Of The Revenues And Liberties Of The Prior And
Convent, And Now of The Dean And Chapter.
Herbert, the founder, first appointed a prior and monks here, in
room of secular priests, which had always hitherto attended the Bishops as their chapter; and settled the following revenues, which
heretofore belonged to the see, for their maintenance, and got them
confirmed by the Pope, King, and Archbishop, viz. all offerings, mortuaries, and burials, in the cathedral; the fair on Tombland, which
Will. Rufus first granted, and Henry I. prolonged, with the tithes of
his manors, except those which he had settled on his chaplains; the
towns of Lakenham and Ameringhale, (except the land of Osbert the
Archdeacon,) and the moiety of Thorp-wood; the liberty of warren
and hunting in those towns being reserved to the Bishop. The villages of Hindringham and Hilderston; the mills, lands, and meadows,
at Norwich, which formerly belonged to the bishoprick, half Thorp
meadows on both sides of the water, the Bishop's house at Helgey,
and the marsh and eel-rents which belonged to it; the towns of Martham and Hemesby, St. Nicholas's church at Yarmouth, and all belonging to it; St. Leonard's church and priory on Thorp-hill, which he
built, Catton and all belonging to it; Newton by Trowse, which Godefrid or Godric the sewer, and Ingreda his wife gave, and Ralf their son
confirmed; they had also whatever Herbert Ros owned in Plumstede
and Becham; the church also of Hoxne, and chapel of St. Edmund,
which is built, where that martyr was slain; the church at Lyn, and
saltpans at Geywood, (except those let with the manor,) to be held as
free from all customs, as Bishop Arfast, or any of his predecessors, held
them; and his mill that he had begun to build in Geywood Marsh,
the church of Helingham, and that of Langham, which was Alan's,
and its tithes: and as he was truly sensible of the diminution and
damage done to the see by this settlement, he says, to recompense it,
he had repaired the palace, (fn. 1) built a palace at South-Elmham in Suffolk,
upon that part which he purchased of Will. de Nerverys; redeemed
the manor of Eccles from Henry I. at 60l. expense, and settled the
manor of Colkirk on the see. This charter is dated Sept. 1101; and
it appears that his successours also fleeced the see; for in the charter
of confirmation of their revenues by King Henry III. (fn. 2) besides those
already mentioned, they had the following revenues, Gnatingdon in
Suffolk, Fringe, the soke of Lyn. The park, church, and fair at NorthEtmham, on St. Mary's day; portions of tithes in Geywood, GreatCress ngham, Secheford, Thornage, Blickling, Blofield, Martham,
Langham St. Mary, Anderby or Auderby; as Agnes de Beaufo gave
them, the churches of St. Sepulchre, St. Nicholas in Brakendale, St.
Mary's chapel in the Bishop's court, (fn. 3) St. Giles, St. Stephen, St. John
in Conesford, St. John by the castle-gate, the Holy-Cross, St. Bennet,
St. Margaret, St. Gregory, St. James, St. Cuthbert, the moieties of St.
Mary in the Marsh, and St. Vedast in Norwich; the lands at Becham,
Emster, and Colchester, which Bishop Eborard gave, the church and
land at Mintling, the church and land of Thurstan the Deacon of
Thornham; Hopton in Lothingland, which Will. Rufus gave; and
Akwy de Walton's land, which Rich. Fitz-Hermer gave; the hospital
and church of St. Paul in Norwich, with soc, sac, toll, theam, and
infangenthef, in the hospital croft, and lands belonging to it, and freedom from all scot, geld, landgable, and all other customs, for those
that dwell in the said croft; all the churches in Ormesby were confirmed to the hospital, and the tithes of the demeans of the hall there;
the land and men at Harpley; the land and tenure of John son of
Aslath of Flockthorp, and the mill and land there, given by Jeffrey de
Beck, 60 acres in Heilesdune, which Walter Hauteyn gave; Sechford
manor, which Bishop William gave, and Trowse mill, which Herbert
gave; Thedward's croft, or Newgate in Norwich, with all customs and
liberties belonging to them, &c.
|King's Books.||Real Value.|
|Catton, manor, impropriate rectory, and
advowson of vicarage||4||3||9 †||29||4||11½|
|Hindolveston or Hilderston, manor, impropriate rectory, and advowson of
the vicarage,||6||1||0½ †||27||0||0|
|Alderford rectory, (now consolidated to)||4||6||8 †||23||7||8|
|Attlebridge vicarage; (fn. 4) impropriate rectory||4||6||10½ †||18||6||3¼|
|Worsted manor, impropriate rectory and
advowson of vicarage||10||0||0 †||45||0||0|
|Martham, impropriate rectory, and advowson of vicarage (fn. 5) ||6||13||0 †||29||4||8|
|Wighton, impropriate rectory, and advowson of vicarage (fn. 6) ||11||11||8 †||19||1||10|
|Hemstede or Henstede, impropriate rectory
and advowson of vicarage||7||2||6 †||24||16||0|
|Trowse and Trowse Newton manor, impropriate rectory, and advowson of vicarage||5||0||0 †||65||0||0|
|Wigenhall St. German's, the impropriate
rectory and advowson of the vicarage||6||0||0 †||28||0||0|
|Sedgeford manor, impropriate rectory
and advowson of vicarage||8||0||0 †||25||0||0|
|Ormesby St. Margaret, impropriate rectory cum Scrowtby, and advowson of
the vicarage||5||0||0 †||25||2||8½|
|Ormesby St. Michael, St. Andrew, and St.
Peter, impropriate rectories, and donations of their perpetual curacies.|
|The impropriate rectory and and adv. of
Westhall vicarage &c. in Suffolk||10||2||3½ †||40||0||0|
|Henley, impropriate rectory, manor, and
advowson of vicarage,||10||0||10 †||32||13||8|
|Hopton in Lothingland, manor, impropriate rectory, and adv. of vic. which
is now held as a perpetual curacy|
|Hoxne impropriate rectory, lands, &c.|
|In Norwich, the advowson of St. Augustine, see p. 476, a rectory||6||17||8½ †||40||0||0|
|Of the vicarage of St. Stephen, p. 145||9||0||0 †||40||0||0|
|St. George of Colgate, a donative, see p. 467||†||40||0||0|
|St. Giles, a donative, p. 238||†||50||0||0|
|St. Gregory, ditto, p. 272||†||40||0||0|
|St. James, a perpetual curacy, p. 423||†||18||0||0|
|St. John Sepulchre, ditto, p. 137||†||30||0||0|
|St. John Timberhill, ditto, p. 126||†||15||0||0|
|St. Martin at Oak, ditto, p. 484||†||40||0||0|
|St. Martin at the Plain, a donative, p. 367.||†||20||0||0|
|St. Paul, a donative, p. 429||†||18||0||0|
|St. Peter per Montergate, a perpetual curacy, p. 91||†||45||0||0|
|St. Saviour, ditto, p. 443||†||30||0||0|
|St. Luke's chapel, p. 49, in the room of St. Mary
at the Marsh rect. p. 50||†||30||0||0|
|All-Saints in Fybridge, p. 438||all now demolished.|
|St. Vedast, p. 105|
|St. Cuthbert, p. 116|
|Holy Cross, p. 299|
|Eaton manor, impropriate rect. and adv. vic. p. 517||† 30||1||0|
|Lakenham and Brakendale, impropriate rect. and
adv. of vic. p. 520||† 30||1||0|
|Alby manor, appropr. rect. and donation of the
perpetual curacy (fn. 7) ||† 20||0||0|
|Ameringhall manor, (fn. 8) appr. rect. and donation of
|Yarmouth priory, manor, impr. rectory and
nomination to the perpetual curacy||† 100||0||0|
|Lynn, ditto; with St. Nichola's chapel||† 100||0||0|
Stoke Holy-Cross, manor, impropriate rectory, and adv. of vicarage.
North Elmham, appropriate rectory, (fn. 9) and manor.
Whitwell impropriate rectory.
Hindringham manor and rectory appropriated by John de Grey.
Hemlington impropriate rectory, and advowson of the vicarage. (fn. 10)
Field Dawling, Wolterton's, and Gibbes manor there.
Geywood, lands and rents beyond the bridge.
Taverham, manor and impropriate tithes of a mediety. (fn. 11)
Bawburgh, impropriate rectory, Hist. Norf. vol. ii. p. 391.
Berford, appropriate rectory of the mediety, and donation of its
curacy. Hist. Norf. vol. ii. p. 483.
Plumstede Magna, impropriate rectory and adv. of the vicarage.
Sprowston, impropriate rectory, (fn. 12) and nomination to its perpetual
Fringe manor, (fn. 13) appropriate rectory, and donation of the perpetual
Cressingham Magna manor, (fn. 14) and pension from the rector.
Fordham, mediety (fn. 15) of the rectory appropriate, and nom. to its curacy.
Riston cum Roxton, impr. rectories, and nom. to the curacies.
West-Beckham, appropriate rect. and adv. of the vicarage.
Thornham Episcopi, manor, &c.
Kimberly manor. Hist. Norf. vol. ii. p. 538.
Pockthorp manor, the monks grange, and lands and rents there, with
Norman's spitel manor.
Many lands, meadows, rents, gardens, houses, and tenements in the
city of Norwich, and suburbs thereof.
In Well and Up-Well, lands there.
All these, and the following revenues, were confirmed by letters
patents of the re-foundation of Edward VI. dated at Westminster,
November 9, A°. reg. I. which were confirmed by authority of parliament, viz.
The rectory impropriate, and church of Scawby or Scalby in Yorkshire, lately belonging to Bridlington priory, and advowson of the
vicarage. Whetacre-Burgh marsh, in the parish of Burrow All-Saints
in Norfolk. Olton marsh in Suffolk. Conisford meadows and cows
leasure in Norwich-Thorp; Lumpnour's and Gannock's closes there.
Foule-holme marsh by Yarmouth. The ferry close in Thorp by St.
Leonard's walls. An annuity of 3l. 6s. 8d. out of Claydon manor.
6l. out out St. Saviour's monastery at Bermondesey in Surrey. An annuity of 5l. 6s. 8d. out of the manors Skampton or Scanton, and Thorp
in Lincolnshire, late parcel of Kirkestede monastery in that county.
The portions of tithes in Cringleford, Metingham, Wangford,
Wichingham Magna, (fn. 16) Blofield, Boyton, (fn. 17) Filby, (fn. 18) Thornage, (fn. 19) Marston, (fn. 20)
Marsham, Hevingham, Sparham, (fn. 21) Shottesham, Hockering, (fn. 22) SouthElmham, Possewick, (fn. 23) Scarning, (fn. 24) Cockthorp, Buxton, (fn. 25) Bishop's Langham, (fn. 26) and those belonging to St. Margaret's chapel in Norwich.
The pensions paid by the vicar of Henley, rector of Witlesham or
Witnesham, the rectors of Creke (fn. 27) and Cressingham, the late Prioress
of Carrow, rector of Possewick, vicar of Wigenhall, dean and chapter
of Christ Church in Canterbury, (fn. 28) vicar of Wighton, late abbots of WestDerham, and Lilleshall, late priors of Pentney, (fn. 29) Westacre, Shuldham,
and the Carthusians by London, late prioresses of Blakebergh and
Fhxton, (fn. 30) late priors of Castleacre, Bukenham, Walsingham, and Woodbrigge, late master of Tompson college; dean of the chapel in the
Fields in Norwich. Abbot of Westminster, master of St. Gues's hospital. Rector of Geywode, late abbots of Sibton and Layston, abbess
of Brusierd, vicar of Kessingland. Late master of Wingfield college.
Late master of Sudbury chantry. Vicar of Framesden, and every one
And also 4l. 11s. 3d. paid by the sheriff of Norfolk, as the King's
alms to Norman's hospital, (fn. 31) and also all messuages, lands, tenements,
pastures, meadows, feedings, rents, services, and other hereditaments
whatever, in the towns of Thorp by Norwich, Beetly, Howe, EastDerham, Dawling, Bittering, North Elmham, Geywood, Bexwell, Well,
Upwell, Sething, Brakendale, Posstwich, Rockland, Alderford, Wichingham, Wood-Dalling, Erlham, Whitwell, Wramplingham, Shottesham,
Kesewic, Dunston, Braken, Hobbes, Tharston, Hellesden, Sprowston,
Catton, Merston, Langham, Cockthorp, Dersingham, Geist, Norton,
Pokethorp, Lyn Regis, Yarmouth and Norwich, lately belonging to
And also all glebes, tithes, oblations, obventions, pensions, portions,
courts, &c. in Kimberley, Hardingham, Olton, Whetacre-Burrow,
Gibbs, in Field-Dalling, Pokethorp, Conisford, Bitering, Sething,
Wramplingham, Shotesham, Scrowtby, Metingham, Wangford,Beighton,
Felby, Thornage, Marsham, Hevingham, Sparham, Hockering, SouthElmham, Buxton, Plumstede, Creke, Langham, Wroxham, Wigenhall,
Depham, Holkham, Wormegeye, Westhill, Westacre, Massingham, Holm
by the Sea, Castor in Flegg, Islyngton, Haverhill, East-Barsham,
Shropham, East Bradenham, Flitcham, Lakenham and Riston, Hopton, Claydon, Westleton, Corton, Brosyard, Sutton, Kessingland, Wingfield, Sudbury, Framesden, Woodbridge and Fresingfield in Norfolk
and Suffolk, Chalk in Kent, Skampton and Thorp in Lincolnshire, and
Skawby in Yorkshire,
To hold to the dean and chapter and their successours in free alms,
n as ample a manner as ever the prior and convent held them, with
all courts, letes, views of frankpledge, fines, amerciaments, assize, and
assay of wine, bread and ale, free-warren, weyfs, strays, felons, and
fugitive goods, deodands, and all other rights whatever heretofore
And also the whole site, circuit, and precinct, with all liberties, freecustoms, and privileges, heretofore belonging to it; with all the
church, chapels, lead, jewels, lands, (fn. 32) &c. and every thing real and
personal, within the precinct walls; and thus it was re-founded, (fn. 33) in
honour of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and incorporated by the name of "the DEAN and CHAPTER of the cathedral
church of the Holy and undivided Trinity of Norwich, of the
foundation of King Edward the Sixth;" and from that time, the
church continued in quiet possession of all its revenues till 40 Eliz.
and then, one William Downing, and other needy and indigent persons. endeavoured to repair their poor declining estates, by the dissolution of the cathedral church, and of all the possessions of the dean
and chapter, under pretence, that they were concealed from the
Queen, and that they were (in the Queen's great deceit) under general
and obscure words, passed by letters patents of concealment, pretending, that their translation from a prior and convent to a dean and
chapter was void; and that their regrant after their surrender to
Edw. VI. was void, by reason of a misnomer of the corporation of
the dean and chapter; the words (ex fundatione Regis Edw. VI.) being
omitted in the regrant; (fn. 34) what attempts these concealors (graceless and
wicked men) made, to the subversion of the deanery and chapter,
saith Coke in his IVth institute, (fn. 35) I have the rather remembered, both
for the establishment of the bishoprick, (fn. 36) as for the repose and quiet of
very many farmers, officers, and others, for (favente Deo et auspice
Christo) isti helluones non prævaluerunt. And if any question shall
hereafter be made, either concerning any of the possessions of this
bishoprick, or any other; or of any dean and chapter, or of the colleges in either Universities, &c. by any concealor or other; their possessions are established by the act of parliament of 21 Jac. I. cap. 2,
intituied, An Act for the general Quiet of the Subject, against all
Pretence of Concealment whatsoever. As to the
Liberties of the Dean and Chapter,
They enjoy those that the prior and convent formerly did, as to their
manors, lands, tenements, and tenants, and are the same with the liberties of the manors, lands, tenements, and tenants of the Bishop,
mentioned in the preceding chapter; and there is, and from the
foundation always was, a peculiar jurisdiction belonging to the prior
and convent, and now to the dean and chapter, before the Reformation, governed by a DEAN, called the rural dean, (fn. 37) of the manors of
the prior and convent, and now by a commissary, (fn. 38) of the exempt jurisdiction of the dean and chapter, to whom the chapter clerk is register
of course; Thomas Fowle, LL. D. succeeded Dr. Tanner, and is the
present commissary; and Francis Frank, LL. B. is now chapter clerk
and register, appointed by the dean and chapter.
This COMMISSARY hath not episcopal, but archidiaconal power in
the following manner, as it was confirmed by the bull of Pope Alex.
IV. viz. the archidiaconal visitation of all the churches of those towns
and places where they are lords of the manors, over both clergy and
laiety; and all institutions made by the Bishop, shall be certified to
the dean, and now to the commissary, who shall make out all letters
of induction. The commissary hath also, the probate of all wills of
the clergy and laiety, and power of holding an ecclesiastical court constantly, in the same manner as the archdeacons do, and to judge and
determine all such ecclesiastical causes, as the archdeacons do, and
no others, and to grant administrations of the goods of all that die
intestate in the following places, which are in the exempt jurisdiction,
and in no others, viz. Hecham, Sechesford, Hemesby, Newton cum
Trowse, Lakenham, Ameringhall, Eaton, Catton, Hindolveston and
Becham; and of all residing in the Precinct, and from St. Martin'sbridge to Bishop's-bridge, on the east side of St. Martin's-bridge and
of all residing in the Precinct of Spitelond, which includes St. Paul's
and St. James's parishes; and of such only, in the towns of Winterton,
Taverham, Martham, Hindringham, Scrowteby, and Plumstede, as are
resident and dwell in their manors there.
From the foundation of this church, it appears, (fn. 39) that the Kings of
England had power to give an annual pension and corrody to one
chaplain and one priest in this convent, and whenever they were presented to any good ecclesiastical benefice, then they were to name
others; and accordingly Edw. II. A°. Reg. IV. ordered the prior to
provide for John de Tackele, upon which, the convent wrote a letter
to John de Lenham, that King's confessor, and alleged, they had
granted one corrody, and one pension already, and were obliged to
grant no more, till one of them were void; but yet they were continually troubled about such admissions, till King Edw. IV. granted
them letters patent of discharge for ever, from both corrody and pension, dated May 14, A°. reg. 22.
As to the government and present constitution of the church, we
shall best learn that, from its STATUTES, (fn. 40) which contain 40 chapters;
the first of which treats of the number of them that are maintained
in the church, viz.
One dean, six prebends, six petty canons, one deacon, reader of
the Gospel, one reader of the Epistle, eight lay-clerks, one organist,
eight choristers, six poor men to be maintained at the costs of the
church, two vergers, two sub-sacrists, one HIGH-STEWARD being a
nobleman, one under-steward of courts, one chapter clerk, two cooks,
one porter, one butler, one catour, one bailiff of the liberties, one auditor and ingrosser of the accompts, who is also to be surveyour of the
lands and woods, one keeper of the ferry, one beadle of the poor men, who
shall likewise serve to blow the bellows of the organ; all which shall diligently serve in the church, according to their prescript, and in his order.
The 2d chapter treats of the quality and installation of the Dean,
who must be a priest and preacher, and doctor or bachelor of divinity,
or master of arts, and not dean of any other cathedral church, and is
to be nominated by the King, by letters patents under the great seal
The 3d chapter contains the oath of the Dean, and the 4th his
office, which shows that he hath power to appoint and admit all inferiour offices of the church; and upon statutable causes, to correct, depose, remove, and expel them. The 5th chapter allows the Dean to
be absent seven months in the year, jointly or severally. The 8th
treats of the qualities, election, and installation of the PREBENDS, who
are to be nominated by letters patents under the great seal, and must
be either doctors or bachelors of divinity, masters of arts, or bachelors of law, and not prebend of any other cathedral church, or of the
college of Windsor or Westminster; and the next chapter contains their
oath, in which they swear, not to reveal the secrets of the chapter, and
not to use the privilege or dispensation of any relaxation whatsover,
hereafter conferred or to be conferred, so far forth, as they shall repugn these statutes. The 10th chapter concerns the residency of the
PREBENDS, by which 5 months residence was prescribed; but according to the power reserved in the Crown, to add, diminish, or alter the
said statutes, King Charles I. in the 5th year of his reign, did alter
some; and in 1675, Charles II. reduced it to two months residence, and
indispensable attendance, both forenoon and afternoon; (fn. 41) from which
time, each prebendary hath been obliged "to two months continuing
residence, without interruption every year, to be personally performed by each of them, by attending divine service in the church,
both forenoon and afternoon, and not one for another." And they
are likewise to attend whenever a congé de elire issues, for the choice
of a new Bishop.
The next chapter obliges the prebends to dwell during their residence, severally with their families, in the precinct of the church. The
12th chapter appoints 6 PETTY CANONS, all of them either priests or
deacons at the least; one gospeller, one episteller, one organist, and 8
clerks, always to be chosen by the Dean; all of them to "be expert
in singing, and apt and fit with voice and art to serve in the quire," but
if the Dean be not expert in the said art himself, he must in every vacancy, have "the councell of some of the PETTY CANONS or CLERKS,
which are most skillful in the art of singing," as to the choice of the
person to fill the vacancy.
The next chapter contains the oath of the CANONS, &c. and the
14th concerns their service in the church, which is twice every day,
under 2d. punishment every working day, and 4d. every Sunday, and
for double feasts 6d.; and he that comes tardé shall be punished 1d.
that is to say, after the Venite in morning prayer, or the end of the
last Psalm in evening prayer; and whoever is present at service, and
absents himself from sermon, shall be punished 6d. and he that comes
not before the first lesson be ended, or that goes from the choir, before the second be ended, without leave, or lawful impediment, is to
be esteemed absent. "Furthermore, that the PETTY CANONS or
priests of the church, may more diligently attend their ministries, we
give each of them liberty to enjoy one ecclesiastical benefice only, with
their said service in the church; so it be, that the said benefice be not
distant from our city of Norwich above 12 miles, from which benefice
we permit them to be absent so long as they shall serve in this cathedral church, notwithstanding any statute to the contrary; and three of
the choir, in their turns, may be absent, &c.
Chapter 15th appoints 8 choristers to be chosen by the Dean, who
are to be taught singing, &c. and have their diet and education.
The 16th chapter prescribes the manner of performing divine service
in the church. (fn. 42)
Chapter 17, appoints the sermons, and wills and beseeches, by the
mercy of God, that the dean and all the prebends be diligent in
preaching the word of God, both in the country, and especially in the
cathedral church, &c.
Chapter 19, fixes the stipends of the DEAN and prebends; the DEAN
is to receive 35l. 6s. 8d. yearly, for the corps of his deanery; and every
prebendary 7l. 16s. 8d. for the corps of his prebend; and the dean
is also to receive for every day 3s. 8d. and every prebend 8d. a
day, to be paid quarterly, but all money arising from vacancies, or
absence of the dean and prebend, and from punishments, or from the
common seal, is to be divided once only every year, among such as have
performed full residences, and this shall be called the common dividend.
The Petty Canons (fn. 43) stipends shall, by cap. 20, be paid quarterly,
that is to say, to each, 10l. per annum, besides their commons, assigned
them by the 18th chapter, (fn. 44) the gospeller 9l.; the episteller 8l. 10s.;
the organist 20l.; each lay clerk 8l.; the master of the choristers 8l.
for teaching them, besides his wages allowed in right of his place in
the choir, but to the choristers, besides their diet and education, we
allow no money, but at Easter 2 ells and an half of cloth to the value
of 5s. a yard, for their livery or gown. But now the 4 senior choristers
receive each 10l. per annum in lien of their commons or diet.
Chapter 21, assigns houses for the DEAN, PREBENDS, and petty
canons, and the rest of the officers of the church, within the precinct;
and the next chapter fixes the reparation of the church and houses,
The following chapters declare, that there must be 3 prebends at least,
personally present to make a chapter, and that the absent prebends
cannot vote, and appoint two general chapters to be held every year,
one the first Tuesday in December, and the other the first Tuesday in
June; the chapter clerk is to attend all chapters, keep the evidences, &c.
By the 25th chapter they are restrained from granting or letting to
farm any courts, leets, timber, woods, underwoods, or advowsons of
Rectories or vicarages belonging to the church; and in the dividends of corn rents, &c. the Dean shall receive twice as much as each
prebendary, and shall have the manor of Newton, called the Dean's
Lodging, and also that manor itself, and the rectory of Trowse, for
the corps of his deanery.
Chapter 27, appoints a common treasurer, and after every year's accompts passed there shall be a stock of 100l. kept. Chapter 28, orders
the courts to be kept by the dean and receiver, or their deputies, and
not by the under-steward alone; and "we exhort the said dean and
receiver which shall be for the time to come, and those that supply
their places, and beseech them in the Lord, that whilst they are
intentive in viewing their courts, and lands, and coming in the time
to their appropriate churches, and royalties of the church, especially
upon Sundays and Holy-days, they preach the word of God diligently in them, for it is meet, that the Lord's workmen should sow
to them heavenly things, of whom they yearly desire to reap earthly
The 29th chapter orders about surveying their lands, and keeping
their woods, by which the dean is to go personally to keep the courts,
the first year after his admission, and every year he, or the vice-dean,
or some prebend deputed for that purpose, shall attend the receiver and
steward of the courts, and one at least shall go to the distant manors;
and they shall yearly survey the state of the woods, manors, edifices,
and chancels of the churches appropriate to them, and what reparations
they want; which if they are to be amended by the farmers, by covenant, the dean or vice-dean shall admonish them to perform the same
by a day, and whatever they think should be repaired at the costs of
the church, the treasurer with consent of the chapter, shall provide to
have it amended in time.
The 30th chapter orders for the annual appointment of a vice-dean,
Receiver, and Treasurer, which must be prebends; and the three
following chapters specify their offices, and that every dean before
his installation shall pay 10l. and every prebend 5l. into the treasurer's
hands, to the use of the church. The next three chapters contain
the offices of the precentor, who is to direct the singing, note the absences of the choir, &c. of the sacrist, who is to have the care of the
church, holy vessels, bread and wine for the sacrament, and all
other church ornaments; to him belongs the office of visiting the
sick, administering the sacrament, &c. of the two vergers, who
are to take care there be no disturbance in any part of the church,
during divine service, and carry the mace before the dean, and before
the preacher when he goes into the pulpit; and the two sub-sacrists
or sextons shall be under the sacrist, and are to sweep and clean the
church twice every week, ring the bells, keep the clock, open and
shut the doors, clean the cloister, and dig graves; and these offices
may be served by deputies if the dean gives leave.
The 36th chapter orders the dean to choose a porter, to keep the
keys of the outward gates of the precinct, a butler to serve the
common-hall, a cator, cook, and under-cook, and a keeper of the ferry,
who shall at his own cost, be always ready with a boat to set over the
water, the dean, prebends, and other ministers of the church, and
with oars to carry and recarry the dean to and from Newton; and he
is also to keep the water-gates of the church. He shall also appoint
a beadle of the poor men, who is also to blow the organs.
The 37th chapter treats of the six poor men (or beads-men) to be
nominated by the King's privy seal, who are constantly to attend
divine service, obey the dean, vice-dean, and prebends, in those things
that belong to the cleaning and adorning the church, and to help the
sextons to toll the bell for prayers, and each may be absent only 40
days in a year; and every one of them shall always wear upon their
left shoulder, a rose made with red silk, and no man who hath the
like place in any other church, shall have any such place in this.
The 38th chapter orders the following stipends to be paid. to the
vice-dean 4l.; to the receiver 5l.; to the treasurer 5l.; to the
high-steward 6l. 13s. 4d.; to the under-steward 6l.; to the
chapter clerk 6l.; to the auditor 6l.; to the precentor 1l; to the sacrist
1l. to the sextons, senior verger, porter, cator, butler, and senior
cook, 6l. each; and 6l. to each of the poor men; to the under-cook
3l. 6s. 8d.; to the keeper of the ferry 2l.; to the bailiff of the liberties 2l.; to the beadle 2l.; to the junior verger 2l. yearly and every
year; and if other ministers and officers be thought convenient, they
may be added by the dean and chapter, and have stipends assigned
The 39th chapter concerns the compounding and reconciling all
differences, which if the dean and chapter cannot settle friendly, all
such strifes are to be finally determined by the Bishop.
The 40th chapter treats of the dignity of the Bishop, and the visitation of the church; by which, the dean, prebends, and all other
ministers of the church are commanded to give him due reverence
and honour in the church and all other places, not only as their
Bishop, but as their visitor, who may visit the said church every seventh year, (fn. 45) either in his proper person, or by his vicar-general, and
shall interrogate all that belong to the church, upon every article of
the statutes, and compel them by oath to speak the truth; and the
dean shall prepare one meal within the precinct, at the costs of the
church, for the Bishop or his vicar visiting, and his family, or otherwise pay to the Bishop accustomed procurations.
The interpretation of the statutes and determination thereon, is
left to the Bishop, but neither he, nor no other persons, shall make
any other new statutes contrary to these, or dispense with these: but
there is a reserve for the King and his successours from time to time,
to change, correct, enlarge, and reform these statutes, which are to be
read distinctly and plainly in the English tongue, in the chapter-house,
by the vice-dean, openly, once a year, at 4 times, all the ministers of
the church being called together for that purpose. (fn. 46)
The statutes are sealed with the broad seal, and are dated at Gothamburie.
Sept. 19, 1610, King James I. granted by charter, that the dean, vicedean, treasurer, or receiver, (fn. 47) the high-steward, (fn. 48) deputy high-steward, (fn. 49)
and principal coroner, (fn. 50) shall be justices of the peace within the precinet
or close, and hold sessions of the peace there
At the re-foundation by Queen Elizabeth her charter of endowment
reserved a fee-farm rent of 89l. 13s. 4d. ob. which was not paid for
many years, till it amounted to near 2000l. and a suit was commenced
in the Exchequer for payment of it; upon which they petitioned the
Queen, and set forth, that they were not able to pay the arrears, or
satisfy the annual rent, by reason of the poverty of their church, 300
marks per annum of their old revenues being taken from them by
Edward VI. when he new founded the church, without any compensation for the same; (fn. 51) upon which, the Queen not only pardoned all
the arrears, but reduced the fee-farm to 50l. per annum by her charter
dated May 7, A° reg. 11°. This charter was obtained by the favour of the Earl of Leicester, to whom the dean and chapter presented
a silver gilt cup, weighing above 48 ounces, engraven with historical
figures, and of Tho. Ward of Lincoln's-Inn, Gent. who had 500l. for
his pains; and by the master of Christ's college in Cambridge, who
had 100l. for his pains, which he gave to his college.
At the visitation in 1568, it appeared upon oath, that the church
was then endowed with 798l. 6s. 3d. of supposed clear yearly revenues; but by decay of their revenues in Lyn, from 44l. per annum to
20l. and of parsonages and rents in Norwich, with the oblations to
the Trinity, legacies, &c. which, though now sunk to nothing, were
formerly a considerable part of their revenues, the clear rents did not
then exceed 658l. 18s. 8d. and the old stock, which used to be 400
marks, was then reduced to 131l. the rest being fraudulently divided
among the residents, or improvidently wasted; the waste in the
woods being great, and several of the estates in the church being let
by coloured leases, in other men's names, some for the interest of the
dean and his wife, some for the interest of Dr. Spencer, one of the
At a visitation in 1428, the temporalities of the priory in the
archdeaconries of Norwich and Norfolk, were taxed at 423l. 8s. 6d. ob.
and their spirituals at 509l. 10s. and so consequently paid to every
tenth 93l. 5s. 10d. q.
The present  minor canons are,
1. John Fox, A M. sacrist and librarian, (fn. 52) see p. 521.
2. Lynne Smear, precentor, see p. 518.
3. William Herne, see p. 425.
4. John Brooks, reader of the early prayers in the cathedral: (fn. 53) see
5. Charles Ames, rector of Hankford.
6. Ephraim Megoe, see p. 138, 485.
The gospeller is William Smith, vicar of Westhall in Suffolk, curate
of Great Plumstede, and of St. Martin's at the Palace; see p. 368.
The episteller is John Pleasants.
The organist is Mr. Humphry Cotton.
The 8 lay-clerks are, 1. John Becket, master of the choristers.
2. Jacob Votier. 3. Tho. Hill. 4. John Swanton. 5. Tho. Guybon.
6. John Reynolds. 7. Rob. Burgess. 8. Sam. Cook.
The auditor is Mr. Henry Field, who is deputy coroner by patent.
The bailiff of the liberties is William Fenn.
The two sub-sacrists (fn. 54) are, William Smith, who is also porter and
under treasurer, and
Will Gell, who is also senior verger, to carry the mace before the
dean. The junior verger, who carries a verge before the prebends, is
Will. Fenn. The ferry-man is Joseph Jary.
The place of the beadle of the poor men is now void by the death of
Francis Stafford, who was also general apparitor to the Bishop, and
died Jan. 21, 1744, and is buried in the cloister near the south door,
by the Rev. Mr. Will. Stafford, B. A. his son, late of Caius college in
Cambridge, who died Aug. 21, 1744.
The six poor men, beads-men, or alms-men, are, 1. Tho. Potter.
2. Tho. Fransham. 3. James Life. 4. Will. Manning. 5. Martin
Burrage. 6 Isaac Midlebrook,
And Thomas Bonkin hath a patent for the next avoidance.
The office of sub-steward, or steward of the courts, is a patent
place, void by the death of John Jeremy, Esq. and there is said to be
a patent preparing for John Fowle, Esq.
I find before the Dissolution, the prior
had a portion of 40s. per annum from
Swanton Morley. 30s. per annum paid
by the Prioress of Carrow, for their portion of the tithes of Wroxham-hall,
which the prioress hired. Two marks
per annum from Chatgrave, for 2 parts
of the corn tithes of the demeans of Rob.
son of Tho. de Chatgrave, and Philip de
Chatgrave, and in 1307 the prior leased
them all at six marks per annum for
ever, to the prior of Butley.
10s. per annum portion from Shotisham St. Mary and Butolf, 10s. per
annum from Cockthorp, for two parts
of the tithes of the demeans of Warine
atte Hithe of Cockthorp: for Threxton
portion see Hist. Norf. vol. ii. p. 362.