An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.
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Earl Warren's Fee.
In the 22d of Edward I. Robert de Vere Earl of Oxford is said have the manor of Beeston in frank marriage, with Joane his daughter, to William, son of John Earl Warren and Surry; (fn. 1) but how it came to belong to the Earl of Oxford does not appear: probably this was a part of the manor of Sporle, which at the survey was in the King's hands, and farmed of him by Godric, and so this part is included therein, not being mentioned in Domesday: of this see in Dunham Parva.
In the Warren family it after plainly appears to be, and continued so, till on the death of John Earl Warren, in 1347, when it descended to the Fitz Alans Earls of Arundel, together with Castleacre, as his heirs, and so was united to the manor that they held in this town.
Beeston Manor, (Arundel fee,)
In the 30th of Edward I. Richard Earl of Arundel was found to hold this town, and that of Mileham, by one knight's fee, and were valued at 57l. 5s. 9d. per ann.; what has been said of Mileham need not be here repeated, but I refer the reader to the history of that town.
Takes its name from the Cankewells, lords of Castleacre Newton; Baldwin de Cankewell was valet to John de Burgh, son and heir of Hubert Earl of Kent, who gave him the manor of Newton; the said Baldwin held this in the time of Henry III. and Michael, his son, in the 15th of Edward I. as a part of Mileham manor, under the Earls of Arundel.
In the 14th of Edward II. John, son of William de Beston, conveyed it by fine to John de Leche and Alice his wife, daughter of the aforesaid Michael, and Hamo, son of John, son of John de Leche of Newton, held it, and was found to die seized of 3 messuages, 66 acres of land in Beeston, and Mileham, by the service of the 40th part of an ob of gold, (that is the 40 part of 3 carrats of gold, and was then held of him by a family called De Beeston,) in the 9th of Edward III. and Philip Hakeman of Tilney and Joan his wife, conveyed by fine, in the 30th of Edward I. one messuage, and 70 acres of land in this town, Mileham, Kempton, &c. to Edmund, son of Ralph le Leche of Beeston, and Margaret his wife.
John Clement, priest, gave to John Skinner, Maggot's close in Beeston, to him and his heirs, by will dated November 2, 1504, (fn. 2) paying yearly to the church reeves of Beeston, to the helping of the common charges of the said town, 2s. and to discharge the same against the lord and the king.
William Hook of Beeston gave by will 2 acres of land at the end of the green, abutting west on Bronger's Green, to keep his anniversary yearly, 1506. (fn. 3)
Robert Kett, alias Knight, gave certain houses to the poor of this town in 1601, 20l. to the repair of the pinnacle and of the steeple, and 40s. wherewith the high window above the rood loft was glazed.
Orate specialiter p salubri statu fratrum et soror. gilde gloriose Virginis Marie, cujus honori hœc dedicatur eccl'ia, et omnium viventium benefactor. eorund et p. a' ab; omnium fratrum et soror. defunctor. ejusd. gilde, ac etiam p a' iab; defunctor. benefactor. eorund. qui proprijs expensis et pecunijs eidem gilde habende largilis, has octo fenestras vitro fieri devote curaverunt Ao 1410.
Over the door in the north isle are these old rhimes, in old letters:
Over the door in the north isle are these old rhimes, in old letters: This Share doth shew this manor fine, A Share it is, not money, mine. This many hundred years, you understand, A Share to be a fine, for taking up of land..