An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 7. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1807.
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A little village or hamlet, now consisting of two or three farmhouses, was held partly (at the survey) by Rainald, son of Ivo, and Hermerus de Ferrariis. Rainald seized on a freeman who held 9 acres of land, and was under protection only, valued at 8s. and 1d.; (fn. 1) this was held by the Derhams with other lands as part of his manor in Derham, which the said family held also of the Earls of Clare, who inherited the possessions of the aforesaid Ivo. In the said family it continued many years: Robert Derham had livery of the manor of Roxham in Queen Elizabeth's reign, and Thomas Derham was lord in the 21st of James I.; after this it came to the Prats of Riston, where it now remains.
The Lords Bardolf held also lands in this place in capite: William, son of Hermerus de Bexwell, gave by deed, sans date, to Henry, son of Joceline de Walpool, all his right in lands with a fishery of the Creek's end; this was possessed by Simon de Walpole, in the reign of Edward II. and was part of the manor of Walpole, in Riston, which extended into this township; William Barsale had also some part or share of it, as had John de Wesenham in the 15th of Richard II. who conveyed then to John de Fincham the fishery of Redebeach here, &c. John Walsheff, or Waltershefe, was lord in the reign of Henry VII. About the reign of James the First, Sir Thomas Lovell and Edmund Skipwith had a right herein; soon after it came to the Pratts, the present possessor being Roger Pratt, Esq.
The abbot of West-Derham had messuages and lands here, in the tenure of William Carter, given September 12, in the 36th of Henry VIII. to John Eyre, Esq. and in the 6th of Elizabeth, concealed lands with tithes here, and in Barsale, were granted to Edward Dyer and H. Cressener, April 10. (fn. 2)
Lands also belonging to Pentney abbey, were granted September 6, in the 4th and 5th of Philip and Mary, to Francis Chaloner and William Butler.
The lete of this town, joined with that of West-Derham, was in Sir George Hare.—Fee 2s. 8d.
It is probable here was formerly a church or chapel; Riston cum Roxham rectories being mentioned as part of the revenues of the see of Norwich.