Lyons Manor Weston

Lyons Manor Weston

Lyons Manor.

Ralph de Lions, and William de Lions were lords, and mentioned in the grant of Walter Giffard, the 2d Earl of Buckingham.

Adam de Lyons of Weston was living in the 24th of Henry III. and acknowledged to do service for half a fee to William de Englefield, for his lands in Weston, and Helmingham: Jeffrey de Lyons, and Thomas, son of Henry de Lyons, in the 32d of Edward I.

Hugh de Stanford settled by fine on Adam de Lyons, in the 8th of Edward II. 7 messuages, a mill, 120 acres of land, 30 of meadow, and 40s. rent in Weston, Helmingham, and Ringland, for his life, remainder to Ernald de Lyons his son, and Alice his wife in tail.

Adam, son of Ernald, released in the 21st of Edward III. to Sir Peter de Tye, and Dionysia his wife, lands here, and sealed with a lion rampant.

By a deed dated at Rollesby, in the 15th of Richard II. on Thursday next after the feast of the annunciation of the blessed Virgin, Nicholas, son of Arnald Lyons of Weston, parson of Rollesby, reciting, that whereas Will. Lyons of Flytcham, had infeoffed John Stanford &c. in his manor of Weston Lyons in Weston, Helmingham, Moreton, which where the said Arnald Lyons, Nicholas released his right in the same.

In the 3d of Henry IV. Walter de Middleton held here the 4th part of a fee, of the heirs of Arnald de Lyons, and he of the Earl of March; and in the 10th of that King William de Snetesham conveyed it to Sir John de Ingaldesthorp. After this it came to Stratton and Rookwood.

Alan Earl of Richmond had 20 socmen, who held one carucate of land, and 16 borderers, in the reign of the Confessor; there were among all these 8 carucates and 4 acres of meadow, and these socmen were valued in Alan’s manor of Costesey or Cossey. The soc was in the King’s manor of Folsham, and on Ralph Earl of Norfolk’s, rebellion, the Conquer or gave it to Alan. (fn. 7)

In the reign of Henry III Adam de Lions and his tenants held lands by knight’s service here, and John de Veutry, the moiety of a quarter of a fee of the manor of Linge, and did ward for the same to the castle of Richmond.

Robert Vincent of Marling ford, confirmed in the 42d of Edward III. to John, son of Thomas de Weston, and Thomas, son of John, a messuage, and 12 pieces of arable land. In the 19th of Richard II. Martin de Taverham confirmed to Margaret Stratton, late wife of Thomas de Weston, all the lands, tenements, rents, services, &c. in Weslon, and Helmingham for the life of the said Margaret, remainder to the right heirs of Thomas de Weston.

In the eschaet rolls of the 12th year of Edward IV. it appears that Margaret, sister and heir of Sir Thomas Tudenham, relict of Edmund Bedingfield, Esq. of Oxburgh, died seized of a manor called Asgat’s in Weston, and had also an interest in the lordships of Ties-hall and Aldenham’s, all which seem to have come to the Rookwoods: see in Helmingham.

Odo Bishop of Baieaux had a small fee here as a beruite to Snetesham, 50 acres of land, and 20 acres held in King Edward’s time by 6 borderers, and valued in Snetesham. (fn. 8)

This with another small tenure held by Hacon, at the survey, who had one socman, with 16 acres of land, and half a carucate, valued at the survey at 11s. (fn. 9) and came afterwards to the Rookwoods, &c.

The tenths were 4l. 14s. 2d.—Deducted 16s.

Weyland bore, argent, on a cross, gules, five escallops, or.—Andrews, argent, on a bend between two bendlets sable, three mullets, or.— Sulyard, argent, a chevron, gules, between three phæons, sable.—Luttereti, or, a bend, between six martlets, sable.—Windsor, gules, a saltire between twelve cross crossiets, or.—Rookwood, argent, three chessrooks, and a chief, sable.—Holditch, azure, on a chevron or, three magpies proper.

The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints, the ancient valor was 40 marks, the present valor is 8l. 18s. 0d. it paid Peter-pence 18d. and the prior of Longuevile had the patronage, and a portion of 6 marks per ann. now paid by the rector to New College in Oxford, and was for the tithe of Giffard’s demean lands, granted by him.

In the 1st of Edward I. Reginald de Sprouston, and Theophania his wife, released their right in the patronage to the prior of Longuevile.

The church has a nave and 2 isles, with a chancel, and a tower with 5 bells.

In the middle isle a gravestone,

In memory of Wm. Lamb, Gent: who died Sept. 27, 1666.

On one, with an effigies in brass,

Of your charity pray for the sowle of Elizabeth, late wife of Firmin Rookwood, Esq; daughter and heir af Sir John Timperley, Kt. who died May 13, 1533.


In memory of Margaret wife of Hen. Rookwood, who died Janu. 19, 1691, aged 79 years—Here lyeth the body of Hen. Rookwood, the elder, Esq; who died April 16, 1659,—Infra deponitur corpus Jerningamiæ, uxoris charissimæ Gulielmi Rookwood, Generosi, incorporea anima tollitur in excelsis, ob. 22°. Decemb. 1668, Ætat. 44.—Hen. son of Wm. Rookwood dyed Nov. 12, 1656.

In the chancel window, Tye, impaling sable, a bend engrailed, argent, cottised, or.

The temporalities of West Derham abbey, were 36s. 8d.—of Norwich priory 11s. 2d.—of Ely priory 5s.—of Hickling 12d.—of St. Faith’s 6s.

Lands lately belonging to West Derham abbey, granted April 4 in the 24th of Elizabeth, to Theoph. Adams and James Woodshawe, valued at 55s. per ann.

In King Henry the Third’s reign the King was patron and Mr. Simon Thanet was rector.


Ralph de Walpole, occurs rector about 1290.

1329, Roger de Gildesburgh, presented by the proctor of the prior, &c. of Longville.

1333, Thomas de Brinton. Ditto.

William Plugge.

1359, John de Derby, by the King; the temporalities of Longeville, in the King’s hands; he exchanged it for the archdeaconry of Barnstable.

1369, Peter Horseman, by Sir Nicholas Tamworth.

1374, John de Kendal, by the King.

1397, John de Middleton. Ditto.

1440, Simon Thornham, LL. B. by Sir Ralph de Rochford.

1458, Robert Popy, in decret. bacc. by the master, &c. of St. Mary of Winchester’s college in Oxford.

1471, John Fermour, A. M. Ditto.

1477, William Holden. Ditto.

Richard Skypton.

1485, John Wodeward. Ditto.

1511, William Bower. Ditto.

1543, Roger Hardy, A. M. Ditto.

1556, William Smithe. Ditto.

1559, Henry Cornwallys. Ditto.

1577, Christopher England, by the master, &c.

1631, John Moorse. Ditto.

1654, John Sheffield. Ditto.

1715, Philip Smith. Ditto.

1733, Gloster Ridley. Ditto.

Here were the guilds of All-Saints, St. Mary, and St. John Baptist; the image of St. Thomas the Martyr, and St. Mary’s light.


1Terra Willi. de Scohies — In Westuna beruita, i car. t’re. et sep. i vill. et xii bor. et i ser. sep. i car. in d’nic. et i car. ho’um. et ii ac. p’ti. et x soc. lxxx ac. t’re. tc. et p. viii car. mo. vii et i potest fieri et ii ac. p’ti. i ecclia. xii ac. et val. iiiid. totu’ tc. vii lib. p. viii. lib. x sol. mo. simil. et ii libi ho’es. quint. dim. car. t’re. et ii bor. sep. i car. et dim. et val. xxx sol. de his duob; soca in Folsham Regis, s. W. tenet et ht. i leug. in long. et in lat. et reddit xxd. in geltum quicumq; ibi teneat.

2Reg. Haydon. fol. 84.

3Hervey’s Collect. of Funeral Mon. Mss.

4She was then the wife of Sir Henry Bouchier, 5th son of Henry Earl of Essex.

5Andrew’s 2d wife, was Dame Mary Timperley, and died in 1546, buried in St. Steph. church at Norwich, relict of Sir John Timperley.

6Thomasine his wife was living in the 3d and 4th of Philip and Mary.

7Terre Alani Comitis.—In Westuna xx. soc. i car. tre. et xvi bord. int. om’s T R. E. viii car p’ et mo. v et ii ac. pti. et sunt isti soc. in p’tio. de Costesei. Soca in Folsha’ Regis T. R. E. mo. tenet A. quia tenuit Rad. Comes.

8Tre. Epi. Baicensis—In Westuna, ten. Stiga’d. T. R. E. i beruita L. ac. tre et xx ac. semp. vi bord. sep. dim. car. et e. in ptio de Snetesham.

9Terra Hagonis—Et in Westuna, i soc. xvi ac. tre. sep. dim. car. et val. ii sol.

From: ‘Eynford Hundred: Weston’, An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 8, pp. 285-292. URL: Date accessed: 31 August 2010.

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