Hundred of Wayland

Pages 271-272

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 2. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1805.

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Wanelunt, as it was anciently called, or Wanelund, (fn. 1) is bounded on the east with the hundreds of Shropham and Fourhoe, on the west by Grimeshou and South-Greenehou, on the south by Shropham, and on the north by South-Greenehou and Mitford. At the Conquest it belonged to the Crown, and paid 40s. by Godric, who farmed it of the Conqueror. It was given by King John, with the hundred of Grimeshou and manor of Saham, to Sir Roger de Thony, or Tony, and his heirs, from which time it passed with Grimeshou (as you may see at p. 148) till the year 1662, and then it was divided and sold by William Crane, of Wood-Rising, Esq.

Part of it came to the Wrights, and Mr. Wright, late of Brandon in Suffolk, son of the Rev. Mr. Wright, vicar of Stepney, enjoys it, and hath the leets of Thompson, Griston, Caston, Ashill, Ovington, and Threxton.

And part, viz. the leets of the Carbrooks to Rob. Clayton, Gent, afterwards Sir Rob. Clayton of London, Knt. along with Carbrook manors, with which they have passed ever since.

The hundred is a deanery of itself, denominated from Breccles, the head town at that time; it is subject to the Archdeacon of Norwich, had a bailiff and two coroners in Edward the First's time; it paid to the tenths 75l. 11s. 6d. clear. It was let at five marks in 1267, and at 3l. 5s. in Henry the Eighth's time; the manors of Breecles, Watton, Saham, Stow, and Merton, having their own leets belonging to them, render them independent of the hundred, which at this time [1738] contains 15 towns, of which I shall begin with Breccles, the ancient residence of the Deans of Breccles.

This deanery was taxed at 6s. 8d. and the Archdeacon of Norwich received of the dean for synodals every Michaelmass, 16s. 4d. for synodals every Easter, 16s. 4d. and for Peter-pence every Easter, 20s.; (fn. 2) it was in the Bishop's gift, who collated the following


1310, 7 kal. June, Peter de Bosco, de Parva Elingham, accolite.

1320, 11 kal. Oct. Robert Atte Wode, de Elingham, sub-deacon.

1323, 4 id. June, Martin de Innyng, sub-deacon. The Bishop's chaplain. Change with Besmere deanery.

1323, 5 kal. Dec. John de Meleburn, sub-deacon, the Bishop's chaplain. Ditto.

1339, 19 March, Rob. de Austerby, accolite.

1352, 6 Feb. Thomas de Hemenhale, accolite.

1377, 9 Oct. John de Bosworth, clerk.

1388, 8 Oct. John Shepmeadow, clerk.

1390, 10 Nov. Joan Pykes, clerk.

1398, 14 Aug. James de Horsford, clerk.

1400, 8 Oct. Nicholas Broun, clerk.

1404, 12 Oct. Tho. Wylimott, clerk.

1409, 3 Aug. John Watlyngton, priest.

1466, pen. Sep. James Lawys, at whose institution it was consolidated to the deanery of Cranwich. (fn. 3)


  • 1. That is wet, squeazy land, and such is the whole hundred.
  • 2. Domesd. Norw.
  • 3. See the Deans of Cranwich.