An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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Called in Domesday Hamford, was the lordship of Roger of Poictiers. Ketel held it under Stigand the Archbishop, and was on the Conquest ejected: it consisted of one carucate of land, 7 villains and 4 borderers, &c. 2 carucates in demean, and one carucate with 2 acres of meadow among the tenants, and 14 tenants held one carucate of land, and 3 carucates, and 5 other tenants 30 acres of meadow. (fn. 1)
William, son of Rosceline, was lord in the 10th of Richard I. and about this time, William Blund impleaded the aforesaid William, for this manor, setting forth, that it had been granted to him and Alice his wife, by his ancestor Blund, in dower, for the moiety of the village of Wallesham; and to return to him on the death of Alice.
Rosceline pleads that the exchange was good, and that Alice had resigned her dower at Walesham for this, had given also 20 marks, and a war horse, and that King Henry II. had confirmed this exchange.
In the 9th of King John, William Blund conveyed it by fine to William, son of William, son of Rosceline, to hold it of Blund by one fee; and in the 26th of Henry III. it was settled by William Rosceline on himself and Joan his wife, and their heirs.
John, son of William Rosceline, was found to hold it by one fee in the 34th of Henry III.
William Rosceline, lord in the 3d of Edward I. and in the 15th of Edward I. claimed free-warren, assise, a tumbrel, &c. and was found to hold it in the 25th of the said King, of the honour of Lancaster, and the payment of 10s. per ann. Joan was his widow, in the 9th of Edward II. and in the first of Edward III. and then in possession of it. But in the 1st of Edward III. John Rosceline sold it to Peter de Merkeshale, and Margery his wife, Reginald de Refham and Annora his wife, Agnes and Alice, sisters of Margery and Annora.
Edmund Merkeshale, Jeffrey Inglose, and Peter de Madingthorp, were deforciants, in a fine, and Thomas de Bavent and Alice his wife, querents, in the 1st of Edward III. when a moiety of this lordship and advowson was settled on Thomas and Alice, and the said Thomas in the 13th of that King, settled them with the manors of EastonBavent, and Chidderton, in Suffolk, on himself, for life; remainder to William his son and Catherine his wife; remainder to Felicia his daughter, sister of William, and the remainder to John, son of Thomas, of Ulveston; remainder to Richard, son of John, son of Baldwin Bavent, and in the 20th of the said reign, William Bavent, and Robert Pavilli were lords, and held one fee late Roscelyn's.
In the 3d of Henry IV. George Felbrigg and John Pavilly of Riburgh were found to hold it of the honour of Lancaster, and John Shardelow, in the 8th of Henry V. and Sir John Fastolf died seized (as is said) in the 38th of Henry VI.
Sir Robert Southwell died lord in the 6th of Henry VIII. being then held of the King, as of the dutchy of Lancaster, and Richard was his cousin and heir, and on October 21, in the 38th of that King, it was granted by the King to Andrew Mansfield, Esq. with the advowson, late Sir Richard Southwell's, who presented to the church in 1547, and Joan Mansfield his widow, in 1554; this Andrew, left a daughter and heir, Susan.
After this, Charles Cornwallis, Esq enjoyed it, from whom it came to Charles le Grys, Esq. of Brockdish, who was found to die possessed of it, in the 17th of Elizabeth, and the advowson, William being his son and heir.
John Peck, Esq. presented to the church in 1729, and Wharton Peck, Esq. in 1739.
The tenths were 4l.; deducted 6s. 8d. The temporalities of St. Faith's priory 4s.
The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints, the ancient valor was 16 marks. Peter-pence 14d.; carvage 5d. The present valor is 6l. 2s. 1d. and pays first-fruits, &c.
In the 25th of Edward I. Mr. Thomas de Kerdeston, conveyed his right of patronage, to William Roselyn.
Mr. Robert de Aldeby, rector.
1327, Jeff. de Ingelose, presented by Sir Thomas Bavent.
1361, Robert de Geyton, by Robert Paul.
1384, William Thorney, alias Burgh, by Sir Richard Cousin.
John Spencer, occurs rector in the 2d of Henry IV.
1403, Robert Punchiamour, by John Berton, rector of Downham in Suffolk.
John Baker, rector.
1473, Edmund Halle, by Sir Thomas Montgomery, and Richard Southwell, Esq.
1515, James Beel.
1547, Augustin Water, by And. Mansfeld, Esq.
1554, Robert Foster, by Joan Mansfeld, widow.
1558, James Slakar. Ditto.
1560, George Vicars. Ditto.
1562, John Young.
John Nobbs, rector.
1582, William Copping.
1588, William Crumpten, by William le Grise, Esq.
1592, Anthony Iveson, by Francis Chamberlayne, Gent.
17- -, John Norris, by Thomas Ayde, Gent.
1729, Martin Baylis, by John Peck, Esq.
1730, Edmund Howes. Ditto.
1739, Charles Ames, by Wharton Peck, Esq.
In the church were the arms of Rosceline, azure, three round buckles, or. Argentine—Falstolf. Dr. Mansfield and his wife, here buried.
In the churchyard was the chapel of the blessed Virgin, in 1463.