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 lordship was held at the survey by William Beaufoe Bishop of Thetford, in right of his see, and by Ailmare Bishop of Elmham, in King Edward's reign, for two carucates of land, and appertained to Hilderston; 8 borderers belonged to it, 2 carucates in demean, and 3 among the tenants, at that time, at the survey one, but two more might be restored: paunage for 100 swine, &c. 200 sheep, valued at the survey at 8l. before at 6l. was half a leuca long, and the same in breadth, and paid 3d. gelt. (fn. 1)
Ralph de Nuiers was witness to a deed of confirmation of lands in Dilham, and Pangeford in Norfolk, to the church of Norwich, by Robert Fitz Ralph, (fn. 2) son of Ribald, in the reign of Henry II. and in the time of William Turbe Bishop of Norwich, and probably was the same Ralph who held at that time of William de Abrincis, in Kent, one fee of the old feoffment.
In the 10th of Richard I. Milo de Nuiers conveyed by fine to Roger de Kerdeston, the 3d part of the common pasture of this town, and the 3d part of the services and profits thereof, with several hens, eggs, &c. with a foal every 3d year, &c.; and in the 9th of King John, Roger brought his action against Milo, for not fulfilling his grant.
Simon de Nodarijs or Nowers, was living in the 35th of Henry III. and in the 45th was found to hold of William de Calthorp, and Cecilia his wife, half a fee, they of the Lord Bardolf, and the lord of the Bishop of Norwich.
By the roll of the honour of Wrongey, we find that Robert de Noers held here (then called Hungry - Swanton) a manor and the advowson of the church, and presented to it in 1327, being then a knight, as Alice his lady did in 1334; and in the 20th of Edward III. she was found to hold half a fee, which Simon de Noers formerly held, and William de Kerdeston the 3d part of a fee of the said Alice; also Margaret de Saxlingham had a part of a fee of the said Alice, which John de Saxlingham formerly held.
About this time, the prior of Walsingham obtained a patent or license of mortmain for it. (fn. 3) with 50 acres of land, at Altoft in Bruningham, valued at 8l. per ann. and was to do homage for it to Sir William Calthorp, and to pay by composition, for relief, 50s. (fn. 4)
In the 20th of Henry VI. William de la Pole Earl of Suffolk, and Alice his wife, released to Sir Thomas Kerdeston all their right in this part or fee, which formerly belonged to Sir William Kerdeston, son and heir of Sir Roger; and in the 24th of that King, it was settled by fine on Sir Thomas Kerdeston and Philippa his wife, in tail; remainder to William de la Pole Marquis and Earl of Suffolk, and Alice his wife, in tail.
On the Dissolution, the manor of Swanton Nowers was granted, December 2, in the 31st of Henry VIII. to Sir Richard Southwell, with messuages, lands, tenements, &c. in Bruningham, Briston, Edgfield, Sharington, Gunthorpe, and Berney, and the manors of East Walton, Wendling, Wood Norton, and Kerdeston; and the said Sir Richard, in the 34th of that King, regranted it to him, on an exchange, or for other lands, when the King granted it, December 11, in the said year, to the dean and chapter of Christ-church in Oxford, the present lords and patrons.