So called from its site, in a watery valley. Lambert was enfeoffed
of it, and held it at the survey under the Earl Warren; two freemen,
who enjoyed it in King Edward's reign, being dispossessed of it: it
contained a carucate of land, 17 bordarers, 2 servi belonging to the
demean, who had amongst them, 2 carucates, and a church with 5
acres, and this, with the Earl's fee in Creke, was valued at 20s. but at
the survey at 17s. 4d. and was, with that, 3 furlongs long, and 2
broad, and paid 12d. gelt. (fn. 1)
In the 3d of Henry III. Reginald de St. Martin held in this town,
and Hempton, by Fakenham, and East-Barsham, one knight's fee, of
the Earl Warren, and Roger de St. Martin, his son, held half a fee,
of Hugh Bardolf, who held of the aforesaid Earl; and the prior of
Fakenham (viz. Hempton) held half a quarter of it in the said reign.
Simon Le Grant conveyed it, in the 12th of that King, by fine,
to William de St. Martin, and Petronel his wife, and to her heirs;
and in the 3d of Edward I. Roger de St. Martin had the assise of
A fine was levied in the 2d of Edward II. between Robert, son of
Richard Adelward of South-Creke, querent, and Richard, son of
Robert Adelwald, of the same, deforciant, of 5 messuages, a mill, 80
acres of land, &c. with 5s. rent here, settled on Robert. After the
death of Roger de St. Martin, John de Mileham was lord, and in the
7th of Edward III. a fine was levied between William Durant of
Sechith, by Lynn, and Millecent his wife, (daughter and heir of Thomas de Mileham,) and Tho. de Mileham and John de Gately, parson of
Doketon, who settled this lordship on William, and Millecent in tail;
and William Durant, and Millecent, were found in the 20th of the said
reign, to hold half a fee of Bardolf, of which the prior of Hempton
held half a quarter, late Roger de St. Martin's; and John de Wolterton is said to have aliened to the prior of Damsend, (Hempton,) lands,
or a manor here.
In the 39th of Henry VI. William Walton, Esq. was lord of Waterden-Hall, in right of Catherine his wife, daughter and heir of John
Dorant, son of William. In 1st of Richard III. John Walton, Gent.
son of John Walton, Esq. sold by deed, dated July 18, this manor to
Thomas Sefoule, Gent. Richard, and Robert Whinburgh; and the
said Thomas was lord in the 14th of Henry VII. and died before the
7th of Henry VIII. and made Elizabeth his wife, and Henry Fermour
his executors: he was descended from John Sefoule, a justice of assise, with John de Milford, and John de Hedersete. In the 7th of
Edward II. Sir Ralph Sefoule, and Beatrix his wife, were living, and
sealed with vert, a cross patonce, or. In the 14th of Edward III.
and in the 38th of that King, Edmund Sefoul had lands in Frenge in
Norfolk.—George Sefoule purchased land of And. Castell, and Margaret his wife, in this town, 26th of Henry VI.—George and Thomas
Sefoule were feoffees of lands in East-Barsham, in the 34th of that
King; and George Sefoule of Waterden, according to his will, dated
August 5th, 1469, was buried in the church of Waterden, All-Saints,
and mentions therein, Margery his wife, Thomas his son and heir, his
sons, William, John, and Edward, (fn. 2) Elizabeth his daughter, married
to Thomas Davy, &c.
Gyles Sefoule, Esq. was lord in 1556, and married Alice, daughter of Laurence Norton of South-Creke, and heir to her brother John,
and had a daughter Margery, married to Henry Hastings of Yaxham,
Esq. and Alice, to Richard Manser of North-Creke, and Catherine,
to John Hull of Barsham.
Thomas Sefoule, Esq. of Waterden, occurs lord, in the 4th of
Elizabeth, and by deed, dated May 3, in her sixth year, grants to
Thomas, his son and heir, by Elizabeth his wife, this manor and advowson of the church, and to his lawful heirs in default of which to
Anne, and Catherine his daughters, remainder to Nicholas Coote,
Gent. and his heirs, &c. and Thomas Sefoule, Esq. on the 10th of
June, in the 18th of that Queen, sold to Thomas Farmer of Dunton,
lands, with a foldcourse here, of the gift of his father Thomas. Nicholas Sefoule of Waterden, Esq. and Bridget Sefoule, widow, mother of
Thomas, were witnesses to a deed, in the 43d of Elizabeth. In the
said year, William Thirleby, Gent. and Bartholomew Johnson, had a
prœcipe to deliver to William Armiger, junior, Gent. and William
Reymes, Gent. this manor; and Henry Sefoule of this town, Gent
sold lands in East-Barsham to William Beaumont of Lycham, in Norfolk, Gent. July 10, in the 22d of James I.
The Earl of Leicester died lord and patron in 1759, April 20th.
The temporalities, of Fakenham (or Hempton) priory in 1428, were
valued at 39s. and 4d. per ann.—Walsingham priory temporalities
The spiritualities of Castleacre priory 18s.
The tenths were 3l. 4s.—Deducted 18s.—Lete fee to the lord of
the hundred 2s.
The Church of Waterden is dedicated to All-Saints: Roger de St.
Martin was patron in Edward the First's reign; the rector had then
a manse, with 24 acres of land, valued at 12 marks; the prior of Castleacre a portion at 18s. Peter-pence 18d.—Simon Bishop of Norwich
confirmed to the monks of Castleacre, two parts of the tithes of the
demeans of Robert de Barsham, Roger de St. Martin, and a mediety
of 20 acres of the demeans of William de Burnham.—William, the
third Earl Warren, confirmed to that priory, the tithe of Waterden,
of the donation of Lambert de Rosej.
The present valor is 5l. 6s. 8d.
Adam de Rusteyn occurs rector, about 1260.
1301, Richard de Thorpernold, by Sir Roger de St. Martin.
1337, Adam Josce, by William Durant.
1342, William Kervil. Ditto.
1349, John Rachyth. Ditto.
1393, John York, by John Marlere, &c.
1447, William Legge, on the resignation of William Fowle, by Sir
1598, Simon Steers, died rector.
1740, Samuel Alston, by Lord Lovell.
1750, John Hemming, by the Earl of Leicester.
1750, Thomas Flack. Ditto.