Here were several lordships belonging to this town, which I shall
treat of in their order.
William Beaufoe Bishop of Thetford held at the survey a manor
belonging to his see, which Aylmer the Bishop of Elmham, held in
the time of the Confessor, with one carucate of land, 7 borderers, one
servus, and one carucate in demean, and half a one among the tenants,
and 2 acres of meadow, valued in his lordship of Thornage, and a
church endowed with 12 acres, and of Thornage manor, (to which
this was a beruite,) the said Bishop had a carucate and an half valued
at 20s.; it was 7 furlongs long, and 5 broad, and paid 2s. gelt.
The aforesaid Bishop had also another manor in this town, in his
own right, as a lay fee, which two freemen held under King Herold,
with a carucate and an half of land, and 7 borderers, with 2 carucates
and 5 acres of meadow, the moiety of a mill, valued then at 20s. at
the survey at 30s. and Lagaam, a freeman, retained here 30 acres and
one borderer. Here was also a carucate and 2 acres of meadow valued at 5s. now at 7s. (fn. 1)
These two lordships though now accounted as lying in the hundred
of Holt, are there mentioned at that time, as being in the hundred of
Galgou, or Galhow. What I have met with, relating to them, I shall
treat of according as I find it in order of time.
In the 10th of Richard I. a fine was levied between William de Noers, petent, and William, son of Roger, tenent of lands here, and in
the said year another between Peter de Mealton petent, and Roger,
son of Gerold, tenent, of the fourth part of a fee in Saxlingham, and
Langham, whereby it was acknowledged to be the right of Peter, who
granted the land in Saxlingham, to Roger, to be held of Peter, except
Hobb's Croft in this town, and all the arable land which Roger held
Thomas, son of Ulf, acknowledged in the 12th of Henry III. that
he held lands here of Simon de Nodarijs, (Nowers,) by fine then levied,
and about the 20th of the said King, John de Saxlingham was found
to hold a fee of William de Shipden, and he of the Bishop; and in the
14th of Edward I. Roger de Saxlingham, and Simon de Noers were
lords, and patrons of the church; and John de Saxlingham and Margaret his wife were querents, William de Colby deforciant, in a fine
in the 2d of Edward II. of 8 messuages, 3 tofts, 1 mill, and 140
acres of land, in this town, Bayfield, &c.; and in the 6th of that King,
another between Robert de Nowers and Alice his wife, and John de
Saxlingham, parson of Swanton, of this manor and advowson, and
Tweyt manor, settled on Robert and Alice. Edmund de Mounpinzun, Robert de Thursferd, &c. trustees, confirmed to the aforesaid
Robert and Alice, in the 13th of the said King, the homages and services of John de Saxlingham, for a knight's fee here, and the manor
of Hungry Swanton, with the advowson.
Sir Robert de Nowers presented to this church in 1329, and John
de Saxlingham in 1343, each lord having an alternate presentation.
In the 24th of Edward III. John de Noers grants to Fulk Mompinzun, Adam de Sheringham, &c. in trust, his manor of Iteringham,
lands, rents and services, in Elmham; a mill, 50 acres of land in
Swanton, and Bruningham, (fn. 2) with the reversion of Saxlingham, Swanton, and Tweyt manors, which Alice his mother held for life.
Sir Stephen de Hales presented in 1383, and Robert Plomley in 1413,
styled Domicellus, (fn. 3) and was in right (as I take it) of John de Saxlingham's lordship.
Sir William Oldhall presented, on account of his manor of Nowers,
in 1437; and Agnes Lynaker de Brampton in Derbyshire, in 1443, as
lady of John de Saxlingham's lordship.
Sir William Oldhall in 1446, and John Lynaker in 1474
The manor of Nowers was after in John Bertram, Gent. who by
his will dated July 15, 1462, bequeaths his body to be buried in the
chancel of this church near to his first wife, and appoints his sons, Thomas and John, executors; to his wife 10 marks per ann. out of his manor
of Nowers for life; to Thomas his son this lordship in tail male, with
that of Gunthorp; (fn. 4) to John the manor of Flitcham for life, or till he
should be promoted to a higher ecclesiastical degree, then that manor
to go to the priory of Walsingham, to find one canon there, and to
keep his anniversary: to Elizabeth his daughter, a nun at Carhow,
40s. per ann.; to Mary and Anne his daughters 40s. per ann. each, out
of his manor called Reevets in West Newton, for their lives, and his
messuages called Woden and Pagets, to be sold with that manor afterwards.
Thomas Bertram, his son was lord, and living in 1488, but in 1478
John Albin, Gent. presented, and in 1506 John Heydon, Esq. and in
1509 Robert Lynaker, Esq.
Soon after this both manors were united, and in the Heydon family,
and in the 33d of Elizabeth, Thomas Croft, Esq. and Thomas Oxburgh,
Esq. had a prœcipe to deliver the manors of Saxlingham, Nowers, or
Bertram's, with that of Linacres, to Henry Sidney of Walsingham, Esq.
with those of Letheringset and Hunworth, from Sir Henry Sydney,
this united came to Thomas Jermy, Esq.
Sir Francis Guybon was lord in 1696, and his son and heir sold it
to Richard Warner, Esq. of Elmham, about the year 1715, and was
lord and patron, on whose death it came to Elizabeth his daughter
and coheir, relict of Paul Jodrell, Esq. Attorney General to Frederick
Prince of Wales.
The manor-house stands a little towards the south of the church,
and seems to have been built by John Heydon, who married a daughter of the Lord Willoughby.
Over the porch of it are the arms of Heydon, quarterly, argent and
gules, a cross engrailed, counterchanged:—crest, a talbot, and supporters, two naked men; also Heydon impaling quarterly, in the first
and fourth a cross ingrailed, Ufford, and in the 2d and 3d a cross moline, Willougby; Heydon impaling Drury.
In the great parlour, Heydon and his quarterings, impaling Drury
with his quarterings—Heydon and his quarterings impaling Carew
of Cornwall and his quarterings; Heydon, &c. impaling Woodhouse
of Waxham—Heydon, &c. impaling Rivet and his quarterings—Heydon impaling Crane of Suffolk; and on the top of the house is a place
to take a view of the country.
Peter Lord Valoins had a lordship which Theodorick a freemen held
before, consisting of half a carucate of land, and one carucate with
2 borderers, and 2 acres of meadow, valued formerly at 2s. at the
survey at 5s. (fn. 5) and placed under Gallow hundred.
In Henry the First's reign, on the foundation of Binham priory,
Tire, a knight of his enfeoft of his manor, gave two parts of his tithes
to that priory. (fn. 6)
About the 3d of Henry III. Agnes de Ratlesden held in this town,
Dalling, Geystweyt, and Riburgh Parva, two knights fees of David
Cumin, descended from the Lord Valoins; and in the said reign
Agatha de How held the fourth part of a fee of Simon de Ratlesden,
and Sim. Ratlesden was found in the 14th of Edward II. to hold of
Admund le Comyn.
In the 18th of Edward III. a fine was levied between John de
Scothow and Agnes his wife, John Franks and Aveline his wife, querents, William de Berkele, chaplain, and John Neuman of Scothow,
deforciant, of the fourth part of the manor of Northall in Saxlingham,
of 2 messuages, 36 acres of land, 5 of meadow, 7 of heath, with 4s.
rent in this town and Briston, conveyed to John Scothow; and in the
20th of that King, William Miles and his parceners held the fourth
part of a fee of John de Ratlesden, which Agatha de How formerly
held. Roger Atte Cross and his parceners held it in the 3d of
After this it was united to the lordship aforementioned.
The abbot of Savigny in France had also a lordship in the 41st of
Henry III. and in 1428, their temporalities were valued at 44s. 5d.
King Henry VI. in his 7th year, June 27, granted it to to Sir Robert
Dudley, after Earl of Leicester.
The tenths were 4l.—Deducted 1l.
The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. Margaret, the old valor
was 20 marks, Peter-pence 12d.; the prior of Bynham had a portion
of tithe valued at 10s. per ann. The present valor is 12l. 12s. 8d. ob.
It is a small pile covered with lead, and has a little tower.
In the area of the chancel, covered also with lead, is a very curious
monument, erected by Sir Christopher Heydon, for his Lady Mirabel,
with her effigies kneeling under an arch, and over her a pyramid rises
near the height of the chancel, adorned with many hieroglyphical
figures, after the manner and taste of the Egyptians; a large account
and description of it, may be seen in the account of the Heydon
family in Baconsthorp.
In the east window of the chancel were the arms of Heydon impaling Drury—Heydon impaling Carew—azure, three boars passant, or,
Those of Boleyn—Boleyn, impaling Lord Hoo, and St. Omer,
quarterley, and St. Leger in an escotheon of pretence.
Simon de Kelling occurs rector in the 14th of Edward I.
1329, Thomas Godwine, presented by Sir Robert Nowers, Knt.
1343, Thomas de Saxlingham, by John de Saxlingham.
1383, Jeff. de Hambury, by Sir Steph. de Hales.
1413, Thomas Plomley and Robert Plomley.
1437, Steph. Shirreve, by Sir William Oldhall, hac vice.
1443, Tho. Plumley, by Agnes Lynaker of Brampton in Derbyshire.
1446, Thomas Wode, by Sir William Oldhall.
1474, William Lynekene, by John Lynekere.
1475, Mr John Aptewell, by the Bishop, a lapse.
1478, Steph. Cuckoo, by John Allen, Gent.
1506, William Webster, by John Heydon, Esq.
1509, Nicholas Bothe, by Robert Lynacre, Esq.
1543, Nicholas Pratt, by Sir John Heydon.
1554, Henry Curson, by Sir Christopher Heydon.
1566, Thomas White. Ditto.
1587, Salom. Smith, by Sir William Heydon.
William Christian occurs rector 1625.
Samuel Thornton, rector, died in 1724, and John Tompson
succeeded, by John Jermy, senior, Esq.
1733, Joseph Lane, presented by Richard Warner, Esq. died in
1758, and was succeeded by Richard Eglington, presented by Elizabeth Jodrell, widow.
In the church were the gilds of St. Margaret, and John Baptist.
The portion of the priory of Binham, was granted to Thomas
Paston, Esq. November 15, in the 33d of Henry VIII.