An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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This town is not mentioned in the book of Domesday, being included and accounted for under the great lordship of Stockton, of which Archbishop Stigand was deprived, and William de Noiers was the Conqueror's steward of it at the survey. It remained in the Crown till King Stephen granted it to Hugh Bigod, on his being created Earl of Norfolk. Roger Bigod his son, being Earl, enfeoffed Sir Ralph Bigod, his brother, of this town, and of Stockton, and was lord of both in the 24th of Henry III. and dying s. p. Sir John Bigot was lord in the 15th of Edward I. In this family it remained, till Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir Ralph Bigot, brought it by marriage, to William Garneys, Esq. who died lord in the 8 of Henry V. from that family it came to the De La Poles, Earls and Dukes of Norfolk; after this, by a grant of the Crown, to Charles Brandon Duke of Suffolk, &c.
The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. Michael; in the reign of Edward I. valued at 10 marks, Peter-pence, 8d. carvage 5d. ob. and the Earl of Norfolk was patron; and the rector had a manse with 30 acres of land.