File MC 3376/1, 1068X6 - Part of court book for manor of Bridgham

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MC 3376/1, 1068X6


Part of court book for manor of Bridgham


  • 1735 (Creation)

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4 folios in 1 folder

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The Bishop of Ely is named as lord in the Nomina Villarum of 1316 [NRO, NNAS S2/26/1]. The Bishop held the manor until the reign of Elizabeth I when it was settled on the Crown, along with the other manors held by the Bishop in the county. Just prior to this, in 1546, it had been leased to William Drury of Besthorpe and was subsequently leased to William Brampton and then, in 1594, to Bassingbourne Gawdy.
According to Blomefield there was another manor in the parish, Hackford's, which was held by Sir Thomas Lovell in the mid-sixteenth century and remained in that family and was thus united to their manor of East Harling.
Bridgham manor was granted to Framlingham Gawdy in 1609 and continued in this family until the early eighteenth century when it was sold to Thomas Wright of East Harling. Thomas held his first court in 1718, his younger half-brother Richard in 1736. However, before his death Thomas had mortgaged the manor to Richard Gipps in 1735 but he died before repaying. Although the manor passed to his heir Richard, the dispute does not appear to have been settled as the lord following Richard Wright was William Croftes, the nephew of Richard Gipps. William Croftes held his first court in 1755 and the manor passed to his son and heir Richard in 1772 and then through marriage to John Saunders Sebright in 1796. Following the death of Thomas Gage Saunders Sebright the manor was sold to the trustees of the will of Sir John Jacob Buxton in 1871, his son Robert becoming lord. Sir Robert Jacob Buxton, Bt, MP, DL is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1883). When he died in 1888, his eldest daughter Maud Isabel became lady of the manor. The manor remained with her, although trade directories erroneously give the lord as John Musker [O'Neale 2010, p.119].
All or part of this manor may have been held of the Honour of Clare [see MS 10833].

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With abstract of entries for 1636-1641.

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Created 02/11/2017 by Droip. Modified 07/11/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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