West Flegg hundred: Repps cum Bastwick

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1810.

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Francis Blomefield, 'West Flegg hundred: Repps cum Bastwick', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) pp. 180-183. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp180-183 [accessed 21 May 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "West Flegg hundred: Repps cum Bastwick", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) 180-183. British History Online, accessed May 21, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp180-183.

Blomefield, Francis. "West Flegg hundred: Repps cum Bastwick", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810). 180-183. British History Online. Web. 21 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp180-183.


Bastwick, was a hamlet belonging to the town of Repps. William de Beaufoe, Bishop of Thetford had a grant from the Conqueror of the lands of two freemen in Bastwick, who were under the protection of Almar Bishop of Elmham, in King Edward's time, containing 30 acres of land, 2 of meadow, and half a carucate, valued at 2s. but at the survey at 22d. and Beaufoe held it as a lay fee in his own right. (fn. 1)

The abbot of St. Bennet at Holm, had also in Bastwick, a freeman, with 2 acres and a half under protection, valued at 4d. and Bastwick was 6 furlongs long, 3 broad, and paid 3d. gelt; and in Repps the said abbot had 6 freeman, with 36 acres, half a carucate, and 2 acres and a half, valued in the Confessor's time at 2s. at the survey at 3s. (fn. 2)

Nicholas de Salicibus, Willows, or Sallows, held in Repps and Clipesby, a fee in the 20th of Edward III. of Ralph de Holebeck, he of Robert de Caston, Robert of the Bishop of Norwich.

In the 3d of Edward I. the abbot of St. Bennet had a lete here, and in Askby, &c. and in the 3d of Henry IV. John, son of John de Clipesby, and John, son of John de Pickering, held here and in Clipsby, half a fee of Robert de Martham, he of Robert Carbonell, who held it of the Bishop of Norwich; and in the 12th of Henry IV. John de Clipsby granted it to William de Clipsby, with the appurtenances, except the advowson of the church.

Bishop Beaufoe on his death, gave his lordship aforesaid to the see, where it continued; and on the exchange of lands between the King and Bishop Rugg, the abbot of Holm's tenures here came also to the see of Norwich.

Alan Earl of Richmond, at the survey, had 10 acres and half a carucate of land in Repps, held by one freeman, &c. which was valued in his manor of Somerton; and in Bastwick 12 acres of land, and one of meadow, held by 2 freemen in King Edward's reign, and valued in Somerton. (fn. 3)

William, son of Alexander of Sparham, and Roger de Suffield, seem to have had an interest in this; and in the 8th of Richard I. Ralph abbot of Holme, conveyed by fine, the advowson of the church of Repps, to William and Roger, who gave lands to the abbot.

Hugh de Caley and Agnes his wife, grant to Hamon, master of the hospital of St. Gyles in Norwich, a messuage, 21 acres of land, with the advowson of St Peter's church of Repps, and the chapel of Bastwick, by fine in the 53d of Henry III. About this time here was a bridge, which was broke down in the 52d of the said King, by Simon de Pechy and Robert de Martham, in some writings wrote Basse Wyk, the Low-Wyk.

In the 9th of Edward II. William de Ormesby had a lordship.

Roger Bigot, ancestor to the Earls of Norfolk, held at the survey, the lands of 7 freemen; 4 of them were under the commendation or protection of the abbot of St. Bennet, the other 3 under that of Almar (Bishop of Elmham) in King Edward's time, and owned 80 acres of land, with a carucate and a half, and 10 acres of meadow, valued at 8s.

Bigot had also in this town some freemen belonging to his lordship of Sutton in this hundred, as may be there seen: also in Bastwick, he had the lands of 2 freewomen of Edric, and Rigulf, who had the protection of them in King Edward's reign, 13 acres of land and one of meadow; and it was ploughed by 2 oxen, and valued at 18d. (fn. 4)

William de Scohies had one freeman in Repes at the survey, and was valued in his manor of Stokesby. (fn. 5)

In the 20th of Edward III. Peter de Brompton held a quarter of a fee of the Earl-Marshal. This came after to the Fastolfs. Nicholas Fastolf granted lands by fine in the 4th of Edward II. to Nicholas Aleyn and Sibilla his wife, in this town, and Rollesby.

Alexander Fastolf had a quarter of a fee belonging to the Bigots, Earl-Marshal in the 20th of Edward III. which Peter de Brompton formerly possessed. Mary Fastolf held the same of the Lord Mowbray in the 4th of Henry IV.

Sir John Fastolf was lord in the reign of Henry IV. from him it came to the Pastons. John Paston, Esq. died seised of it in the 6th of Edward IV. and Sir William Paston was lord in 1572, being then called the manor of Repps; and Sir William died lord of Repps cum Bastwick, Ao. 611, held of the Bishop of Norwich.

Roger de Eggmere gave by deed, sans date, to the hospital of St. Gyles in Norwich the services and homages of several of his tenants in Bastwick, with all his pastures, reliefs, escheats, &c.

The tenths of the town 4l. 5s. and of Bastwick hamlet 1l. 14s.

The temporalities of St. Bennet's abbey in Repps, were valued at 3s. 4d. of Norwich priory 22d. of Bromholm priory 2s.

The Church of Repps is dedicated to St. Peter, and the chapel also. The rectory was valued at 20 marks, together with Bastwick chapel, and paid Peter-pence 14d. and Bastwick chapel 4d.

The patronage was in the abbey of Holm, till in the 8th of Richard the First, abbot granted it to Will de Sparham, and Roger de Sutfeld. Mr. Will. de Suffeld was presented to this rectory in 1248, with the chapel of Bastwick; he was brother to Walter Suffield, Bishop of Norwich, archdeacon of Norwich, and heir to this advowson; he gave it to St. Gyles's hospital, founded by the Bishop, and it was appropriated to it in 1261, by Simon Bishop of Norwich, who instituted William de Rollesby vicar, who was to have all the great tithes belonging to Bastwick chapel, with all the altarage belonging to Repps; but at his death, there were to be no more vicars, but the church and chapel were to be served by a stipendiary chaplain, found by the hospital, who were to find also a chantry priest to serve daily in Repps church; but William Bishop of Norwich, in 1950, discharged them of that service.

The hospital of St. Gyles being surrendered to King Edward VI. March 6, 1547, the said King, on May 7, 1549, granted it with all its possessions, &c. to the mayor, sheriffs, and commonalty of the city of Norwich, where it still continues, and is served by a stipendiary curate, in their nomination, for 25l. per ann.

In the church a gravestone,

In memory of Thomasine wife of William Tincker, Gent. who died in 1659.

Hic jacet Johs. Grevye Capells. qui ob. 1451.

Orate p. a'i'a. D'ni. Tho. Folsham Baccal. Cap'li.

Orate p. a'i'a. D'ni. Johs. Symonis.

The arms of Mautby, azure, a cross, or. On the font, quarterly, argent, and on a bend, gules, three mullets, argent, Clipsby. Also an escotcheon, and orle of martlets.

The chapel was in ruins in 1618, when I find some of the stone belonging to the ruins granted.

In the reign of King Henry, about 1250, Roger de Eggmere. gave the service and homage of many of his tenants in Bastwick, with all his pastures, reliefs, escheats, &c. to St. Gyles's hospital, and the hospital purchased more lands here of him and Agnes his widow; and James his son released all rents and services due from the hospital.

John de Foxley in the 4th of Richard II. aliened lands here to the said hospital.

In 1243, an agreement between the abbot of Holm, and Isabel, daughter of Robert de Castre, who was to pay 20s. per ann. for the release of 2 parts of the tithe corn of the demeans of the said Isabel. Reg. Holm. p. 80.


  • 1. Terra Willi. Epi. Tedfordensis de feudo.—In Bastuuic. ii lib ho. Almari Epi comd. tantu' et sub. ipsi alios lib. ho. et h'nt xxx ac. t're. et ii ac. p'ti. tc. dim. car. et mo. tc. val. ii sol. mo. xxiid.
  • 2. T're. S'ci. Benedictide Hulmo.— In Bastuic i lib. ho. S. B. com'd. ii ac. et dim. val. iiiid.—Bastuuic ht. vi qr. in long. et iii in lat. et de g. iiid.—In Repes vi libi. ho'es xxxvi ac. ii ac. et dim. car. tc. val. ii sol. mo. iii.
  • 3. Terre Alany Comitis—In Repes i lib. ho. et dim. de x ac. t're. sep. dim. car. app'tiati su't in Somertuna.—In Bastuic ii libi. ho'es p'tinentes in Somertuna xii ac. et i ac p'ti.
  • 4. Terre Rogeri Bigoti—In Repes vii libi. ho'es, iiii Sc'i. Ben. ii alii, i Almari Epi comdat. T. R. E. lxxx ac. t're. et x ac, p'ti sep. i car. et dim sep. val. viii sol.—In Basluic ii libæ. feminæ Edrici ei Rigulfi xiii ac. t're. com'd T. R. E. i ac. p'ti. et sep. ac. cu'ii bov. sep. val. xviiid.
  • 5. Terra Willi. de Scohies.—In Repes i lib. ho.