hundred and ninety-one, and exhibited in the Ordinary "Visitation of the Right
Reverend Father in God George [Charles]^ Lord Bishop of Norwich, holden at
Imprimis the Yicarage House witli the House setting, containes by estimation two acres ; being on
tlie East and North bounded by the Church Land, on the West by Lock Meadow, and on the South by the
Eiver. Also Lock Meadow containes three acres, and is bounded Westward with Broad Meadow, Southward
with the Eiver, and Northward with Basil Yard. Also Basil Yard is by estimation one acre and an half,
being bounded on the West by the Lands formerly of Thomas Gooding and now of Edward Earrer, and
Northward by the Churchyard. Also a parcel of meadow between the Eiver and Priory, containes one acre
and an half, being bounded on the West by the Common. Also Bean Pightle, containes one acre, and is
bounded on the North by a meadow formerly of Thomas Gooding and now of Mrs. Elwin, but Eastward by
a Piece belonging, as supposed (by James Smyth, Esq.), to the Poor, having been given for strawing the
Church, and hereinafter mentioned among the Eectory lands. Also a Parcel of meadow in Stone Bridge
Meadow, by estimation one acre, bounded on the West by a Close formerly of Thomas Eudd, on the North
by the Highway, on the East by a Piece formerly belonging to Thomas Gowing. Also a Parcel of Meadow
containing eighteen Eeet in Breadth Stone Bridge Meadow. Also a Parcel of meadow in the same
meadow, a few swaths, bounded southward by a close late of Henry Fenn, northward by a Piece of the
Lord's, and being of the same length as an half acre of Glebe newly inclosed in broad (Dead Man's Bush).
Also a Parcel containing half an acre, lying in Church Meadow, is bounded South and West by Broad
Meadow, but on the North by the Church Way. Also a Parcel of Meadow, containing half an acre, is
bounded by a close formerly Begham's, on the East by Edward Earrer's Land. Also a Parcel lying in
Snape Meadow, containing half an acre, bounded on the North by formerly John Whitby's Lands, and on the
South by late Eaton's. Also a Close called Duncroft in East Bradenham, containing four acres, is bounded
Eastward by the Town Lands of East Bradenham, but also by the Common. Also Snape Close contains
seven acres, and is bounded Eastward by a Close formerly of Mr. Jessop and now Mrs. Iveson's,
Westward by a Close of Thomas Gooding's, now of Edmund Earrer, through which the way to it lies,
and by a piece of Glebe in North Field. Also Long Close, containes fifteen acres, and is bounded
on the North by Putter's, on the West and South by the Lord's. Also a Parcel lying between Lands
formerly of Mr. Goulston Eastward, Land formerly Mr. Eamsey's Westward, contains half an acre.
Also a Parcel lying between the Leys and formerly Mr. Eamsey's Land, containing one acre. Also a Parcel
within a close formerly of John Whitby, bounded by formerly Mr. Gouldstone's Land Eastward, and the
said Whitby's Land Westward, by a White Thorn Bush at the end next to the Highway; it contains half an
acre. Also a Parcel containing one acre lying in a close called Miller's, bounded on the East by Lands
formerly of Mr. Jessop, in the Brow of which Ditch the mere stones are to be seen, but on other sides by
Lands formerly Mr. Mellsop. Also a Parcel within the Lands of William Mason, Esq""., containing one acre,
bounded by a Ditch on the South and North ends and West side, and by a Pit on the North East end. Also
Eydon Sand Pits contain two acres, and is bounded by the Highway Westward, and by a close formerly of
John Whitby southward. Also the Churchyard contains half an acre.
Arable Lands. Shepherd's Croft contains four acres, and is bounded on the East by the Common, on
the West by Lands formerly of Thomas Trendle and now of Forby Trendle, on the South also by the Land
of the same Mr. Trendle, and on the North end by a close formerly of Thomas Eudd and now of the said
Forby Trendle. Also a Parcel of Arable Lands lying in Church Field containing four acres, bounded on the
East and West by the Lands of the Lords and on the Botts Croft, North by the Highway, and hath a Htle
1 Written over in the MS.
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piece of Grass over the way Southward. Also a piece of arable land in the same Field containing one rood,
with a piece of mowing ground at the end of it, bounded by land formerly of Thomas Gooding on the West,
and by Churchmeadow southward. Also a parcel of arable land containing half an acre, bounded by the
Field Way on the West, and by the land formerly of Thomas Gooding on the other parts. Also a parcel of
Arable land in the same Field containing three acres, bounded on the North by Charles' Close, on the East
by the Lord's, but Westward by a piece of Waste land. Also a Piece of arable land in Park Field called
Pepper Land, containing three acres and a half, with a little piece of underwood, is bounded on the north by
a close formerly Jarwood's. Also a Piece of arable land in North Field containing four acres, is bounded
on the North by Land formerly John Whitby's, on the East by land formerly of Thomas Goodwin, and
towards the South by a Piece of Eectory Glebe. Also half a rood within a Close formerly of Mr. Mellsop,
bounded on the East by a close of the same Mr. Mellsop, on the West by land late Trundle's, on the North
by Snape Close, and on the South by the Entry, once a part of Packs. Also Penland containing two acres ;
it is bounded on the East and South by the Highway, on the West and North by land formerly of Mr.
Jessop. Also a Piece of arable land lying in land formerly of Edmund Pank, containing one acre ; it is
bounded with the land formerly of the said Edmund northward, but towards the south with land formerly
of Nich. Orton. Also a Eood of arable land in a close formerly of the said Edmund Pank called Eydens, its
Eastern head bounded on a Close of Vicar's Glebe within East Bradenham. Also a Close of arable land
within East Bradenham is by estimation' two acres, and bounded Southward by Land formerly Mrs.
Burrow's, but on the North by a Close formerly of Mrs. Amys's. Also a rood of arable land lying in East
Bradenham is bounded on the West by the Field Way over against Bull's Eood. Also a Piece of Arable
land in the same East Bradenham within a close formerly of Goodman Legate, is bounded on the North
by the said Legate's land, but on the South by the Land formerly of William Trendle. Also a Piece of
Arable Land lying in Lingham Field containing three acres is bounded on the East and North by the land
formerly of Thomas Trendle, now Forby Trendle's, but on the South by the Highway. Also one acre of
Arable Land lying in a Close formerly of John Becarton is bounded by a Close formerly of Edward Coble
on the East, on the South by the Lands formerly of Thomas Trendle, Bricklayer, and now of James Trendle,
but on the West by the Orchard formerly of the said Thomas Trendle, through which Orchard lies the way
to it from the Common, and within which Orchard lyes also a little piece of Glebe for which four pence per
annum is paid to the Vicar. Also one acre of Arable Land lying between the land formerly of John
Beccarton and a piece formerly belonging to Edward Coble. Also one rood lying in a Close formerly of
Thomas Eudd, called Bottom Lands, within one acre breadth of Coop's Pightle Eow ; it is bounded on the
East with a piece of Land formerly belonging to the said Thomas Eudd in East Bradenham Field, and is of
the same length Eastward Cootes' Pightle. Also a Close in Hunt's Field containing by estimation seven
acres, is bounded on the North and South by the Land formerly of Thomas Eudd and now of the aforesaid
Forby Trendle, but on the East by the Common Field of East Bradenham.^ In all eighty-one acres three
roods and eighteen feet.
The Vicar of West Bradenham for the time being is possessed of a Lease of the Eectory of the said
Parish, and all Tythes thereunto belonging, from the Eight Eeverend the Lord Bishop of Ely, renewable
every seven years, and paying to the Bishop of Ely four pounds p annum as a reserved Eent.
A Terrier of tlie Rectory Glebe of West Bradenham.
Imp Priory containing by Estimation four Acres is bounded on the East by the Highway, and on the
West with the Common. Half an Acre lying in an Inclose meadow formerly of Thomas Goodwin is
bounded on the West by the Land formerly of the said Thomas Goodwin, on the East by Land formerly
of John Whitby, on the North with the Lord's, and on the South with the Eiver and Bean Pightle ; it was
1 This Terrier, as far as relates to the Vicarage Glebe, corresponds with that before extracted from the earlier
Register, but somewhat modernised.
WEST BRADENHAM. 69
to find summer straw for the church, in winter also, which having been for many years discontinued, in
the year 1786 it was apprehended by the then Churchwardens of the said Parish of West Bradenham that
the said Piece of Land became and was to be taken as a charitable use for the Benefit of the Poor of
the said Parish, and the said Churchwardens then made their return required by Act of Parliament
A Piece in North Field containing two acres, bounded by land formerly of John Whitby on the South
and by Vicar's Glebe on the North. In all 6 acres and an half.
The Tithes of Wool, Lamb, Calves, Hay, &c., as may further appear by the Register Book belonging
to the Vicar of West Bradenham throughout the whole Parish only.
The Woodlands are exempted from Vicar's Tythes as the underwoods formerly rented by Thomas
Eudd and now by James Eudd and containing about 50 acres.
Several closes formerly occupied by Nicholas Minn and now by Matthew Norton.
Two Closes formerly rented by Thomas Eudd and Thomas Clemenco and now by the said James Judd.
Also several other Closes formerly rented by Thomas Clemence and now by James Smyth, Esq'., and the
said James Judd, and containing about 33 acres, are exempted from Vicar's Tythe.
Herbages by custome are, for formerly Wootton's 13s. 4:d. ; for Mr. Mason's £5 ; for formerly Futtur's
2s. id. ; for formerly Mr. Goulston's 2s. 6d. ; for formerly Cooke's Close Is. Hd. ; for formerly Mr. Oowles'
6d. ; for formerly Mr. Huggins' 1 s.
Mortuaries are due to the Vicar from debtless goods : if £o, then 3s. id. ; if 20 marks, 6s. 8d. ; if £30,
10s. The Vicarage is laid in West Bradenham Poor-rates at £27. 10s. per annum ; near £3 a year lying in
Tithe of all sorts of grain is due to the Eectory, nor is any land within this Parish exempted
from corn tithe, tho' at the same time it pay customary Herbage. There is one acre of land in East
Bradenham formerly belonging to Edward Coble which pays half tithe. Then two parcels of land in Hale
which are said to pay their whole tithe to the Eector or Vicar of West Bradenham ; so do 4 Pities in
Necton pay half tithes to the Eector or Vicar of West Bradenham, 2 of which formerly belonged to
Thomas Fox, and the other two lately to Godfry Orton. The Eectory is laid in the Poor rates at Ss.
. per annum.
A true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Books, Ornaments, and Utensils
belonging to the Parish and Parish Church of West Bradenham aforesaid.
Imprimis One Pewter Flagon, one Silver Chalice with the cover of silver, one Silver Plate, one
green Carpet, one Linnen Cloth and Napkin for the Communion Table, one Surplice, A green Cloth, Cushion,
and Desk Cloth ; one large Bible of the last Translation, one comon Prayer Book, Three Bells, and a Chest
with one Lock.
May 7, 1706.
In Testimony of the Truth of the within mentioned particulars, we, the Minister, Churchwarden, and
chief Inhabitants, have set our hands the day and year above written.
Sam. Needham, Vic.
Thomas Trendle, Churchwarden.
Chief Inhabitants, Thomas Clemence.
Examined with the original Thomas Gooding.
Terrier by me, Tho. Eudd.
Eobt. Cross, Edward Coble.
1 Hereunder is written as a note : — " Which was objected to by my Predecessor, and has continued to be protested
against by me as Vicar. James Bentham."
70 "WEST AND EAST BRADENHAM, NECTON AND HOLME HALE.
Extracts from further " Registers by Act of Parliament."
1754, Banns of marriage between John Green of W. Bradenham and Mary Lucas late of Caldecot, 17 and
24 Nov. and 1 Dec. Married 5 Dec, 1754.
1758. Thomas Bringloe, widower, of Shipdham, and Frances Fenn, widow, of this Parish, married by
License by J. G. Micklethwaite.
1760. Between Daniel Wingfield of W. B., and Mary Parlet of same, Banns 28 Sept., 5 and 12 Oct.
Marriage 14 Oct. 1760.
1761. Between John Webb of W. Bradenham and Mary Norriss of same, 12, 19, and 26 April. Marriage
12 June, 1761.
1771. Banns between John Thorold, singleman, and Mary Snelling, widow, of the same, 5, 12, and 19
April. Married 21 April.
1773. John Norton of W. B., singleman, and Sarah Hastings, single woman, by License, 28 Oct.
1774. James Norton of W. B., single, and Barthelina Brewer of Deal, co. Kent, a minor, by license,
7 Sept., 1774.
1778. Banns between Richard Leit of this Parish, widower, and Amy Utterige of Necton, 20 and 27 Dec,
and 3 Jan. 1779.
1782. Bartholomew Edwards of Hetherset, sing., and Mary Smj'^th of this Parish, single w., by licence,
4 Dec, 1782.
The use of the book with printed forms was discontinued in 1783, and one with
parchment leaves introduced in 1791.
Burials, 1791. April 5, Margaret Trendel, widow of Forby Trendel, aged 85 years, was buried.
1792. Aug. 7, Catherine Jarvis brought oyer from Fransham, aged 57.
1793. Elizabeth Palgrave Smyth, d. of John and Mary, an infant, bur. May 11 (bapt. Apr. 11.)
May 28, Mary, the wife of John Smyth, was buried, aged 39 years.
1794. Elizabeth, the wife of Stephen Watson, was buried, supposed to have been murdered by her
1795. March 13, Mary, d. of James and Elizabeth Judd, bur., an infant.
Mem. On Monday, March 23, 1795, Stephen Watson was tried at the Thetford Assizes for the
murder of his wife Elizabeth ; being convicted of the charge, was condemned to suffer death on
the Wednesday following, and afterwards hung in chains on West Bradenham Common.
1795. April 3, Eichard, s. of Stephen and Elizabeth Watson, late Elizabeth Harvey, was publickly
bapt., being two years old, and only 13 days after Stephen was convicted at the Thetford
Assizes for the murder of his wife Elizabeth.
1797. March 5, Hammond Jarves, s. of James and Elizabeth, late Elizabeth Constable, was privately
baptized. (Pub. Bap. May 10, 1798.)
Dec. 3, Jarvis Mary Ann, d. of Edmund and Margaret, late Margaret Norris, spinster, privately
1799. Jan. 25, Harriet Judd, d. of James and Elizabeth, late Elizabeth Hewson, spinster, publickly bapt.,
aged five years.
James Smyth, Esq., aged 84 years, was buried May 22, 1800.
1801. Ann Topping (widow of the late Eev. Cha. Topping) aged 79 years, was buried 7 of Sept.
1804. Dec 12, Mrs. Barthalina Norton, widow of James, late of Holme Hale, was buried, aged 48 years.
1808. Dec. 13, John Montague Poore, Esq., a resident in this Parish, was buried, aged 26 years.
WEST BEADENHAM. 71
1809. Dec. 31, Edward, s. of Eobert and Margaret Eust, late Empleford, was buried, an infant.
1809. April, born 28, Eichard, s. of Samuel and Mary Shearing (late Mary Coble) was baptized (Eec. into
church Feb. 24, 1812.)
June 25, John Charles Montague, s. of John Montague, lately deceased, and Elizabeth Poore.
The last entry of Baptisms in this book is dated December 17tli, 1812, and signed by
James Bentbam, Vicar. The first five pages, 1791 — 1795, by him and by Benj. Norton,
James Judd, Churchwardens ; 1790 — 1799, James Judd and Forby Trendle, Churchwardens ;
1799—1802, John Balls and Forby Trendle, Churchwardens ; 1803, 1804, Forby Trendle
and James Winkfield, Churchwardens, as also 1806 — 8. The remaining entries by Mr.
Account of the Poor's Allotment for Firing, &c.
1. Allotment contains 11a. 2r. 16p., bounded on the North by land allotted to the Town Estate, East
by the new Public Eoad, on the South by land allotted to Eorby Trendle, and on the West by land allotted
to Wm. Mason, Esq.
2. Allotment containing 2a. 2r. 26p. bounded on the North and part of the East by land allotted to
Thos. Smyth, Esq., and on the South and remainder of the East by inclosed land of Jas. Trundle, and on
the West by the said Public Eoad.
Eencing. — For the 1st allotment on the North and East parts thereof.
For the 2nd allotment on all the open parts and sides thereof.
Account of the Town Estate in West Bradenham.
Allotment containing 7a. 3r. 2 op., bounded on part of the North by the Eiver, on parts of the East and
remaining parts of the North by land allotted to Jno. Browne, on the remaining parts of the East by the
new Public Eoad, on the South by land allotted to the Poor, and on the West by land allotted to
Wm. Mason. Fencing on the whole of the North and East parts thereof.
Entered by Mr. Bentham at the beginning of the last Register, towards the end of
which is a copy of the Terrier presented at the Bishop's Visitation at Swafi'ham, July 4, 1813.
West Bradenham Charity Land.
Samuel Frost of West Bradenham, yeoman, on 25 Jan., 1750, surrendered a messuage or cottage in
which he did then live, next a messuage of John Chilvers West, and the road of the manor East, and
abutting on the West, North, and South, with the appurtenances, copyhold of the manor of West
Bradenham,! to the use of Henry Fenn the elder, Henry Fenn the yor., and Francis Trendle, all Inhabitants
and owners of lands within the s'^ Parish and their heirs. In Trust for the use and benefit of the Poor
of the s^ Parish. And at a court holden for the manor on 1 August, 1753, the surrenderees were admitted
tenants in trust as aforesaid.
At a court held for the manor of West Bradenham 31st July, 1688, it was presented that on 11th October
in the preceding year William Monshaw surrendered a Tenement containing one acre called Wright's to
the use of Thomas Eud, churchwarden of West Bradenham, and Edward Cobble, overseer of the Poor, for
the sole use and benefit of the poor inhabitants of West Bradenham forever; and they were admitted
1 To which he was admitted in 1718, on surrender of Peter Needham, D.D.
72 WEST AND EAST BRADENHAM, NECTON AND HOLME HALE.
accordingly to tlie premises described as a tenement void called Wright's in West Bradenham, between land
of Eobert Dun and land of the lord, called Martin's Yard, which said Wm. Monshaw had in 1680, after the
death of Eobert Munshaw. And at the same court, on the surrender of said T. Eudd and E. Cobble and
regrant of the lord, the said Thomas Eudd and Edward Cobble, with Thomas Goodwyn, sen., Thomas
Goodwyn, jun., Thomas Trundle, Edward Cobble, jun., and John Whitbie, were admitted as trustees, "for
the sole use and benefit of the poor inhabitants of the said parish."
And at a court holden on 1st Aug., 1758, on the surrender of Thomas Eudd, the only surviving trustee,
James Trendle of East Dereham, Francis Trendle, Thomas Trendle, Eorby Trendle the elder, and Henry
Fenn the younger, were admitted trustees.
In the Parliamentary Eeturns of 1786, under the head of West Bradenham, are mentioned several
benefactions in land, derived from Eichard Brotherwick and four other persons, for bread and money to
The Commissioners under the In closure Act set out to Forby Trendle, &c., the land and cottage
thereon, described, as and for the cottage and land copyhold of the manor of West Bradenham, which the
trustees held and to which they were admitted as abovesaid ; and also to Henry Fenn as trustee for the
poor, 34 perches with a cottage thereon, and 2a. 2r. 25p., for or in lieu of 2a. 3r. 4p. of copyhold with a
cottage thereon, to which he stood admitted as surviving trustee. In 1804 (Dec. 17th) Forby Trendle and
the other trustees were admitted under the award, and 24th April, 1817, Eobert Chandler, Thomas Farrer,
and John Young were admitted on the same trusts. The Fuel Allotment has been mentioned on giving
extracts from the contents of the award.
" The messuage wherein Eobt. Bennett lived, standing at the north side of the common, was repaired
in October and Novr., 1784, and March, 1785, the materials for which, amounting to £8. 18s. 4:d., were
given by James Smyth, Esq., that the poor might receive distribution of the rents without deduction for
" The messuage near the south side of the common, and formerly Edmund Williamson's, being in a very
ruinous condition, was rebuilt and enlarged in 1786. The timbers, valued at £20. 18s. 6d., were given by
James Smyth, Esq., that the poor families might receive distribution of the rents of the charity estates
without any deduction." The bills for workmanship, &c., amounting to £52. 13s. lOd. in addition, were
paid by a rate.
WEST BRADENHAM RECENT PARISH MEMORANDA.
The following statement of the relative yearly values of the several estates in West
Bradenham, with the names of the occupiers, is taken from the assessment to a church-rate
made on 5th April, 1786, at 3d. in the pound, from a churchwardens' book in private hands.
James Smyth, Esq., for mansion-house and lands.
Mr. Forby Trendle for dwelling-house and lands.
,, more for late Eudd's.
,, more for White Oak Close and Langham Meadow.
,, more, foi-merly Fenn's.
,, more, Isome Close.^
Probably Isawes or Ishales.
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Mr. James Judd for tlio Lordsh.ip.-
,, more for the underwood and Barker's.
Mr. Henry Fenn for his messuage and lands formerly Goodings'.
,, more for lands called Eeydon's.
,, more, formerly Athill's.
,, more, formerly High's.
Mrs. Frances Fenn, widow, for her messuage and lands.
,, ,, more, late Woodcock's, formerly Coble's.
,, ,, more for Strudwick's, formerly Woodhouse and Futter's.
,, ,, more for Mr. Eust's.
Mr. William Norton.
John Tenant for late Bridges, Esq.
,, more, late Childerhouse's.
,, more for Howling'' s Meadow.
,, more, late Brownsel's.
Jane Howling, w", for late Trundle's.
,, more, formerly Rudd's.
,, more for Mr. Girling' s late Beckerton's,
Thomas Wright for late Orton's and the Whin Close.
Hamond Flood for Elwin's, Esq., late Eldred's.
Benjamin Norris for Mr. Trundle's, formerly Nobes's.
Thomas Shearing for Mr. Stratton's, late Platford's.
„ more for formerly Cawkett's [Cocket's ?]
[Other occupiers' names : Christopher Adcock, Willm. Bensley, The. Green,
John Whalls, Charles Eoberts, Ann Adams, widow, Edmd. Garner, Henry
Burrows, Eichard Watson, down to £1 valuation.]
William Mason, Esq.
Mr. Philip Lyon for Lord's lands.
„ more for his own.
,, more for late Glover's.
Mr. James Meadows for Mr. Eust's lands, formerly Barkley's.
Mr. Jeremiah Eeynolds for The Lays.
„ more, late Melsop's.
Mr. W. Bensley for late Eamsley's.
Farmer Trollop for late Mr. Blomfield's.
Also Daniel Young and W. Wiflfin.
. The total valuation was £428. The amount of rate £5. 7s. Od. Signed by Henry Fenn and James
Judd, Churchwardens, also by Jas. Smyth and Forby Trendle.
The disbursements include payments for bread and wine for communion at Easter, Witsun Day, and
Christmas Day, 4s. 4cZ. each time; for presentments for Visitation or "General" fees; and churchwardens'
journeys and expenses ; for carpenter's work for fences at churchyard and church gate ; for deals for seats
at west end of the church ; clerk's salary 10s. ; amounting altogether to £10. Is. Qd.
2 In other places, " The Lord's Farm," " Mr. Smyth's lands."
74 WEST AND EAST BRADENHAM, NECTON AND HOLME HALE.
At the vestry meeting on nth April, 1786, (being Easter Monday) the Rev. Charles Topping, the vicar,
chose Mr. Henry Fenn to be one of the churchwardens, and the parishioners present chose Mr. James Judd.
Whereas in 1787 James Judd was appointed by the vicar and Forby Trendle by the parishioners. And the
same were reappointed in 1788.
Amongst the payments for the latter year were 2s. 6d. for destroying 15 dozen jackdaws and sparrows
in June, and again os. Id. in December for 29 dozen of those birds.