The Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross,
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An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk...
by the Late Rev. Charles Parkin, A. M.
Volume IX, London, 1808 pages 356 - 358
BATHELE or BALE.
The chief lordship
was in the Crown, as a beruite to the royal manor of Fakenham
: in King Edward's reign a freeman held
it under that King, with 2 carucates of land, 10 borderers,
servi, 2 carucates in demean, at the survey but one, and
one carucate of the tenants, with 4 acres of meadow, and
with 20 acres of land half a carucate and an acre of meadow,
valued at 20s. and was one leuca long, and half a one broad,
and paid 6 ½ d. gelt.(1)
In the 9th of King
John, Otewic de Clipesthorp, and Agnes his wife, conveyed all
their lands, services, and customs
of the inheritance
of theirs, to Robert Burnel; and in the beginning of Henry
III. the said Robert was found to be lord, being the
and paying £10. per ann. to Fakenham manor.
Andrew de Hengham had one moiety in right of Amabilia his wife,
one of the said daughters and coheirs ; and in 1250, Henry de
Hingham had a charter of free warren here and in Shropham.
Sir Roger de Fraxino, or Atte Ashe, died seized of it in the
first of Edward II. as a member of Fakenham manor, performing
suit of court there every 3 weeks, and by the service or payment
of 100s. per ann. Lucia, his daughter and heir, married Sir Robert
Baynard, son of Robt. Baynard of Whetacre, who was found to die
seized of it in the 4th of Ed. III. with a capital messuage and
lete; and in the 16th of the said King, Sir Edmund de Thorp was
lord, in right of Joan his wife, sister and heir of Thomas, son
of Sir Robert Baynard.
Thomas Thorp, Esq. a younger son of Sir Edmund, presented to the church of Bathely, as lord, in 1411 ; and Amicia, widow of Robert Thorp, in 1447;—united to Noion's manor.
NUGUN'S, or NOION'S MANOR.
Joan, daughter and coheir of Robert Burnell, married Richard
de Nugun, who was lord in her right. On a division of the estate,
Sir Ralph, his son, presented in right of this moiety to this
church, in 1313, as did Sir John de Noiun, son of Sir Ralph,
and Alice his wife, in 1339, by his attorney. Sir William de
Wichingham presented in 1380, and Robert Norwich, and John
Lynford, in 1420
Ralph Noiun had two daughters ; Helewise, married to John Norton,
and Cecilia, to Ralph de Dalling.
Isaac le Heup, Esq. was lord and patron in 1740 ; and on his
death it came to his 2 daughters and coheirs Elizabeth and Mary.
of Richmond had also a little lordship, which a freeman
of King Harold possessed, containing half a carucate
with one borderer, &c. valued at 3s. per ann (2)
Thomas, son of Gilbert de Hindringham, in the 10th of Edward
I. held in Bathele, Brunham, and Sharnton, the moiety of a fee,
valued at 4 marks per ann. and paid 5s. castleguard at Richmond.
is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints. The old valor
was 16 marks. Peter-pence, 6d. the present valor £10.
In 1303, Vincent de Norton instituted, presented by Sir Ralph
de Nugun, Knt.
In this town was also a chapel dedicated to St. Botolph, in 1421. Richard Brown,
gave by will, in 1510, 13s. 4d. to the repair of it.
Here was also a remarkable great oak, so large and hollow, that 10 or 12 men might stand upright in it, not far from the west end of the church.
1 Terra Regis-----Bathele, i lib. ho. de ii car. t're. sep.
x bor. trie, ii ser. mo. null. trie, ii car. in d'nio. mo. i