An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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In the reign of King Edward the Confessor, and at the survey, it is written Hapincha, and Hapinga, and in that of Henry the First's Happesburgh, as appears from the charter of that King to the abbey of Wymondham: Will. de Burgh, in the 5th of Henry III. farmed this hundred, and those of East and West Flegg, of the Crown, at 18s. per ann. In the following year, the abbot of Holm, and William Lord Montchensey, were impleaded for keeping a ferry-boat, and taking of every foot passenger an halfpenny. The said abbot, in the 3d of Edward I. was found to have made a purpresture on the common bank of the river that ran between this hundred and that of Flegg, and that, with the prior of Norwich and Lord Montchensey, hindered persons from fishing on the said bank, (which is common,) unless a certain rent was paid to them.
John de Clavering farmed the said hundreds in the 9th of Edw. II.
King James I. by letters patents, dated December 29, in the - - year of his reign, granted to Sir Cha. Cornwallis this hundred of Happing, during the lives of Charles Cornwallis, Esq. eldest son of Sir William Cornwallis, and Thomas Cornwallis, son of Sir Will. and the life of Tho. Cornwallis, Esq. 2d son of Sir Charles, paying for it, with all its rights, court letes, felons goods, &c. 6l. 15s. 4d. ob. per ann.
Ab, Av, and Ap, signifies in the British language water, or a river, and so specifies a hundred in watery meadows, thus Apton in Tunstede hundred.