Smethdon Hundred: Berwick Parva

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, 'Smethdon Hundred: Berwick Parva', An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809), pp. 296-297. British History Online [accessed 17 June 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "Smethdon Hundred: Berwick Parva", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809) 296-297. British History Online, accessed June 17, 2024,

Blomefield, Francis. "Smethdon Hundred: Berwick Parva", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10, (London, 1809). 296-297. British History Online. Web. 17 June 2024,

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William Earl Warren had a manor in Berwick, which I take to be what is now called Little Barwick, and was held by Simon under that Earl; two freemen had been ejected at the conquest; one of them held under Herold, the King, and the other was only under the protection of Frederic's predecessor; to this there belonged a carucate of land, and 12 borderers, a carucate and an half amongst the men, &c. the moiety of a church with 10 acres, and one freeman was only under protection, with 60 acres of land, and 2 borderers, with half a carucate, valued in King Edward's time at 15s. at the survey at 20s. (fn. 1)

In the reign of Henry III. Alexander de Ringstede held the fourth part of a fee of the Earl Warwick, in Berwick.

In the 3d of Henry IV. Adam Ryely held it of the manor of Castleacre.

It is anciently said to have a church, and was a parish.

In 1701, Anne Oatley, Anne and Elizabeth Sherwyn, had an interest in it, and presented to the church.

The church of Berwick Magna was anciently a rectory, but appro priated to the priory of Bokenham, in or about 1177, and a vicarage was settled. The rector had a manse with 20 acres, and was valued at 9 marks; the vicarage at 40s. and had a manse, but no land. Peter-pence 6d. ob.

The present valor is 6l.


1304, Adam de Ocle instituted vicar, presented by the prior and convent of Bokenham.

1306, Gerv. de Bereford. Ditto.

Roger de Brom.

1332, John Porter. Ditto.

1361, John Atte Green. Ditto.

1396, Hugh Good. Ditto.

1404, John Scot. Ditto.

1416, John Carter. Ditto.

1416, John Northill. Ditto.

1419, William Ropere Ditto.

1428, John Barker. Ditto.

1434, John Crakeshild. Ditto.

John Hooker, buried in the chancel, 1448.

1448, Edmund Tilney. Ditto.

1469, Robert Eleynd, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1478, John Gardiner, by the prior, &c.

1490, William Snethe. Ditto.

1493, William Lovell. Ditto.

1494, Robert Glaswryght. Ditto.

1500, Thomas Barnsdale. Ditto.

1512, Richard Hecker.

John Aleyn, occurs in 1555.

1574, William Blower, by the Queen.

1581, James Becher. Ditto.

1583, Christopher Lowcock, by Roger Townsend, Esq.

1587, William Armisted, by the assigns of Roger Townsend.

1599, Humf. Thompson, by John Townsend.

William Watts occurs in 1627.

1701, Robert Hill, by Anne Ottley, Ann and Elizabeth Sherwyn.

1760, John Glen King, by the King.

In 1511, it was proposed and brought into the Bishop of Norwich's court, to unite for ever this vicarage to the rectory of Stanhow, on account of its meanness and poverty, there being then only one parishioner (as it is said) living therein, and the rector of Stanhow was to have all the great and small tithes and profits of the said vicarage, paying yearly a pension of 40s. to the priory of Bokenham, at the feast of St. Michael, but it took no effect.


  • 1. H. de Dochinge, t're. Willi. de Warrenna—Simon tenet Beruuita, ii lib. ho'es. un. fuit ho. Heroldi, et alt. comd. tantu' antec. Fredrici qui h'nt. i car. t're. semp. xii bord. semp. i. car. et dim. i car. hominu' semp. i runc. tnc. xxx ovs. modo clx dim. ecclie x ac. et i lib. ho. comd. tantu' lx ac. t're. et ii bord. sep. dim. car. tc. val. xv sol. mo. xx.