North Erpingham Hundred: Antingham

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.

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Francis Blomefield, 'North Erpingham Hundred: Antingham', An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8, (London, 1808), pp. 74-80. British History Online [accessed 17 June 2024].

Francis Blomefield. "North Erpingham Hundred: Antingham", in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8, (London, 1808) 74-80. British History Online, accessed June 17, 2024,

Blomefield, Francis. "North Erpingham Hundred: Antingham", An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8, (London, 1808). 74-80. British History Online. Web. 17 June 2024,

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Roger Bigot, ancestor to the Earls of Norfolk, had, at the survey, two borderers, who held of him half a carucate of land, which was valued under the said Roger's manor of Suffield; and Torstin, son of Wido, held under Roger, what 3 freemen held in King Edward's reign, under Almarus Alwold and Anspatus: viz one carucate and an half of meadow, with 4 villains and 4 bordarers; and 2 carucates of the tenants, valued at 25s. but at the survey at 36s. per ann. (fn. 1)

The ancient family of De Antingham was enfeoffed of it under the Bigots, probably descended from Torstin.

Stephen de Antingham, and Nicholas, his son, occur sans date. (fn. 2) Nicholas, son of Walter, released to Roger de Antingham, all his right in a carucate of land here, and in Walsham, which was Bartholomew de Antingham's in the 3d of Henry III.

In the 16th of Edward I. Bartholomew de Antingham died lord, and of Herburgh, some place near this town, and Roger was his son and heir, aged 4 years; held of the abbot of St. Bennet of Holme, (as then said,) by the service of 12s. 4d. per ann.; and in the 9th of Edward II. Roger de Antingham was lord; in the 15th of that King, he had free warren here and in Bradfield, and was the King's valet. Selden observes that valet was anciently with us (as in France,) a name specially denoting young gentlemen of great descent and quality. (fn. 3) By Amitia, his wife, he was father of Bartholomew de Antingham, and in the 39th of Edward III. Bartholomew de Antingham was lord.

After this it was in the Wichinghams, of Wichingham Magna; (fn. 4) Nicholas Wichingham, Esq. and Joan, his 2d wife, held their first court here in the 4 of Henry V. Joan, his widow, and Edmund her son and heir, held in the 28 of Henry VI. (fn. 5) and in the 2d of Edward IV. it was settled on the said Edmund, and Alice, his wife, daughter and heir of Sir John Fastolf, for life; on a division of his estate, it was the part or share of Joan, (one of his 4 daughters and coheirs,) married to Robert Longstruther, Esq. who dying without issue, she remarried Robert Bois, Esq. 2d son of Sir Roger Bois of Honing, and held her first court in the 14 of the said King, then widow of Robert Bois, by whom she had a daughter, Catherine, married to Edmund Jenney, of Knattshall in Suffolk, knight, who held his first court in the first of Richard III. and was father of William Jenney, Esq. who married, first Etheldreda, or Dorothy, daughter of Robert Clere of Ormesby, Esq. and held a court in the 11th of Henry VII. and another in the 20 of that King, with Elizabeth, his 2d wife, daughter of— Briton of London, Esq. by whom he had Francis, his son, who in the 6th of Edward VI. made a lease of this manor for years (after the decease of his mother, Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Nevill) to Thomas Hunt, who assigned it to Thomas Gryme, Gent. Francis married Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Peyton of Isleham in Cambridgeshire; and in the 12th of Elizabeth, sold all his right to Gryme.

Thomas Gryme married Amphillis, daughter of Robert Themilthorp of Folsham, Esq. Amphillis, his widow, held it in the 35th of the said Queen; and afterwards married John Kemp, 2d son of Sir Robert Kemp, of Gissing in Norfolk; they settled it on Robert Kemp of Gissing, Esq. who was lord in the 8 of James I. and in 1700, Sir Robert Kemp, Knt. was lord; and William Kemp, Esq. 2d son of Sir Robert, in 1705.

Antingham bore sable, a bend, argent. Bois, argent, two bars and a canton, gules, a bend over all, sable. Jenny, ermin, a bend, gules, between two bendlets, or. Briton, azure, two chevrons and as many mullets in chief, or. Kemp, gules, three garbs in a bordure engrailed, or.

To this lordship belonged the church of St. Mary, in this town, which was a rectory, anciently valued at 5 marks. In Henry the Third's time there were two medieties, but in the reign of Edward I. it appears to be divided into 4 parts or portions.

In the 3d year of Henry III. Reginald, abbot of St. Bennet's de Hulmo, conveyed to Roger de Antingham the moiety of the advowson of this church, and Roger paid to him 40s. sterling on this account; and William le Ruse died rector in the 37th of that King.

In the 4th of Edward I. William de Pirnho claimed a fourth part of the advowson, but John de Creke, who married one of the heirs of Bartholomew de Antingham, recovered it against him; about this time, Roger Bigot Earl of Norfolk, Earl-Marshal and capital lord of this manor, was patron of one portion; John de Creke, patron of another; Bartholomew de Antingham, patron of a 3d portion; and Hugh de Falkenour of a fourth Peter-pence were 6d. q. The present valor is 6l. 3s. 1d. and is discharged from first fruits and tenths.


In 1280, Thomas occurs rector.

1305, Ralph Aubre, instituted to a fourth part, presented by Sir John Bovill, son of William.

1308, John de Hemingsburgh, to a fourth by the King.

1311, Robert de Hemmyngburgh to a fourth, by Thomas de Brotherton Earl of Norfolk.

1325, Jeffrey de Loftegrave to a fourth. Ditto

1327, Edmund de Brewse to a fourth, by Sir Thomas Latimer.

1333, John de Creting to a fourth. Ditto.

1334, William de Swerdeston to a mediety, by Sir Roger de Antingham.

1334, Thomas de Preston to a mediety. Ditto.

1335, Richard Marcom to a mediety. Ditto.

1338, William de Creting to a fourth, by Sir Thomas Latymer.

1349, John Mondegome to a fourth. Ditto.

1351, John Godknape to a fourth, by the Bishop of Norwich, a lapse.

1366, Simon de Ramsey to a fourth, by George de Felbrigge.

1370, Jeffrey Josep to a fourth, by John de Wolterton and George Felbrigge,

1371, John Masoun to a fourth, by George Felbrigge.

1385, Henry Gille to a fourth, by Margaret Countess of Norfolk.

1386, Robert Walters to a fourth, by Sir George Felbrigge.

1387, Robert Debenham, by Margaret Countess of Norfolk.

1388, Reginald Crowe to a mediety, by Margaret de Wychingham; this Margaret was now widow of Sir William de Wichingham.

1395, John Pecok to a mediety, by Nicholas de Wychingham.

Thomas Day, rector of a third part.

1409, William Ham, by Sir John Gymye.

1412, Thomas Bowde to a third, by Sir Miles and Sir Brian Slapleton.

1414, John Ham to a mediety, by John Hevenyngham, feoffee of Nicholas Wychingham.

1437, Richard Wyston, by Joan Wychingham.

1446, Jeffrey Lesyngham to a third part, by Robert Lyston, Gent. his right came as heir to the Carbonells, and Sir John Bovill, &c.

1450, John Cley to a mediety, by Joan, relict of Nicholas Wychingham.

1452, John Burgeys to a third, by John Duke of Norfolk.

1467, William Kyng to two parts, by Robert Lyston of Badingham in Suffolk, Esq.

Henry Keson, rector.

1502, Symon Rysing, by Andrew Sulyard, Esq. and Margery his wife, Ed. Rouse, and Margaret his wife.

John Coote, rector.

1538, John Cocke, by Elizabeth Potkyn, late wife of William Jenney, Esq.

1554, Edmund Ingloss, by the assignees of Sir Edmund Windham.

1558, Nicholas Church, by Thomas Duke of Norfolk.

1570, William Halle, (in 1603, he returned 60 communicants,) by Thomas Gryme, Gent.

1614, Thomas Smith, by Robert Kemp.

1616, Sam. Withe, by John Windham, Esq. who recovered it against Robert Kemp.

1635, Edward Rowse, by Thomas Earl of Arundel.

William Starkey, rector.

1660, Robert Bullock, by John Wyndham, Esq.

1675, Nicholas Pollard, by the assignees of Henry Earl of Norwich.

1679, George Raymond, by Robert Kemp, Esq.

1690, Robert Harvey, by Ash Windham, Esq.

1701, Thomas Gill, by Thomas Duke of Norfolk.

1705, Francis Gardiner, by Robert Kemp, Esq.

1710, Thomas Dunch, by Ash Windham, Esq.

1718, William Webb, by John Anstis, Esq.

1754, Isaac Horsely, by Sir William Harbord, Bart.

In this church were the guilds of St. John Baptist, St. Margaret and St. Mary, Trinity altar and St. Nicholas's light.—In the church, a grave-stone,

In memory of Ralph Berney, who married —, sister of Sir William Fermour.

One for

John Cuddon, son of George Cuddon, Esq. who married Anne Berney.

Under a marble grave-stone at the east end of the nave, as you enter the chancel, was the portraiture of Richard Calthorp, Esq. and Anne his wife, and 19 children. On a brass plate,

Here under lyeth buried Richard Calthorp, Esq. (son of John Calthorp of Cockthorpe, Esq.) and Anne, his wife, daughter of Sir Edmund Hastings, late wife of Richard Reymes, Esq. of Oxstrand, by whom he had 19 sons, and daughters; he departed this life January 30, 1554, and the said Anne deceased March 19, 1562. —God be praised.

A grave stone,

In memory of Bertram Calthorp, Esq. 15th child of Richard and Ann;—on it his arms, and those of Tichbourn, impaled, and 6 daughters on their knees.

On a grave-stone in the chancel,

Orate p. a'ia Henrici Keson nup. rectoris istius eccl'ie, obijt 26 Oct. 1505.

Against the wall of the chancel on an alabaster monument,

Here resteth the body of John Kemp, Esq. second son of Robert Kemp of Gissing, Esq. who had issue by Anne, daughter of Robert Cuddon, Esq. Robert, his son and heir, who erected this monument, and died November 18, 1610.

In the windows are the arms of Calthorp and Hastings, impaled; also Jermy and Calthorp, and Kemp and Calthorp.

Robert Jenney of this town, gent. was buried according to his will, dated December 6, 1560, in this church.

Robert Lyston of Badingham in Suffolk, Esq. by his will, dated 28th September, and proved 1484, orders that his feoffees of this advowson, &c. should settle it on Isabel, his wife, for life, to maintain John his son, and for his daughter's portion; remainder to John, his son.

St. Bennet's Manor.

The abbey of St. Bennet of Holme held here in King Edwards reign, and at the survey, a lordship consisting of 2 carucates of land, two villains, and 6 borderers, 2 carucates in demean, and 2 among the tenants; paunage for 4 swine, 2 acres of meadow, 2 runci, 3 cows, &c. 6 sheep; and 3 freemen belonged to it, who could either give or sell their land, containing half a carucate of land, and a carucate and an acre of meadow; valued in King Edward's time at 30s. at the survey at 40s. It was 8 furlongs long, 5 and an half broad, and paid 13d. halfpenny gelt. (fn. 6)

In the 6th of Henry I. this lordship belonged to the chamberlain of St. Bennet's abbey; (fn. 7) and in the reign of Henry II. the abbot had a precept to hold it freely, as Adam, the steward of the abbey had acknowledged it to be freely his, and held of the abbey.

Peter de Alto Bosco, or de Hautbois, gave to King John, in his 12th year, 20 marks, to have seisin of it, and that of Thurgarton, with the hundred of Tunstead, and the stewardship of the abbey, which he claimed of the abbot; but in the 19th of Henry III. the said Peter released all his right. (fn. 8)

In 1257, the chamberlain held it, with a mill, &c. and in the 3d of Edward I. the jury for the hundred present, that the abbot would not permit his brewers and maltsters in this town and Antingham, to appear before the King's bailiffs at the lete for the hundred; but the abbot waved his right.

In 1428, the chamberlain held it. At the Dissolution, on the exchange of lands, &c. between the King, and the Bishop of Norwich, it was granted to that see; and in the 4th and 5th of Philip and Mary, Robert Rugg farmed it of the Bishop at 6l. 17s. 2d. per ann. with all the messuages, lands, fisheries, liberties, foldage, &c. in Antingham, Bradfield, Felmingham, and Thorp, and had a lease of it for 99 years, and the Bishop is the present lord.

To this lordship belonged the patronage of the church of St. Margaret of Antingham, a rectory formerly valued at 6 marks; the abbot of St. Bennet had a portion of tithe in it of 20s. per ann. and the chamberlain one of 13s. 4d. the present valor is 5l. 6s. 8d. and is discharged from first fruits and tenths.—The pension, on a suit with the rector, was acknowledged by him to be paid on account of 2 parts of the tithes of the abbot's demean lands, and all the small tithe of the said manor that belonged to the abbot.


In the reign of Edward I. the rector had 10 acres of land, but no manse.

In 1291, Thomas occurs rector.

1302, Walter de Pickering instituted, presented by the abbot.

1304, John de Norton, by the King, in the vacancy of the abbey.

1318, Robert de Carleton, collated by Garcellinus, Cardinal St. Marcellinus, and vice-chancellor of the Pope.

1331, Ralph de Welyngham, by the abbot.

1433, John Shaw. Ditto.

1447, Thomas Apylton. Ditto.

1463, And. Belle. Ditto.

1468, Sim. Aleyn. Ditto.

1473, Thomas Cook. Ditto.

1504, Sim. Holle, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1518, Thomas Gardiner, by the abbot.

1519, Edmund Halteman. Ditto.

1528, John Godbere.

1554, Robert Church, by Robert Rugge, citizen and alderman of Norwich, by virtue of his lease, as I take it, of this manor from the Bishop.

1559, Richard Gatefeld, by Franc. Rugge.

1560, Nicholas Church, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1570, William Fasset. Ditto.

1582, John Wright. Ditto: in 1603, he returned 56 communicants, and was vicar of Ludham.

1610, William Starkey, by the Bishop.

1617, Edmund Wilson. Ditto.

1662, Robert Bullock. Ditto.

1675, Nicholas Pollard. Ditto.

1679, George Raynsond, by the Bishop.

1690, Robert Harvey. Ditto.

1701, Thomas Jeffrey. Ditto.

1736, John Fowke, by the Bishop.

In the porch was the image of St. Margaret.

In the 3d year of King Edward III. John Earl Warren had an homage, or lordship here, valued at 10l. per ann. which King Henry II. gave to Hamelin Plantaginet Earl Warren and Surrey, belonging to his lordship of Gimingham, at a place here, called Hulver.

Sir Thomas Bedingfeld and Alice his wife, and Firmin Rokewode, Esq. son and heir apparent of Alice, conveyed a manor here (which I take to be this) to Edmund Wyndham, Esq. in the 29th of Henry VIII. and Richard Calthorp, Esq. probably died seized of it in 1554.

The tenths were 2l. 14s.—Deducted 4s.


  • 1. Terra Rogeri Bigoti.—In Antigeham ii bor ht. dim. car. app'tiati s't. in Sutfelle in hoc Antigeham iii libi. ho'es, i fuit Almari, alter Alwoldi, ter. Anspati. i. car. et dim. t're. tenent, quos tenet Torstinus f. Wd. semp. iiii villi. et iiii bor. tc. et p. i car. et dim. et mo. ii car. et dim. iii ac. p'ti. et ii car. hou'm. sep. tc. et p. val. xxv. sol. mo. xxxvi.
  • 2. Regist. de Hulmo, fol. 95.
  • 3. Titles of Honour, p. 831.
  • 4. Margaret Witchingham, widow of Sir William Witchingham, and mother of Nicholas, presented to this church, in 1388, which proves their right here, at this time.
  • 5. In 1446, Robert Lyston, Gent. had an interest here, and presented to the church. See in Meiton.
  • 6. Terra S'ci. Benedicti de Holmo.— In Attingai i car. t're. sep. ii vill. ct viii bor. ii. car. in d'nio. ii car. hom. silva iiii porc. ii ac. pti. ii runc. iii an. v por. lx ov. et iii libi. ho'esq. pot. t'ram suam dare et vendere, dim. car. t're. et i ac p'ti. sep. i car. te. val. xxx sol. mo. xl. ht. viii quar. in long. et v. et dim. in lat. et xiiid et ob. de g.
  • 7. Reg. Holm. p. 95, 104, &c.
  • 8. Reg. Paston.