Hundred of Henstede: Framlingham-Picot

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 Henstede: Framlingham-Picot', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 5, (London, 1806) pp. 435-437. British History Online [accessed 1 March 2024]

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Was separated from Framlingham-Earl very early, when Roger Bigot Earl of Norfolk gave to his beloved cousin Reiner Picot, Knt. and his heirs male, for the acceptable services that he did him in feats of arms, and other honourable deeds, to his great credit and praise, with the King's special leave, all Framlingham-Picot, with the advowson of the church there; also his whole manor, and services of all the tenants belonging to it; and all liberties whatever, with a fald for 500 sheep, going in Framlingham, Bramerton, Kirby, and Rockland; with view of frankpledge over all the tenants, free bull and free boar; hunting, hawking, and fishing, as well in Framlingham, as in all the Earl's adjacent manors; to hold them as freely as the Earl received them of the King, when he knighted him: and at the same time, he constituted the said Reiner and his heirs male, marshal of his household and castle of Framlingham in Suffolk, with all perquisites, customs, and profits, thereto belonging; with liberty to take two bucks every summer, and one doe every winter, at what time they please: witnesses to this deed were, Clerewald his son, and Baldwin his brother; Robert and Will. de Saham, Will. Blomevile, Roger de Poryngland, Will. de Kirby, and others; (the seal is the same as in vol. ii. p. 113,) I find Will. Picot and Rob. Malherbe lords soon after; and Rob. Picot, who held in Suffolk two fees of the new feofment of Roger Bigod; in 1235, Ralf Picot was lord and patron. In 1249, John Picot was fined for not having taken the honour of knighthood; he was succeeded by Ralf Picot, who held one fee in Suffolk of the old feoffment, of Nigel Bishop of Ely; in 1306, he and Maud his wife presented to this church; and in 1312, settled the manor on themselves, with remainder to George and William their sons, and Emma and Christian their daughters; and then on Richolda, wife of Nic. de Ingham. In 1317, Maud Picot had it, who remarried to Nic. de Castello, or Castle, of Stanfield; for in 1333, they presented Geo. Pycot her son; and in 1352, it seems they were both living; her grandson, Ralf Picot, son (as I take it) of Will. Picot, succeeded; and in 1361, his son Gregory Picot: in 1396, Barth. Picot, Esq. lived here, as did his son Tho. Pygot, or Picot, Esq. in 1434, but was removed to Stradsete in Suffolk in 1437; his son Thomas was lord here and of Stradsete, and left them to John Picot, Esq. his son, who married Joan daughter of Peter Bedingfield, Esq. and died in 1546, leaving one daughter Alice, and one son and heir named John, then one year old only; he was succeeded by Francis Pigot, Esq. who sold it to Rob. Gawsell of Shotesham, Esq. and afterwards Francis Lane sold it to Jane daughter of Anthony Sparrow, late Bishop of Norwich, who married Richard Webster, clerk, and they sold it to Sam. Nedham, rector of Dicleburgh in Norfolk; it was afterwards purchased by the father of

John Pell, Esq. alderman of Norwich, who is the present lord and patron.


1244, Tho. le Bygod.

1306, Ric. Pykot. Ralf Pykot of Framelingham and Maud his wife. He resigned in

1317, to John de Pounches. Maud de Pykot. He changed for Fornham St. Martin in

1318, with Tho. de Stockton.

1321, Ralf de Barsham.

1333, George Pycot. Nic. de Castello or Castle, of Stanefield, and Maud his wife, who in 1338, presented

Gregory Pycot; and in

1339, Rob. son of Adam de Morley, who resigned the same year, and they gave it to

John Tassel, on whose resignation in 1348, in exchange for Cavenham, they presented

John son of Ralf Mall, and in

1349, John son of Richard de Hemplond, and in

1352, John Akwra, or Aquora, whose will was proved in 1361, when Gregory Picot presented

John de Bresele. In 1396, Barth. Picot of Framlingham, Esq. gave it to

John Malpas, who was buried here in 1404, and in

1405, Jeff. son of Rob. Cock of Howton; and in

1407, John Fyke had it of the same patrons gift, who in 1416, presented

Simon Aleyn, who exchanged it in 1428, for Stanninghall, with Stephen Paly. In

1431, Simon Dykon of Biteryng, and John Barnard, gave it to Tho. Harleston, who resigned in 1434, and Tho. Pigot, or Picot, Esq. gave it to Nic. Trowth, on whose resignation in

1437, Rob. Ker had it, by the gift of Tho. Pigot of Stradsete, Esq. who in 1443, presented

Peter Cantele, and in

1448, Ralf Reynor (who was deprived) had it of the donation of John Rawlee, &c.

1453, Rob. Bennet. Thomas Pycot of Framlingham; in 1462, he gave it to

Tho. Eytop, who was deprived in

1464, and Tho. Picot of Stradsete, gave it to brother

John Winter; and in

1504, John Sheriff had it by lapse, and the next year it was really united to Framlingham-Earl, and so continued till 1661, (fn. 1) as you may see at p. 433, to which I refer you.

1661, Christopher Athow was presented by Rob. Gawsell of Shotesham, Esq. and held it with Framlingham-Earl by personal union; at his death in 1669, the said patron gave it to

Samuel Snowden, at whose resignation in 1673, he presented Samuel Hancock, who held it by union with the other Framlingham. In

1698, Tho. Cooper, clerk, was presented by Samuel Needham, rector of Dickleburgh, and Peter Parham, M. D.

Mr Richard French, the present rector, holds it united to the consolidated rectory of Burgh cum Apeton, with the mediety of Holveston.

At the time of making Norwich Domesday, the heir of Sir William Picot was lord and patron; the rector had a house and 30 acres, now no house, but 25 acres two roods of glebe: it was valued at 8 marks, and pays 1s. 6d. synodals, 6s. 8d. procurations, 10d. Peter-pence, and 5d. carvage; and the whole town (which is left out of Saxton's map) paid 50s. to each tenth.

3l. 6s. 8d. Framlingham Picot Rectoria. 37l. Sworn clear yearly value.

So that it is discharged of first-fraits and tenths, and is capable of augmentation.

The church is very small, and never had a steeple, but a bell hanging on the outside, in an arch at the west end. The nave is only eleven yards long and seven broad; the chancel six yards square; both, as the south porch, are tiled: this is also dedicated to St. Andrew. In the nave on the south side, is a low altar-tomb, but no inscription; on a brass plate is this,
Alle Men that do my Sepulture behold t see, On me John Buntyng shew your Charite. Buried Aug. I. M. ccccco.

In the porch, Edward Watson, an humble admirer of free-grace, 1722, 68. Amy his wife, 1725, 70.

Strict is the way to heaven, and strait the Gate, Few enter in, because they strive too late, Be therefore ready now, as you would dye, Our Works are Seeds, sown for eternity.

In 1501, Stephen Stamford was buried between the font and the church-door.


  • 1. Rogerus Pygott, armiger, patronus, Theophilus Grenawaye, clericus, rector. Estimatio ejusdem, 3l. 13d 4d. Proc. Episcopi 20d. Sinod. 1s. 6d. Procurac. Dni. Archidiaconi 6s. 8d. retinet ctiam ecclesiam de Framelingham Comitis per quandam realem unionem tritam et clarè ratam, penes Registrarium Dni. Episcopi remanentem. Revis. Archid. Norf. 1630. In 1603, both the Framlinghams had 60 communicants. In 1562, Thomas Witherel of this town purchased the next turn of Francis Pigot, and conveyed it to Hen. Witherel, A.B. of Harleston.