THE HUNDRED OF HUMBLE-YARD
Humiliart, Humilyerd, now Humble-yard hundred, takes its name
from a valley in the parish of Swerdeston, where the hundred court
was anciently kept, which in evidences still retains the name of Hvmble-yerd, the low yard or court: it makes up exactly the whole
deanery called by the same name, and paid to the ancient task or
tenths 51l. 1s clear. It is bounded on the east with the hundred of
Henstede, on the north with the county of the city of Norwich; on the
west with the hundred of Forehoe, and on the south with the hundred
of Depwade: there is no town in it which holds a weekly market at
this time, it being so near the city of Norwich, that hath totally swallowed up all profits that could accrue to any village in so small a distance. The fee of this hundred was in the Crown, upon Earl Ralph's
forfeiture in the Conqueror's time, before which it belonged to the
manor of Hethersete. In Henry the Third's time it was worth 12l.
per annum, when it was farmed by William de St. Omer. In Edward
the First's time Nic. de Castello or Castle farmed it, and Edward III.
conveyed it in exchange to John de Clavering and his heirs; but it
afterwards reverted and continued in the Crown till James I. granted
it to Sir Charles Cornwaleis, Knt. to be held at the rent of 7l. 6s. 7d.
ob. q. during the lives of Charles Cornwaleis, Esq. eldest son of Sir
William Cornwaleis, Knt. Tho. Cornwaleis, Esq. eldest son of the said
Charles, and Thomas Cornwaleis, son of the said Sir William.
Is in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, and at the time of the Norwich taxation had 28 parishes in it, and the annual profit to its rural
dean was taxed at 26s. 8d. The following deans were all collated by
the several Bishops of the see.
1256, John Ordermer.
1312, John de Chetestan.
1320, Ric. Umfrey.
1333, Roger de Ayremine.
1337, John de North Killesey; he resigned the same year to
Rich. le Grage of Barew, who died in 1341, and was succeeded by
Ric. de Normandeby, who resigned the next year to
1349, Robert de Hardeshull, succeeded by
Tho. de Thornham the same year, and he in
1350, by Walter de Newhawe of Baketon, inceptor in arts.
1360, John de Methelwold, shaveling.
1388, Robert de Hedersete, clerk.
1389, John Brereleye.
1390, Walter Cutet of Brockford.
1395, Will. Estryk.
1419, Nic. Frenge, he resigned in 1421, for Waynford deanery in
Robert Lambe, who resigned this for Thingo deanery in Suffolk;
and in 1447, this deanery was perpetually united to that of Depwade,
Ralf Somerby was collated to both as one deanery, and ever after
it attended that deanery.