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and is di (charged. In 1603 the vicar returned two
hundred communicants.

May 15, 1755, this church was confolidatcd to
Dilham; and in 1776 the Rev. Leonard Addifon was
prefented to the vicarage by the bifhop of Ely, and
again in 1777.

In the church, on a grave-flone, Orate p. aia
Nich. Parker, armig. qui cbt. 19 Martij, 1490, and

the



T U N S T E A D. 49

the arms of Rois, Erpingham, and Repps; alfo Bois
and Gimmingbam*

At tlie rafl end of the chnrch-yard was the chapel
of the Rcfurreclion in 1492.

In the ^th of Richard II. fir John Plays, Sec. aliened
lands here to the chantry of Raveningham ; and in
the i3th of that king Robert Bois, Sec. lands to the
priory of Campes.

Matthew Stokes, fellow of Caius college, is faid
to have granted his leate of this rclory to that col-
lege for the ftipend of a fellow, and three fchoiais.

The village of Honing lies on the road from
Worftead and North Walfcam to the fca coaft, caft>
ward; and on the road from Broomholme to Nor-
wich. The church (lands on a fine eminence, over-
looking the miufhes, down the river Ant.

Bavil Paflon Chamber, cfq. has a very handfome
feat half a mile north of the church, which the late
Mr Chamber, his father, improved and decoiated
with much tafte.

HORNING, wrote in Doomfday-book Horning-
ham. At the furvey this town was part of the pot-
feflions of the abbot of Holme, who had lands, \x.
valued at 4!. was one leuca and a half long, one
broad, and paid 6d. gelt.

ABBEY of ST. BENEDICT at HOLME. The abbot
and convent had alfo at the faid time five lordfhips in
Walftiam hundred, one in Forchoe, four in North
Erpingham, eleven in Weft Flcgg, three in Hcn-
fiead, one in Eynsforci, two in Taverham, eleven in
D South



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South Erpingham, fifteen in Tun (lead, fix in Hap-
ping, three in Eaft Flegg, one in Humbleyard, and
one in Depwade hundred.

The family of de Glanvile were early enfcoffed of
confiderable lands in this town, &c. held of the
abbot; Bartholomew de Glan'vile, eldeft fon of Wil-
liam, founder of Broomholrne priory, had three parrs
of a fee here, and in Holme, (a part of this town) of
the old feoffment, in the reign of Henry II.

Holme was a folitary place in the marflies, called
Cow-holme, 8cc. and given (according to tradition
of the monks) by Horu, a little prince, to a fociety of
religious hermits, under the government of one Sune-
man, about the year 800, who (with the chapel of St.
Benedict by them here built) were all deflroyed in the
general devaluation ef this country by the Danes,
under Inquar and Hubba, in 870.

In the next century, Wolfric, a holy man, gathered
feven companions here, and rebuilt the chapel and
houfes; they had refidcd here fome years, when Ca-
nute, the Dane, founded and endowed at Holme an
abbey of Benedidine monks in 1034.

This abbey was fo fortified by the monks with
flrong walls, 8cc. thatit refembled more a caftle than a
cloifter, and, as tradition fays, held out fome time
againft William I. .till betrayed by the treachery of
one of the monks, on condition of his being made
abbot, and on his promotion was ordered to be
-hanged direelly.

. From an old manufcript in the college of Corpus
Chrifli, Cambridge, wrote by William Botoner, alias
Worcefter, <jent. who lived in the reign of Edward

IV.



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IV. and in the family of fir John Faflolf, at Caflor,
in the hundred of Eafl Flegg, and was one his exe-
cutors, many curious accounts relating to this mo-
naflery we have tranfcribcd.

The abbey church, from the eafl: window to the
weft door, together with the choir, was (as he ex-
prefles it) DC gradibus meis, Anglice S(epf$$, 1 .48. The
breadth of the choir and prefbytery fevcnteen gtadus.
The breadth of the fouth ailc of this church,
which was built by fir John Faftalf v, eleven gradus;
and the length of it from eafl to well fifty-eight gru-
dus : this laft appears to have been a beautiful pile,
built of, and vaulted with free-done, and had feven
large windows to the fouth. The length of the north
aile was fixty-cight gradus, and the breadth twelve
gradus. The length of the choir and flails twenty-
four gradus. The length of the high altar was fe-
venteen of Botoner's fpans, and that or the fouth
aile fifteen. The fpace of the bell tower that flood
in the miJfl of the church was twenty-two fi
The fraytcr* was forty virgae long to the pantry
door, and feven broad. Mr. Thomas Newton built
Trinity chapel in the abbey church.

The following nobility were admitted to be brethren
here: 1304, iir Thomas Fallolf, March 3 ; 1306,
John duke of Lancafler, Ralph Stafford, Nicholas
Pelham, and William Bayly ; 1344, the lady Maud,
wife of fir John de Kayly ; lady Mary, countcls
Marfhal; 1347, fir Ralph Bigot, relor of Trunch;
1348, lady Joan de Haftyns, countefs ot Hunting-
don, fir Miles Stapleton ; 1354, the lady Eve de Aude-
Icy, with her two daughters, iir Ralph de Benhalcs, fir
D 2 Richard

f Sir John slfo built the chapel of St. Marv, on the^fjde of
the chancel, or prelbyteiy, where he was buried.

* Kcfeaory, er hall.



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Richard de Ilncy ; 1354, fir John de Uflbrd ; 1362,
fir James de Audeley, and lady Eva de Audeley ;
1 33f>, fir John de Bardolph; 1344, fir Hugh Ic Pe-
vcrel, and lady Maud, his wife.

Buried in the abbey church : Grynolf, a Dane, and
alderman, who died Oclobcr i ; and duke Edward ;
3075, Ralph Bigot, cail of Norfolk'", to whom the
Conqueror gave it, married the daughter of William
1 itz-Ofbert, and died December 3 ; Margaret, a blcl-
fed faint, killed in Littlewood, in the townfhip of
I-Ioveton St. John, in 1170, June n, and buried
under the high, or principal aliar of the monaftery,
amongft the relics ; fir John Vaux, lord of Caftor ;
fir John Bacon, died Jan. 3; Thomas de Brefyng-
ham, died Jan. 16; William de Ringfeud ; lady
Joan de Brews, died May 3; William de Ormefby,
chief- juftice of England ; fir William Faflolf, fon of
fir John Faftolf; fir Richard Newton; 1444, Oliver
Holcomb, died April 3, he was one of the abbot's
efquires for fifty years ; 1451, Robert de Clypefby,
died February 24.

The obijts of feveral bencfaclors, abbots, 8cc. as
they were feverally kept: King Canute, Nov. 12;
St. Wolfey, the mil hermit at Holme, Dec. 3; Ralph
eati of Norfolk, Dec. 3 ; Elfin, abbot, Od. 23;
Thurfton, abbot, O&. 7; Edelwold, Nov. 14 ; An-
fclm, Dec. 9; Daniel*, Nov. 9; Nicholas, Novem-
ber

t Botoncr is here much miftaken, the Bigots were not earls
of Norfolk till a confiderable time after : the Ralph above-men-
tioned was Ralph Guader, who rebelled againft the Conqueror,
fend was an outlaw.

* Daniel, abbot in 11^3, was a lay-man, and a glafs-maker,
(vitrlarlui} or glazier; king Stephen declared, that if he ha4

known



T U N S T E A D. 53

bcri5; Henry, December 14; and fir Henry dc
Hattings, May 13.

The general commemoration for all their benefac-
tors, abbois, Sec. was on October 2, every year.

Thurftan de Ludham was buried in the abbey
church, with this epitaph on his tomb:
Abbas Ma-ijdco T'nurftanus jacet in iflo,
Quifuit cgregiits pajlorgrcgis, ipfe fecundus,
Hujus canobej decus,fibi gaudia call
Det, cujus, exequias celebramits tfque dolentes,
Nonas Oclobris cui Cinijtus mijereatur. 1604.

King Harold is faid to have granted to Edelwold
abbot of St. Benedict's de Hulmo, the cuflody of
this county ; and on the conqueft he fled into Den-
mark, and never returned.

Conrade was abbot in 1127, and confefTor to
Henry I.

In the Dukc's-Palace-Yard, at Norwich, at the en-
trance of a houfe near the river, lies a large grave-
ilone, with an abbot in his robes cut thereon, brought
from the ruins of this abbey, thus infcribed: Frater
Ricardus dt South Wai/ham, abbas monajlerij Sanm Be-
ntdicii de Hulmo, qui obijt anno Domini quadringenttfimo,
viccfimo nono, with the arms of the monaftery.

D 3 William

known how to fmg mafs, he would have made him archbiflhop
of Canterbury; he was a married man, and had a fon, Henry
Daniel, a great companion of archbifhop Becket, and, as Bo-
toner fays, becamt abbot of Ramfey, &c. Hugh, nephew of
king Stephen, and a noble knight, fuccecded Daniel. Daniel
built the chapter-houfe, the dormitory, and the hofpital of St.
James.



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William Rugge, alias Repps, S. T. D. was in-
flallcd abbot April 26, 1530. On February 4, 1535,
the fee of Norwich being void, an a6l of parliament
was paffcd, (though never printed) whereby ihe an-
cient barony of the fee, and its revenues, were fcpa-
ratcd for it. and the priory of Hickling, with the
barony and revenues of this abbey, were annexed to
the lee of Norwich inflead thereof; and in right of
this barony the bifhop of Norwich now fits in the
Houfc of Lords, the barony of the fee being in the
crown', fo that this abbey was never diilolved, only
transferred by the flatutc before the diiTolution.

Holme was a mitred abbey, and its abbots always
fat in the Houfe of Lords.

After this Rugge was elccled by the monks of
Norwich, May 31, 1/536, bifliop of Norwich ; Le-
land calls him Vir piofetto Candidijjirnus, et mihi fa-
miliariicr cognitus, turn preztcrea t Thtologus ad unguent
dcclus.

The revenue. 1 : of this abbey were great; in the 26th.
of Henry VIII. they were valued at 583!. i/s. ob. q<
Dugdale, and as Speed at 677!. ys. 8d. q. as ap-
pears from biihop Tanner.

King Edward the ConfeiTor was a benefactor,
granted them many privileges, and confirmed thofe
of Canute, as did Maud the emprefs, Henry II,
Richard I. Sec.

Many of the royal family vifited it in 1469 ; on
Wednesday in Whitfun week the mayor, alder-
men, and about 100 citizens of Norwich, waited
on horfebackon the king's mother here, with a pe-
tition to her.

This



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This was one of the monafteries that ki'n^ John
kept in his own hands, in the time of the pope's in-
terdict.

The worthy fociety of Antiquarians have, at their
cod, 'printed two perfpeclive views of the weft (or
jprincipal) gate of this abbey, now in ruins, by which
it appears to have been a fumptuous (lately pil ;
over one fide of the arch is reprefented a perfon
with a fword in his right hand; and on the other a
lion, both injured, and much defaced through time.
Thcfe figures have been much mifreprefented.

In a grant of the manor of Heighara, by Norwich,
by \Villiam Baffet, abbot, and the convent, without
date, to Richard Baflct, lord chicf-juftice to Henry I.
we find this remarkable fcal: A perfon in a clofc
veil, or tunic, and a gown, part of it to be feen
hanging behind him, with a lofty cap iffuing out of
a coronet, and holding a great broad fword in his
right hand, wherewith he has pierced the noflrils of
a great dragon legrcant, (holding in his mouth by the
waiil a young man) and ready to feize on the pcrfon
with the fword, and an oblong fhield before him :
near the rim of this feal is in capital letters the word
CARDIBAS. All which is to reprefent the mira-
culous rcfcue of an idle young monk, (by St. Bene-
dict, as the Romifh Legends fay) who fled from his
convent, and was forthwith feized on by the Devil,
(reprefented by the dragon) and returned fafe to his
convent.

Richard Baffct, to whom William the abbot and
convent granted the aforefaid manor, was living in
the reign of Henry I. and then lord chkf-juflicc of
England.

D 4 Over



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Over the arch of the faid gate are the arms ofDe-
la-Pole, earl of Suffolk ; Fcvachamp, earl of War-
wick ; the earl of Clare; VaLuce, earl of Pembroke;
carl of Arundel, ^c.

On the eaft fide of the faid gate, on the fides of
the arch, are the arms of England, and of France;
and over it, thofc of Arundel, Erpingham, Haft-
ings, Sec.

In the beginning of the reign of Edward IV. we
find the following jingling rhimes wrote, as a larn^
poon on this abbey :

Porticum Regale,

Signum Capitate,

Sordidum Mappalc,

Olus fine Sale,

Ce.rvifia J\'cvale,

Stratum Lapidale,

Stabulum Sordidale,

Fan-urn Gladiale,

Hcifpitalitas pnrcimonifile.

Ignis in Caminis frigidalc,

Vadia Servientium valde vane,

Ideo hojpiles ibunt, Jine vale,

Fafiolf eis benefactor ampiiale,

El valde cilo mouacnis immemorialc.

At the head of the caufcway, going down to St.
Benedict's abbey, in the beginning of the reign of
Henry III. was an hofpital dedicated to St. James,
under the government of the almoner of the monaf-
tcry, and this was granted alfo to the fee of Norwich.

The remains of the abbey of St. Benedicl at
Holme are vifible on a piece of hard land of only
thirty-five acres, furrounded by marfh grounds. Here

is



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is no part of ihis venerable fabric (landing, but the
gate-ho'ufe*. or entrance, from the north, by a caufe-
wav from Luciham, the reft having been barbarouflv
dclhoyed, and taken away to build barns and mend
roads. We are fcarce able to refrain from expi tiling
our feelings on this occafion, in terms not lefs fcvere
than j lift. Not even popular frenzy, nor religious
emhufiafm, could claim an extenuation for having
made fuch devaluation, much lefs the cool and deli-
berate dcftiuclion of one of the greateft beauties, and
one of the mod augufl pieces of antiquity this county
aiiords. Many perfons now living remember to have
feen vail piles of building '(landing. The few foli-
tary trees left arc witneffes (but dumb ones) of thofe
irreligious acls of violence, fo fatally committed here.
Pity it is that tenants are not bound to prefervc fuch
valuable relics, not from the devouring hand of time,
but from mcrcilcfs ignorance.

This abbey is fituated on a pcninful?, formed by
the rivers Thurn, Ant, and Bare, which here unite;
and, by the name of the latter, has its courfe by
"Wev-bridge, and Stokefby-ferry, to the fea at Yar-
mouth.

In mod maps St. Rennet's at Holme is delineated
in Happing Hundred : its fituation, indeed, ieems to
favor this idea, but the boundaries of certain dif-
tricls are not 'always determined by the courfe of a
river. A farm of upwards of five hundred acres
here, belonging, We believe, to a Mrs. Robinlon, is
in the pariih of Horning, and hundred of Tunilead,
though rented by the tenant of Ludham-hall, to
which capital farm it lies moft contiguous.

The

* Even this fmall memento of what St. Rennet's has been,
fuffcrs from the erellion of a drain mill on its ruins.



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The church of Horning was alfo dedicated to St.
Bennet ; the reclory was appropriated to that abbey,
the vicarage was valued then at two marks, and the
reclory at twelve marks; in the reign of Edward I.
there belonged to the vicar a manfe, with an acre of
land; the prefent value is 4!. 135. 4d. the prefcnta-
tion was in the abbot, and fo came to the bilhops of
Norwich.

This town has in it two villages, one called the
Upper, and the other the Lowcr-ftreet : it lies on the
road from Aylfham to Yarmouth, by Ludham and
Heigham bridges. The church has a tall fquare
tower, with one bell ; the aile is covered with lead,
and the chancel with thatch.

In i 767 the Rev. Anthony Barwick was preferred
by the bifhop of Norwich.

James Coldham, efq. of Anmer, is lord of the
principal part of Horning.

We have often, in our peregrination, lamented the
want of learning, and execution, fo eminently difplajed
on the tomb-ilones in ahcoft every country church-
yard :

So from the Earth the

Fadin Lillys Rije

it Springs it grows it Ficurifli

and Dies, Sec.

Might not the clergy fuperintend the epitaphs dc
figned for their deceafed parishioners?

HOVETON, or HOFTON, is wrote Hovetuna in
Doomfday-book, and, according to Mr. Parkin,
takes its name from its fcitc, Hoe, or flou, a hill by

the



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the water; but this etymology of the reverend author
is erroneoufly given, as nothing in the name impleis
" a hill by the water" The moft probable conjecture
(and we advance it only as conjecture) is, that its
name is derived from Hovel, a Habitation, or dwel-
ling: Hovel-town, the town, or (lead, where the
principal lord dwelt before theconqueft. Vefliges of
there having been a capital houfe, and offices, at the
farm-houfc, below the church of St. John, are ftill
plain; and the names of many towns in this neigh-
bourhood fcem to confirm our pofition, as being ap-
pendages to the great manor of Hovcton ; Tunftead,
or Town-ftead, the market and refidence of the mer-
cantile and labouring people : Small-burgh, the
fmaller town.; Afh-man-haugh, the field of wood
for fuel, and other ufes ; Bar-ton, the corn town;
Ncatf-head, or Ncatf-herd, the dairy, or cow-herd;
Ir-Aead, or Iris-ftead, the town at the bend, or
circle, of the hard lands ; Horn-ing, the grazing
grounds for draught-oxen, and young cattle, by the
water.

Hoveton St. John, and St. Peter, was at the furvey
a lordfhip belonging to St. Rennet's abbey of Holme,
and was poireflfcd by Ralph Stalra, in the Confeifor's
time; valued then at 7!. at the furvey at 100$. was
one leuca and two furlongs long, and half a leuca
broad, paid iSd. gelt, and there were two churches
endowed with fixtcen acres.

Several tenures, or manors, arofe from this, held
of the abbot.

In the reign of Henry III. the rent of aflizc of the
abbot's manor was 4!. as. 4d. 'arable land 645. mea-
dow 25. 6d.



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In the gth of Edward II. all thefe perfons were re-
turned to have an intcreft herein: The abbot of
Holme, Jeffrey Wyche, the lady Cockfield, John dc
Lenn, Ralph de Bagthorpe, Ralph de Grelley. \Vil-
liam Flegg, William Claver, John Greengatc, Sec.
and in Afhmanhaugh.

In 1428 the temporalities of the abbot in Hoveton
St. John were valued at i si. 75. Sd. and in Hoveton
St. Peter at 1 1 as. gd. this laft being the cellarer's lord-
foip.

In the 24th of Henry VIII. William Rugge, abbot
of St. Bennet's, conveyed the manor of Grcengate to
Robeit Rugge, his brother, alderman of Norwich,
which the faid Robert held in 1558, with that of
Spicer's, alias Bcrd's, in Hoveton St. John, and St.
Peter, Tunftead, Belaugh, and Afhmanhaugh ; the
laft fold to him allb by the late abbot, his brother.

In the 26th of Henry VIII. Robert and Thomas
Kcbyll, conveyed to fir John Heydon the manor of
Moorhcufe, or Moorhall, in Hoveton St. John, ten
rneffuages, lands, and 405. rent: and in the 5th of
Edward VI. William Ruflfel palled it to Henry Pal-
mer, and Mr. Warner bought it of Palmer in 1571.
This is in Hoveton St. John, aud is now the hand-
fome feat of John Blohcld, efq. who commanded a
company of the weft Norfolk regiment in the time of
the laft war, and has made fome confiderabie im-
provements on the eitate here.

W r iiliam Rugge, bifhop of Norwich, in the goth
of Henry VIII. had the moiety of Lathe's manor
then in hii own hands.

William



T U N S T E A D. 61

William Rugge, the bifhop's nephew, was lord of
Grcensatc's, Spicer's, or Bcrd's, and Thomas, his
fon, held it in the i^th of James I.

The manor of Lathe's, in Hoveton St. Peter, is
the bifhop's, and held by Henry Negus, cfq. who
has a good feat here.

Another lordfhip in this town was, after the rebel-
lion of Ralph Guader, earl of Norfolk, added to the
manor of Tunflead, by Robert the crofs-bow-rnan,
by the command (as he fays) of Godric; but Godric
denied it, and Tun Head manor at that time was held
by Roger of Poicliers ; this contained a carucate of
land in Hoveton ; which Robert, the earl, gave with
his wife to St. Bcnnct. What Robert the crofs-bow-
man held of Godric, who took care of it for the
Conqueror, was worth lol. per ann. and now, (at the
furvey) together with Tunflead, at ill.

Who this Robert, the earl, was, who in the regifter
of Holme is faid to have given this lordfhip, and in
Doomfday-book alfo is called Kobert, the earl, docs
not appear; the regiiter fays he was there buried.

In the loth of Edward I. John de Hoveton held
the manor of Tunftead, and a lordfhip here, which,
formerly belonged to Robert dc Grelley.

Roger Bois, and John Whirwcll, held here the
tenth part of a fee of the heirs of the duke of Lan-
cafter, in the 3d of Henry IV. fome time John de
Hoveton's. William Bois, of Hoveton, genr. died
O&ober 1, 1572, feifcd of the manors of Hovetou
St. Peter, and St. John, held of the bifhop of Nor-
wich.

This



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This was afterwards fold to the Bendifli's, and to
the Blofields, who now hold St. John's.

In this town are two parifhes, and two churches,
One dedicated to St. Peter, the other to St. John.

HOVETON ST. PETER was a reclory, valued at nine
marks, and appropriated to the abbey of St. Bennet.
Albert de Grclley, by deed without date, gave and
icleafed all his right in this advdwfon to the abbey.

We find no inftitutions being ferved by a flipen-
diary curate, till in the year 1625 Robert Booth,
A. M. was inflituted vicar, collated by the bifhop.

In 1777 the Rev. William Yonge was prefented
to the vicarage of Hoveton St. Peter, by the bilhop
of Norwich.

The church had been in ruins, and was rebuilt
\vithbrickin 1624; it is a fmall pile, without a.
chancel, and ftands near Mr. Negus's houfe.

Bifhop Reynolds, on renewing the leafe of this hn-
propriation, refcrvcd the fum of 26!. 135. ^d. to
be paid to the vicar.

The priorefs of Redlingficld aliened to the prior
of Hickling lands here in the 8th of Richard II.

Bcfides the manor above-mentioned, the biftiop
has a manor, called Axham's, in this town, valued
at i2\. los. per ann.

Anthony Aufrere, efq. refidcs at his feat in this pa-
rifh. This houfe ftands within half a mile of Mr.

Negus's,



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Negus's, both of which are finely environed with
uood. The fifh-ponds here are remarkably good.

HOVETON ST. JOHN was a reclory, valued at ten
marks, and appropriated to the fame abbey.

We find no inftitution till 1561, when Leonard
Howlet was inftituted recior, collated by the bifhop,
on a lapje; after this it was ferved by a curate, and
the curate in 1603 returned fifty -eight communicants.

The church is fituated on an eminence, near
VVroxham-bridge, which commands a pretty view of
the river, and broad, fouth of it. The tower is of
neat brick-work, built in 1765.

Near the communion-table a, grave-Clone, In

memory of Thomas Blofeld, efq. many years jujlicc of the
peace, and deputy lieutenant, once mayor, and jix times a
reprejentative in parliament jor the city of Norwich ; in
ail whichjlations hcfignaliicd himjelj for his eminent ^eal
andjleadintfs to the ejlablijhed church, his loyal ajjctiion
to his J "over eign and the Englijh monarchy, and an un-
icearied diligence in promoting the interejl, tradt, and
welfare of this country', his knowledge was equal if d by
few, his integrity exceeded by none; he died Ottcber 17,
i 70$, of his age 74.

In an upper fouth window of the church were the
arras of St. Bennet's abbey, and thofe of biftiop
Rugge ; and in the lowed fouiii window, azure, two
bars wavy, ermine.

In this parifh, in a wood, called Little-Wood, a
woman was killed in 1170; (lie was buried in St.
Bonnet's abbey, and cfteenied a Saint.

In



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In 1777 the Rev. William Yongc was licenfcd to
this curacy of Hoveton St. John, on die prcfcmaiion
of the bifhop of Norwich.

HOVETON-BROAD is one of feveral large pieces of
water through which the navigable river Bure runs,
each difUnguifhed by the name of the parifh it be-
longs to ; as Wroxham, Woodbaftwick. Ranworth,
and South Walfham. Thefe broads are faid to cover
not lofs than five hundred acres, and abound in
great plenty with fifh; as pike, perch, roach, eel,
lench, bream, Sec. They are alfo much reforted to by
gentlemen from Norwich, and elfewhcre, who take the
pleafure of failing . and {idling in handfome boais,
kept here on purpofe.

IRSTEAD, IRISTEAD, or IRSTEDE, is fituated at
a peninfula formed by the marfhes, and was wrote
Orefleda in Doomfday-book. The abbot of St.
Bennet's manors of Honing, and Neaiifhead, feem to
extend' at the furvey into this town; he had the pa-
tronage of the church. Maud, wife of Robert Se-
leni, held lands here of the abbot, which paid 305.
rent per ann. and, with lands in Barton-Turf, made
the fifth part of a fee, as appears from their RegiRcr.

William dc Stalham held alfo half a fee in the
time of Henry 111, when the aid was granted ou
the mania ge of that king's filler to the cmpeior.

After this ihe family of le Giofs held it of the
abbot.

At the duTolution it does not appear to be con-
veyed, as far as we find, to the lee of Norwich,
though the right of patronage came undoubtedly on

that



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that exchange to the bifliop of Norwich, who is pa-
troa of the reftory at this time.

Another lordfhip was alfo in this town in the reign



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