In the reign of King Edward the Confessor, and at the survey, it is
written Hapincha, and Hapinga, and in that of Henry the First's
Happesburgh, as appears from the charter of that King to the abbey
of Wymondham: Will. de Burgh, in the 5th of Henry III. farmed this
hundred, and those of East and West Flegg, of the Crown, at 18s. per
ann. In the following year, the abbot of Holm, and William Lord
Montchensey, were impleaded for keeping a ferry-boat, and taking of
every foot passenger an halfpenny. The said abbot, in the 3d of Edward I. was found to have made a purpresture on the common bank
of the river that ran between this hundred and that of Flegg, and that,
with the prior of Norwich and Lord Montchensey, hindered persons
from fishing on the said bank, (which is common,) unless a certain
rent was paid to them.
John de Clavering farmed the said hundreds in the 9th of Edw. II.
King James I. by letters patents, dated December 29, in the - - year
of his reign, granted to Sir Cha. Cornwallis this hundred of Happing,
during the lives of Charles Cornwallis, Esq. eldest son of Sir William
Cornwallis, and Thomas Cornwallis, son of Sir Will. and the life of
Tho. Cornwallis, Esq. 2d son of Sir Charles, paying for it, with all its
rights, court letes, felons goods, &c. 6l. 15s. 4d. ob. per ann.
Ab, Av, and Ap, signifies in the British language water, or a river,
and so specifies a hundred in watery meadows, thus Apton in Tunstede