Sub-sub-fonds - Manor of Timworth in West Dereham with Bachcrofts in Bexwell

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Manor of Timworth in West Dereham with Bachcrofts in Bexwell


  • 1661-1930 (Creation)

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TAKEN FROM BLOMEFIELD: The other moiety seems to be held by Hermerus de Bekeswell, in the 4th of King John, when Thomas de Ingaldesthorp had the dower of Sibill his wife, assigned him here, she being the relict of Peter de Bekeswell. This seems to be held by Richard de Almany and Gundreda his wife, and Matilda de Dean, in the time of Henry III.; and, in the 6th of Edward I. a fine was levied between Hugh Bishop of Ely, querent, and Stephen de Bekeswell and Gundreda his wife, deforcients, of the advowson of the church here, and an acre of land, granted to the Bishop, quit of the heirs of Gundreda. About this time, Stephen de Mushill, (who gave name to a house in the parish,) Stephen de Dunneby, and John de Deen, held a messuage, and 120 acres of land, with free tenants, villains, &c. of the Bishop of Ely, had free bull and boar, and assise of bread and beer of their tenants; but, in the 15th of the said King, a fine was levied between Robert de Benhale, querent, John, son of Henry de Deen of Deen in Northamptonshire, and Maud his wife, deforcients, of one messuage and lands here, in Fordham, Ryston, &c. (saving to John and Maud the capital messuage here, with the homages and services of the freemen and villains, and the dower of Alice, widow of William de Bekeswell, held of Maud's inheritance,) the advowson of Ryston, with the advowson of a moiety of Fordham, being granted to the aforesaid Robert, to be held of John and Maud, and the heirs of Maud, paying a rose yearly, and Robert granted to them in exchange all his lands in Deen; and, in the 9th of Edward II. Henry de Dene was lord.\r\nIn the 3d of Edward III. a fine was levied between Hugh Catchare of Bekeswell, and Maud his wife, querents, and William Attemere, &c. deforcients, of fifteen messuages, 188 acres of land, 20 of meadow, 29s. per ann. &c. rents, here, in Ruston, Fordham, &c. settled on Hugh and Maud for life, remainder to Cecil, and Alice, the daughter of Hugh; and by the inquisitions made in the 20th of that King, John de Bexwell, and Henry de Deen were found to hold the moiety of a fee of the Bishop of Ely, held formerly by Richard de Almany and his wife, and Matilda de Deen.\r\nAfter this, I find it possessed by Edward Batchcroft, in the time of Henry VII. and William Bachecroft of Bexwell, by his will, dated 8th of March, 1507, and proved 2d of July following, bequeaths his body to be buried in the church of Fincham St. Martin, and gives 13s. 4d. to repair the steeple of Bexwell; this manor here, with that of Waterset, in Bexwell (which he bought of Sir Philip Tilney) to his son and heir Richard (and his heirs) when he cometh to the age of 24 years, with all his manors in Norfolk and Suffolk, which were not his wife Margaret's jointure; appoints his brother Gilbert Bachecroft, and John Fincham of Fincham, executors, and his cousin John Fincham of Outwell, supervisor. Richard, his son and heir, died (seized of this moiety, and the manor of Watersett, held of the Bishop of Ely) June 27, 1549, and left by his wife Margaret, Thomas his son and heir, aged 12 years, who was lord in 1572, and Richard Bachecroft in 1642. In 1658, Francis Bachecroft, Esq. dying lord, his sisters and coheirs sold it to Sir John Holland, from which family it came to the Holts, as is above showed. \r\nFrom: 'Clackclose Hundred and Half: Bexwell', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 7, pp. 303-310. URL: Date accessed: 10 July 2013.

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Last transaction dated: 1873; lord of the manor: Edward Roger Murray Pratt; Steward: J.J. Nunn [TNA, HMC 5/6].

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