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Brantham Parish

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Brainthona or Branham

Brantham Hall was the seat of a branch of the family of Edgar, of North Glemham, Suffolk. Sir Gregory Edgar was brought up to the law, and was chosen King's Serjeant, and Knighted by Henry VII.: he married Ann, daughter of Simon Wiseman, Esq., by whom he had two daughters; the eldest married to a son of Sir Humphrey Wingfield, the other to ______ Walpole, of ________ Norfolk. He died in 1506, and was buried in the church at Brantham.

It was afterwards the seat of the Wingfields. Humphrey Wingfield, Esq., resided there in 1655: he married Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of ______ Batisford, of Chesterton, in Cambridgeshire, Esq. He was lineally descended from Sir Humphrey Wingfield, of
Dedham, Knt., who was Speaker to the Parliament in the time of Henry VIII. , and was the 11th son of Sir John Wingfield, of Letheringham, Knt.

John Lancaster, of Brisingham, in Norfolk, Esq., married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Braham, Knt., of Braham Hall, in Cattiwade, a hamlet belonging to this parish.

By the last will of the said John Lancaster, dated in 1469, John and Henry, his younger sons, were to inherit his share in Boyton Hall manor, in the parish of Capel, with lands there, and in several adjoining parishes; and, after the death of the said Elizabeth his wife, and William, his eldest son, they were also to have his share of the manor of Braham Hall, in Cattiwade, to them and their heirs.

The said Elizabeth lived until 1478, and, it appears, re-married to one Cator, for by that name she was found to die seized of the above estate. William Lancaster, of Cattiwade and Brisingham, Esq., married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of William Notbeme, Esq., of ______ in this county; by whom he had an only daughter, Benedicta, who married Edward Bolton, of Boyland Hall, in Brisingham, about the year 1505.

In 1551, Thomas Fincham, of Fincham Hall, in Norfolk, Esq., died, possessed of manors, lands, and tenements, in this parish, and Cattiwade, East Bergholt, Capel, and Stutton. He married Martha, daughter of William Yelverton, Esq., of Rougham, in Norfolk. She
re-married, after his death, to John Heigham, Esq.

William Fincham, Esq., their son and heir, succeeded, and died without issue, the 14th of Queen Elizabeth; having previously conveyed some part of his inheritance to Charles Cornwallis, Esq., who married his sister Anne.

ARMS. Braham: sable; a cross flory, or. Fincham: barry of six, argent and sable; a bend over all, ermine.

Berengarius de Sap, gave two parts of his tythe in this parish, to the Priory of the Virgin Mary and St. Andrew, in Thetford.

Walter de Suffield, alias Calthorpe, Bishop of Norwich, in 1256, gave by will, to repair the bridges in his diocese, two marks; and to Cattiwade bridge, one mark.

Thomas Tusser, one of our earliest didactic poets, and who has been styled "the British Varo," exchanged the life of a courtier for that of a farmer, and settled at Katwade (now Cattiwade), in this parish: here he composed his "Book of Husbandry," the first edition of which was published in 1557.

In 1805, Mr. John Constable, of East Bergholt, the celebrated artist, presented a handsome picture, measuring 7 feet by 4 feet, as an altar piece to this parish church: the subject, "Christ blessing the young Children," from the 10th Chap, of St. Mark.

In the Commissioners' Report for inquiring concerning CHARITIES, no mention is made of any in this parish.

County of Suffolk

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

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