Blofield Hundred: Southwood

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1807.

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Francis Blomefield, 'Blofield Hundred: Southwood', An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7, (London, 1807), pp. 253-254. British History Online [accessed 22 June 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "Blofield Hundred: Southwood", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7, (London, 1807) 253-254. British History Online, accessed June 22, 2024,

Blomefield, Francis. "Blofield Hundred: Southwood", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7, (London, 1807). 253-254. British History Online. Web. 22 June 2024,

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This town occurs under the invasion, or seizures of the lands at the conquest, made without any title or grant from the Conqueror.—In Sutuude, Alsi, a freeman, held 4 acres of land under commendation. When Ralph Earl of Norfolk was deprived for rebellion, it was accounted for among the King's manors. At the survey, Rabel the carpenter possessed it, valued at 8d. (fn. 1) See also in Thorp, and Limpenhoe, in this hundred. Rabell, the artificer, or carpenter, had invaded, or seized on it, without any lawful grant from the Conqueror, and was lord at the survey. In the 3d of Richard I. Richard de Dunham owed 5 marks to have his right in 10l. lands here, and in Limpenhow, against Reginald de Hastings. Roger Fitz-Peter, and Edward de Eynford, had an interest herein, in the reign of Henry III. held of the manor of Mileham, by the grant of King William I. or purchase to Alan, son of Flaald, lord of Mileham; Richard, son of William de Suthwood, Walter Pye, and Nicholas Hobart, had a quarter of a fee of the manor of Mileham.

The Earl of Gloucester had also a lordship in the reign of Edward I.

Gerard de Eynford was lord, in the 9th of Edward II. of the manor of Mileham; and the heirs of Gerard, in the 20th of Edward III. of the Earl of Arundel, and John Steywar, held a quarter of a fee of the said manor.

Dionysia de Clere possessed it in the 3d of Henry IV. and in the family of Cleer it remained, in the reign of Philip and Mary; and Sir Edward Clere was lord and patron in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

From the Cleres it came to the Berneys of Reedham; after that to Sir James Edwards, and to Sir Lambert Blackwell, and Carteret Leathes, Esq. See in Limpenhow.

The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Edmund; old valor 6 marks;—Peter-pence 10d.—Carvage 2d ob.; the present valor is 2l. 3s. 4d. and is discharged.


Roger Kynlet, rector.

1313, John de Fleming, presented by Edmund Earl of Arundel.

1319, Richard de Dounton. Ditto.

1323, Thomas de Cleve. Ditto.

1325, John de Coliford. Ditto.

1335, Walter de Bradford, by Richard Earl of Arundel

Roger Caly, rector.

1357, Step, le Taliour.

1389, Thomas de Dene, by Richard, &c.

1391, John Benne. Ditto.

In 1547, John Waynhouse occurs rector.

The church is consolidated to Limpenhow.


  • 1. Invas.—In Sutuude, ten. i. lib. ho. Alsi, comd. T. R. E. qu. R. foris fecit, fuit in censu man. Reg. mo. ten. Rab. Carpentar. iiii. ac. tre. val. viiid.