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, or little manor, going along with, and depending on the Bishop of the East-Angles' capital manor of Elmham, and held by William Beaufoe Bishop of Thetford, in 1085; when there was one carucate of land, and 7 villains, 10 acres of meadow, one carucate in demean, and two might be restored, 2 carucates amongst the tenants, and one socman, with 26 acres, a carucate and an acre and half of meadow, &c. this beruite was 8 furlongs long, and 4 broad, and was valued in Elmham. (fn. 1)
On the exchange of manors and lands between King Henry VIII. and the Bishop of Norwich, it was granted (with Elmham as may be there seen) to Thomas Cromwell, who was afterwards Earl of Essex, and Edward Lord Cromwell, his descendant, sold it in the 40th of Eliz. with the advowson, to John Athow, and Christopher Crow, of East Bilney, Esq. purchased it of the Athows.
The lands here and in Elmham, with 2 acres in Tibenham, belonging to the late monastery of St. Faith's of Horsham in Norfolk, and 3 acres also in Heveringland, &c. granted by Queen Elizabeth, August 2, Ao. 27, to Theoph. Adams, and Thomas Butler of London, Gent.
The Church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, and is a rectory, anciently valued at 18 marks, paid Peter-pence 9d.; it was not visited by the archdeacon, and paid no procurations, being the Bishop's lordship; the present valor is 9l. 7s. 9½d. and is discharged of first fruits and tenths.
Memoriœ sacrum Hannœ, Franc. Hastings, Generosi, filiœ unicœ, op timâ prosapiâ oriundœ, naturâ, fortunâ, et pietatis dotibus ornatissimœ, febri puerperium prœvenientj, extinctœ, fato heu nimium immaturo; omnibus, maxime vero omnium conjuge mæstissimo, lugentibus, qui reliquias hasce sanctas, gloriosam olim resurrectionem consecuturas, sub hoc marmore condidit. obt. 13, die Feb. Ao. Dni. 1703, œtat. suæ 22.
Hic jacet Elizabetha, Edvardj Lombe, Armigerj, filia natu maxima, bonis omnibus multum flebilis, nullj flebilior quam Rico. Warner, Generoso, conjugi charissimo, fortunœ multum, naturœ dotibus plurimum ornata. Erga Deum pietate, erga conjugem fide incorruptâ, erga liberos amore, erga omnes benevolentia spectatissima, obijt quinto Martij A.D. 1722, œtat. 35.
1341, Walter de Olby. (fn. 2) Ditto.