An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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Was a beruite to Snoring Magna. There belonged to Snoring manor 40 acres of land, at the survey, a carucate, one borderer, 2 acres of meadow, a mill, and 27 socmen, with 5 carucates; and in Thursford, 5 socmen had 60 acres of land with half a carucate, and 3 freemen 3 carucates of land, &c. valued at 8l. in King Edward's time: at the survey paid 11l. 10s. 8d. as a fine or income: it was, with Snoring, one leuca long, and half a one broad, and paid 24d. gelt. (fn. 1) It was then the King's manor, and Godric was his steward of it, but Ketel was lord before, and deprived at the conquest.
The family of Burgolion held this lordship as a member or beruite to Snoring Magna, from whom it passed to the Sheltons, the Richardsons, &c. and was held by Mr. Neen, in 1715, as is mentioned in Snoring Magna.
In the 15th of Edward I. the prior had the assise of bread and beer, and amercements of his men. In Queen Elizabeth's reign, it was possessed by the Haydons of Baconsthorp, and afterwards by Sir Thomas Guybon, Knt. descended from Tho. Guybon, Esq. of North Lynn, who by Agnes his 2d wife, daughter of Walter Baspole, of Norfolk, Gent. had William Guybon of Watlington, Gent. who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Drury, Gent. of Fincham, and left a son and heir, Sir Thomas Guybon, who was lord of this manor, and died in 1666, and was succeeded by his 3d and only son, then living, Francis, afterwards a knight, and died lord, January 23, 1704, and was here buried by Sarah his wife, daughter of Joachim Matthews, of Great Gobions, in Haveringe parish in Essex, Esq. and sister of Sir Philip Matthews, Bart. he had 4 sons and 2 daughters; William, the eldest, married — daughter and coheir of Mr. Napps of Wells, by whom he had William, who took to wife —, daughter of Mr. Brereton of Brunton; and after Mr. Guybon's decease, this lordship was sold by his executors, to George Chad, Esq. recorder of Lynn, the present possessor of it.
M. S. Domino Thomœ Guybon, equiti aurato, Gulielmi filio Humfridi, - - - - - - - - ex antiquissima Guybonorum gente tertio. vicecomiti, sub Carolo primo et secundo regibus, eirenarchiœ, viro per omnia integerrimo, erga Deum piissimo, ecciesiam orthodoxo, regem et monarchiam maxime devato, patriam bone merito, vicinos benevolo, seipsum sobrio, omnes humano. Qui temporibus democraticis philobasilius, perfidis fidelis; et ob singularem fidem in principem et patriam non semel offlictus, offtictis patiens, dubiis prudens, arduis constans, turbidis tranquillus, malis bonus, bonis optimus, omnibus œquus.
Here lyeth the body of Sir Tho. Guybon, knight, son of William Guybon of Watlington, Esq. grandson of Humfry Guybon, Esq. high sheriff of Norfolk, 38 Eliz. married Barbara, eldest daughter of Sir William de Grey, of Merton in Norfolk, knight, and by her had issue, 3 sons, and as many daughters, viz. William his eldest son, married Mercy, one of the daughters of Sir Philip Parker the elder, of Arwarton in Suffolk, knight, and by her had issue, Thomas, his only son, and Barbara his only daughter, which Thomas died in the lifetime of his father, unmarried. Francis yet living; Barbara, his eldest daughter, died young and unmarried; Ann married with Robert Hall of Heigham, near Norwich, Esq; Mary yet living. A man of a most modest and harmless conversation, humble in prosperity, courteous, discreet, hospitable and exactly just, and upright to all men, by which virtues he preserved himself safe in the worst of times, after 66 years near spent, whereof 52 in happy marriage, he died the 29th of May, 1666.
In the church and chancel were the arms of Shelton, Stanhow, Calthorp, Woodhouse of Hickling, Butts, and Buers, Burgulion, and gules, six dexter hands couped, argent, Wauncy; Shelton, quartering Itley, Burgolion and Cockfield.