An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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Is called in Domesday Book, Matingeles and Matelesc. Alan Earl of Richmond had a lordship, of which Estan, a freeman, was deprived, consisting of 16 acres of land, with one borderer, and 2 oxgangs or bovates of land, and was valued in Saxthorp, in South Erpingham hundred: 16 acres were claimed at the survey, by a man or tenant of the King, who challenged any of the Earl's tenants or men, (as he had the right, by verdict of the hundred, that proved it,) to try the right of it by trial ordeal, or by combat, and Ribald held it under Earl Alan. (fn. 6)
Also Matlask was a member of the Conqueror's manor of Saxthorp, which Godric took care of for him, and was included and valued with it, (as may be there seen) and of which Earl Godwin, King Harold's father, was deprived; this part consisted of one carucate and an half of land, 7 villains, one carucate in demean, and one among the tenants, &c. and 15 socmen held a carucate and half of land, and 2 acres of meadow; in all, there were always 4 carucates, valued with Saxthorp at the survey, at 10l. it was 3 furlongs long, and 2 broad, and paid 3d. gelt. (fn. 7)
William de Valentia Earl of Pembroke, half brother to King Henry III. held it in capite of that King, with Saxthorp, in his 34th year, and was held of by him by Walter de Mawteby, who married Christian, daughter and coheir of Sir Piers de Bassingham; and in the 6th of Edward I. William le Fleght or Flegg, (probably son of Sir John de Flegg, who married another of Sir Pier's daughters,) released to Walter de Mauteby, by deed, inrolled in the Common Pleas in Hillary term, all his right in this manor, that of Bassingham, and West Beckham; and in the 15th of that King, the jury find, that the King, as lord of the hundred, used to receive 6s. 4d. lete fee, and for suit of court at Gunegate, out of Matlask, Plumstede, &c. which had been withdrawn for 32 years last past, by William de Valentia, to the loss of the King, 10l. but William proving that King Henry III. in his 36th year, had granted the lete, &c. to him and his heirs, it was allowed.
In the 9th of Edward II. John de Mauteby was lord, Sir Robert in 1347, and Sir John in 1369 and 1397; Margaret, daughter and heir of John Mauteby, Esq. married John Paston, Esq. of Paston, and it was settled on them and their heirs in the 20th of Henry VI.—John Paston, Esq. died seized of it in the 6th of Edward IV. In this family it continued in 1740, William Paston Earl of Yarmouth being lord. Of this family see in Oxnead.
In the 3d of Edward I. the abbot of Bury was found to have a lordship here, and in Plumstede; and in the 9th of Edward II. the abbot was returned to be lord; the temporalities of the Sacrist of Bury in 1428, were 3s. 6d.
The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Peter, valued in King Edward the First's reign at 10 marks; the prior of Merton had then the patronage of it, and a portion of tithe of 2 marks per ann. Peterpence 4d. The present valor is 5l. and is discharged.