An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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This and South Wotton, as I have observed, made, at the survey, one town, and belonged to one lord. King William II. granted it to William de Albini, his butler, together with Rysing, from which family it came by a daughter and coheir to Roger de Montalt, of which family William de Mulieres was found to hold it in the 3d of Edward I. afterwards the Bulmers held it, as in South Wotton, and from them it came to the Warrens.
In the 33d of Henry VI. Thomas Cornwallis, Esq. and James Stanton, Gent. remitted to Thomas Salter, of North Wotton, and Ralph Geyton, Gent. lands late Constable's; and the said Thomas, and Ralph, in the 8th of Edward IV. enfeoffed John Fincham of Fincham, John Coket of Ampton, in Suffolk, &c. of all their lands, tenements, marshes, rents, and services, with liberty of foldage.
Edmund Church, of Badburgham, in Cambridgeshire, confirmed to Thomas Salter, of North Wotton, Ralph Salter, &c. all his lands and tenements, marshes, &c. descended to him from Thomas Stanton, on February 8, in the 19th of Edward IV. and Salter confirmed to Robert, his son, and Margaret, daughter of John Cobbe, of Ipswich, his intended wife, &c. in the 18th of Henry VII. his messuage and lands. Salter's interest herein came to John Broke, Gent. who granted it in the 3d of Elizabeth, to Edward Broke, Gent. and he conveyed it in the 6th of that Queen, to Thomas Duke of Norfolk.
Windham Priory Manor
Took its rise from lands, &c. granted by the Albini's to the priory of Windham, who in the reign of Edward I. claimed free warren. In the 2d of Edward II. the priory purchased 36 acres of land, 3 of meadow, 6s. rent per ann. and 26 acres of marsh, so that their temporalities were valued at 4l. 8s. 4d. per ann. in 1428; and the prior held in Wotton, and Congham, the 40th part of a fee of the Earl of Arundel.
After the Dissolution it was granted, February 12, in the 5th of Elizabeth, with the impropriate rectory, and advowson of vicarage, to Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and afterwards to Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, and passed as in Rysing, to the Earls of Berkshire, who were lords and patrons, and now is in the Earl of Suffolk.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, was formerly a rectory valued at 9 marks, and paid Peter-pence 6d. William de Albini Earl of Sussex, grandson to the founder of Windham priory, gave to the said monastery, the rectory of this church: Roger de Muliers and his wife had an interest in it, (fn. 1) which they granted, as Benedict de Aungervile, also had, who confirmed it.
Robert Salter, Gent. by his will dated in 1534, gives 20l. for copes, vestments, &c. and a pair of chalices, and the making the tabernacle of St. Anne, in the said church, 10l. to the poor on his burial day and the 7th day following, and 10l. on the 30th day following.