Four freemen held in the Confessor's time, the principal tenure, or
manor here, under the commendation or protection alone, of Edric
de Laxafeld; the King and the Earl had the soc, 50 acres, with a
carucate, and 6 acres of meadow belonging to it, and what they possessed was then valued at 40s. at the survey; when they were deprived,
and Roger Bigot, ancestor of the Earls of Norfolk, was lord, at 68s.
8d.; the whole, with its beruits, was valued in King Edward's time at
90s. at the survey at 6l. 11s. 4d. and together with what the freemen
had enjoyed at 10l. and was one of the lordships that Ralph Earl of
Norfolk had, and was deprived of, on his rebellion against the Conqueror, and was taxed at 10l. per ann. when the Conqueror granted it
to Roger Bigot, (as he says,) when his brother came from Apulia,
with Geff. Ridel.
Roger Bigot had also 12 acres belonging to a freeman in King
Edward's reign, by whom, and others in Stalham, Brunsted, &c. one
carucate and 4 acres of meadow were held; of these Ailwin, his predecessor, had not even the commendation in King Edward's time,
yet he claims them as belonging to his fee, by a grant of the Conqueror, because he had the commendation of them in the Conqueror's
time: this was valued at 4s. and the King and the Earl had the soc.
The King had 4 freemen who held of him 20 acres, and half a carucate, valued at 2s. which also came to Roger. Ralf had 31 acres
and an half, and 3 borderers, with half a carucate, and 4 acres and an
half of meadow. (fn. 1)
Thomas de Thirne had an interest herein, and gave to Joseph, son
of Bond de Horsey, and Hellen his niece, all the land that Bond held
in this town, and what he held of his father, his mother, and his brother, paying yearly 4s. 3d.—witness, Sir Jeff. de Hickeling and Brian
his son, Sir Warin de Rolvesby. Sir Warin de Waxtonesham, William de
Colekyrke, &c. by deed sans date: Thomas also grants to Reginald de
Gelham, his nephew, son of Walter de Gelham, all the land of the fee
of Joseph de Horsey, which Bond held of him and his ancestors, paying
3d. per ann.
In the 10th of Edward I. Sir Oliver de Ingham held of Thomas de
Horsey, by the service of a rose, a messuage, and 40 acres of land, 10
of meadow, and Elizabeth, his widow, held it in dower, in the 15th of
that King, as Mary, widow of Sir John de Ingham, did in the 9th of
Edward II. from the Inghams it came, by marriage, to the Stapletons,
and from them to the Calthorps, as in Ingham.
After this it was in the Pastons, and Sir William Paston died lord,
in the first of Philip and Mary; in this family it continued many
years, the Earl of Yarmouth being lord in 1740; after this it was sold
to the Lord Anson, who died lord and patron, and his heirs possess it.
The tenths were 2l. 8s. 4d.—The temporalities of Hickling priory
9s. 6d.—of Weybridge 4s. 5d. q.
The Church is dedicated to All-Saints, and was a rectory. Peter
Bardulph was rector in the 13th year of King John, and had been
presented to it by Godwin de Horsey: his son and heir, Adam, gave
it to the priory of Hickling, and was appropriated thereto, and a vicarage was settled, in the reign of Edward I. The rectory was valued
at 2 marks, the vicar had no manse, and the sacrist of that priory was
said to occupy the manse which formerly belonged to the vicar.
Peter-pence 8d. ob.
In 1315, John de Limpenhawe instituted vicar, presented by the
1349, Alexander Derver.
1361, Adam de Limpenhawe.
1393, Adam Sheve.
1401, John Water.
1406, Richard de Auburn
1427, John Smith.
1452, Richard Franceys.
John Bullock, vicar.
1458, Thomas Fakenham.
1482, Robert North Repps, alias Webster.
1521, Edmund Whitsted; after this it was held several years by sequestration.
On the dissolution, this rectory impropriate, and the patronage of
the vicarage was granted by King Henry VIII. to Sir William Woodhouse, and Sir Henry Woodhouse sold it to Sir William Paston.
In 1603, Richard Allen, the curate, certified that there were 58
communicants, and that for serving the cure he had some small tithes
worth 40s. per ann. and that Sir William Paston had the rectory.
1609, Thomas Sadlington, vicar, presented by Sir William Patson.
1612, William Comfort, by Thomas Knevet.
1615, Richard Skipp.
1636, William Woodroff, by William Paston, Esq.
Here were the guilds of All-Saints, St. Mary, St. Ann, and St. John
In 1740, the Earl of Yarmouth was patron, but the church has been
several years in ruins: the present valor is 3l. 1s. 4d. and is discharged.
William Bishop of Thetford held at the survey, in his own right,
as a lay fee, a lordship of which a freeman, under the commendation
of Almar Bishop of Elmham, was deprived, consisting of 25 acres, 3
borderers, with half a carucate and 10 acres of meadow, valued at
11s.; the King and the Earl had the soc; and there were also 2 freemen under the commendation of Bishop Almar, who had 16 acres of
land, and 5 of pasture, valued at 30d. of which they were deprived,
and William de Noers held this under Bishop William aforesaid. (fn. 2)
Bishop Rugg, in Henry the Eighth's time, is said to have alienated
revenues belonging to the see in this town, and Palling, with their
appropriated rectories, &c. for Ingham Grange, rectory, &c. to Thomas
Woodhouse, as I take it: see in Palling.