, as appears from a pleading in the 34th of Henry III. when Ralph de Pavilli pleaded his right to it, by the grant of Walter, son of Hugh Symirede, which Hugh being enfeoffed of it, by King William Rufus, the said Walter enfeoffed Ralph de Pavily his grandfather.
In the 3d of Edward I. Thomas de Pavilli (fn. 2) had free warren, and in the 8th of Edward I. Thomas de Snetterton had an interest herein.
In the 5th of Edward II. Robert de Repps was lord; and he, with Sibilla his wife, settled it, in the 10th of the said King, on Laurence de Repps their son, and Margaret his wife, (being then rented at 5l. 4s. 3d. per ann.) with the patronage of the church.
Richard de Repps, son of Laurence and Margaret, left 2 daughters and coheirs by Joan his wife, (who remarried Sir John de Herling,) Catherine married to John Marchall, and Alice, to John Bury; but in the 9th of Richard II. a moiety of the manor and advowson was held by the aforesaid Joan, wife of Sir John de Herling, for life.
John Marchall, and Catherine his wife, settled their part on Richard Attepitte, and John Bures, or Bury, son of Alice Bures aforesaid, released all his right to John Rokewood, Jeff. Calye, &c. in the 4th of Henry IV.
In the 9th of Henry IV. Henry Scogan was lord, and Robert was found to be his son and heir, aged 19; of these Scogans, see in Reynham Haviles manor; and in the 12th of Henry VI. Richard Bosoun, Esq. John Champneys, clerk, &c. release to Thomas Champneys, clerk, by deed dated July 10, all their right in this manor, and that of Testerton, which they had of the feoffment of John Conesby, clerk, &c.; and in the 17th of Henry VII. John Skeney, and Cecilia his wife, conveyed it with a foldcourse of 300 sheep, to Sir Roger Townsend, and Sir Roger Clere, Knts.
Roger Townsend, Esq. and Ann his wife, held it with the advowson of the church in the 4th of Henry VIII. and by an inquisition taken November 1, in the first year of King James I. Sir John Townsend was found to die seized of the manor of Stiberde, held of the King's manor of Fakenham, in soccage, and paying 3s. 4d. per ann. and that of Pavillys, held of the manor of Sculthorp, in free soccage, and in this honourable family it continues.
In this town was a wood, and lands, belonging to Ralph de Beaufoe, son of Ralph de Beaufoe, which wood he gave to the monks of Castleacre, with the church of South Creke, and Thomas de Bellofago is said to claim a weekly mercate here, in the 3d of Edward I.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, and is a rectory; the ancient valor was 20 marks, the present valor is 10l. 15s. 4d. In Edward the First's time the Earl Warren was patron, and the rector had a manse, and 20 acres.—Peter-pence 2s.