South Elmham, St Nicholas


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Alfred Suckling

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'South Elmham, St Nicholas', The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: volume 1 (1846), pp. 227-229. URL: Date accessed: 21 November 2014.


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St. Nicholas South Elmham

was consolidated and united with Saint Margaret's, July 27th, 1362, by Thomas Ayreminne, Bishop of Norwich, from which it was afterwards severed, and finally consolidated with All Saints, December the 8th, 1737. (fn. 1)

An estate, consisting of about sixteen acres, in the parishes of St. Nicholas and St. James in South Elmham, was purchased in 1640 of John Sutton, by the inhabitants of Aldeburgh, in Norfolk, and conveyed by them, by deed to feoffees, to the intent that the said feoffees, their heirs, &c., should at all times employ the rents and profits, yearly, arising from the premises, to the only benefit and behalf of the inhabitants within the said parish: the time for distribution to be left to the discretion of the said feoffees. Annual produce stated to amount to £15, subject to the land-tax and other deductions. (fn. 2)

The church of St. Nicholas, which has long been ruinated, was taxed at nine marks. (fn. 3)

Rectors of St. Nicholas South Elmham.

Clement de Peckham1308The Bishop.
Thomas de Campania1311Id.
Joēs de Reynes1314Id.
Simon Swafham1322Id.
Gasc. de Islyngton1322Id.
Joēs de Swathefd1331Id.
Joēs de Briggewauser1332Id.
Roger de Stow1338Id.
John de Warsop1341Id.
Simon de West Warden1345Id.
Henry de Wyndet1349Id.
Andrew de Colney1361Id.
Joēs Hardingethorn1365Id.
William Copynger1391Id.
Robert Stowe1411Id.
Gregory Watre
Thomas Kingis1418Id.
Joēs Galle1422Id.
Richard Dalby1422Id.
Robert Atte Fen1426Id.
Henry Halle1429Id.
Robert Barton1443Id.
Joēs Ryngstede1444Id.
Joēs Lowth1454Id.
Joēs Key1457Id.
Thomas Morton1464Id.
Walter Cowper1471Id.
James Key1476The Bishop.
Thomas Whetecroft1483Id.
Robert Cowper1492Id.
William Knollys1498Id.
Robert Flikke1524Id.
William Wickham
Henry Ringer1557Edward, Lord North.

Henry Ringer was inducted to All Saints in 1554; from which period to the present the same incumbents occur in the institutions of these two parishes. It is, therefore, most probable that the church of St. Nicholas fell into decay and desuetude about the above date.

Population in 1841, 90.


1 Registr. Norwic.
2 Norf. Charities, p. 2.
3 Norwich Domesday.