Happing Hundred: Wimpwell

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An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 9. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.

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In the survey I find mention made of the town of Wimpwell, of which the abbot of St. Bennet was lord, containing a carucate and half of land, with 5 villains and 2 borderers, one carucate in demean, and one among the tenants, 4 acres of meadow, &c. and a freeman who was only under protection, and was expelled, had 9 acres and half a carucate, valued at 12d. the King and the Earl had the soc; the whole manor was valued at 30s. but Godric paid 4l. when he held it, as belonging to the Earl's fee. (fn. 1) The abbot also held 12 acres, valued at 32d. of which a freeman had been deprived.

This village is now lost, and the land belonging to it is included, and now part of Hapesburgh; and in the 32d of Henry VI. I find Whympewell field in Hapesburgh, mentioned, and lands sold there.

How the lands of this place passed at the Dissolution of St. Bennet's abbey, does not appear; probably to the see of Norwich.


  • 1. Terre S'ci. Benedicti de Hulmo— Wimpwella tenet sep. S'cs. B. p. i car. t're. et dim. sep. v vill. et ii bor. et i car. in d'nio. et i car. hom. iiii ac. p'ti et i runc. iiii por. et lib. ho. com'd. tantu' ix ac. et dim. car val. xiid. R. et C. soca totu' manerium val. xxx sol. s. Godric. reddebat iiii lib. qu'eu' tenebat ad feudu' Comitis.