Loddon Hundred: Langale, and Kirksted

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.

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Francis Blomefield, 'Loddon Hundred: Langale, and Kirksted', An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809), pp. 162-165. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol10/pp162-165 [accessed 22 June 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "Loddon Hundred: Langale, and Kirksted", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809) 162-165. British History Online, accessed June 22, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol10/pp162-165.

Blomefield, Francis. "Loddon Hundred: Langale, and Kirksted", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809). 162-165. British History Online. Web. 22 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol10/pp162-165.

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In the Book of Domesday, both these villages are accounted for, and stand under the hundred of Loddon, where we find, that they belonged to the abbot of Bury, given (as I take it) to that abbey by Toli, the sheriff of Norfolk, in King Edward the Confessor's time, with Brook in this hundred.

The abbot had in Langhale and Kirsted, 27 socmen, with 2 carucates and a half, and 10 acres of land, 2 villains, and 11 borderers, and 6 carucates, and 8 acres of meadow, valued in Brook; a church endowed with 15 acres, valued at 16d. (fn. 1)

Langhale is one leuca long, and half a leuca broad, pays 16d. gelt, whoever may possess it.

This lordship, in 1428, was valued at 4s. 9d. ob. q. and belonged to the chamberlain of that abbey.

At the Dissolution it was granted (as I take it) to Thomas Godsalve, Esq.

Another lordship at the survey in the town of Langhale, was possessed by Isaac, who had a grant of the land which a freeman held under the protection of Tolj, the sheriff, in King Edward's reign, containing one carucate of land, and one in demean, and another might be recovered; and 5 freemen under him, 8 acres, and 3 borderers; half a carucate, valued then at 7s. at the survey at 10s. (fn. 2)

Gundreda, Countess of Norfolk, wife of Hugh Earl of Norfolk, in the reign of King Stephen, during her coverture, purchased a knight's fee in Langhale, of Hubert, son of Rowland, for 60 marks, which Roger, son of Earl Hugh, recovered against her after his father's death according to the judgment of the law, whereby a wife cannot purchase any land, &c. to herself during her husband's life.

This was held of the Earl of Norfolk, by Rodland, and Baldwin, Le Pettour, or the farter, by serjeanty, the lord being obliged by his tenure to come into Westminster-Hall, or where-ever the King was, and there to take a leap, cry hem, and let a fart, (per saltum, sufflatum, et pettum) before the King on Christmas yearly.

In the 7th year of King John, Alexander de Brompton, and Agnes his wife, gave account of 15 marks, to have the manor of Hemmingston in Suffolk, which Jeffrey, son of Huberts, brother of Agnes held, whose heir she was, without any partition to her sisters; that manor being held by grand serjeanty, and formerly belonged to Rodland and Baldwin Le Pettour, as above-specified: and this manor of Langhale was a part or a member of Hemmingston.

Besides what the family of Le Pettour held here, William l'Enveyse held a part of it by the King's consent, and Richard de Senges had a part, in the 3d of Henry III. viz. 20 acres of the Earl of Norfolk, by the 20th part of a fee, valued at half a mark per ann.

Pauline Peyvere, one of the King's justices, had also an interest in Langhale, and held the 3d part of a fee, of which he enfeoffed William, his younger son, in the 35th of Henry III. held of the Earl of Norfolk: of this Pauline see in Thorp Market, North Erpingham hundred.

In the 9th of Edward II. Maud Peyvere held it; and in the 14th of Edward III. Phil. Peyvere was witness to a deed of lands in this town of Langhale.

In the 13th of Edward I. Roger Mynoth was lord of a manor, called from him Miniot's, and had then a grant of free-warren in Kirksted, and Seething in Norfolk; — Hengham, Bramford, and Stonham Antigon in Suffolk;—Middleton, Kneton, Newsome, Broughton. Hithe in Yorkshire: and in the 20th of Edward III. Jeffrey Miniot was lord.

Catherine, daughter and heir of ---- Myniot and Ellen his wife, brought it by marriage to Nicholas Gavel, Esq. of Kirby Cam: in the reign of Edward III. Robert his son was lord.

Thomas Gavel, Esq. the last heir male of this family, left it at his death to his four daughters and heirs.

John Cook and Elizabeth his wife, one of the said daughters and coheirs, sold his part in the 36th of Henry VIII. to Thomas Godsalve, sen. Esq.

Francis Clopton, Esq. and Dorothy his wife, another of the four daughters, &c. convey in the 37th of Henry VIII. to John Everard, Esq. their right: and in the 22d of Elizabeth, John Copledike, Esq. had license to alien this manor of Kirksted Miniot's, to William Roberts of Winston and his heirs: this John was son and heir of Leonard Copledike, Esq. and Thomasine his wife, another of the daughters and coheirs of Thomas Gavel.

Roger Godsalve sold his interest in it to the said William Roberts, an attorney, about the 40th of Elizabeth, who was lord of the whole; and on his death it came to Mr. Smith of Beccles in right of his wife, sister and heir of Roberts.

Smith conveyed it to Thomas Spooner, Gent. who presented as lord to this church in 1626.

After this it came to the Osborns.

In 1677, Edmund Osborn was lord, and presented: and in 1701, Edward Osborne, Esq.

Robert Osborn, Gent. died lord of Kirsted-Hall, in 1729.

The tenths were 3l. 11s.—Deducted 17s.

St. Faith's temporalities in Kirsted 6d.; Sibton abbey's in Langhale and Kirsted 2s. 3d.

The abbot of Langley had also in Langhale and Kirsted, a considerable lordship.

Roger, son of Sir Richard de Senges, Knt. confirmed to this abbey, by deed sans date, all the lands and tenements which they held of the grants of his ancestors, or of any other, of his father's fee, in Langhale, Kirksted, Senges, and Mundham; to hold quietly from all homages, rents, &c. so that no manner of profit should come from them to him, and his heirs, except 6d. rent for the tenement of Barth. de Upgate; witnesses, Sir William de Senges, Jeff. de Lodne, William, son of Charles.

In the 20th of Henry III. the abbot also held a quarter of a fee of the Earl of Norfolk, of his manor of Forncet.

William de Hemenhale gave, in the 41st of Henry III. to Simon, the abbot, a messuage, with 2 carucates of land, 3 acres of wood, in Langhale and Wootton.

The temporalities of this abbey in 1428 in Langhale and Kirsted, were valued at 8l. 4s. 1d. ob.

At the Dissolution it was granted to Thomas Godsalve, Esq. and continued in that family, till on December 3, Ao. 4 of James I.

Owen Shephard, Gent. had a grant to himself and heirs of Langhale manor, with all its appertenances, lately belonging to Langley abbey, and afterwards to Thomas Godsalve, Esq. with all the messuages, houses, mills, gardens, orchards, &c. in the hamlet of Langhale, Kirsted, Wootton, Seething, &c.

The church of Kirsted is a rectory, dedicated to St. Margaret.

In the 45th year of Henry III. Walter de Hemenhale granted by fine to William prior of Buttley in Suffolk, the advowson of the church of Langhale; (fn. 3) but by the Norwich Institution Books, it appears that John of Oxford Bishop of Oxford confirmed the grant of the churches of Kirstede and Langhale, to that priory, which the records of that priory testify.

In the reign of Edward I. the rector of Kirsted had a grange and 20 acres of land, was valued at 10 marks, paid no Peter-pence, but carvage 4d. and the prior of Butley had a pension out of it, of 20s. per ann.

It is probable that both the churches were granted about the time of the foundation of that priory, by Ralyh de Glanvile, the founder, or some of his dependants.—The present valor is 10l. and pays tenths and first-fruits.


In 1317, Laur. de Geyton, instituted rector, presented by the prior of Buttele.

1330, Bened. de Hoxne. Ditto.

Thomas de Scroutby, rector.

1350, Robert Wygot. Ditto.

Thomas de Cressingham, rector.

1377, Ralph Atte Heth. Ditto.

1378, John de Swynstede. Ditto.

1379, Thomas Mason. Ditto.

1393. John Peynter. Ditto.

1395, John Ferthing. Ditto.

1400, John Caus. Ditto.

1408, Richard Snowe. Ditto.

1411, John Yon. Ditto.

1418, Robert Samborn. Ditto.

1426, Nicholas Bussey. Ditto.

1460, Robert Ippeswell. Ditto.

1463, Thomas Saxham. Ditto.

1482, John Askew. Ditto.

1484, Nich. Palmer, instituted by the rector, &c.

1506, Thomas Keton. Ditto.

1507, John Roket. Ditto.

1508, Nicholas Thacker. Ditto.

1530, Thomas Smith. Ditto.

1554, John Rudde, by the Queen.

1561, William Greneway. Ditto.

1564, John Barne. Ditto.

1580, Thomas Maud, by William Roberts; in 1603, he returned 72 communicants.

1626, Edward Holle, by Thomas Sponer, Gent.

1677, Ralph Osborn, by Edward Osborn.

1680, John Brown. Ditto.

1701, Charles Osborn, by Edward Osborne, Esq.

1728, Evans Evans. Ditto.

1730, John Leman. Ditto.

The Church of Langhale was appropriated to the priory of Buttley, in the time of John of Oxford Bishop of Norwich, so that what is said of the grant of it by William de Hemenhale, must relate only to some right he might claim, and then resigned.

The prior had in Edward the First's reign, a manse, with 30 acres of land, valued at 6 marks, and the Peter-pence were 9d. and was dedicated to St. Christopher.

On May 24, 1421, it was consolidated to Kirksted, and so remains; in the reign of King James I. the church was dilapidated.

On a grave-stone in the chancel,

Here lyeth interred the body of Robert Love of Kirstead, Gent. who died March 12, 1643, aged 86.


In memory of Robert Love, Gent. eldest son of Charles Love, of Kirsted, Gent. who died the last day of 1676, aged 35.


In memory of Mrs, Elizabeth Love, relict of Robert Love, of Kirsted, Gent. who died December 26, 1685, œtat. suæ, 47; with these arms, vert, a tiger passant, or, armed gules, impaling argent, on a bend, between two lions rampant, sable, Osborn.


  • 1. In Langhala et in Kerchestuna xxvii soc. ii car. et dim. tre. et x ac. et ii vill. et xi bor. sep. vi car. et viii ac. p'ti. app'tiati st. in Broc. ecclie xii ac. val. xvid. Langhala ht. i leu. in long. et dim. in lat. et de gelto xvid. q'cq; ibi teneat.
  • 2. Terre Isaac—In Langahala i lib. ho'. Tohlj Vice comitis comd. T. R. E. i car. tre. sep. i car. in d'nio. sed posset alia restaurarj. et v sub eo lib. ho'es viii ac. tre. et iii bor. et dim. car. tc. val. viii sol. mo. x.
  • 3. Abreviat. Chartar. Prior. de Butley, fol. 46, &c.