Loddon Hundred: Syseland

Pages 178-180

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

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Gosceline de Loddon's lordship of Loddon, held of the abbot of Bury, extended into this town; and in the 20th of Henry III. the abbot of Langley and his parceners, Ralph Howe, &c. had an interest herein.

Ralph, son of Miles de Howe, presented to the church of Syseland in 1304.

The family of Charles (of whom see in Loddon) had a lordship which after came to the De la Poles Earls of Suffolk, and to the Mowbrays, and Howards, Dukes of Norfolk.

Thomas Clark accounted, in the 29th of Henry VIII. for 17l. 15s. 7d. rent of assise, of the Duke of Norfolk's manor.

Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, lord, in the first of King James I. after that it came to the Howards Earls of Arundel, and Dukes of Norfolk.

At the survey, Godric, the King's steward, took care of a lordship for the Conqueror, that Ketel, a freeman, held, under the protection of Edwin, containing 2 carucates of land, three borderers, and one servus, with 2 carucates in demean, and half a carucate among the tenants, and 5 acres of meadow, and a mill; 13 socmen then had 2 carucates, and 26 acres of land, but the soc was in King Edward, valued then at 20s.

At the survey it paid 40s. quitrent; was 8 furlongs long, and 7 broad, and 11 perches, and the gelt was 8d.

Godric had also in his own right, 3 acres, of which a freeman of Edwin was deprived. (fn. 1)


William de Albini, ancestor of the Earls of Arundel, had a grant of this from King William II. The family of Inglos, and that of Dunham, &c. had an interest herein, as in Mundham. In the 14th of Edward II. William Gerberge had seven pounds per ann. in lands here in Mundham, Senges, Langhale, &c.

In the 20th of Edward III. William de la Pole, &c. were found to hold lands in Sisland, late Howe's (and Charles) of the heirs of Ralph, and of the honour of Rysing.

In the reign of Edward I. Edmund de Hoo was patron of the church, which was a rectory, valued at 7 marks. The rector had a manse and 30 acres, paid Peter-pence 12d. carvage 3d. ob.


In 1304, Alexander de Thurton was instituted, presented by Ralph son of Miles de How, John de Sisland, and John de Dunwich.

1817, John de Dunwich, presented by the Lady Lœtitia, late wife of Sir Robert de Lodne, and Joan, late wife of Ralph de How.

About the 17th of Edward II. there was a pleading for the right of presentation, between William, son of Ralph de Howe, Joan, relict of Ralph, and Lœtitia de Lodne, Joan and Lettice proving that in the 34th of Edward I. Ralph had conveyed to John de Sisland, rector of a moiety of the church of How, and John de Dunwich, chaplain, the advowson, and to their heirs for ever, and that the said John de Sisland, and John de Dunwich, and afterwards they by fine had surrendered it to Ralph de Howe, Joan and Lœtitia aforesaid, and it was allowed to be their right, Ralph being dead.

1327, John Gales, by Lady Lœtitia, Nicholas Hovel and Joan his wife.

Miles de How, son of Ralph, granted to Robert de Ingelose, the reversion of the advowson, and 4 acres of land, in the 2d of Edward III. and in the following year, Nicholas Hovel conveyed their right to Robert de Inglose and Joan his wife, and their heirs.

1343, John Cavel, by Walter Cavel.

1389, William Pyke, by Ann, relict of Sir Henry de Inglose.

1396, William Peegard, by Henry Inglose.

1406, Robert Barret, by Sir John Heveningham, Nicholas Witchingham, &c.

1416, William Norwich, by Henry Inglose.

1418, Robert Sewster, by Sir John Heveningham, John Berney, &c. feoffees of Sir H. Inglose.

1441, William Newton, by the Bishop, a lapse.

In 1451, Sir Henry Inglose ordered the advowson to be sold.

1484, John Fowlerton, by John Richers, and Elizabeth his wife.

1486, John Coseler. Ditto.

1507, Thomas Tudenham, by the Bishop, a lapse.

Richard Hodgeson, rector.

1531, Robert Walkington, then abbot of Langley, by Thomas Godsalve, senior.

1535, James Grene, by Robert Grene, alderman of Norwich.

1558, George Leasbury, by the assigns of Sir John Godsalve and Elizabeth his wife.

1568, William Jackson, by Thomas Godsalve, Esq.

1572, Laurence Beyghton, by the assigns of Thomas Godsalve.

1595, Michael Nicholson, by Roger Godsalve, Esq. in 1603, he returned 138 communicants.

1623, William Mylesby, by Mary Spatchet, widow.

George Charold, rector.

1662, Robert Bell, by Thomas Berney of Swardeston, Esq.

1670, John Holmes. Ditto,

1674, Anthony Buxton. Ditto.

1713, Charles Osborne, by Thomas Berney, Esq.

1728, Charles Wadesworth, by Ann Berney, widow.

1734, John Blanks, by Ann Burney, widow.

The present valor is 4l. 13s. 9d. and is discharged. In 1740, Thomas Berney, Esq. was patron.

In the chancel is a gravestone,

In memory of John Chidlow, rector of Hobbies, who died Decr. 14, 1652.

William Westgate, senior, buried in the church in 1536, gave to the repair of the steeple, 6l.

Hervey, son of Maurice de Syselond, gave lands to the abbey of Langley. Their temporalities valued at 3s. 6d.

Walter, son of Hugh de Windesore, gave to Sibton abbey lands, and all the rent which Margery, widow of Sir Richard de Scenge held in dower. Their temporalities valued at 2s. 4d. ob.


  • 1. Terra Regis qua' Godric. servat. —Sislanda ten. Ketel. lib. ho. Eduini comd. tantu p. man. ii car. tre. sep. iii bor. et i ser. tc. ii car. in dnio. p. et mo. nulla, sep. dim. car. hou' sil. iiii por. et v ac. pti. tc. i mol. p. et mo. null. tc. xiii soc. p. et mo. ix et dim. ct Rex E. soca. xxvi ac. tre. sep. ii car. tnc. val. xx sol. p. et mo. xl blanc. et ht. viii qr. in longo et vii in lat. et xi p'cas et de gelto viiid.—Terre Godrici Dapiferi—In Sislanda i lib. ho. ejusde' de iii ac.