Freebridge Hundred: North Wotton

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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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This and South Wotton, as I have observed, made, at the survey, one town, and belonged to one lord. King William II. granted it to William de Albini, his butler, together with Rysing, from which family it came by a daughter and coheir to Roger de Montalt, of which family William de Mulieres was found to hold it in the 3d of Edward I. afterwards the Bulmers held it, as in South Wotton, and from them it came to the Warrens.

In the 33d of Henry VI. Thomas Cornwallis, Esq. and James Stanton, Gent. remitted to Thomas Salter, of North Wotton, and Ralph Geyton, Gent. lands late Constable's; and the said Thomas, and Ralph, in the 8th of Edward IV. enfeoffed John Fincham of Fincham, John Coket of Ampton, in Suffolk, &c. of all their lands, tenements, marshes, rents, and services, with liberty of foldage.

Edmund Church, of Badburgham, in Cambridgeshire, confirmed to Thomas Salter, of North Wotton, Ralph Salter, &c. all his lands and tenements, marshes, &c. descended to him from Thomas Stanton, on February 8, in the 19th of Edward IV. and Salter confirmed to Robert, his son, and Margaret, daughter of John Cobbe, of Ipswich, his intended wife, &c. in the 18th of Henry VII. his messuage and lands. Salter's interest herein came to John Broke, Gent. who granted it in the 3d of Elizabeth, to Edward Broke, Gent. and he conveyed it in the 6th of that Queen, to Thomas Duke of Norfolk.

Windham Priory Manor

Took its rise from lands, &c. granted by the Albini's to the priory of Windham, who in the reign of Edward I. claimed free warren. In the 2d of Edward II. the priory purchased 36 acres of land, 3 of meadow, 6s. rent per ann. and 26 acres of marsh, so that their temporalities were valued at 4l. 8s. 4d. per ann. in 1428; and the prior held in Wotton, and Congham, the 40th part of a fee of the Earl of Arundel.

John de Forthington, by deed sans date, granted to Richard Noth, lands in this town and South Wotton, common of pasture for 100 sheep; Noth gave it with, 2s. rent, to the prior.

After the Dissolution it was granted, February 12, in the 5th of Elizabeth, with the impropriate rectory, and advowson of vicarage, to Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and afterwards to Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, and passed as in Rysing, to the Earls of Berkshire, who were lords and patrons, and now is in the Earl of Suffolk.

Concealed lands belonging to the said priory granted April 4, in the 24th of Elizabeth, to Theophilus Adams, and James Woodshawe.

The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, was formerly a rectory valued at 9 marks, and paid Peter-pence 6d. William de Albini Earl of Sussex, grandson to the founder of Windham priory, gave to the said monastery, the rectory of this church: Roger de Muliers and his wife had an interest in it, (fn. 1) which they granted, as Benedict de Aungervile, also had, who confirmed it.

Thomas de Blundevile Bishop of Norwich appropriated it, and a vicarage was settled, valued at 40s. per ann.

The spiritualities of Windham priory were 9 marks.—The present valor of the vicarage is 10l.


1300, Jeffery de Castre, vicar, presented by the prior, &c. of Wymundham.

1309, Hugh Tracy, Ditto.

1312, John de Shireburne. Ditto.

John de Harpele, occurs vicar, Ao. 24 Edward III.

1354, John Larke, (an exchange for Bawsey) ditto.

1375, John Bishop. Ditto.

1390, John Kyne. Ditto.

1392, John de Brunthorp. Ditto.

1397, William Hagge. Ditto.

John Wylford occurs vicar in the 14th of Henry IV.

Robert Chamber, vicar, by his will in 1526, orders his executors to buy a red cope of 40s. on the back to have,

Orate p; ai'a Rob. Chamber, quo'da' vicarij hujus ecclic, et p. quibus orare tenetur.

Also to buy a white vestment for Lent season; to every priest that comes to his dyryge, the day of his burial 6d. to every clerk with surplice 2d. and to every child 1d.

John Elmham, S. T. P. occurs vicar in 1528.

William Salter occurs vicar in the 3d of Elizabeth.

1582, Adam Furnese, presented by the lord chancellor.

Mr. Wayks, vicar, ejected in the time of the rebellion.

Mr. Lawrence died rector 1662.

John Thome.

1725, John Green, on the death of the last rector, by the Lady Diana Fielding.

1743, John Dowsing, by the Bishop, a lapse.

1758, Tim. Millecham, presented by the Earl of Suffolk, and Berkshire, a minor, with the consent of his guardians.

In this church were the gilds of St. Thomas, St. Ann, and the Virgin Mary, St. Mary's, and St. Edmund's altar.

Catharine Dyxon, by her will dated in 1483, orders her executor to buy a jewell for this church, and to sell her messuage for that purpose.

Robert Salter, Gent. by his will dated in 1534, gives 20l. for copes, vestments, &c. and a pair of chalices, and the making the tabernacle of St. Anne, in the said church, 10l. to the poor on his burial day and the 7th day following, and 10l. on the 30th day following.


  • 1. Wimundh. fol. 33, 41, &c.