Fonds MC 3363 - Manors of Gressenhall and Scarning court roll

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MC 3363


Manors of Gressenhall and Scarning court roll


  • 1295-1461 (Creation)

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Richard son of Richard Folyot died in possession holding of John de Warrene, Earl of Surrey and Sussex, 1344-5, heirs his sisters Marjery and Margaret [IPM 6/618]. At an inquisition taken in 1488, Hugh Hastings was found to have been in possession of the manor, holding it of the king's duchy of Lancaster. John was his son and heir [IPM H7 1/188].\r\nOwned by the L'Estrange family of Hunstanton Hall: court books record first court of Elizabeth L'Estrange in 1570. The executors of Nicholas L'Estrange hold the court in 1595. Sir Hamon L'Estrange occurs as lord 1640, 1649; Dame Anne, relict of Sir Nicholas L'Estrange, in 1656. The manor was settled on Elizabeth Calthorpe in 1721. Under her will it came to Thomas L'Estrange in 1747. After his death in 1751 it passed to Sir Henry L'Estrange and in 1783 to Sir Edward Astley who sold it to John Hill of Wells. [source; Carthew's History of Launditch (1897)].\r\nJohn Hill is named in the Inclosure Act of 1811 as 'Lord of the several manors of Gressenhall on the Part of North Soken, Gressenhall on the Part of South Soken, and Rougholme' [NRO, NRS 15668].\r\nJ.D.H. Hill, Esq., is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1845).\r\nThe executors of J.D.H. Hill are given as lords of the manor in White's Trade Directory, 1883.\r\nThe manor was divided into North Soken and South Soken: that part later called South Soken is sometimes simply called Gressenhall in 15th century rolls [eg, NRO ING 124, 126]. By the 19th century, they are sometimes described as two separate manors, especially in rentals [NRO, MC 2381/1: MC 2056/24].\r\nThe two elements of 'North Soken' and 'South Soken'are sometimes treated almost as two manors.

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Sir Roger Townshend occurs as lord in 1577 and 1588, Edward Anguish in 1597. Another Edward Anguish holds his first court in 1628 as son and heir of Richard Anguish; Edmund Anguish holds first court in 1652; Nicholas Repps, Doctor of Divinity occurs as lord in 1681. Later owned by Richard Warner, and subsequently by the Lombe, later Evans-Lombe family. Edward Lombe, Esq., is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory (1845).
Revd Henry E. Lombe, BA, is given as lord of the manor in White's Trade Directory, 1883.
Last transaction dated: 1856; lord of the manor: Charles Lambe; Steward: E.P. Clarke [TNA, HMC 5/6].

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Probably a stray from the Ingleby Collection (ING) or possibly from the Le Strange Collection (LEST).

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Received at an unknown time. Catalogued October 2017 (IRP).

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Starts with nine pages of translations:
Gressenhall Court 1 May 1312
Leet 29 Sep 1348 (for original see below)
Court of Sir John de Rothingg 29 Sep 1310
Court at Scarning 3 Apr 1311
Court at Scarning 3 May 1311
Court at Scarning 5 Jun 1311
Court at Scarning 7 Jul 1311
Court at Scarning 10 Aug 1311
Court at Scarning 25 Sep 1311
Court at Scarning 2 Nov 1311
Court of Sir John de Rothingg at Gressenhall 30 Nov 1311
As above 4 Jan 1312
As above 7 Feb 1312
As above 18 Mar 1312
As above 6 May 1312
Gressenhall Court 13 Feb 1455
Gressenhall Court general 17 May 1455
Gressenhall Court 9 Dec 1450
Gressenhall Court 25 Nov 1310
Gressenhall Court 5 Jan 1311
Gressenhall Court 25 Jan 1311
Gressenhall Court 22 Feb 1311
Scarning Court 26 Jun 1312
Scarning Court 1 Aug 1312
Scarning Court 24 Aug 1312
Gressenhall 4 Oct 1312
Gressenhall 4 Oct 1312
Gressenhall 12 Dec 1312
Gressenhall 8 Jan 1313
Gressenhall 29 Jan 1313
From here parchments are interleaved with translations or transcriptions
Gressenhall Court 1 Mar and 27 Mar 1296 (unextended transcript)
The following parchments extended and translated:
Gressenhall Court 9 Jun and 30 Jun 1296
Court Leet 3 Oct 1353
Gressenhall 23 Feb and 16 Mar 1299
Gressenhall 7 May 1337
Interleaving finishes
Gressenhall [difficult to read date] 21 Ed. III, ? Fri after feast of Trinity 1347-1348, 5 Jan 22 Ed. III [1349]
Gressenhall Leet 29 Sep 1348 and 6 Oct 1348 (for translation see above)
Gressenhall 6 Feb 1349
Gressenhall 16 Nov and 5 Dec 1295, 21 Jul and 13 Aug 1296
Gressenhall 11 May and 10 Jun 1349
Gressenhall 31 Jul and 4 Oct 1295
Gressenhall 9 Feb and 19 and 21 May, 6 Aug 1296
Interleaving of translations starts again
Gressenhall 3 and 21 Oct, 21 Nov and 19 Dec 1353
Interleaving ends
Gressenhall 3 Aug 1447 (holes in parchment), no. 10 at bottom of page.
Gressenhall 1 Apr 1448 [date on dorse difficult to read]
?General court 28 Apr 1449 [Dorse difficult to read]
Gressenhall 5 Aug 1460
Gressenhall 1 Oct or 10 Dec
Gressenhall 23 Jul 1450
Gressenhall General and Leet 2 Oct 1449
Gressenhall 13 Feb 1455
General court 17 May 1455
Gressenhall 9 Dec 1450
Gressenhall 21 Jul 1451
Gressenhall General with Leet 7 Oct 1450
Gressenhall 4 Dec 1460
Gressenhall 30 Apr 1461
Gressenhall 6 Aug 1461
Gressenhall General with Leet 7 Oct 1451 (holes in parchment)
Gressenhall 9 Dec 1451
Gressenhall 27 Apr 1452
Gressenhall 17 Aug 1452

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33 parchments some interleaved with typed translations or transcriptions, bound at top by metal clamps and supported on cardboard covers. 'Lestrange' written in pencil by Paul Rutledge.

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