An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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King Stephen is said to have granted this hundred to William de Cheyney, in exchange for Moleham; what Moleham this was, is not mentioned; but it is certain it returned to the Crown. Sir William de St. Omer farmed it, with the hundreds of Walsham and Blowfield, of King Henry III. in his 52d year, and of King Edward I. in the 3d year of his reign; when they were in the King's hand they were worth 9l. per ann. but Sir Will. let them at 24l. per ann. Nicholas de Castello farmed them of King Edward I. in his 11th year, at 11l. per ann.
In the 9th of Edward II. John de Clavering farmed this hundred of the Crown.
King James I. in his 22d year, granted it to Sir Charles Cornwallis, during the lives of Charles, eldest son of Sir Will. Cornwallis and of Thomas Cornwallis, 2d son of Sir Charles, &c. with all its rites, courts, letes, felons goods, paying 23l. 10d. per ann.
Before this, in the 36th of Elizabeth, Bassingb. Gawdy, Esq. high sheriff, accounted for it to the Crown; and in 1689 the Earl of Yarmouth held it.
The court for the hundred was kept at Fretenham Hill.
The hundred gave name to a deanery which was taxed at 6s. 8d. and the dean of it paid yearly to the Archdeacon of Norwich, for synodals at Easter, 20s. and the same at Michaelmas, and Peter-pence 20s.—The snyodals due from every church at each time being 6d. anciently, and the deanery was in the Bishop's gift.