Hundred of Henstede: Little Poringland

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: Little Poringland', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 5, (London, 1806) pp. 444-447. British History Online [accessed 21 April 2024]

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Little Poringland manor belonged also to the Norfolk families, as a member of their manor of Framlingham, and continues so now; there is lete, free-warren, and assize of bread and ale, belonging to it; as did the advowson, till granted off, with divers lands, by the Bigots: the church was demolished before the year 1540; there are few ruins of it now to be seen, the highest piece of wall being about 7 feet high only: it was dedicated to St. Michael, whose image stood in the chancel, in the usual place of the imago principalis, or patron's image, which was always on the north side of the altar, mostly against the east wall, or at the very corner. When Norwich Domesday was taken, the patronage was in seven parts, William le Monney de Gowthorp, Wil. Lerer de Dunstone, Wil. son of Nic. de Dunstone, Edm. de Carleton, Tho. de Framlingham, and others; the rector had a house and 4 acres of land; it was valued at 40s. but being not taxed, is not in the King's Books; it paid 6d. Peter-pence, 3d. carvage, 12 d. synodals, and 7s. 7d. ob. archdeacon's procurations.


In Edw. the First's time Ralf was rector.

1307, Edm. de Carleton settled a fifth part of the advowson on his son Alexander. In

1312, Peter le Money of Gowthorp. for his turn, gave it to Will. de Dunston. In 1314, John de Dunston gave his turn to Oliver de Witton.

1322, Ric. Weston of Norwich was presented by Eustace le Moyne of Cruchestoke. In 1323, Rob. de Dunston gave it to

Will. de Dunston, subdeacon. In 1332, Will. de Burgo, or Burgh, chaplain, and John de Burgh and Joan his wife, settled it on themselves, and the heirs of John, against the heirs of Alice de Burgh. In

1349, Edm. de Carleton was presented by Sir Peteb Spirhard of Fakenham, who granted to this rector, and his heirs, a small piece of land joining to the churchyard, and the fifth part of the advowson appendant to it; he was succeeded by

John de Kimberlee, who resigned in 1372, and Simon Blickling, citizen of Norwich, gave it to

Ric. Lystere, on whose quitting it the next year, John Left presented

John Kirkehouse of Shouldham, succeeded in

1388, by John de Brunthorp. In 1395, John de Dunston and Maud his wife settled a fourth part of the advowson on Sir Edmund de Thorp, Knt. John Reymes, and others. In

1406, John atte Dam in Oxburgh had it, and the same year, Rog. Blickling, citizen of Norwich, gave it to

Rob. Leghun, who soon resigned, for the next year

John Witton had it by lapse, who changed for Swerdeston with Walkeline Percomb, and he in 1412, for Rede, with

Simon Aleyn, who was presented by Sir Thomas Erpingham, Knt. In 1416, Clement Herward, Rog. Blickling's feoffee in the manor of Gowthorp in Swerdeston (to which this patronage was said to be appendant) presented

John Rede of Peterburgh, who was buried in the chancel in

1422. I find no presentation at his death, till 1432, when

Will. Wirmod had it by lapse, who changed for Berghapeton, in

1434, with Rog. Philpot, who was presented by Rob. Blickling: his successour,

Walter Windeshore, resigned in 1463, and John Winter had it of the gift of John Gosselyn, then patron; he lived at Little-Poringland, and by his will dated 1505, (fn. 1) ordered his body to be buried in the "Grave redy made withynne the chaunsell of Lityl Poryngland, Item, I wyll and bequethe to the fyndyng of v Lights callid halff quarter Candells to brenne in the honour of the v Wounds of our Lord God, and the v Joies of our Lady St. Mary, to brenne upon my Grave every Holyday in Tyme of Dyvyne Service, coming of the Profights of suche Londes as hereafter shall appear remayning in my feofees Hands to that Use and Intent, to be found perpetuall. Item, I wyll and bequethe that my place in Caster called Hawes, with all the appurtenances, viz. Lands, Medues, Woods, Rents, and Services thereto belonging, withyne the Hundred of Hensted; and also all my Lands, Medues, woods, with appurtenances in the town of Intwood, Swerdeston, et Carleton, or withynne the Hundred of Humilyerd, shall remayne and goo to the fynding of a good and honest Secular Prest, that shall be Parson of the said Church of Lytyl Poryngland, with the Profights and Revenues that shall come of the said benefice, (fn. 2) shall be downlieng and uprising ther, to pray for me, and for my Frends, that I had the good of, withynne the Town of Litil Poringlond: This to be done and performed by the Advice of my Lord Bishop of Norwich, Master James Hubberd the King's Attorney, and Master Dr. Hare, Chauncelor of my said Lord of Norwich, after the Ordur and Form of Law and good consciens. I wull that the said Messuage, Lands, &c. shall remayne ever in Feofees Hands, of 12 of the best of the Hundred. The King and chieff Lords of the Fee to be served of due Right and Custom; the which I wull myn Executors and myn Feofees namyd shall pay them; that is to say, John Hall Gentylman, Thomas Sparrowe, Will. Sire, Rob. Hotte, Herry Baker, John Dussing Junior, John Osberne, John Hare, Tho. Gooche, Rob. Leman, Rob. Rede and Barth. Meeke; and ever whan it so happeth, that it shall come to the number of 4 Persons, than I wull it shall ever be renued and taken a new State thereof ageyn to that Use and Intent aforenamyd, and fynding of the Lights afore wretyn, provided the same Land, &c. to remayn in the Hands of my Executors and Supervisors, (Executors, Tho. Wright, John Halle Gent. Andrew Sire, and Ric. Matchet; James Hubberd and Dr. Hare, Supervisors,) during the Nonage of my Sone Leonard's Children, and to him that is eldest alive at 24 Years, the Lands &c. to remayn in his Hand, to the Use aforesaid; and if any of the Children of my Brother Leonard break any of the abovesaid Points of my Will, then my Feffes alyve, shall turn him out and take the said Profitts, and pay the said Prest. Provided that if the King's Laws will not suffer it, but will annex the Church of Littil Poryngland to any other Church thereby, then the said Messuage and Lands, &c. to remayn to the next of my blood." (fn. 3) So that upon the union of the church to Great Portland, the estate went to the heir at law.

1527, Tho. Tudenham, alias Mileham, a canon of Hempton, had it by lapse, and in 1529, Martin Gostlyn presented

Tho. Green, who held by a personal union with PorlandMagna. In

1546, Hugh Duddesbury was presented by Hen. Doyly, Esq. in right of Margaret his wife, (who, I suppose, was a Gostlyn,) and held it really united to Porland-Magna, and personally united to Howe; and in 1507, Hen. Doyly presented

John Gascoign, at whose death they were disunited again; and in 1611, Edm. Doyly, Esq. gave it to

John Bury, who held it united to Stoke-Holy-Cross; he was succeeded by

Will. Coppin, who died rector of this, and Great Porland, in 1624, and Roger Castell, guardian to Edmund Doyly, Gent. gave it to

John Nash, A. B. (fn. 4) 1635, Edm. Doyly, Esq. presented

Robert Legge, at whose death, Sir Will. Doyly, Knt. in 1662, gave it

Oliver Harrison, and soon after to

John Goddard; his successour,

John Paris, died rector of this and Great Porland. In 1696, Tho. Hacon was collated by lapse, and held it with Yelverton; and in 1734, 22 Jul.

The Rev. Mr. Charles Wadesworth had it by lapse; and the advowson being purchased by him of the Doylies, it was consolidated upon the statute to the rectory of Howe.


  • 1. Regr. Spyltymer, fo. 82.
  • 2. Depositions for the rector for tithe wood in a close by Hotts-lane, and that that land lies in Porland-Parva, and not in Stoke. A° 1555, A. 45, 56, 57, &c.
  • 3. He had two daughters; Margaret, married to Ric. Matchet, and Eliz. to Thomas Wright. His son Leonard had by Margaret his wife, Martin, who had Gosselyn's or Carleton's messuage and estate in Little Porland; John, to whom he gave an estate at Hawe; James, who had his estates in Framlingham's, and Jone their sister had his estate in Apeton and Yelverton.
  • 4. Edmundus Doylie Armiger patronus, Joh. Nash incumbens, rectoria non taxatur. Sinod. 12d. procur. archid. 7s. 7d. ob. Ecclesia penitus demolita. Revisio Archidiaconat. Norf. 1630.