STABERD, or STIBERDE,
Called in Domesday Book Estanbyrda, and Stabyrda. At the survey, 3 freemen here, with 3 in Barsham and in Snaring, held of the
King's manor of Fakenham, 3 acres and a carucate of land: it was
3 furlongs long, and 2 broad, and paid 12d. gelt, and was valued under
Fakenham. (fn. 1)
Earl Warren had also here one, and in Ryburgh another socman,
with 30 acres of land, and a carucate, and one acre of meadow, with
the moiety of a church endowed with 3 acres, valued at 5s. 4d.
The family of De Pavilly was, soon after the conquest enfeoffed,
by the Earl Warren, of this lordship, and was also seized of the King's
manor here, belonging to Fakenham, as appears from a pleading in
the 34th of Henry III. when Ralph de Pavilli pleaded his right to it,
by the grant of Walter, son of Hugh Symirede, which Hugh being enfeoffed of it, by King William Rufus, the said Walter enfeoffed Ralph
de Pavily his grandfather.
In the 3d of Edward I. Thomas de Pavilli (fn. 2) had free warren, and in
the 8th of Edward I. Thomas de Snetterton had an interest herein.
In the 5th of Edward II. Robert de Repps was lord; and he, with
Sibilla his wife, settled it, in the 10th of the said King, on Laurence
de Repps their son, and Margaret his wife, (being then rented at 5l.
4s. 3d. per ann.) with the patronage of the church.
Richard de Repps, son of Laurence and Margaret, left 2 daughters and coheirs by Joan his wife, (who remarried Sir John de Herling,) Catherine married to John Marchall, and Alice, to John Bury;
but in the 9th of Richard II. a moiety of the manor and advowson
was held by the aforesaid Joan, wife of Sir John de Herling, for
John Marchall, and Catherine his wife, settled their part on
Richard Attepitte, and John Bures, or Bury, son of Alice Bures aforesaid, released all his right to John Rokewood, Jeff. Calye, &c. in the
4th of Henry IV.
In the 9th of Henry IV. Henry Scogan was lord, and Robert was
found to be his son and heir, aged 19; of these Scogans, see in Reynham Haviles manor; and in the 12th of Henry VI. Richard Bosoun,
Esq. John Champneys, clerk, &c. release to Thomas Champneys, clerk,
by deed dated July 10, all their right in this manor, and that of Testerton, which they had of the feoffment of John Conesby, clerk, &c.;
and in the 17th of Henry VII. John Skeney, and Cecilia his wife,
conveyed it with a foldcourse of 300 sheep, to Sir Roger Townsend,
and Sir Roger Clere, Knts.
Roger Townsend, Esq. and Ann his wife, held it with the advowson
of the church in the 4th of Henry VIII. and by an inquisition taken
November 1, in the first year of King James I. Sir John Townsend
was found to die seized of the manor of Stiberde, held of the King's
manor of Fakenham, in soccage, and paying 3s. 4d. per ann. and that
of Pavillys, held of the manor of Sculthorp, in free soccage, and in
this honourable family it continues.
In this town was a wood, and lands, belonging to Ralph de Beaufoe, son of Ralph de Beaufoe, which wood he gave to the monks of
Castleacre, with the church of South Creke, and Thomas de Bellofago
is said to claim a weekly mercate here, in the 3d of Edward I.
The tenths of this town, were 2l. 10s.
The temporalities of St. Faith's were valued, in 1428, at 11s. 7d.
Lete fee to the lord of the hundred 3s.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, and is a rectory; the
ancient valor was 20 marks, the present valor is 10l. 15s. 4d. In
Edward the First's time the Earl Warren was patron, and the rector
had a manse, and 20 acres.—Peter-pence 2s.
It has a nave, with a north isle, and a square tower with two bells.
1325, Richard de Reppes, rector, presented by Robert de Reppes.
1349, Thomas de Lacy, by Henry Lucy.
1361, William Grene, by Sir Robert de Caston.
1400, Mr. Walter Noone, A. M. by Walter Cruche.
1439, John Coupere, the Bishop, by lapse.
1442, John Eyr, by Catherine Marchall, daughter and heir of
1472, Step. Bylman.
1496, Edmund Herberd, by Elianore, widow of Sir Roger Townsend.
1506, Thomas Grandon, by Roger Townsend, Esq.
1532, William Olyver, by Sir Roger Townsend, Knt.
1556, Nicholas Lincoln, by Eleanora Townsend of Brampton, widow.
1559, Robert Rusten. Ditto.
1573, Robert Okes, by the assignees of Roger Townsend.
1720, Robert Spencer, by Lord Townsend.
1721, John Athill, on Spencer's resignation, by Lord Townsend.
1740, Edward Barnwell. Ditto.
1768, William Powell. Ditto.
Simon Bishop of Norwich, in 1265, confirmed to the monks of
Castleacre, two parts of the tithes of the demean of Humphrey de
Eastham, and his partners.