Walsham Hundred: Wood-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, 'Walsham Hundred: Wood-Bastwick', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) pp. 95-97. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp95-97 [accessed 21 May 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "Walsham Hundred: Wood-Bastwick", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810) 95-97. British History Online, accessed May 21, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp95-97.

Blomefield, Francis. "Walsham Hundred: Wood-Bastwick", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11, (London, 1810). 95-97. British History Online. Web. 21 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-hist-norfolk/vol11/pp95-97.

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At the survey the King had 30 acres of land, 2 acres and a half, a carucate of meadow, valued at 16d. of which a freeman had been deprived; (fn. 1) the Conqueror had also the land of which a socman (of Gert as I take it) had been deprived, viz. 27 acres of land, a carucate and 3 acres of meadow, these Godric his steward took care of. (fn. 2)

This came by a grant from the Crown to the family of Le Veile. (fn. 3) In the 6th of Richard I. Emma, widow of Richard Le Veile, gave 15 marks for liberty to marry whom she would, and to have custody of her heir, and their land during the King's pleasure.

In the 10th of King John, Thomas Le Veile, conveyed by fine 40 acres of land to Walter, son of Robert Briton.

Sir Roger le Veile in the 4th of King Edward I. grants several lands here to his son John, and in Laringsete, &c. reserving an estate for life to himself, and John was returned to have a lordship in the 9th of Edward II.

John Veile, Esq. was living here in the 9th of Henry IV. and in the 6th of Henry VI. William Le Veile died lord of this manor, and of Laringset in Norfolk; and John was his son and heir, aged 16, and John le Veile was lord in the 5th of Edward IV.

Philip Curson, Gent. alderman of Norwich, by his will in 1502, appoints that Agnes his wife should have all her father's lands in this town, called Levyle's, for her life, and all his lands purchased here in Radworth and Sallows, to his son John, and his heirs male.

This Agnes was daughter and heir of John Le Veile, and John Curson and Frances his wife, convey it to John Walpole, Ao. 32 Henry VIII.

The abbey of St. Bennet at Holm, had a lordship at the survey, given as is said, to that convent, by King Edward the Confessor, consisting in King Edward's reign, of one carucate of land, and 20 acres, and 9 villains, one servus, with a carucate in demean, and one among the tenants, 14 acres of meadow, one runcus, and 20 sheep.

Nine socmen had also 46 acres, and a carucate, and 3 acres of meadow, valued at 20s. but at the survey at 40s. It was half a leuca long, and half a one broad, and paid 16d. gelt.

In 1250, the rent of assise of this manor was 41s. 5d. ob. and there were 61 acres of arable land at 4d. per acre. (fn. 4)

In the 15th of Edward I. the abbot had the assise of bread and beer, in the view of the King's bailiff of the hundred, and held the town as part of his barony.

The temporalities of the abbey in 1428, were valued at 10l. 6s. 1d. ob. On the exchange of lands between King Henry VIII. and Bishop Rugg, this manor of Wood Bastwick is not mentioned.

On October 12, 1545, this manor with the rectory, &c. was by way of exchange granted by Bishop Rugg, to John Corbet, Esq. for his manor of Bacon's in Ludham by the King's license; he was also lord of the manor of Le Veile's in this town; and Miles his son had livery of it in the first of Queen Elizabeth. In this family it continued till the death of Sir Thomas Corbet, Bart. who dying without issue, soon after the restoration of Charles II. it came to Elizabeth, one of his sisters, married to Robert Houghton, Esq. of Ranworth; and in 1698, there was an act of parliament to vest the estate of John Houghton, Esq. in Wood-Bastwick in trustees, for payment of his debts.

H. Harbord, Esq. patron in 1740, and lord.

The Church was dedicated to St. Fabian, and was appropriated to the abbey of St. Bennet of Holm, first by William Tarbe Bishop of Norwich, next by Bishop William Raleigh, and after by William de Suffield, Bishop, in 1249, and a vicarage was settled, valued with the appropriated rectory at 12 marks. (fn. 5) Peter-pence 16d. carvage 3d. The present valor is 3l. 6s and is discharged.

In the fourth year of King John, Ralph, abbot of Holm, was petent, Thomas Rydel and Cecilia his wife deforciants, of the 3d part of the advowson of this church, acknowledged to belong to the abbot, who gave to them half a mark of silver.

Ralph Goodwyn in 1518, gave to the edification of the steeple here, 13s. 4d.


In 1311, Henry Syward instituted vicar, presented by the abbot, &c. of Holm.

Thomas Herod, vicar.

1346, Walter Chervile.

1349, Jeffrey Josep, presented by the King, the abbey being void.

1400, John Parys, by the abbot.

On the exchange abovementioned, between Bishop Rugg and Corbet, the impropriated rectory and the patronage of the vicarage came to Corbet.

John Cowper vicar, Ao. 2d Edw. VI. occurs.

William Estwell, vicar,

Andrew Clerk vicar.

Thomas Pott, about 1600.

Benjamin Young, to Wood-Bastwick cum Panxford, by the Bishop.

1736, William Gerard, ditto, on Young's death.

Ralph de Beaufoe had a lordship here on the Conquest, of which Godric a freeman was deprived, 4 socmen belonging to Gresham had 7 acres of land, and one villain had 15 acres. Beaufoe had also a grant of the lands of Ulketel and Witheri, 2 freemen of King Herold's, who had 4 socmen, and the moiety of another, and 6 borderers, with 11 acres of land, and one of meadow, and half a carucate, valued in Gresham, and Ulketel held 40 acres of land, and 4 of meadow, valued in the same village of Gresham. (fn. 6) Of this see in Tunstal.

Nicholas Bond aliened to the prior of Beeston, in the 3d of Richard II. 2 messuages, 39 acres of land, 8 of heath, and 57s. rent in Wood Bastwick, Randworth, Panksford, &c.

Carhow priory temporalities were valued at 11s. and 4d. in 1428.

The tenths were 2l. 4s. Deducted 6s. 8d.


  • 1. Terre Regis—In Bastwici i lib. ho. xxx ac. t're. et ii ac. p'ti. et dim. car. et val. xvid.
  • 2. Terra Regis qua' Godric. servat. —In Bastuic— i soc. de xxvii ac. t're. et iii ac. p'ti. i car.
  • 3. Rot. pip. Ao. 6 Ric. I.
  • 4. Reg. de Hulmo. p. 96.
  • 5. Reg. Holm. f. 2, 3, and 43.
  • 6. Terra R. de Bellofago. — In Bastwic ten. Godric. i lib. ho. T.R.E. iiii soc. p'tinentes in Crosham vii ac. t're. et i vill. de xv ac. t're. In Bastuic ten. Ulketel et Withri ho'es Heroldi iiii car. et dim. et vi bor. xi ac. t're. et ac. p'ti. se'p. dim. car. et st. in p'tio. Gressaha'. en e'ad. villa tenet Ulketel xl ac. t're. iiii ac. p'ti. app'tiatu' e.