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    Acle: King's land, formerly Harold, in the custody of Godric. Mill, 15 beehives.
    Small market town on the broads.

    Acre / a: William de Warenne; Abbot of Ely before and after 1066; Ralph de Tosny. 6½ mills, 2 fisheries, 5½ salthouses, church. 18 pigs, 11 cattle, 540 sheep.
    Now 2 villages, Castle Acre, with the remains of William de Warenne's castle, and a church with Norman features; and West Acre.

    Aldeberga: King's land, in the custody of Godric and in the charge of William de Noyers; Count Alan.
    Once a linen-weaving centre.

    Alabei / ebei: Roger Bigot. Mill.
    Now Alby Mill.

    Aldebur(c) / burg: William de Warenne; Roger Bigot. 1½ mills.

    Aldebury: Ralph de Beaufour. Church.
    Church with a Norman doorway.

    Alatorp: King's land and Stibbard from the king.
    Alethorpe Hall. The village was depopulated during the 16th century enclosures.

    Appletona / tuna: Godric the Steward; Roger Bigot. Horse.
    Alpington Hall.

    Anamere / Anemere: Count Eustace; William de Warenne. Fishery, 1½ salthouses.
    On the Sandringham estate.

    Antigeham / Antingham / Attinga: Roger Bigot and Thurstan FitzGuy from him; Abbot of Holme.
    The source of the River Ant is at Antingham Common.

    Ap(p)letuna / tona: Roger Bigot; Thorgils from Peter de Valognes. Church. 2 oxen.
    Appleton house and Farm; remains of St. Mary's church; Roman villa site nearby.

    Hameringahala: King's land, in the charge of William de Noyers.
    Site of a now covered neolithic temple.

    Essebei: King's land, in the custody of Godric.
    Ashby Mere, a small lake near Snetterton.

    Ashby (near Acle)
    Aschebei / Asseby: Bishop William; Abbot of Holme; William d'Écouis. 8 beehives.
    Ashby Hall.

    Ashby St. Mary
    Ascebei / As(s)ebei: Roger Bigot; Godric the steward.

    Asscelea / Essalai: Reynald FitzIvo; Abbot of Ely.

    Torp: Count Eustace. 8 beehives. 40 goats.
    Moated site; Lord Berners, chancellor to Henry VIII and translator of Chronicles, lived here.

    Wica / Wiche: Count Alan; Reynald FitzIvo. ½ salthouse.

    Aslactuna / Aslaktuna / Oslactuna: Count Alan; Roger Bigot and Hugh from him.

    Alia Atleburc / Atlebur(c): Roger FitzRainard; Alfred. Fishery. 2/3 mill, ½ mill. Cow, 8 cattle.
    Small town famous for cider and turkeys. the church has Saxon foundations, a Norman tower, and a pulpit possibly carved by Grinling Gibbons.

    At(l)ebruge / Attebruge: Count Alan; Geoffrey from Bishop William; William d'Écouis; Walter Giffard. Church.

    Almartune / Almertuna: Frederic from William de Warenne; Roger Bigot. ½ church.
    Near the coast; church with a round tower and priest's room; Roman camp and Saxon iron ore workings on nearby Aylmerton Heath.

    Aelsaham / Ailesham / Ailessam: King's land, in the custody of Godric. 2 mills.
    Small market town on the River Bure; mid-Victorian mill.

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    Babin / ghelea / keleia: Geoffrey from Eudo FitzSpirwic; William from Peter de Valognes. Moiety of 2 mills, 5 salthouses, another mill. 8 cattle, 177 sheep.
    Moated Hall Farm.

    Baconsthorpe (in Attleborough)
    Baconstorp: Thurstan from Count Alan.

    Baconsthorpe (near Holt)
    Torp: Thorold from Roger Bigot; Osbert from Robert Gernon. ½ mill. 100 pigs.
    Fortified 15th century manor house; mainly ruined gatehouse.

    Baketuna: Robert Malet. 2 mills.
    On the coast; remains of Bromholm priory nearby.

    Bachestorp: William de Warenne.

    Bathele: King's land; Harold from Count Alan.
    Moated site; Bale Oaks, a stand of 18th century evergreen oaks.

    Benham: William de Warenne; Berard from Roger Bigot; Bishop Osbern; William d'Écouis from Bishop of Ely, who held before and after 1066; William d'Écouis. Church. 30 goats.
    Zoo; orchards; a cider-making industry.

    Banincham / Hamingeham: William de Warenne; Abbot of Holme; Roger from Reynald FitzIvo.

    Bereforda / fort: Count Alan; Abbot of Holme; Richard from Ralph de Beaufour. ½ mill.

    Benemara: Ralph from William de Warenne. ½ church.

    Berlei / Berneia: William from Peter de Valognes. 2 beehives. 14 wild mares, 14 cattle, 38 goats.
    Church with Saxon work and some Roman bricks; 3 moated medieval sites nearby.

    Barnham Broom
    Ber(n)ham: William de Warenne; Godwin Haldane; Starculf before and after 1066. 2½ mills.
    16th century manor house. The church has a 16th century screen with a rare portrait of St. Walstan.

    Barfham / safam / seham: King's land; Hugh from William de Warenne. 4 mills, church. 200 sheep.
    Now 2 villages, East and West Barsham.

    Barton Bendish
    Bertuna: William from Hermer de Ferrers; Reynald FitzIvo; Ralph Baynard, formerly Aethelgyth, a free woman. 2 churches. 4 cobs.
    2 churches, one with a late Norman doorway.

    Barton Turf
    Bertuna: Abbot of Holme before and after 1066; Geoffrey from Ralph Baynard. 2 churches.
    On the edge of Barton Broad; nature reserve; church with a rare portrait of Henry VI.

    Bereuuica: Simon from William de Warenne. ½ church. 160 sheep.
    Now 2 hamlets, Little and Great Barwick; also the site of the medieval village of Great Barwick.

    Bastu(u)ic / Bastuuuic: Count Alan; 2 free women, the pre-Conquest holders, from Roger Bigot; Bishop William; Abbot of Holme; Aelmer.

    Bauenbu(r)c: Count Alan.
    Church with a round tower, possibly Saxon. It was the birthplace of St. Walstan in 965 and a place of pilgrimage until the Reformation.

    Baldereswella: Count Alan.

    Boweseia / Heuseda: Count Alan; Robert Malet. 1½ salthouses. 50 goats.

    Baiafelda: King's land; Walter Giffard. 1¼ mills.
    Part Jacobean Bayfield Hall; Bayfield Brecks, scattered cottages.

    Bec: Count Alan.
    Beck Hall, formerly Beck Hostel for travellers to Walsingham.

    Bedingaham: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Roger Bigot.
    Now Bedingham Green; several medieval moated sites.

    Bechersuuella / Bicham / Bycham / Hekesuuella: Ribald, the pre-Conquest holder, from Count Alan; Robert de Vaux from Roger Bigot; Reynald FitzIvo; Ralph Baynard. Church. Ass.
    Church with a Saxon tower.

    Beeston Regis
    Besentuna / Besetuna / tune: Ingulf from William d'Ecouis; Hugh de Montfort.
    Seaside suburb of Sheringham.

    Beeston St. Andrew
    Boefetuna / Bes(e)tuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Robert Malet; Godric the Steward; Ralph de Beaufour. 2 mills, church.
    Beeston Hall.

    Beeston St. Lawrence
    Besetuna: Abbot of Holme.
    Some houses.

    Betellea: Bishop William. Church.

    Begetona / tuna: Bishop William. Church.
    Manor house; church with a 13th century font.

    Belaga: King's land, in the custody of Godric and in the charge of William de Noyer; Abbot of Holme; Ralph de Beaufour.
    Berlaugh Broad.

    Bergh Apton
    Berc: Godric the steward from Abbot of Ely. Mill. 203 cattle.
    Manor house; 6th-7th century barrows and ring ditches.

    Basingeham: Drogo de Beuvrière.
    Manor house; moated site.

    Besthorp: Roger Bigot.
    Saxon earthworks.

    Beches / Bekes / uuella: Ralph FitzHerlwin from Roger Bigot; Abbot of Ely. Church, ½ fishery.
    Church with Norman windows.

    Under dsipute.
    Bickerston Bridge and Farm.

    Billingford (near Diss)
    P(re)lestuna: King's land the charge of William de Noyers; Roger de Raismes from Abbot of Ely; Roger de Raismes and Warenger from him.
    Tower windmill.

    Billingford (near East Dereham)
    Billingeforda / Belingesfort: Humphrey and Count Alan from Ranulf Peverel; Humphrey FitzAubrey. 2 mills, 4 beehives.
    Mill nearby.

    Bit(h)lakebei: Roger Bigot; Ketel and Bernard from Bishop William. 2/3 church.

    Benincham / Bin(n)eham: Peter de Valognes. 2 mills.
    Remains of a Benedictine priory founded c.1091 by Peter de Valognes.

    Binctre / Binnetra: Godric the steward; Walter Giffard; Hagni the King's reeve.
    Manor house; mill.

    Bircham Newton
    Niwetuna: Ralph de Beaufour. Church.

    Bircham Tofts
    Stofsta: Bishop of Bayeux.

    Britringa: King's land, in the custody of Godric and in the charge of William de Noyers.
    Site of the medieval village of Little Bittering.

    Bichesle / Biskele / Bischelai / Fiskele: Roger Bigot.
    Bixleybottom Plantation; remains of a moated hall.

    Bliclinga / Blikelinga / -inges: Godric and Walter Giffard from the king, formerly Harold. Bishop William. 3½ mills.
    Jacobean Hall.

    Bla(uue)felda: Bishop William.

    Blo Norton
    Nortuna: Fulcher from William de Warenne; Alfred an Englishman from Roger Bigot; St. Edmund's; Abbot of Ely. 1½ mills, church.
    Church; Blo Norton Hall.

    Bod(en)ham / Botham: Ralph from Hugh de Montfort; Walter Giffard.

    Bod / Budeneia: William de Warenne; Ralph de Tosny; Hugh de Montfort. 3¼ mills.
    Flint church with Saxon carvings; tumuli nearby.

    Botuna: Tihel le Breton.
    Booton Manor.

    Buchetuna: Ranulf from Reynald FitzIvo; Ralph Baynard. Church, 3 beehives. Cow.
    18th century houses round a green; pond; church.

    Bo(w)ethorp: King's land, in the custody of Godric. Mill.
    Recent suburban development near Norwich.


    Bracon Ash
    Braccas / Braccles: Roger Bigot.
    Birthplace of Edward Thurlow (1731-1806), Lord Chancellor.

    Brade(n)ham / Brehendam: William de Cailli from William de Warenne; Ralph de Tosny; Ralph Baynard.
    Now 2 villages, East and West Bradenham.

    Bregestuna / Breiestuna: William de Noyers and Edric, a steersman of King Edward's, from Bishop William.
    Bradeston church on high ground overlooking Bradeston Marsh.

    Bramb(r)etuna: Aitard de Vaux from the king; Bishop of Bayeux; Roger Bigot and Ranulf FitzWalter from him; Godric the steward. Church.
    Mostly 14th century church.

    Brantuna: William de Warenne; Ralph de Beaufour.
    Home of the Brampton family from 1066 to the 17th century.

    Broncestra: St. Benedict's of Ramsey before and after 1066. Mill. 600 sheep.
    On the coast; adjacent to the site of the Roman fort, Branodunum.

    Bratestuna: King's land.
    Stump cross.

    Brandon Parva
    Brandim: Count Alan.
    Scene of 19th century agricultural workers riots.

    Brecc(h)les / Brec(l)es: King's land; Roger Bigot; Ralph de Tosny. Customary honey.
    Church with a Norman and Saxon tower, and a memorial stone to Ursula Webb who was, at her own request, buried upright in the 17th century.

    Brasincham / Bresing(a)ham: King's land, in the custody of Godric; St. Edmund's and Roger Bigot from the abbey. Church.

    Bre(t)ham: William de Bourneville from Roger Bigot; Abbot of Ely; Eudo the Steward; William from John nephew of Waleran. 2 mills, 5 beehives.

    Brugam: Abbot of Ely before and after 1066. Church, 4 mills, 5 beehives. 180 sheep.
    Church with a Norman font.

    Bruningaham / Burningaham: Geoffrey from Count Alan; Roger Longsword from Bishop William. Church, mill, 5 beehives.
    Circular lookout post nearby, was used at the time of the Armada.

    Bruntuna: Bishop William.
    Georgian hall.

    Burstuna: King's land; William de Warenne.
    Adjoining Melton Constable.

    Brodise / Brodiso: King's land, in the charge of William de Noyers; St. Edmund's. Church
    . Church with Saxon and Norman windows.

    Broc: St. Edmund's. 5 cobs, 14 cattle.
    Reed mere; the birthplace of Sir Astley Cooper, famous 18th century surgeon.

    Brom / Bron: Roger Bigot; Frodo from St. Edmund's, who held it before and after 1066; Humphrey from Robert FitzCorbucion. Church, mill, ½ fishery, 2 beehives.
    On marshes near the River Waveney.

    Bruneston: Abbot of Ely. Mill.

    Brume / Brunestada: Robert from Roger Bigot. Church, mill. 30 goats.
    Some houses; church with a thatched nave.

    Brundala: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Gilbert the Crossbowman.
    Yacht centre.

    Buckenham (near Acle)
    Bucanaham / Buc(hana): King's land, in the custody of Godric; Eli from Bishop William; Roger Bigot from St. Edmund's, who held before and after 1066. 4 cattle.
    Near the Broads.

    Buckenham (near Attleborough)
    Buccham / Buc(he)ham: King's land, in the custody of Godric; William de Warenne; St. Edmund's before and after 1066; Roger d'Evreux from William d'Écouis. 2 mills.
    Now 2 villages, Old and New Buckenham. Old Buckenham castle was moved to new Buckenham c.1136.

    Buckenham Tofts
    Buch / Buckenham: Hugh de Montfort; Roger FitzRainard. ½ mill.
    Buckenham Tofts Park; ancient flint mine nearby; Saxon earthworks.

    Burgh (next Aylsham)
    Bu(r)c: Roger Bigot; Drogo de Beuvrière. 1½ mills.
    On the River Bure; Oxhead's Mill nearby.

    Burgh St. Margaret
    Burc / Burh: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Roger Bigot and Stanard from him; Bishop William; Abbot of Holme. 2 salthouses.

    Brunaham / Bruneham: Humphrey de Culey from Roger Bigot; St. Benedict's of Ramsey before and after 1066; Hugh de Montfort. 1 2/3 mills.
    Now Burnham Norton; Burnham Sutton, Burnham Ulph and Burnham Westgate adjoin Burnham Market village.

    Burnham Deepdale
    Depedala: Thurstan FitzGuy from Roger Bigot.
    On the coast by Peddars Way, a Roman road.

    Burnham Overy
    Brumeham: King's land, in the custody of Godric. 2½ mills.
    Watermill on the River Bure; picturesque miller's house.

    Burnham Thorpe
    Brunehamtorp: Walter from William de Warenne; Robert de Verley. Mill, church. 345 sheep, ass, 6 cobs.
    Moated manor house. Birthplace of Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), whose father was rector here, 1755-1802.

    Borstuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Robert Malet (holding of the queen's gift) and his mother and Walter from him.
    Mill at Mill Green nearby.

    Buk / Buchestuna: Ralph de Beaufour. Mill, church. 18 pigs.
    Watermill on the River Bure. It was the birthplace of Thomas Cubitt (1788-1855), founder of the first modern builders' firm.

    Belega: Wigwin from Count Alan. Mill, 3 beehives. 12 cattle.
    Mill at Mill Street nearby; tiny church with painted box pews and fireplaces, and a 3-tier pulpit.

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    Castre / o / a: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Abbot of Holme. ½ mill, 45 salthouses. 8 cattle.
    Seaside town with the remains of Caistor Castle built by Sir John Fastoff, (Falstaff) in the mid-15th century, nearby.

    Caistor St. Edmunds
    Castra / u: St. Edmund's; Ralph de Beaufour. Church, 1½ mills, 5 cattle
    . Site of Venta, Norfolk's most important Roman fortress, containing a tiny church with Saxon windows.

    Calda(n)chota: Reynald FitzIvo; Ralph de Tosny. Mill.
    Caldecote Farm and Fen; remains of Old St. Mary's Church.

    Calatorp / Caletorp: Roger Bigot; Abbot of Holme; Guerri and Osbert from Tihel le Breton. 2½ mills, church, 2 beehives.

    Cavelea: Berner the Crossbowman from Abbot of Ely who held it before and after 1066. Calvely Hall.

    Cantelai: King's land, in the custody of Godric. Salthouse. 400 sheep.
    Broadland; sugar beet refinery.

    Cherebroc: Ralph de Tosny; John nephew of Waleran. Mill, ½ fishery. 700 pigs.
    Site of a religious house of the Knights Templars, founded in the mid-12th century by Roger de Clare. The church has two 13th century sepulchral slabs commemorating the Countess of Clare.

    Carleton Forehoe
    Carle / Karletuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Count Alan; Abbot of Holme.
    Green; pond; moated site.

    Carleton Rode
    Carletuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Count Alan; William de Warenne; Roger Bigot; Eudo FitzSpirwic. 2 churches.

    Carleton St. Peter
    Carletuna / Karlentona: Roger Bigot of the King's livery; Godric the Steward; Reynald FitzIvo; Nigel from Ralph Baynard. Church. Horse at the hall.

    Caste(s)tuna: King's land, also in the custody of Godric; William de Warenne.
    Restored medieval cross on the green.

    Cate(s)felda: Count Alan; Roger Bigot; Church.
    Catfield Hall. The poet Cowper often stayed here as a child, with his cousins, the Donnes, whose father was rector.

    Catton (near Norwich)
    Cat(e)tuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric and in the charge of William de Noyers.
    Suburb of Norwich. The late Georgian hall has grounds by Repton.

    Catton (in Postwick)
    Cai / Ca(t) / tuna:

    Calvestune / Castona / tune: Cauestuna / Caupstuna / Caustituna / Caustona / tuna / Gaustuna: King's land, in the custody of Godric; William de Warenne, formerly Harold. 2 mills, 1000 pigs, 4 cobs, 20 cattle, 50 goats.
    Small town.

    Scatagrava: Einbold and Geoffrey from Ralph Baynard. Mill.
    Some of the church window glass is said to have come from Rouen Cathedral during the French Revolution.

    Clakestona / Clarestuna: Robert de Vaux from Roger Bigot; Godric the steward. Church, 200 sheep.

    Ecleuuartuna: Richard and Wulfwy from William d'Écouis.

    Cley next the Sea
    Claia: King's land.
    Small town on the coastal salt marshes. Knucklebone House has cornice and panelling made from sheep's vertebrae.


    Clipesby / Clipestuna / Clepe(s)be(i): King's land, and in the custody of Godric; Roger Bigot, of the King's gift and Stanard from him; Bishop William; Abbot of Holme. Salthouse.
    Near the Broads.

    Clipestuna: William de Warenne. Church (with Little Snoring and Kettlestone).
    Now Lower Clipstone; Clipstone House.

    Cley: Claia / Cleia: King's land, in the custody of Godric; William de Warenne. 2 mills, beehive.

    Torp: Bishop William and William de Noyers from him.

    Colebei: King's land. Mill.

    Colechirca / Cole / kirka: Bishop William. Church. 160 goats.
    Church with a circular Norman font.

    Coleneia / eii: Warengar from Roger Bigot; Walter from Godric the steward; Robert de Vaux from William d'Écouis. 2½ mills.
    Church with a saxon tower.

    Cokereshala / Coketeshala / Colceteshala: Thorold from William de Warenne. Church.
    Church with a thatched roof, 2 circular Saxon windows and a Norman font.

    Coletuna: William de Warenne.

    Covestuna: William de Warenne. Fishery, 2 mills.
    Colveston Manor Farm.

    Concham / Congheham / Congreham: William de Warenne; Berner the Crossbowman. Mill, ½ salthouse, church.
    Home of Sir Henry Spelman, 17th century antiquarian.

    Corpestig / stih / Corpsty: William de Warenne; Bishop William; William dÉcouis. ¾ church.
    Divided from Saxthorpe by the River Bure.

    Costesei(a) / Coteseia: Count Alan. 2 mills, park for beasts of chase. 14 cattle.
    On the outskirts of Norwich.

    Crachefort / Crakeforda:

    Cranwisse: William de Warenne. Mill, fishery, 7 beehives. 4 cattle.
    Near the River Wissey; church with interlacing stonework in the Saxon tower, a thatched roof and a circular churchyard.

    Cranaworda / Craneworda: King's land, in the custody of Godric. Mill. 20 goats.
    Moated site nearby; stocks at the church gate.

    Crehic / Creic(h) / Kreic(h) / Suthcreich: King's land; William de Warenne; Thurstan FitzGuy from Roger Bigot; Thurstan from William dÉcouis; Hugh de Montfort. Church, mill, 264 sheep
    . Now 2 villages, North and South Creake.

    Crep(e)lesham: Reynald FitzIvo and Thorkell from him, formerly a free woman. 1½ fisheries. 300 sheep.
    Fenland; moated site.

    Cringaforda / Kiningaforda / Kringeforda: Roger Bigot; Roger Bigot and Holverston from Bishop of Bayeux; Roger Bigot from Count Alan. 1¾ mills, 1/8 of another.
    Suburb of Norwich; church with a Saxon nave and chancel.

    Crostueit / Crotwit: Ralph de Beaufour; Roger de Poitou.
    Large village green.

    Crostwit: Geoffrey from Ralph Baynard.

    Congrethorp / Cronkethor: King's land, in the custody of Godric; Ralph de Beaufour. Mill.

    Croxton (near Fakenham)
    Crokestona: William de Warenne. Church.

    Croxton (near Thetford)
    Crokestuna: King's land, in the charge of William de Noyers. 215 sheep, 50 goats.
    In the Breckland woods; Croxton Heath. The church has a Norman tower.


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