East Flegg Hundred: Heringby

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, 'East Flegg Hundred: Heringby', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) pp. 221-225. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp221-225 [accessed 20 May 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "East Flegg Hundred: Heringby", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) 221-225. British History Online, accessed May 20, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp221-225.

Blomefield, Francis. "East Flegg Hundred: Heringby", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810). 221-225. British History Online. Web. 20 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp221-225.

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The Conqueror was lord at the survey. A freeman of Almar Bishop of Elmham had in the reign of the Confessor 100 acres, 12 villains, and 2 borderers, with one carucate in demean, one and a half among the tenants, 4 acres of meadow, four saltworks, the moiety of another; 8 freemen belonged to it, who held 43 acres and a half, with a carucate and a half, and 3 acres of meadow, a saltwork, pasture for 100 sheep.

Rainbald the goldsmith held it at the survey of the Conqueror, but it lately belonged to Ralph Earl of Norfolk, who had forfeited it. (fn. 1)

In the 8th of Richard I. John Hautyn was lord, and gave the patronage of the church to the priory of Castleacre; son probably of Theobald Hauteyn, lord of Hailsden in the reign of Henry II. See there.

William, son of Roger de Heringby, quitted all claim in the advowson to the prior, in the 24th of Henry III. and William, son of Richard, was querent in a fine, and William de Heringby deforcient, of messuages and land in the 35th of the said King.

Humo Hauteyn was lord in the 3d of Edw. I. and held it in capite of the King. William de Ormesby, Walter de Bernham, (of whom see in Haytesdon) and William de Redham, were returned to be lords in the 9th of Edward II of this village and of Thurkeby.

In the 19th of that King, James de Quitwell and Alice his wife, settled by fine on Thomas, son of Robert de Drayton, and Alexander de Thirkeby, chaplain, messuages and lands, and pasture for 66 sheep, here and in Stokesby.

Symon de Ormesby and William de Gaseley, conveyed by fine to Robert, son of Jeffrey de Elys, of Great Jernemuth, lands here and in Stokesby, and likewise in Thurkeby.

After this, John Spencer, Esq. and Catherine his wife, conveyed by fine to Sir Symon Felbrigg, John Huberd, &c. 120 acres of land, 10 of meadow, forty of marsh, and 13s. 6d. with the manor of Haringby, in the 3d of Henry V. and John Cornwaleys, John Tyrell, and Margaret his wife, settled it on Sir John Fastolf, Sir Henry Inglos, &c. in the 5th of Hen. VI.

Sir John Fastolf died possessed of it in the 38th of that King, then called Heringby Spencer's manor, and Heringby-Fens.

John Paston, Esq. died lord of Spencer's manor in the 6th of Edward IV.

After this, Hugh Atte Fenne was lord, and by his will in 1575, settled it on his college in this town, and also patron.

Heringby College, Or Hospital.

This college was founded according to the will of Hugh Attefennby. Alianore his widow, and William Jenney, serjeant at law, supervisors of his will, William Essex, Henry Heydon, Edmund Jenney, and Edmund Whitewell, his executors; the will was dated February 5, 1475, wherein Hugh appoints a master or governor, 3 priests, 8 poor folks, and 2 servants in his alms-house, called God's-poor-almeshouse, and his, and thereby settles 44l. per ann. thereon. And they with Mr. Stephen Mayner, clerk, rector of the church of Morle, Thomas Ground, clerk, rector of Haringby, by deed, enfeoffed William Jenney serjeant at law, William Essex, Master Henry Attefenne, clerk, Master John Browet, clerk, Robert Clere of Ormesby, Esq. Henry Heydon, Henry Spilman, Edmund Jenney, Edmund Clere, Esq. of his manor and church of Haringby, and with all his manors, lands, in Stokesby, Barton, &c. which they had of the feoffment of Hugh Attefenne, Sir John Paston, Knt. Guy Fairfax, serjeant at law, Richard Picot, serjeant at law, and John Paston, Esq

In the first of Henry I. I find that Thomas Baynard was collector of the rents and farms of the manors and lands belonging to this college, in the hands of Sir Henry Heydon, Edmund Jenney, &c. feoffees, and that he paid on the vigil of St. Thomas the Apostle, in the 2d year of the said King, to the master or custos of the said hospital, 11l.; on the vigil of the Annunciation 11l.; on the vigil of St. John Baptist, 11l.; and on the vigil of St. Michael 11l.

Total 44l. Also to the abbot of St. Bennet 53s. and 4d. as supervisor of the will of the founder.

Also for repairing of the lead of that abbey, according to the founder's will. To the repair of the bridge of Weybridge, and the causey, 6s. 8d. and that he had paid in all 72l. 11s. ½d.

By this he then stood charged with 13l. 5s. 6d. and that he had received for the whole year 85l. 16s. 6d. ob.

What this college possessed will appear from the grant of King Henry VII. in his 36th year, April 13, to Sir William Woodhouse of Waxham.

Barton, Bury-Hall manor, paying a fee farm rent of 12s. 4d. ob. per ann. Stalham, Lynford's manor and Wild's, paying 23s. 11d. ob. q. Edingthorp, Houching's manor, paying 2s. 1d. ob. per ann. in Norfolk.

The manor of Rothenhale, paying 22s. 4d. ob. q. per ann.; and the manor of Kessingland in Suffolk, paying 16s. 3d. q. per ann.

Together with all the lands, &c. in England, belonging to the said college, except the precinct and site of the said college in Heringby, a marsh called Child's in Tunstal, with the manor of Heringby, &c.

On the 28th of July in the 37th of the said King, Sir Thomas Clere had a grant of the manor of Heringby, the site and precinct of the college, paying 38s. 9d. ob. per ann. of Child's-Marsh in Tunstal, and all the lands and messuages belonging to the college in Heringby.

Thomas Clere, Esq. of Stokesby, his grandson was lord in 1599. See in Stokesby.

It was valued ao. 26th of Henry VIII. at 23l. 6s. 5d. per ann. As Dugdale and Speed.

I have met with some papers giving more account of this house.

Yerly pensions: first, to the parson of Heringby, if he be resient ther, by the yer 10s.—To the church clerk there vs.—To the repair of the convent 20d—To ev'ry of the houses of the 4 orders of fryers 6s. 8d. that is 26s. 8d.—To the hospital of Yarmouth, 3s. 4d.—To the repair of the brig there, 3s. 4d.—To the church clerk of Yarmouth, 6s. 8d.—To the charnel there, 3s. 4d.—To the church of Heveningby 3s. 4d.—To the church clerk of Stokesby, 3s, 4d.—To the gilde of St. Ethelbert, 2s.—To the house of Lepers at Yarmouth, 12d.—a certeyn to the parson 4s.—To the church clerk of Rouham, 3s. 4d.—To the church of Thurkeby, 3s.—For reparations of Weybrig 6s. 8d.—To my lord of St. Bennet 53s. 4d.

Hereafter ensueyth diverse articles to be rem'bryd for such pryers, as beyn to be yerly had and conteyneth for ever, as well in the new College of Ipswiche for the sowle of Hugh Fenne, as at the college called Heringby college.

Fyrst to be remembred that ther ever contynue in the place, called Heringby college, oon pryst and too poremen.

Item the pryst to have for wages yerly 14l. for ever in almes.— Item that every of the pore men have for their wages, and in recompence of their borde and fynding yerly, 8d. by the weke.—It. to be given qtly and yerly for ever in almes, 10s. at the said college of Herynsby, to be employed among pore folkes in those parts by the discretion of - - - - -

It. to have ther yerly oon daye for an obbyt solemply to be kept for ever, and the same day to be gyvyn in almes yerly 20s. and a precher ther to be p'vyded, and he to have for his paynes the same day 10s.— It. the same Hugh Fenne to have dayly in the said New College Yppiswiche, oon Collet to be specially rehersyd by name for the said Hugh Fenne in 111 several messes and there solemply kept dayly,— It. the 14 bede men that beyn and shall contynew in the said college to prey for the said Hugh Fenne by name, like as they shall prey for my lord cardynal.—It. the said Hugh Fenne to be p'taker in the said college of all the suffrages and prayers in the college as lyke as my lord cardinal have.

It seems by this that Cardinal Woolsey had obtained some grant of lands belonging to this hospital, for his new college erecting at Ipswich, which by his disgrace and death was never completed, and it is to be observed that the words above in Italic characters, are erased in the original.

The tenths were 40s. Deduct. - - - -

The Church is dedicated to St Ethelbert, and was a rectory valued at 8 marks, and the prior of Castleacre had a portion of 50s. and paid Peter-pence, 9d. ob.—The present valor is 5l.

In the 8th of Edward I. John Hauteyn gave by fine, levied before Hubert archbishop of Canterbury, R. de Hereford, Simon de Pateshall, &c. the King's justices, this church to the aforesaid priery, (fn. 2) to be appropriated to that convent, after the death of his brother Robert Hauteyn, then rector, who was to pay to the monks 20s. per ann. during his life, and then the priory to have the whole; and for this grant the convent released all their right in Hailesdon advowson, and the tithes of their mills and lands called Rutlighale; and John of Oxford Bishop of Norwich confirmed the appropriation after Robert's death, with Hubert archbishop of Canterbury.

In the 25th of Henry III. William, son of Roger de Haringby, released by fine, before Robert de Lexington, William de York, provost of Beverly, King's justices, all his right in this advowson; and so did Ralph, son of John de Hauteyn; after Robert's death, the monks applied to William de Raleigh, then Bishop, to appropriate it; but on an inquisition, the revenues were found to be so small, that there was but little more than would maintain a vicar, and he appointed that the rector should have the whole, paying a pension of three marks per ann. to the prior.


1255, William de Foteston, instituted, presented by the prior of Castleacre.

1266, Mr. Sampson. Ditto.

1300, David de Gelyngham,

1322, Peter de Beletramis.

1325, Mr. Richard de Shropham.

1328, Hamon Put.

1349, Jeff. Laurence,

1392, John Sekersteyn.

1393, John Baccun.

1394, Thomas Ward.

1406, Robert Bettes.

1414, Robert Rande.

1415, Hugh Astbury.

1416, John Northill.

1416, John Carter.

1418, John Gayrstang.

1434, Simon Dacke.

1435, John Cowherd.

1462, Robert Norwich, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1465, Thomas Gronde, by the prior, &c.

In 1471, Nicholas, prior, and the convent of Castleacre, released to Hugh Atte Fenne, all their right in a pension of 40s. paid by Hugh out of the church of Haryngby, and he purchased the patronage of that priory; gave it to his college to be annexed to the mastership.

In 1474, Hugh Alte Fenne of Haringby was buried by his mother, and ancestors in this church, and gave 100 marks to build the roof, &c. and 500 marks at least to be laid out by his executors upon the making of the steeple of the cathedral at Norwich, to the honour and pleasure of the blessed Virgin.

In 1478, John Dowe, rector, presented by Henry Heydon, Esq. and Edmund Wydewell, at the nomination of the abbot of Holm, according to Fenn's will, master also of the college.

1490, Jeff. Lesingham, rector and master, by Sir Henry Heydon, Knt. Edmund Jenney, Robert Clere, and Thomas Banyard.

1508, George Napers, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1522, Gregory Mady, by Sir Edmund Jenney, and Sir Roger Clere.

1532, Mr. Sim. Petit, A. M. by John Heydon, and Sir William Paston, Knts. feoffees, according to the nomination of the abbot of Holm.

1541, John Heithe, instituted to the church and college annexed by Thomas Heithe, by grant of this turn from the abbot of St. Bennet.

John Wace died rector in 1730, and

William Berney was presented by John Jermy, hac vice.

1747, William Herne: see in Stokesby.

1748, Richard Berney.

On the dissolution of this college, the patronage came with the site of the college, by grant of the Crown, to Sir Thomas Clere of Stokesby.

Edmund Warter occurs rector Ao. 11 Elizabeth.

John Holt was rector, and succeeded by Thomas Lewgar in 1617, Thomas Clere, Esq. being patron, who held it with Stokesby, to which it is annexed, and it dilapidated, soon after the dissolution of the college

In 17 - - - George England, Esq. was lord and patron, and of Stokesby: See there.


  • 1. Isti s't libi ho'es Regis—In Haringebei c ac. i lib. ho Almari Epi. T. R. E. semp. xii villani et ii bordarij et i car. in dominio. et i car. et dim. ho'um iiii ac. p'ti. et iiii sal. et dim. huic t're. jacent viii libi. ho'es xliii ac. et dim. et i car. et dim. et iii ac. p'ti. et i sal. pastura e ovs. se'p. val. xx sol hanc tenet Rambald. Aurifaber et fuit de feudo. R. Comitis.
  • 2. Reg. Castleac. fol. 108, 60.