Takes its name from its situation by the low meadows, on the river;
the whole belonged to Herold, of whom a freeman held it in the
Confessor's time, and it was given to Rainald Fitz Ivo by the Conqueror, it being then ten furlongs long and eight broad, and paid 13d.
to the geld, towards every 20s. raised on the hundred. (fn. 1) Tocho de
Wintreton held a villein here of Roger Bigot, (fn. 2) which he added to his
manor of Hanworth, and was the part which was afterwards a manor
by itself here.
And was given to the priory of Hempton near Fakenham-Dam.
Remained in the Crown from the Conqueror's time, after Fitz-Ivo's
death, till King Edward I. granted to a family sirnamed of the town,
one moiety of the manor and advowson, and Henry de Ingworth had
it; and the other moiety to William Baldwyn, son of Thomas Baldwyn
of Ingworth, and their heirs.
Henry de Ingworth had 5 sons; Sir William, his eldest,
was vicar of Bungey Trinity; he conveyed it to Stephen de Ingworth, his next brother, when it extended into Aylesham, Banningham, Erpingham, Tutington, Blickling, and Colby; and from him, it
came to Ralf, the next brother, (fn. 3) who was lord in 1256; he married
Seinclia, daughter of William Baldwin aforesaid, who the same
year settled 12d. per annum in alms, on Kerbrook hospital, out of
a tenement here; they had Henry de Ingworth, who died before
them; for in 1267 they were in possession, but at their death their
moiety joined to
Baldwyn's, for Aveline, (fn. 4) only daughter of William Baldwyn, married to Nicholas Reppes, and in them the whole centered, and divided again into moieties with their two daughters and
heiresses, (fn. 5)
Beatrice, married to Henry de Colby of Colby, and
Alice, to Peter de Brampton.
In 1285 King Edward I. granted to Henry de Colby a charter
for freewarren in all his lands here and in Colby; and in 1314 he held
it at half a fee of the honour of Clare; in 1315 Henry de Colby
and Beatrice his wife held it; and in 1320 had a charter for a
Fair here, and freewarren here and in Colby; (fn. 6) he was succeeded by
John de Colby his son, who in 1337 settled it on Mariota his
wife; in 1342 this John had the other mediety of the advowson and
manor. (fn. 7) At the death of Alice, (fn. 8) widow of Peter de Brampton
his aunt, which he settled on trustees the year following; and in 1345
the said John held the whole at one fee of Clare honour. In 1348
the feoffees released to him again; in 1351 he was a knight, and he
and Mariot were living in 1357; in 1352 Ralf de Colby, brother to
Sir John, purchased an estate here, and left it to Sir John in 1364.
In 1365 Sir John sold the whole of his estate here, and in Aylesham,
Erpingham, Blickling, and Olton, to
George Felbrigge, and his feoffees, after his own decease; he
was alive in 1372, and died before 1400, for Sir George was dead, and
Robert de Felbrigge his son, then a minor, was in the King's
wardship, and from that time it passed from the Felbrigges to the
Windhams, and now William Windham of Felbrigge, Esq. is
lord and patron. (fn. 9)
The Prior's, alias Hoe's Manor,
Was anciently held by Henry de Hemesby and Robert le Blund, and
after, by the Prior of Hempton, at the 4th part of a fee, of the
honour of Clare; George Felbrigge farmed it of that monastery,
which was taxed for temporals here at 5l. 1s. 6d. At the Dissolution
in 1545, King Henry VIII. gave it to Sir William Farmor, Knt.
and Catherine his wife, who sold it to Richard Hoe of Scarning,
Gent. and Thomas Hoe his son; it then contained 10 messuages, 348
acres of land, &c. and 5l. rents, one pound of cumin seed, and 10
hens, in Ingworth, Erpingham, Colby, Iteringham, Carleton, and Stanfield; about 1560, it was settled on Anne, daughter of Humphry
Dove of Wigenhall, wife of Thomas Hoe, Gent. son of Richard Hoe,
Esq.; Thomas died in 1570, and left Richard Hoe his son, then 9
years old, who died seized in 1629, and it was afterwards assigned to
Roberta, daughter and coheir of Richard Hoe, married to Francis
Steward, and had issue, Hoe Steward of Greys-Inn, William, and
Francis. In 1663, George Steward sold it to George Nodes, and others,
and it is said to be since purchased by the Windhams.
William Rufus gave a mediety of this church to Battle abbey
in Sussex, (fn. 10) with the fee that Brithric the rector of it then held,
namely the land of one socman in Ailesham manor; but it was not
1217, William de Husseborne, rector. John de Ingworth settled
6 acres on this rector for glebe, to him and his successours.
1304, Peter Kenyng. Peter de Brampton and Alice his
1324, Roger son of Philip de Wodenorton. Henry de Colby,
and Beatrice his wife.
1339, William de Burgh, rector. The King recovered this mediety.
1349, Ralf Burgeys. The King. He resigned in
1353, to John Aylmere in exchange for Lesingham rectory. (Ditto)
who in 1534, changed it for Wylyngham, with
John Smert, (Ditto), who resigned in
1360, to Robert Atteborne. The King, in right of his Crown. He
1372, to Ralf at Heath. Ditto.
1380, Thomas Dovelith. Ditto.
1408, Sir John Northgate. Ditto. Succeeded by
John Thomesson, who resigned in
1416, to Thomas Randolf. Sir Simon de Felbrigge, Knt. who
obtained this mediety of the Crown, and got them perpetually united,
and in 1426, he presented
John Marshall, as to one rectory.
1437, John Deye, priest. Ditto. He was succeeded by
Richard Goneld, who resigned in
1447, to John Elynor. Katherine, relict of Sir Simon Felbrigge, Knt.
1516, Robert Silvester, by lapse, he resigned in
1517, to Robert Fournesson. Sir Thomas Windham.
1628, at Oliver Robinson's death. Thomas Windham of Felbrigge, Esq. gave it to
Mathew Clare, &c. and that family hath presented ever
The Rev. Mr. Hogan resigned this, when he took Sparham,
and was succeeded by
The Rev. Mr. Allen Aldhouse, the present rector.
King John gave the mediety that remained in the Crown, to John
of St. Edmund's Bury, priest, who held it in 1223.
In 1208, an acre and half of land was settled for glebe, on this
1249, John de Suthwerk, rector. The King.
1256, Henry III. gave it to Roger de Eversham, who held it in
1299, Walter de Kermington, Edward I.
1302, William son of Bartholomew de Stamford. Ditto.
1305, Ralf son of John de Colby. Henry de Colby his brother,
and Beatrice his wife. In
1323, he exchanged it for Thurne rectory, with Sir Reginald le
Gros, Alice daughter of Nicholas de Reppes, widow of Peter
1339, Simon de Colby Ditto. He resigned in
1339, to Simon son of Wymer de Aylesham. John son of Henry
1349, Nicholas Heylot. Sir John Colby, Knt. He resigned in
1356, to Sir Ralf de Colby. Ditto. He resigned in
1356, to Gregory Attehill. Ditto.
1405, John look, rector.
1407, Sir John Elsy. Sir Miles Stapleton, Knt. Oliver Groos, John
Yelverton, and Sir John rector of Felbrigge, Felbrigge's feoffees.
Valuation to the land-tax, 217l.;—county rate to a 300l. levy
5s. 6d.;—old tenths 6s.;— Synodals 8d.;— Bishop's procurations
1s. 3d.;—archdeacon's procurations 4s.
The Rectory is discharged of first-fruits and tenths, and is capable of augmentation; it stands in the King's Book, as a living
capable of augmentation:
5l.—Ingworth rectory—clear yearly value 33l.
The Church is dedicated to St. Lawrence, and not to St. Andrew,
as some have observed; and there was a Gild of St. Lawrence kept
in it. The steeple is round, and hath two bells, on one of which is
this, Ego Serbus tuus sum. The south porch, nave and chancel, are
thatched; I find no memorials here, besides the arms of Mortimer of
Wigmore, Walcote, Felbrigge, and Colby.
In 1507 Thomas Dobbys gave a legacy towards building the
parsonage barn, and another to make a new cross. In 1510, Richard
Mey of Aylesham gave to the church of Ingworth a meadow lying
in Blickling, on the south-west part of the church of Ingworth, abutting on Ingworth-common north, after the death of Agnes his wife, on
this condition, "that the chirch reevys shall find the shaftale, that is
to say, to them that cume in procession to the aforesaid chirche of
Yngworth, on the Monday on the rogacion dayes sufficiently; also I
will that he that shall make the sermon that day, shall have of the
said medow iiij.d. to pray for my sole and my wyvys." (Regr. Spyltimer, fo. 253.)
Bromhill priory had lands here, and the Abbot of Bury's manor
in Aylesham, called Sexton's, extended hither, and the sacrist of that
monastery was taxed at 27s. 5d. for the part here, which was added
to, by Henry son of Agnes de Ingworth, Richard, another of her sons,
William son of Henry de Ingworth, Hugh Dean of Ingworth,
William le Mey, Alice daughter of Henry de Ingworth, Robert son of
Robert de Ailesham, and others.
John (Nepos, le-Neve, or the nephew, sacerdotis de Ingworth)
was the ancestor of the Le Neves of Ingworth and Banningham; John
le Neve of Ingworth, in 1267, was a man of fortunes and note; in 1297
Emma his widow lived here, and John their son in 1282, and their
posterity increased and dispersed much in these parts.
This town is in the dutchy of Lancaster, and is the head town of
the Deanery, which takes its name from it; the Deans of which
were all collated by the Bishops of Norwich.
Deans of the Rural Deanery of Ingworth.
1189, Hugh de Ingworth, dean.
1315, Sir Richard de Sutton, the Bishop's chaplain.
1316, Jeffry de Nottingham.
1321, John de Wicheford, priest. In 1324 he exchanged it for
Burnham Depedale rectory, with
John le Moigne of Ufford, L. L. D. 1310, Ufford resigned to
1345, Bartholomew de Winchestre, priest, who was succeeded by
Thomas de Exeter, who resigned in
1375, to John Joldeyn.
1378, John de Roughton.
1407, Alexander Midelford, &c.