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In the early part of the reign of Bang Henry III., the demesne of this parish was vested in Sir Bartholomew D'Avilers; and John de Odingsols, who was living in the time of King Edward II., was lord of the manors of Pyrington, Cavendish, and Bradwell.

In the 36th of King Edward III., John, son of John de Norwich, held in his demesne, as of the manor of Wathe, and the advowson of the church of Bradwell, of the King, in capite, by the service of paying 4s. per annum to the Castle of Norwich.

The parish contains the manor of Caxton Hall, and a portion of that of Gapton Hall; the former belonged to the Prior and Knights of St. John, of Jerusalem; and the latter, to the Priory of Leigh, in Essex. They were both granted, by Henry VIII., to the Cavendish family.

In 1474, John Jernegan, of Somerleyton, Esq., bequeathed to his eldest son, John Jernegan, the manors and advowsons of Somerleyton, Stonham Jernegan, Horham, and Bradwell; with the foundation of the house of St. Olave's: and the owners of Somerleyton have continued a paramountship not only over these, but all the other manors in this hundred, since that period. The Rev. Geo. Anguish, of Someleyton, is now lord and patron of this parish.

Hopland Hall is situated at the south-east corner of this parish, the residence of John Penrice, Esq., of Yarmouth, late Captain in the 1 5th (or King's) Hussars; eldest son of Thomas Penrice, Esq., a descendant from an ancient family of the same name in Worcestershire; the residuary legatee of John Howe, last Lord Chedworth. Captain Penrice married Maria Catherine, eldest daughter of Herbert Newton Jarrett, Esq., of Great Bromley Lodge, in Essex.

Robert Camell, LLD, rector of this parish and Lound, was elected, in 1731, Coadjutor (or Assistant Minister) of St. Peter Mancroft, in Norwich. He published several anonymous tracts, and three Sermons preached at Yarmouth, with his name affixed. Mr. Blomefield, the Norfolk historian, acknowledges himself bound in gratitude to this gentleman, for the valuable assistance he received in that and various other undertakings. Mr. Camell deceased in 1732.

ARMS. Penrice: party per pale, indented, argent and gules: in canton, a wolf's head couped at the neck, sable. Camell: gironne of eight, or and sable.

County of Suffolk

Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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