An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809.
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In the Conqueror's book of Domesday, we find a town or place of this name, held by Stigand in King Edward's time, and then in the Conqueror's hand, and farmed or took care of for him, by William de Noiers: it then consisted of two socmen, 17 acres of land, and one of meadow; in King Edward's time there was also half a carucate, but not at the survey, and was valued with Stigand's manor of Mileham, then in King Edward's hands, who afterwards gave it, with the manor of Mileham, to Alan, son of Flaald, ancestor of the Earls of Arundel. (fn. 1)
The monks of Castleacre held two parts of the tithes of William de Kirtling, in the reign of Henry III.
This manor or place was valued in Mileham as a beruite to it, and probably stood near to that town in this hundred, (where it is mentioned by the survey) and as I find it named with certain other gifts in this hundred to the priory of Castleacre, I have thought it proper here to insert it.
William, son of Walter de Gressinghale, gave 6 acres of land in Kirtling, with the rent of 8d. per ann. to the said priory.
William, son of Hubert Hunter, of Gressinghale, gave 9 acres in Kirtling, and the rent of 8d. per ann. which William, son of Walter his cousin, was to pay him.