Belesteda or Belsteda
Of the Goldingham family, who inherited property, Mr. Kirby says, in this
parish, in the time of King John, or the following reign at the latest, we
collect the following particulars:
In 1206, William de Weston, released the lordship of Thorp Parva, in Norfolk, to
Allen Pictaviensis, afterwards called Allen de Goldingham; and in 1256, Daniel
de Beccles held it of the said Allen, by the service of one Knight's fee. A
lordship in Hethill, in the same county, called Goldingham's manor, was granted
by Hugh Bigod to Allen de Goldingham, with view of frankpledge, and assize of
bread and ale of all the tenants; and in 1285, Alan de Goldingham (probably his
son) brought an action against Edmund de
Wimundhale, and Maud, his wife (Alan's mother it is supposed), for waste
committed in that part of this manor, which the said Maud held in dower, of his
inheritance. In 1315, John de Goldingham owned it; and held part of it of the
honour of Eye, and the other part of the Earl of Norfolk. In 1400, Richard de
Goldingham held it, who sold it to the Appleyards.
John Goldingham,1 Esq., Lord of Belstead Parva, died
in 1518, and was buried with Jane, his first, and Thomasine, daughter and
co-heir of Robert Listen, of Badingham, in this county, Esq., his second wife,
in that parish church; and Weever mentions the following interments there:
"Margaret, late wife of John Goldyngham, Knt, died in an. 1413." "John
Goldiugham, Esquire, son to John, dyed in an. 1420." "Elizabeth, late wife of
John Goldingham, Esquire, died in anno 1429."
Mr. Blomefield gives the following inscription from a brass plate in Narburgh
church, in Norfolk: "Hereunder lyeth buried Elizabeth Goldyngham, sometime the
wyfe of John Goldyngham, Esquire, who departed this present world the 4 Day of
February, 1556, whose Sowle God pardon. "And a shield with the arms of
Goldingham, impaling Spelman.
The manor of Cotton, in Cambridgeshire, belonged for more than two centuries, to
the baronial family of Engayne, and their representatives; and a co-heiress of
Thomas Engayne, married to a Goldingham, who held a portion of it in the 41st of
King Edw. III. Sir William Goldingham left two daughters and co-heirs, who
married into the families of Chilterne and Mannock, about the 16th of King
The Pierpoints appear about this time to have had some interest here, for Mr.
Parkin says, "Sibilla, daughter of Sir Simon Pierpoint, of this parish, and
Henstead, in this county, married Sir Edmund de Ufford, who died in 1374, and
was buried in Langley Abbey, in Norfolk.
The family of Reynolds appear also, to have been interred here: Henry Reynolds,
of Belstead, Esq., was patron of the church of Oxburgh, in Norfolk, in Queen
The manor of Belstead now belongs to Sir Robert Harland, of Nacton, in this
John Carter, rector of this parish, and also many years minister of Bramford, in
this county, was a native of Kent; and educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Although he had been often troubled for non-conformity, he took every occasion
of exerting himself against popery, armenianism, and the new ceremonies; and is
spoken of as a man of great industry, charity, and piety. He died in 1634, and
was buried at Belstead. There is a portrait of him in "Clarke's Lives of English
Divines," and another engraved by Vaughan.
CHARITIES. Charles Bedingfield, in 1749, gave by will £80; and Mary King,
in 1754, gave £15, in addition to it; which was expended in the purchase of a
double cottage, and 4½-A. of land, in Belstead, producing together an annual
rent of about £15: this is distributed among poor persons, resident householders
in the parish, after deducting for repairs. Mary King, in 1765, gave by will,
the residue of her personal estate, which produces a further sum of £6 per
annum; and this is distributed among such poor industrious persons, as maintain
themselves without parish relief, according to the will of the donor.
1. ARMS. Argent, a bend wavy, gules: with those of Liston, vert;
ten plates, 4, 3, 2, and 1, impaling Carbonel, gules; a cross, argent, in a
bordune engrailed, or.
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