East Flegg Hundred: Thrickby

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: Thrickby', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) pp. 252-254. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp252-254 [accessed 21 May 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "East Flegg Hundred: Thrickby", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) 252-254. British History Online, accessed May 21, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp252-254.

Blomefield, Francis. "East Flegg Hundred: Thrickby", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810). 252-254. British History Online. Web. 21 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp252-254.

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Godric, at the survey, was steward of a lordship belonging to the Conqueror, of which 6 freemen of Ralph Stalra were deprived, containing 40 acres; and a carucate and a half, a salt-work, 4 acres of meadow, valued at 9s. and the King and the Earl had the soc. (fn. 1)

This was held with Ormesby manor, and had the same lords. William de Ormesby was returned as lord, in the 9th of Edward II. from the Ormesbys it came to the Cleres; and Robert Clere, Esq. of Stokesby held it in the reign of Henry VI. and so passed as in Stokesby.

Roger Bigot, ancestor of the Earls of Norfolk, had a fee, of which 3 freemen were deprived, of 31 acres of land, of two of these Allwin had the commendation only, and Guerd of the other, and there was a carucate and 2 acres of meadow valued at 4s. (fn. 2)

William Bovile and Joan his wife, daughter of James de Creke, held a quarter of a fee of the Earl Marshall in the reign of Henry III.

This came after to the Filbys, and to the Cleres.

Bartholomew Edrick held also in the 3d of Henry IV. a quarter of a fee of the manor of Owby.

William Beaufoe Bishop of Norwich held in fee, in his own right, the land of a freeman, who possessed 12 acres of land, and half a carucate under the protection of Almar, Bishop of Elmham, valued at 12d.; the town was half a leuca long, and half a one broad, and paid 14d. half-penny gelt. (fn. 3)

Bishop Beaufoe gave this lordship with many other, to his see, and so it continues as I take it.

William de Scohies had also at the survey 10 freemen's land here, and at, &c. which Hugh held under him, &c. here was one caracute and an half and 13 acres of land, 2 borderers, 2 carucates and an half, and 13 acres of meadow, 5 saltworks, a church endowed with 5 acres, valued at 6d.—The manor valued before the survey at 40s. and then at 80s; the King and the Earl had the soc. (fn. 4)

William de Redham held this lordship in the 3d of Henry III. and granted by fine to the abbot of Langley, the church of Trikeby, and the abbot gave to William 2 acres of land in Stokesby, next the church-yard to the west.

William de Redham was returned to be lord in the 9th of Edward II. after this it came to the Berneys, and the Cleres of Stokesby, who held the whole town.

Abraham Castell, Esq. was lord and patron in 1677, and Robert Castell, Esq. who sold it in 1710, to Mr. Smith, merchant, of Yarmouth, who raised a great estate by exportation of malt to Holland, and Joshua Smith, Esq. was lord and patron in 1740.

The tenths were 2l. 10s.

The church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary, the rectory was appropriated to Langley abbey, and valued at 5l. the vicarage at 4 marks; Peter-pence 14d. ob.; the present valor is 6l. and is discharged.


1305, Ad. Warmele, instituted vicar, presented by the abbot of Langley.

1320, Andrew de Bedingham.

1324, Richard de Botone.

1331, John Godwyne.

1349, John de Wolterton.

1349, Richard Stok.

1359, Sam. Atketyl.

1361, John Rakedewe.

1369, Richard Bulderine.

1381, Peter de Heyham, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1388, Nicholas Swetyng.

1392, John Howesby.

1392, Thomas de Lodne.

1411, John Northill.

1416, William Arnold.

1419, John Wetherpyn.

1423, William de Hemmysby.

1492, Thomas Drawswerd by the Bishop, a lapse.

1498, Thomas Castyrby, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1515, Reginald Beverly.

1539, William Skerning, by Thomas Godsalve, Esq.

1554, Thomas Robinson, by the Bishop a lapse.

1557, William Ellice, by William Godsalve, Esq.

1560, Anth White, by Charles Clear, Esq.

1562, John Elingham. Ditto.

1566, Thomas Bretland. Ditto.

1571, John Thornhill. Ditto.

Ant. Wilmot, vicar.

1604, Moses Wood, by the assignees of Thomas Clere, Esq.

1607, John Holte, by Charles Clere.

1616, Rowld. Wilson, by ditto.

1652, Owen Thorneton, by John Brightmer, Gent.

1677, Robert Prattant, by Abraham Castell, Esq.

1683, Charles Coats, by ditto.

1687, Benjamin Ingram, by ditto.

1693, Robert Pate, by ditto.

1704, Thomas Martin, by Robert Castell, Esq.

Thomas Martyn, died rector in 1720, and was succeeded by Richard Gay Lucas, presented by Thomas Smith, Esq.

The church and chancel is covered with reed, and has a square tower.

On the north windows in many places are the arms of Gyggs; on an old board formerly part of the rood loft, are, in old characters,

Ric. Jh. captus estHic flagellat.—Hic crucifigiturHic deponitur.

On gravestones in the chancel,

Alex. Wilson, clerk, sep. Jan. 23, 1710, æt. 42.

Hic situs est Edvardus Warnes hand ita pridem ecclesiar. de Lammas et Hautebois, rector, vir probus et doctus, qui moriens magnus opes alendis pauperibus supremo suo testamento legavit, ob. 27, die 1700, ætatisq; suæ 87.

He left an estate of about 100l. per ann, to Yarmouth and Little Hautbois Hall, to the corporation of Norwich.

Here was the guild of St. Margaret.

The temporalities of the priory of Norwich were 3s. 2d.

The town seems to take its name from three streams, or brooks of water, here meeting,—Tre-ke-by, and thus, Tre-kes-ton or Threxton.

In the reign of King Edward IV. Botoner says the church was 46 spaces long, and 12 broad.


  • 1. Terre Regis qua. Godric servat. —In Trukeboj vi lib. ho'es Rad. Stalra xl ac. sep. i car. et dim. sal. et iiii ac. p'ti. et val. ix sol. Rex et Comes. soca.
  • 2. Terra Rogeri Bigoti—In Trikebyde iii lib. ho'es A. xxxi ac. tre. de duob; habuit. Ailwin comd. tantu. et de alio. Guerd. et sep. i car. et ii ac. p'ti. et val. iiii sol.
  • 3. Tre. Will. Epis. Tedfordens. de Feudo—In Trikebei i lib. ho. xii ii ac. tre. sub. Alm. Ep. comdatione tantu'. semp. dim. car et val. xiid. et ht. dim. lq. in long. et dim. in lat. et xiiiid. et obol. de gelto.
  • 4. Terra Will. de Scohies—In Trikebei tenet Hugo x libos ho'es. et in Maltebei. et in Filebei i car. tre. et dim. et xiii ac. sep. ii et ii car. et dim. et xiii ac. p'ti. v sal. i ecclia v ac. et val. vid. tc. val. xl. sol. mo. lxxx Rex et C. soca.