The demesne of this parish was anciently in Simon de Pierpoint. In 1577, John
Whinburgh, Gent., of Norfolk, was owner of this lordship; which in the time of
King Charles I., became the estate of Henry North, Esq., by purchase; from whom
it descended to Thomas Carthew, Esq., who about 1743, sold it to William Gooch,
Esq. (afterwards Sir William).
In or about 1721, Mr. Carthew erected a handsome seat here,1
which Sir Thomas Gooch still further enlarged and beautified; and Sir Thomas
Sherlock Gooch, the 5th Baronet of that house, late M.P. for this county, the
present possessor, makes it his country residence.
The family of Gooch became early seated in this county. Robert Gooch, of Bungay,
is the first we have any particular account of; who left one son, William Gooch,
of Mettingham, Esq.: he married Martha, the daughter of Christopher Layer, Esq.,
of the city of
Norwich; whose descendants, in the elder branch, intermarried as follows:
William Gooch, Esq., who resided at = Elizabeth, dau. and heir of Richard
Baspoole, of St. Margaret's, Mettingham, in 1664.
Thomas Gooch, Esq., 2nd son, died in = Frances, dau. and co-heir of Thomas Lane,
Esq., of 1688.
William Gooch, Esq., Lieut. Governor Thos. Gooch, succes = Mary,
(sister of Bp. Sherlock)
of Virginia; created a Bart, in 1746
sively Bp. of Bristol,
died S. P., in 1751.
Norwich, and Ely
Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bart., died in = Anne, dau. and heir of John Attwood,Esq.,
of Saxlingham, 1781
I Sir Thomas Gooch, 4th Bart., died in = Anna-Maria, dau. of William Hayward,
Esq., of Surrey.
Sir Thomas Sherlock Gooch, present == Marianna, dau. of Abraham Whitaker, Esq.,
of Lyster Bart.
House, co. Hereford, and sister of Charlotte Maria,
present Countess of Stradhroke
Edward Sherlock Gooch, Esq., eldest = Louisa, 2d dau. of Sir George Prescott,
Bart., of Theobald's son.
In 1786, a discovery was made here of a considerable number of Roman silver
coins; upwards of 900, in good preservation, but none older than the time of
Vespasian. Sir Thos. Gooch purchased the greater part of them. Two of them, then
in the possession of the late Mr. Johnson, of Woodbridge, were engraved in the
"Gentleman's Magazine," for the year 1788.
ARMS. Whinburgh: per fess, indented, argent and sable, three
bears, passant, counterchanged. Gooch: per pale, argent and sable, a
chevron between three talbots, passant, counterchanged: on a chief, gules, as
many leopards' heads, or.
1. A view of this is given in "Davy's Seats of the Nobility and
Gentry of Suffolk,'' and in "Excursions through Suffolk."
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