An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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BATHELE or BALE.
The chief lordship was in the Crown, as a beruite to the royal manor of Fakenham: in King Edward's reign a freeman held it under that King, with 2 carucates of land, 10 borderers, 2 servi, 2 carucates in demean, at the survey but one, and one carucate of the tenants, with 4 acres of meadow, and 2 socmen with 20 acres of land half a carucate and an acre of meadow, valued at 20s. and was one leuca long, and half a one broad, and paid 6½d. gelt. (fn. 1)
In the 9th of King John, Otewic de Clipesthorp, and Agnes his wife, conveyed all their lands, services, and customs of the inheritance of theirs, to Robert Burnel; and in the beginning of Henry III. the said Robert was found to be lord, being the King's demeans, and paying 10l. per ann. to Fakenham manor.
Sir Roger de Fraxino, or Atte Ashe, died seized of it in the first of Edward II. as a member of Fakenham manor, performing suit of court there every 3 weeks, and by the service or payment of 100s. per ann. Lucia, his daughter and heir, married Sir Robert Baynard, son of Robt. Baynard of Whetacre, who was found to die seized of it in the 4th of Ed. III. with a capital messuage and lete; and in the 16th of the said King, Sir Edmund de Thorp was lord, in right of Joan his wife, sister and heir of Thomas, son of Sir Robert Baynard.
Nugun's, or Noion's Manor.
Joan, daughter and coheir of Robert Burnell, married Richard de Nugun, who was lord in her right. On a division of the estate, Sir Ralph, his son, presented in right of this moiety to this church, in 1313, as did Sir John de Noiun, son of Sir Ralph, and Alice his wife, in 1339, by his attorney. Sir William de Wichingham presented in 1380, and Robert Norwich, and John Lynford, in 1420.
Thomas Digby, Gent. was lord and patron in 1572, and Richard Godfrey in the 35th of Queen Elizabeth. R. Godfrey of Hindringham was lord in the 8th of James I. and had the lete, the fee being 10s. and Richard Hindringham was lord in 1669; that Godfrey sold the estate from the manor.
Alan Earl of Richmond had also a little lordship, which a freeman of King Harold possessed, containing half a carucate of land, with one borderer, &c. valued at 3s. per ann. (fn. 2)
Afterwards the Wilbys were lords of it. In the reign of Henry IV. Thomas Wilby had the manor of Wilby's in this town and Field-Dalling, in the 6th of Henry VIII. and William was found to be his son and heir; as in Field-Dalling.