King William, on his conquest, granted this town to the Lord
Peter de Valoines, and Roger held it under him at the survey.
Alestan, a freeman, was owner of it in King Edward's reign, when it
was accounted a manor, with two carucates in demean and one
amongst the men or tenants, &c. paunage for 10 swine, and the
moiety of a fishery, one runcus, 15 cows, &c. and was valued at 20s.
per ann. it was four furlongs long and two broad, and paid 3d. gelt.
The soc belonged to the King's manor of Mileham. (fn. 1)
Of these Lords Valoins see in Appleton and Dersingham, where we
have treated at large of that family.
In the reign of Henry I. when the Lord Peter de Valoins founded
the priory of Bynham, Roger, a knight of his gave two parts of his
tithes in this town to that priory, which were confirmed afterwards
by his son, and grandson, and John Bishop of Norwich.
This was likely that Roger, who held it under his Lord Peter at the
survey, and was ancestor (as I take it) of the family of De Pattesley,
lords of the town. Herbert de Patesle was living in the 9th of King
John, of whom see in Ingoldesthorp.
About the 3d of Henry III. Hamo de Patesle held it by the fourth
part of a fee, and soon after this, John de Patesley; and in the 52d
of the said King, Hamon de Patesley, senior, settled it on Hamon
his son, by fine with messuages, lands and rents, in Oxewick, Tittleshale, Cald ewell, Reynham, Wyssingset, and Tofts.
In the 29th of Edward I. William, son of William de Patesle, conveyed by fine, many messuages, lands, &c. in the towns abovementioned, to William, son of Hamon de Patesley, and in the said year John
de Patesley granted by fine the manor and advowson to William de
Patesley, senior, for life, remainder to John; and John de Patesley was
lord in the 9th of Edward II. and presented to the church in 1304;
and in 1321, John, son of John de Patesle, presented.
Roger, son of William de Patesley, granted by fine, in the 1st of
Edward III. to William, son of William de Patesly, and Nicholaa
his wife, several messuages and lands here, and in Oxwyk, Godwyk,
Wissingsete, &c. for their lives, remainder to Ellen, Emme, Alice,
Maud, and Margery, their daughters; and in the 20th of that King,
William de Patesley, junior, held the fourth part of a fee, which John
de Patesley formerly held; but it appears from the institution books,
that John de Patesle, rector of Harpele in Norfolk, presented in the
23d of the said King: and in the 10th of Richard II. Sir Walter FitzWalter (whose ancestor married Gunnora, daughter and heir of Robert
Lord Valoins) was found to be the capital lord of the fee, and to hold
in this town, Tyteleshale, Godwicke, Welyngham, Whyssingset, &c. one
fee belonging to his manor of Heminghale in Norfolk.
From one of the daughters and coheirs of the Patesleys (as is most
likely) it came to William de Breton, who presented in 1351, and was
living in 1388, when he also presented to this church, as did Nicholas
Briton in 1391, but in the 3d of Henry IV. (1401) Ellen, Joan, and
Catherine, daughters and coheirs of William Briton, are found to hold
the abovesaid fourth part of a fee, or manor.
After this it seems to be in several hands, John Sutton presenting
in 1405, Henry Carmely or Carman in 1408, 1409, and 1431, and
John Schaymnes in 1429, who likely married the three daughters and
coheirs of Breton, and having each a part, or share in this lordship,
are styled in the institution books domicelli.
But it returned to the Patesleys soon after the last presentation of
Henry Carman, and Hamo de Patesley died seized of it, and the
advowson in 1438, when it is said that he held it in capite by the
20th part of a fee, and John Patesley, citizen and alderman of London,
was his cousin and heir; he was sheriff of London in 1432, and lord
mayor in 1440, being then a knight, but by Baker and others, falsely
called Paddesley, and died lord of this manor in 1449, and bore for
his arms argent, three de lis azure, each charged with an an annulet,
or, his widow survived him, Joan Patesle, widow, citizen of London,
lady of Patesle, presented to this church December 26, 1460.
In the 9th of Edward IV. John Seaman and Agnes his wife, William Carman and Catharine his wife, William Bulman and Cecilia his
wife, Roger Richers and Margaret his wife, conveyed by fine levied,
to John and Henry Heydon, Thomas Boleyn, &c. this manor and advowson, with 60 acres of land, and Henry Heydon, Esq. presented in
1484, and Sir Henry Heydon in 1493, and Sir John in 1521.
Sir Christopher Heydon of Baconsthorpe in Norfolk gave it, in the
reign of Queen Elizabeth, together with the advowson, to Cajus college in Cambridge, and the said college exchanged the manor with
Sir Roger Townsend, Knt. of Rainham, for the manor of D'Engains
in Feversham, in Cambridgeshire, and Stow Qui, and kept the patronage which they enjoy at this time, the manor being in the Lord
Viscount Townsend. Here is only the manor-house remaining, wherein
a farmer lives.
The tenths were 1l. 12s.
The lordship of the Hauvills of Dunton and Rainham extended
into this town, and Thomas, son of John de Hauvill, paid a relief for
lands here held by castle guard to Norwich castle in the 35th of
Pat or Pet is the name of several little rivers; and gives name to
this and to many towns, viz. Peteswick in Essex; Patteshall in Northamptonshire; Pat or Petworth in Sussex, &c.
The Church was dedicated to St. John Baptist, and was a rectory
valued anciently at 40s. and paid Peter-pence 2d. ob. it is called a
sinecure in the year 1521, and no church was standing (as I find) in
1571; the present value is 8l. 18s. 8d.
1304, John de Fakenham, rector, presented by John de Patesle.
1321, John, son of John de Patesle. Ditto.
1349, Henry Smyth by John de Patesle, rector of Harpele.
1351, William de Hundon, by William de Bretoun.
1359, Andrew Frere. Ditto.
1360, Robert Beneyt Ditto.
1361, John Bishop. Ditto.
1366, John Passemer. Ditto.
1388, Ralph de Brancaster. Ditto.
1391, William Taylor, by Nicholas Breton.
1393, Richard Mason. Ditto.
1395, Richard Allen.
1406, John Ap Davy, by John Sutton.
1408, Richard Roscelyn, by Henry Carmeley, domicell.
1409, Vincent Glentworth. Ditto.
1409, John Cockerell, by John Schaymnes, domicell.
1425, John Peyntour, by the Bishop, a lapse.
1431, John Hendy, by Henry Carman.
1453, John Spendelove, Bishop of Norwich, a lapse.
1460, Mr. Richard Thornham, A. M. by Joan Patesle, widow,
citizen of London, lady of Patesle.
Thomas Cosyn, rector.
1484, Mr. Thomas Winter, by Henry Heydon, Esq.
1491, Edmund Pilgrim, by Sir Henry Heydon.
1493, William Wayte. Ditto.
1500, Edmund Bacton, S. T. P. by Sir Henry Heydon, Richard
Southwell, Esq. and Thomas Langden.
1521, Edmund Garrade, S. T. B. by Sir John Heydon, called then
a free chapel.
1554, Richard Reyner, S.T. B. by the Bishop, a lapse.
1558, William Maddock. Ditto.
1584, Christopher Kaverock, by the Queen, a lapse.
1599, John Hull, by Cajus college Cambridge.
1626, Robert King, S. T. P. Ditto. John Marletop, rector.
1634, Robert Sheringham. Ditto.
1678, Courtney Oram. Ditto.
1687, John Goddard. Ditto.
1742, Henry Goodal, by the King.