Hundred of Humble-Yard: Algar's-Thorp

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 5. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1806.

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'Hundred of Humble-Yard: Algar's-Thorp', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 5, (London, 1806) pp. 22-23. British History Online [accessed 14 April 2024]

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Is a hamlet to Great-Melton; it had a chapel, formerly parochial dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, but now long since demolished; it stood in a close called Maudlin close; Norwich Domesday says, that then the rectors of Melton St. Mary and All-Saints took all the profits belonging to the chapel, for which they were obliged at their charge to find a chaplain to serve in it; it had baptism, burial, and all signs of a mother church, and seven parishioners and their families; it is still called Thorp hamlet. In 1476, it was perpetually united to Melton All-Saints, though the chapel continued in use till the Dissolution, in the Conqueror's survey it is not named, being then part of Melton, which was given soon after to one Algar, from whom it took is name.

In 1198, Rob. de Riflai settled on Maud Prioress of Karhoe, and that convent, 7s. rent here, (fn. 1) to be received yearly of Alice Peverel, Humfry de Erlham, and Gerebert de St. Clere, and their heirs; and the Peverels gave so much after, that the prioress in 1279 was returned to hold in Melton and Algarthorp, of John Peverel, a quarter of a fee; and in 1428, that convent was taxed at 39s. 6d. for their temporalities here.

Jeffry son of Godfry de Algeresthorp gave two acres of land to the monks of Norwich, (fn. 2) with the consent of Sir Hubert Hacun of Great-Melton, his lord, Ric. Hacun his son, and Hubert Hacun his nephew; Will. Burch, parson of Horningtoft, being witness; and in 1491, the pitanciary of their monastery accounted for the profits of 2 acres in Algerysthorp by Bawburgh, which were given by Sir Gregory Lovel, Knt. for a pittance in the monastery on his obit day. The principal part or

Manor of Algar's-Thorp

Belonged to one Algar, of the gift of Mathew Peverel; in 1248, John le Breton, for siding with the French King, forfeited it; in 1249, Simon son of Will. de Melton, and Will. de Hereford had it, with Simon son of Herbert de Hetherset, and Maud de Melton; and in 1267, Simon de Melton was sole lord; in 1268, it was found before the justices itinerant then sitting at Diss in Norfolk, (fn. 3) that Bartholomew de Redham had unjustly disseized Richard Skilman of Hethersete, and in 1284, Barth. de Redham and Ric. Skilman, had unjustly disseized John son of the said Bartholomew, of 4 messuages, 60 acres of land, and 6s. rent here. In 1305, Simon de Hethersete and Cecily his wife had a release from Ric. Doche, or Doge, mercer, of London, who married Sibil, daughter of Nicholas de Hethersete. 1323, John le Graunger of Great Melton granted lands in Graunger's Croft, to Sir Simon de Hethersete, Knt. and Cecily his wife; this was soon after divided into many parts; Henry and Will. Lominour had some lands and rents, Jeffery Davy the younger of Marlingford, others, and James le Palmer, Thomas de Blickling, David Mercator, or Chapman, were, and had been, concerned in the manor called Skilman's. In 1401, Henry Lomnor, junior, had the biggest part, which joined to Hacon's; and the other parts afterwards were in the Wootons, Flowerdews, Corbets, and Davies.

The revenues of the monastery of Wimondham here, were given by Mat. Peverel, and Alice his wife, Richard son of Ribald, Hugh Noble, Jeffery Clerk, and Roger de Hereford.


  • 1. See vol. iv. p. 528.
  • 2. Regr. Sacriste, fo. 68, 9.
  • 3. Placita apud Disse an. 53 H. 3.