An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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William Beaufoe was lord at the survey, and held it in right of his church or see, then at Thetford; and Aylmare, Bishop of Elmham possessed it, by the same right in King Edward's reign, as a manor, with 8 carucates of land, 40 borderers, and 8 servi belonged to it, with 8 carucates in demean, and 10 among the tenants, paunage for 50 swine, 9 acres of meadow 3 mills, 4 runci, or beasts of carriage, &c. and 100 sheep.
There were 16 socmen with 36 acres and 4 carucates; the whole was valued in King Edward's time at 13l. at the survey at 30l. per ann. was one leuca long and 4 furlongs broad, and paid 12d. gelt; and there was a church endowed with 32 acres, valued at 32d.
In the 35th of Henry III. Walter Bishop of Norwich, lord of it, had a charter of free warren; and in the 15th of Edward I. the Bishop claimed view of frank pledge, assise of bread and beer, weyf, &c. and a gallows in Thorndych.
It remained in the see till the exchange of land made in the 27th Henry VIII. between the King and the Bishop of Norwich, and was granted July 1, by that King, in his 28th year, with the advowson, to Sir William Butts, M.D. the King's chief physician, in which family it continued, till Anne, only daughter and heir of Edmund Butts, Esq. and Anne, his wife brought it by marriage to Sir Nicholas Bacon, Bart. son and heir of Sir Nicholas, lord keeper of the great seal, and so remained in that family, till sold by Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart. to Sir Jacob Astley, Bart. of Melton, about 1710, whose grandson, Sir Jacob Astley, Bart. died lord and patron.
In memory of Anne, daughter of George Waldgrave, Esq; of Smalbridge in Suffolk. who married first, Henry Buers, Esq; of Acton in Suffolk, Esq; and 2dly Sir Clement Heigham, who died April 21, 1559, œtat. suœ, lxxxiiii.
On it are the arms of Buers, ermin, on a chief indented, sable, 2 lions rampant, or impaling Waldgraae and Heigham, sable, a fess, checque, or and azure, between three horses heads erased, argent, impaling Waldgrave.