South Elmham, St Nicholas

The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1. Originally published by WS Crowell, Ipswich, 1846.

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'South Elmham, St Nicholas', in The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1, (Ipswich, 1846) pp. 227-229. British History Online [accessed 18 April 2024]

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St. Nicholas South Elmham

was consolidated and united with Saint Margaret's, July 27th, 1362, by Thomas Ayreminne, Bishop of Norwich, from which it was afterwards severed, and finally consolidated with All Saints, December the 8th, 1737. (fn. 26)

An estate, consisting of about sixteen acres, in the parishes of St. Nicholas and St. James in South Elmham, was purchased in 1640 of John Sutton, by the inhabitants of Aldeburgh, in Norfolk, and conveyed by them, by deed to feoffees, to the intent that the said feoffees, their heirs, &c., should at all times employ the rents and profits, yearly, arising from the premises, to the only benefit and behalf of the inhabitants within the said parish: the time for distribution to be left to the discretion of the said feoffees. Annual produce stated to amount to £15, subject to the land-tax and other deductions. (fn. 27)

The church of St. Nicholas, which has long been ruinated, was taxed at nine marks. (fn. 28)

Rectors of St. Nicholas South Elmham.

Rectors. Date. Patrons.
Clement de Peckham 1308 The Bishop.
Thomas de Campania 1311 Id.
Joēs de Reynes 1314 Id.
Simon Swafham 1322 Id.
Gasc. de Islyngton 1322 Id.
Joēs de Swathefd 1331 Id.
Joēs de Briggewauser 1332 Id.
Roger de Stow 1338 Id.
John de Warsop 1341 Id.
Simon de West Warden 1345 Id.
Henry de Wyndet 1349 Id.
Andrew de Colney 1361 Id.
Joēs Hardingethorn 1365 Id.
William Copynger 1391 Id.
Robert Stowe 1411 Id.
Gregory Watre
Thomas Kingis 1418 Id.
Joēs Galle 1422 Id.
Richard Dalby 1422 Id.
Robert Atte Fen 1426 Id.
Henry Halle 1429 Id.
Robert Barton 1443 Id.
Joēs Ryngstede 1444 Id.
Joēs Lowth 1454 Id.
Joēs Key 1457 Id.
Thomas Morton 1464 Id.
Walter Cowper 1471 Id.
James Key 1476 The Bishop.
Thomas Whetecroft 1483 Id.
Robert Cowper 1492 Id.
William Knollys 1498 Id.
Robert Flikke 1524 Id.
William Wickham
Henry Ringer 1557 Edward, Lord North.

Henry Ringer was inducted to All Saints in 1554; from which period to the present the same incumbents occur in the institutions of these two parishes. It is, therefore, most probable that the church of St. Nicholas fell into decay and desuetude about the above date.

Population in 1841, 90.


  • 26. Registr. Norwic.
  • 27. Norf. Charities, p. 2.
  • 28. Norwich Domesday.