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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 mouth.

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.

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

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