The principal lordship of Edgamer (as it is wrote in the book of
Domesday) was in the see of Thetford, and held by Ailmer, Bishop of
Elmham, in the time of the Confessor, when it contained 3 carucates
of land, 14 villains, 2 servi, 2 carucates in demean, and 2 amongst
the tenants, &c. 180 sheep, and 7 socmen belonged to it, with 45
acres and 2 carucates, valued then at 30s. at the survey at 45s. 4d.
and one socman of William, the Bishop, ploughed one carucate, with
2 oxen. (fn. 1) Morel held it of this William Beaufoe, bishop, at the survey;
and it seems to take its name as being seated near some mere, or moor.
In the reign of Henry III. Agnes de Mortimer, was found to hold
half a fee, William de Shipeden, half a fee, and Godwin de Thornham,
half a quarter of one, belonging to the see of Norwich; and William
Athelwald had 4 messuages, with lands conveyed by fine to him by
Thomas Hunt and Christian his wife, in the 11th year of Edward II.
This William was lord of a manor, and presented to a moiety of this
church, in the 5th year of the said King; and in the 10th of the said
King, John de Shipedene, of Eggemere, and Catharine his wife conveyed to him several messuages, lands, rents, and services, but in the
15th of Edward II. the said William conveyed his manor and right
of advowson to Edmund de Leech of Beeston, in Norfolk, and Margaret, his wife, who regranted them to William for life.
John Leche, in 20th of Edward III. was found to hold half a fee
of the Bishop, which William de Shipeden formerly held; half a fee,
which Robert de Kelling, with half a fee, that Goda de Thornham
formerly held; and in the 25th of that King, John Leche, clerk,
William, parson of Ingaldesthorp, Edmund Gurnay, John de Holcham,
pass it by fine to John de Wolterton, parson of Harpley, &c. who in
the 27th of the said King, conveyed it, with one messuage, 240 acres
of land and 5s. rent here, and in other towns, to John de Egmere and
John Corbet had an interest herein, in the 13th of Richard II. and
was allowed freewarren, as granted to John Leche, by King Edward
III. in his 18th year, and in the 17th of Richard III. William Winter
had a confirmation of it.
In the 3d of Henry IV. John Aysbornham, held half a fee of the
Bishop, with one fee formerly John de Leche's; and in 1418 William
Winter, Esq. presented to this church: soon after it seems to have
been in the hands of certain trustees, who had license on March 3,
in the third year of Henry VI. to alien this manor of Eggemer, with
the patronage of the church, to the prior and convent of Walsingham;
the names of these trustees were, Sir Simon Felbrigg, Sir Edmund
Berry, John Wodehouse, Esq. William Paston, &c.; it was valued at
13l. 6s. 8d. per ann. and paid 3s. 6d. for every fee every 30 weeks, to
Norwich castle guard, and 10s. relief. (fn. 2)
On the dissolution of the said priory, King Henry VIII. on the
22d of March, in his 30th year, grants it to James Bulleyne, in exchange for the manors of Heverreal, and Kemsing in Kent: after this
it came to Sir Thomas Gresham, Knt. whose widow, Lady Anne, sold
it to Sir Nicholas Bacon, lord keeper, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth,
and his descendant, Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart. died lately possessed of
it, and his daughter, Mary Bacon, held it in 1758; and presented to
the church, as lady of the manor, 1761.
The Earl Warren had also an interest in this town, half a carucate
of land held by 3 borderers, and a socman, with 12 acres, held by
Elvolt, a freeman, in King Edward's time, but delivered to Frederic,
to make up his lordships, and was valued in Barsham. (fn. 3)
Robert Fitz Ralph held half a fee, in the 18th of Henry III. of the
Earl Warren. In the year 1300, William Fitz John, presented to a
moiety of this church.
In the 17th of Edward II. Richard de Walsingham, held a quarter
of a fee of the Earl of Pembroke, and in 1339, Sir John de Leech
presented to a moiety.
William, son of Richard de Walsingham, was a minor in the 20th,
and in the custody of the Earl Warren; and in 1385, Sir John Plays
presented to a moiety, after this it was united (as I take it) to the fee
Part of this town was a beruite belonging to the King's manor of
Wighton, (of which manor see there,) this part was half a carucate of
land, &c. and the town was in the whole half a leuca long, and also
half broad, and paid 6d. gelt. (fn. 4)
The prior of Petreston, in the reign of Henry III. was found to
hold a quarter and half of a fee, of the Bishop of Norwich; and in
the 29th of Edward I. this priory gave to that of Westacre, a messuage, and the moiety of a carucate of land, at Rushmore, in Suffolk, in
exchange for a messuage, and a moiety of a carucate here; this
came to the priory of Walsingham, when the priory of Petreston was
united to it.
At the Dissolution it came to the Crown.
The tenths were 6l. 13s. 4d.—Deducted 54s. and valued together
The Church is a rectory valued at 8l. and is now demolished,
and the inhabitants go to the church of Waterden, and are there
buried, &c. Sir Nicholas Bacon is said to have profaned it, and turned
it into a barn. Here were anciently two medieties, one called the
portion of Richard, valued at 5l. the other of Roger, of the said value,
and paid Peter-pence 8d.
In 1299, Roger de Snetesham was instituted to a mediety, presented
by the Bishop of Norwich.
1300, Richard le Zugte, by William Fitz John.
1312, John de Whytton, by William Athelwald.
1339, Ralph Dry, by Sir John Leche.
1350, John Trendel, by John de Wolterton, Roger Austin, Adam
Worts, and Richard Ede.
1354, Robert Kilverston, by John Leche, and John Egmere.
In 1355, September 13, the 2 medieties were consolidated by Thomas
Bishop of Norwich.
1385, Jeffrey Gleg, by Sir John Plays.
1395, Robert Atte Heme, by Sir William Winter, Sir Robert Berney,
and Henry Lumins.
1410, Walter Edolf, by Sir Thomas Erpingham, and Sir Robert
1418, Benedict Turnour, by William Winter, Esq.
1422, John Caunceler, by Sir Edmund Berry, William Paston, and
1422, John Lucas, by ditto.
1471, John Sherwyn, by the prior of Walsingham.
1492, John Farewell.
1508, Thomas Martyns.
1519, Richard Vowell, prior of Walsingham, by the Bishop, hac
vice, on a grant from Walsingham priory.
1528, William Mason.
1543, Thomas Bulman, by George Townsend, on a grant from the
prior: Bulman seems to have been the last prior of Wayborn, in
Norfolk, and had a pension (fn. 5) for life from the Crown of 4l. per ann.
1554, Thomas Moker, by the Queen.
On July 8, in the 3d and 4th of Philip and Mary, John Elliot, and
Alexander Chesnall had a grant of the patronage of this church; but
in 1558, Thomas Penny was instituted, on the presentation of Humphrey Rant, who pleaded a grant from the late prior; he was succeeded by,
Cheney Astley, and in,
1574, Thomas Billing ford, by Sir Thomas Gresham.
1579, Thomas Bostock, by the Queen, a lapse.
1609, Henry Mihill, S.T.B. by Sir Nicholas Bacon.
1639, Robert Mihil, by Sir Edmund Bacon.
1664, Edmund Turner, by Dorothy Bacon, widow.
1670, Henry Mazey, by Franc. Rookwood.
1677, Nath. Wilson, A.M. by Robert Bacon, Esq.
1702, John Pinchbeck, by John Angier, Esq.
1720, William Perkins, D.D. by Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart.
1722, Samuel Rye. Ditto.
1745, Franc. Burton died rector.
1758, Edward Smallwell, by Mrs. Mary Bacon.
1761, Charles Mordaunt. Ditto.
In the 43d of Henry III. William, son of William, granted to Mary
prioress of Blackburgh, a mark rent per ann. issuing out of lands,
which Richard de la Rokeley held of him here.
John de Eggemere was usher of the Exchequer, in the 9th of