Holt hundred: Langham

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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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William de Beaufoe Bishop of Thetford was lord in his own right, and held it as a lay fee at the survey, on the deprivation, or death of Guert, brother of King Harold, who was slain with that King at the battle of Hastings, who had 4 carucates of land, 31 villains, 4 borderers, and 5 servi; there were 4 carucates in demean, and 8 carucates, with 8 acres of meadow among the tenants, a mill &c, and 17 socmen held 80 acres of land, and 4 carucates: here were two churches, with 16 acres, valued at 16d. valued formerly at 8l. at the survey at 20l. was one leuca long, and one broad, and paid 2s. gelt; 60 acres were taken from this manor, and possessed then by Peter de Valoins. (fn. 1)

It takes its name from its length, a Long-Ham; and after we find this lordship divided into two towns and manors.


  • 1. Terra Will. Ep. Tedfordensis de feudo ejusdem—In Langaham tenet Guert. iiii car. tre. T. R. E. semp. xxxi vill. et iiii bord. et v serv. semp. in d'nio iiii car. et hom. viii car. vi ac. p'ti i molin. sep. i runc. et i an. et xvi porc. et lx ov. et xvii soc. de lxxx ac. tre. et iiii car. ii ecclie xvi ac. et val. xvid. tc. valet. viii lib. modo reddit. xx lib. et ht. i leug. in longo, et i lg. in lato, et ii sol. de gelto, ablate s't. de h. maneri'. lx ac. mo. tenet eos Petrus de Valonis.