Gresham Manor; 1189-1925; Gresham, Norfolk

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Gresham Manor; 1189-1925; Gresham, Norfolk

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  • Gresham and Aylmerton

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Margery, late wife of Edmund Bacon, holding of the Duke of Lancaster, died in possession 1349-50; no heir named [IPM 9/155]. Edmund Bacon, holding of the Earl of Arundel, died in 1353; Margery, married to William son of John Molyns, was heir [IPM 10/82]. At an inquisition taken in 1356, Edmund Bacon and Margery his wife were found to hold the manor, of the heirs of John de Warrene, late Earl of Surrey [IPM 10/316]. William de Molyns died in possession of 'Cresham', holding of the Earl of Arundel as of the Honour of Castleacre, 1380-1; heir Richard de Molyns [IPM 15/392]. This apparent discrepancy between the Earl of Arundel and Duke of Lancaster holding the manor is examined in Bryant; it appears that both held a moiety of the manor.\r\nIn 1396 Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey, was lord, and he sold the manor in 1429 to William Paston, Esq. of Paston.\r\nWilliam Paston, Earl of Yarmouth, was lord in 1760; the Paston estates being later sold to Lord Anson. The manor is called Gresham and Aylmerton by 1770, when Thomas Anson occurs as lord [NRO, STA 9] (this is a separate manor from the manor simply called Aylmerton, both manors appearing on the Inclosure Map of 1823 [C/Sca 2/112]).\r\nWilliam Repton is named in the Inclosure Award of 1823 as lord of the manor of Gresham and Aylmerton [C/Sca 2/112].\r\nSubsequently passed into the Ketton family: Robert William Ketton of Felbrigg Hall was lord in the early 20th cent. [source: Bryant's Norfolk Churches] Although G.S. Repton is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1845).\r\nR.W. Ketton, Esq., is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory, 1883.\r\nLast transaction dated: 1901; lord of the manor (with Aylmerton): Robert William Ketton; Steward: Rackham and Sayer [TNA, HMC 5/6].


Gresham, Norfolk

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Extended into Aylmerton, Runton, Sustead,and Felbrigg.

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Created on: 22/01/2003 by Droip




F. Blomefield, 'An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk' (11 vols, London, 1805-1810)\r\nIPM Inquisitions Post Mortem\r\nW. White, 'History, Gazetteer, and Directory

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