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 belonging to the Conqueror's manor of Fakenham, held by King Harold at his death, of a carucate of land, and 9 borderers, with one in demean, and one among the tenants, &c. and 3 socmen held 6 acres; it was 7 furlongs long, and 6 broad, and paid 10d. gelt, and one freeman, Ketel, had lands, which, on the death of King Edward, were added to the King's manor of Holt. (fn. 1)
In the 3d of Henry III. Hamon Fitz Peter was petent, and Gregory de Sharenton, deforciant, in a fine of lands in this town: and in the 12th of that King Peter de Sharington conveyed lands to Oliva, daughter of Alan, son of Jordan, and it appears that these lordships were in this reign in the Earls of Clare, who were the capital lords.
Peter de Letheringset held here, in Cley, Holt, &c. a fee in the 16th of Edward I. and John de Broughton in the 18th of Edward II. the fourth part of a fee of the honour of Clare, and in 1323 presented to this church, and in 1327 as lord of Scarneton, or Sharington, as the institution books testify.
Robert de Broughton was lord in 1349, son of Sir John de Broughton, who in 1346 was found to hold a quarter of a fee of the Earl of Gloucester, which Philip de Broughton formerly held, and in 1361, Robert de Broughton presented.
In the 5th of Richard II. Edmund de Mortimer Earl of March was the capital lord, and had the lete, as appears by the escheat rolls, and Roger was found his son and heir, who was lord in the 22d of that King, and in 1389, and 1394, William Daubeney presented, and in the 3d of Henry IV. was found to hold a quarter of a fee of the Earl of March, as was Thomas Hales to hold lands of the manor of Holt, Robert Mey was also found to hold lands by knight's service in the 3d of Henry VI. of Edmund Earl of March.
Thomas Daubeney, Esq. his son and heir, married Anne, daughter of Robert Warner; by his will dated Octobert 27, 1527, bequeaths his body to be buried in the chancel of this church: appoints Giles Daubeney, clerk, his son, executor, to Ath. his son, this lordship, with that of North Berlingham. Henry his son mentioned, and was proved August, 8, 153-.
The aforesaid Henry, his son, presented as lord in 1533, and was living in 1554; he married - - - - -, daughter of Thomas Lumnor of Manington, by whom he had a son, Gyles, who died s. p. and Christopher, who was lord, and presented in 1565.
On an inquisition taken of lunacy, on September 20, in the 20th of Charles the First, it was found that Margaret, daughter of George Briggs, and widow of William Hunt, son and heir of Sir Thomas Hunt, was a lunatick, and seized for life of the manors of Sharington, Holt Hales, Geyst, Wichingham, &c. and Thomas Hunt, Gent. was her son and heir, and married to Anne, daughter of John Sherwood, M. D. From the Hunts it was conveyed to Mr. Newman, Gent. whose son and heir, William Newman, Esq. was lord, and high sheriff of Norfolk in 1702, and patron of the church, from whom it came to Richard Warner, Esq. of Elmham.
The Earl of Richmond's manor of Batheley, or Bale, extended into this town. Thomas, son of Gilbert de Hindringham, held it in the 10th of Edward I. William Daubeney, in the reign of Henry VI. and Edward IV.