In the reign of King Edward VI., John Blennerhasset, Esq., acquired the lordship
of this parish, by marriage with one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir Edward
Itchingham, Knt., whose ancestors held the same, and became early seated here.
It subsequently became vested in the Suckling family.
Sir John Suckling, Knt., youngest son of Robert Suckling, Esq., Alderman and
Mayor of Norwich, and Elizabeth his wife, in 1620, devised by will an annuity of
8, to be issuing, payable, and leviable, out of his manor of Barsham, in
Suffolk, to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen of Norwich; to be distributed in
alms to the poor of certain parishes in that city: and 20s. for an anniversary
sermon; at which he requested the Mayor, with the Sword Bearer, and three or
four Justices of the Peace, and the Sheriffs for the time being, to be present.
The Mayor to have 2s. 6d.; and 7s. 6d. to be divided among the Justices,
Sheriffs, and Sword Bearer.
He was of Gray's Inn, and afterwards settled at Whitton, in Middlesex; and was
Secretary to the Earl of Dorset, Master of the Bequests, Receiver of the
Alienations; in 1622, was one of the principal Secretaries of State; and
afterwards Comptroller of the Household to King James I., and Charles I.: to the
last he was a Privy Councilor. Sir John deceased March 27, 1627, and was buried
in St. Andrew's church, at Norwich.
By Martha his wife, daughter of Thomas Cranfield, merchant, of London, he had
issue Sir John Suckling, the celebrated poet, who was nineteen years of age at
his father's decease.
This estate was purchased by Sir John Suckling, in 1613; and now belongs to the
Rev. Alfred Inigo Suckling, of Winslade Rectory, Hants. He is only son of
Alexander Fox, Esq., by Anna Maria, his wife, daughter of Robert Suckling, Esq.,
of Wooton, in Norfolk; who on the decease of his maternal uncle, Maurice Wm.
Suckling, Esq., without issue, in 1820, assumed the name and arms of Suckling.
The family of De Tye held a lordship in this parish, and resided here. The will
of Sir Robert de Tye (mentioned in Kessingland, in Mutford hundred), is dated
here; and Elizabeth, relict of Sir Robert de Tye, whose will was proved in 1385,
desired her body to be interred in Barsham church, by her late husband.
ARMS. Suckling: party per pale, gules and azure; three bucks,
trippant, or. Crest: a stag, courant, or; with a sprig of honey-suckle in his
Lawrence Echard, a divine, and writer of some eminence in the last century, was
a native of this parish, whose father was minister here. He was born in 1671;
and, after receiving his education at Christ College, Cambridge, where he took
the degree of A.M. in 1695, settled in Lincolnshire. In 1699, he published the
first part of his "Roman History;" which, in 1702, was followed by a "General
Ecclesiastical History;" a work which has gone through numerous editions, and
which probably procured his promotion to the Prebendary Stall in Lincoln
Cathedral: he was also Chaplain to the Bishop of that diocese. His next work was
a "History of England, down to the Revolution;" by which he gained considerable
reputation; but the most useful of his performances, was the "Gazetteer, or
Newsman's Interpreter:" once a very popular book, and the foundation of all of
that class. Towards the end of his life, he was presented by the Crown, to the
livings of Rendlesham and Sudbourne, in this county. Mr. Echard deceased in
1730, in his carriage, proceeding to Scarborough for the benefit of the waters.
CHARITIES. The sum of £1 a year is
paid to the overseers of the poor, as the rent of an acre of land in this
parish, by Mr. James Adams, the occupier of an adjoining farm; and is applied
with the poor rates. It is not known how, or for what particular purposes, the
land was given or appropriated.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page