- nd [? 1186]-1959 (Creation)
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DN/EST 1-14: Records of St Benet's Abbey
DN/EST 1-6: Records of St Benet's among the Diocesan Archives
DN/EST 1. Bailiff's Account Rolls
DN/EST 2. Manor Court Rolls
DN/EST 3. Obedientiary Rolls
DN/EST 4. Rentals, Surveys, Extents
DN/EST 5. Miscellaneous
DN/EST 6. Papal Bulls
DN/EST 7-13: Records restored to the Diocesan Archives in 1962
DN/EST 7. Title Deeds
DN/EST 8. Manor Court Rolls, Thurne and Ashby
DN/EST 9. Bailiff's Accounts, Flegg
DN/EST 10. Bailiff's Accounts, North Walsham
DN/EST 11. Bailiff's Accounts, Heigham, Potter Heigham, Scottow and Shotesham
DN/EST 12. Obedientiary Rolls
DN/EST 13. Miscellaneous
DN/EST 14: Records restored to the Diocesan Archives in 1981
DN/EST 15: Records relating to the Bishop's estates before the exchange with St Benet's
DN/EST 16-99: Records relating to the Bishop's estates after the exchange with St Benet's
DN/EST 100: St Benet's Obedientiary Rolls restored to the Diocesan Archives in 1999
Records of the estates of St Benet's passed into the diocesan archives and are listed here as DN/EST 1-6.
Few estate records of the bishop of Norwich before the exchange survive: these are listed here as DN/EST 15.
Records of the bishop's estates after 1535 are listed here as DN/EST 16 onwards: little in fact survives earlier than 1641.
In the Middle Ages, the bishop of Norwich held estates in about 50 parishes in Norfolk, 30 parishes in Suffolk and a small number elsewhere. These are listed in Blomefield's 'History of Norfolk', vol. 4, pp 530-539. In 1535, almost all of these estates were granted to the king and the bishop received in exchange the estates of St Benet's abbey, mainly in the north and east of Norfolk (listed in Blomefield's 'History of Norfolk', vol. 4, pp 539-542).