Documents of title relating to property of John Bell, bankrupt merchant of King's Lynn, at Leziate and Grimston; the part at Leziate was sold to James Fysh in 1739, to Roger Took in 1757, to William Sturley in 1766, and to Thomas Marsters in 1812, who sold the copyhold land in the manor of Well Hall to William Creake in 1841, and the freehold land to Anthony Hamond in 1842
- 1724-1875 (Creation)
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Susannah Sharrock is named as lady in the Inclosure Act of 1810 [NRO, C/Sca 2/130]. Robert Mitford, Esq., of Gateley, is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1845). Countess of Romney is given as lady of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1883). \r\nFor the history of the manor to the early eighteenth century, see F. Blomefield, 'An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk' (11 vols, London, 1805-10).
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The Hamonds were a gentry family settled at South Wootton by the early 17th century and granted arms in 1698, whose rise into prominence in the County was marked by the purchase by Richard Hamond (1709-1776) of the Westacre Estate, with the newly-built High House, from the impoverished Spelman family in 1761. They remained at High House until 1898, dispersing thereafter to Westacre Abbey, Twyford Hall, Morston and elsewhere. The nephew and heir of the purchaser was Anthony Hamond (1742-1822), Sheriff of Norfolk, 1792-1793, whose soubriquet 'Rabbitskins' was earned through rabbit farming and perhaps his willingness to prosecute for petty theft. His son Philip (1782-1824) outlived his father for only two years but Philip's son Anthony (1805-1869) took a leading role in the County both as a Liberal politician and an agriculturalist. Later members of the family included Charles Annesley Hamond (1856-1914), the naturalist, and Anthony Hamond (d 1991).
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Formerly BL VIIIa/2.
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Created 23/07/2009 by Droip. Modified 07/08/2019 by Catherine.Collins.