An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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William Earl Warren held a moiety of this town, by the gift of the Conqueror, of which Viulf, a freeman of Edric was deprived, 2 carucates of land belonged to it, 3 villains, 13 borderers, with 2 servi, 2 carucates in demean, 2 amongst the tenants, &c. 2 acres and a half of meadow, one runcus, 3 cows, &c. 40 sheep, 60 goats, and the moiety of the church, endowed then with 10 acres; 2 socmen had 20 acres of land, and half a carucate and an acre of meadow, valued then at 20s. but after, and at the survey at 40s. it was 9 furlongs long, 6 broad, and paid 8¾d. gelt; this manor was of the fee of Frederic, and came by an exchange for lands at Lewes in Sussex. (fn. 1)
Peter Braunche, in the 18th of Henry III. had a grant of two fees in this town and Gresham, with the advowson of the church belonging to it, from his father Richard, to be held of Richard, who held them of the Earl Warren; and several tenants and villains belonged to it. Richard was son of William Brauncke, and taken prisoner by King John in the war with his barons; and on the peace made between them and the king, about 1213, he obtained the King's license and writ to the sheriff of Norfolk, to make an aid on his tenants to ransom him; and Richard, son of Peter, in the 44th of Henry III. granted this lordship to the Earl Warren.
King Edward II. in his first year, granted to Edmund Bacon, the lands in this town, late Robert Stutvile's, which eschaeted to his father; and Margery, late wife of Edmund, held 2 fees here, and in Gresham, of the Earl Warren, afterwards.
In the 40th of Edward III. there was a partition of the lands of the late Sir Edmund Bacon, between William Molyns and Margaret his wife, John Burghersh and Maud his wife, daughters of Sir Edmund; but others say, this Maud was daughter of Sir William de Kerdeston and Margery his wife, daughter and coheir of Sir Edmund.
Roger Bigot, ancestor of the Earls of Norfolk, had of the gift of the Conqueror, 2 separate tenures in this town, viz. one carucate of land, with 7 villains and 7 borderers, one carucate in demean, and one amongst the tenants; 2 socmen held 16 acres of land, with half a carucate; an acre and half of meadow, of which a freeman of Elwin was deprived, valued at 20s. at the survey at 40s.—Roger held also, on the deprivation of Alward, 2 socmen with 12 acres of land and 3 borderers who had half a carucate of ploughed land, which was valued in Felbrigg. (fn. 2)
Richer de Refham and Joan his wife granted by fine to Symon Bigot of Felbrig, 26 messuages, 215 acres of land, 6 of pasture, 104s. rent, and 2 parts of a mill in East-Herling, Palling, &c. with this manor and advowson.
In the 28th of Edward III. the King granted to Roger Fitz Simon de Felebrig, view of frankpledge here, and in Felbrigg, and in the 31st of that King, Thomas Leveriche of Suthstede confirmed to Sir Roger de Felbrigge, a fold-course in this town.
In the beginning of King Edward the First's reign, each rector had a manse and 15 acres of land; the mediety of Thomas, the rector, was valued at 5 marks, and that of John the rector at 5 marks, Peter-pence 12d.
In the 12th of Edward II. the moiety of this church was settled with the hundreds of Gallow, &c. by John Earl Warren, on Thomas Earl of Lancaster and his heirs, and so became part of the dutchy of Lancaster.
There was a light in many churches, called the plough-light, maintained by old, and young persons who were husbandmen, before some image, and on Plough Monday had a feast, went about with a plough, and some dancers to support it.