An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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THORP, BY HADESCO.
This town is not mentioned in the grand survey, being part of Roger Bigot's manor of Hadesco, and part of Ralph de Beaufoe's manor of Aldeby in this hundred, and therein accounted for; from the Bigots Earls of Norfolk it came to Thomas de Brotherton Earl of Norfolk, by grant of his brother King Edward II. and so to the Lord Segrave, the Mowbrays, and the Howards Dukes of Norfolk.
In the 20th of Edward III. Stephen de Catfield, William de Thorpdale, &c. held a quarter of a fee, which Nicholas de Potter, and the tenants of John de Thorpdale formerly held of the Earl of Norfolk; and in the 4th of Henry IV. the lord had a quarter of a fee called Potters. Richard de Catfield died seized of the manor of Thorp by Hadesco in the first year of Richard II. and Stephen was his son and heir.
William Catfeld of this town, by his testament dated January 14, 1474, was buried in this church, gives his manor of Thorp, called Hadesco-thorp, to Alice, his wife, for life; remainder to Richard de Southewell, Esq. (fn. 1) (of Wood Rising) who had bought the reversion of William Catfeld;—Nicholas Catfeld, his brother, mentioned; proved July 19, 1475; the Bigots Earls of Norfolk, the Lords Mowbray, and the Howards, were the capital lords of this fee, and presented, as will appear, to a moiety of the church.
Ralph de Beaufoe's interest herein, as lord of Aldby, came, as may be there seen, to his daughter and heir, Agnes, married to Hubert de Rye, and this was held by the Roscelines, as in Aldby; William de Rosceline was lord and patron of a moiety of this church in the reign of Edward I. under the Barons of Rye. After this it was in the Marshals, and from them came to the Lords Morley, the Lovels, and the Parkers Lords Morley. Edward Lord Morley, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, conveyed it to his 2d son, Henry Parker, Esq. after this it was conveyed to the Calthorps, and Christopher Calthorp, Esq. of Aldeby, presented to this church, in the 9th of James I. Sir James Calthorp, his son and heir, gave it to his 2d son, Henry, who was recorder of London and a knight, and died seized of it Ao. 1637, and of Ampton in Suffolk; and his immediate descendant, James Calthorp, Esq. was lord in 1742.
Robert's (son of Corbun) lordship in Hadesco, also extended into this town, which came after to the Albinys Earls of Arundel, the Tateshals, and the Cliftons. In the 20th of Edward III. the prior of St. Olaves, the heirs of Robert de Gillingham, &c. held here a quarter of a fee, which the prior, and Robert formerly held of the Lord Tateshale; and in 1428, the temporalities of that priory were valued at 10s. ob. Adam Bacon aliened to it 3 messuages, and 45 acres of land here, in Norwich, &c. Ao 6 Edward II.
The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. Matthew, and consisted of two medieties. In the 18th of Hen. III. Andrew Wascelein granted by fine to John Roscelyne, the advowson of a mediety, and in the reign of Edward I. William Roscelyn was patron of a mediety valued at 40s. and Robert de Lodne, patron of the other, valued at 40s. Peter-pence 10d. carvage 2d. ob.