At the survey Ralph de Tony held this village, as a berwic depending on his manor of Necton: it was in length one mile, and
half a mile in breadth, and paid 3d. gelt. (fn. 1)
The King had here also in domain one carucate held by a freeman, three villeins, &c. valued at 12s. held at the survey, under the
This manor passed in the Toneys with Necton; and in 1274
Ralph de Tony claimed the assize of bread and beer, free-warren,
gallows, weifs and strays. In 1309 died Sir Robert de Tony, lord
and patron of the church, held by half a knight's fee of the honour of
Richmond; it was then valued at 18l.; and in 1317, Maud de Tony
his widow had part of her dower here; the said manor being entailed
on Robert de Tony and Maud his wife.
Having thus passed hitherto with Necton, it was separated by
Henry VIII. who sold it to Robert Hogan, and he to Sir Richard
Southwell, who was lord in 1543; and in 1558 settled it to his own
use, and his heirs male, remainder to Thomas son of Sir Robert, brother
of Sir Richard, in tail male, after the death of Anthony Southwell,
(brother also to the said Sir Richard,) and of Ann his wife, with remainder to Francis, Robert, and Henry, brothers of Thomas, in tail
male, &c.; and in 1621, the manor and advowson were alienated by
Sir Thomas Southwell to Thomas Goffe; and by an inquisition taken
after the death of Thomas Goffe, (son of Edward Goffe,) who married
Frances, daughter of Mr. Whale, and died March 30, 1638, it appears
that it was held in capite by the 50th part of a knight's fee, and Thomas his son was 10 years old and Edward his second son afterwards
sold it to Thomas Crane, merchant of Norwich, who left it to his
wife, who was daughter of Mr. Calybut of Saham-Tony, for her life;
(she afterwards married Sir Algernon Potts, Bart.) and on her decease in 1717, it came to Mr. Thomas Shuckforth of Saham Tony,
his sister's son, who soon after sold it to Thomas Lobb, Esq. and he,
to Mr. Knopwood of Threxton, but the advowson was sold to the
Rev. Mr. John Soley, junior, of Long-Stratton, and is now in the
Rev. Mr. Brundish.
About a mile south of the village, in this parish, stands a farmhouse called Hopton-house.
King John, in the beginning of his reign, gave to Robert FitzRoger the lands which Stephen de Longo Campo held in Cressingham,
and which Henry de Vere of Drayton, Addington, &c. in Northamptonshire, held in Mutford in Suffolk, &c. which Henry married a
daughter and heir of Hildeburg, who was daughter and heir of Balderic de Bosco or Bois; to whom King Henry I. gave Mutford, Gapeton, &c. in augmentation of his barony of Baldemund, for 40l. per
annum, which he had promised him for his service; and Stephen de
Longo Campo De Lutcham married the other daughter and coheir,
and had lands in Cressingham for his share. This I take to be the
manor of Hopton, and the rather, because a few years since I saw
the arms of Fitz-Robert in a window of this church, who was a descendant of Fitz-Roger, and Robert Fitz-Roger is said to be lord of
Cressingham and Mutford in 1207.
Nicholas de Hopeton, in 1249, had this manor, and then infeoffed Peter Kervij in a messuage and 80 acres of land here, and
Petronilla de Nerford disseized Peter of that land, as an eschaet.
In 1317, Richard de la Rivere, Knt. and Maud his wife, licensed
Robert the prior, and the convent of Norwich, to purchase of Sir
Walter de Norwich the lands, tenements, rents and services,
which Sir Walter held of Sir Richard in Cressingham-Magna, Parva
and Hopton; and about the same time Philip Payn of Hopton confirmed to the said prior, the said lands purchased in Hopton, by
which it appears they were lords of the fee. (Regr. 5 Eccl. Norwic.
p. 109.) Also John son of William de Hockham confirmed the same.
In 1405, a fine was levied between Robert Gurnay of Cressingham-Parva, and Thomas Stodhagh, querents, and Edward Howard
and Catherine his wife, deforciants, of several parcels of land, and the
liberty of a foldcourse here, and in Hopton.
And in the reign of King Henry VII. Sir Robert Lovel had a right
in this manor. In the 19th of Henry VIII. a fine was levied between
Christopher Jenney, Esq. &c. querents, and Anthony Gurnay, Esq.
and Margaret his wife, defendants, one of the daughters and heirs of
Sir Robert Lovel, Knt. deceased, of the fourth part of the manor of
Hopton, and of 8 messuages and lands in Cressingham-Magna and
Parva, Hilburgh, Bodney, Threxton, and Hopton. In 1537, a fine
was levied between William Methwold, Esq. querent, and Sir John
Mordaunt, Knt. and Elen his wife, defendants, of the 4th part of this
manor, 8 messuages, and 400 acres of land, 80 acres of meadow, 100
acres of pasture, 2 acres of wood, 200 acres of furze and heath, 300 of
moor, and 40s. rent in Cressingham-Parva and Magna, Threxton and
Hopton. In 1556, Thomas Edows was lord; and in 1593, Eufemia
Edows, in the reign of King Charles I. John Angnish, in right of his
wife, in that of King Charles II. Mr. Thomas Rivington, of London.
In the year 1692, Mrs. Elizabeth Fortescue held it; in 1704, the Lady
Dorrington. About 10 years past, one Butterworth had possession of
it; but he being ejected, Mr. Cooper, attorney at law, is now in
possession. It paid an annual free-rent to the hundred of South
Greenhoe, as the hundred rolls show.
The church is dedicated to St. Andrew, and has its nave, north
and south isles, built of flint, &c. The roof of the nave is supported
by stone pillars, forming 4 arches on the north side, and three on the
south, the nave and south isle are covered with lead, but the north isle
with tile; the old roof of this isle decaying some years past, the present roof is raised so that the spars cover part of the windows over the
arches of the nave, and darken the church on that side; the east end
of the north and south isles is taken in with oaken screens, and were
anciently two chapels, (fn. 2) belonging most likely to the two manors; the
holy water pot in the south isle is still to be seen; these chapels are
now in a dirty condition, and unpaved. The church is in length about
51 feet, and in breadth, including the isles, about 40.
At the western part of the south isle of this church stood a foursquare tower of flint, &c. now in ruins, the east and north sides of it
only remaining. A bell hangs on the north side of the tower, and is
covered with a wooden cap.
The chancel is in length about 32 feet, and in breadth about 14; in
the east window is or, two chevronels gul. Fitz-Robert, and in the
same window, there were very lately the arms of Beauchamp Earl of
Warwick, lord here.
In the reign of King Edward I. Norwich Domeday tells us that
Ralph de Tony was patron, the rector had an house or manse with
40 acres of glebe, it was valued at 21 marks, paid for Peter-pence 6d.
procurations 6s. 8d. synodals 18d.
1262, Philip occurs rector.
1300, Roger Brown, presented by Sir Robert Tony.
1302, Thomas de Beck. Ditto.
1303, Roger Brown. Ditto. On the 15th of July in the said year,
Brian de Saham had it given him in commendam.
1311, John de Ely. The Lady Maud, relict of Sir Robert Tony.
1315, Richard de le Rokele. Ditto.
1317, Peter de Hale. Ditto.
1327, Nicholas de Banham, he was a chantry priest at Necton.
1330, John de Clipston. Ditto.
1335, William Patryke of Grymeston. Ditto.
1349, William de Hanslap. Thomas Beauchamp Earl of Warwick, lord here.
1369, Walter de Gressenhale. Lady Joan de Beauchamp, lady
1375, Sir Reginald, rector here, died intestate.
1393, John Faulconer.
1408, William Blakmore, res. Richard Beauchamp Earl of
1413, Richard Wellys. Ditto.
1419, Thomas May, res. John Baysham, rector of Olney, and
John Throgmorton, Esq. attorneys for Richard Earl of Warwick.
1423, Richard Dygyld; he was rector of Uffington in Lincolnshire,
and exchanged with May. Ditto.
1435, William Wright, ob. Richard Earl of Warwick.
1486, John Wygotte, res.; he was rector of Feltwell St. Nicholas.
1493, William Thomson. King Henry VII.
1515, John Wilkinson, res.
1532, John Chapman, ob. Thomas Earl of Wiltshire.
1535, Alan Percy, ob. Ditto.
1560, Gregory Maptid, ob.; he was also vicar of Foulden. Anthony Southwell.
1583, Robert Gayton. Henry le Strange, of Eye in Suffolk,
hac vice by grant from William Mongey of Stertford in Hertfordshire,
and Ann his wife relict of Anthony Southwell, Esq.
1587, Richard Goodman, A. B. The Queen by lapse.
1588, John Gildensleve, resigned. Sir Robert Southwell.
1603 Richard Goodman occurs again: in his answer to King James's
enquiry, he says there were 80 communicants in this parish; the King
then patron, the heir of Sir Robert Southwell being under age, and in
1627, Henry Franklyng, S. T. B. ob. John Patridge, Esq. He
held it with Great-Cressingham.
1644, Thomas Lea, A. M. The King.
1654, Simon Canon, A. M. admitted by the Commissioners at Whitehall, appointed for the approbation of publick ministers, and presented
by Edmund Goffe, Gent. ob.
1680, Robert Parsent, S. T. B. Thomas Crane, Gent. resigned.
1686, Edward Clerk, A. M. resigned. Ditto.
1689, Alexander Croshold; he held this united to Alderford cum
Attlebrigg in Norfolk, and afterwards with Merton. Ditto.
1732, John Soley, A. M. on the death of Crosshold, by John Soley,
senior, rector of Stratton. The present rector is the
Rev. Mr. John Brundish, junior, on the resignation of Soley,
whose father; the Reverend Mr. John Brundish, vicar of Foulden, is
This rectory is valued in the King's Books at 13l. 12s. 6d. but is
discharged of first fruits and tenths by the act of Queen Anne, being
sworn of but 40l. per annum clear value, and so it is capable of augmentation. It hath a rectory-house and about 40 acres of glebe.
In Parvo Cressingham habet Rex
in dominio ii. liberos homines de i car.
terre et habent ii. car. et ii. villan. et i.
bord. at al iii. villan. et i. bord. iv. acr.
prati et reddit xii. sol. Radulfus de
Toenio hucusque habuit. (Doms.