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Bulchamp Parish

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Bald-Camp or Bulecampe

Is a hamlet of Bliburgh, and so called, Mr. Gardner thinks, from a severe contest maintained between the Mercians and East Angles, in 654, at this place; where King Anna, and his eldest son Ferminus, were slain, and their bodies conveyed to Bliburgh, and there interred. Bald-Camp signifying a bold fighting, or a contest hand to hand.

The family of Kerdiston became early enfeoffed of this lordship, which they held of the barony of Bainard Castle.

By a deed without date, Andrew, son of Richard de Sybeton, grants lands in this place to Sibton Abbey; and Sir Fulk de Kerdiston then held lands here. In the 16th of King Edward I., William, son of Roger de Kerdiston, held two fees here, and in Claxton, in Norfolk: he was brother to Sir Fulk.

At the same period, Walter de Kerdiston (probably another brother) held two fees, one here, and the other in Aslacton, in Norfolk; which were assigned to William, Lord Ross, of Hamlake, and Maud his wife, youngest daughter and co-heir of John, son of Alexander de Vaux, of Holt, in Norfolk, on the partition made of her father's estate.

Robert de Vaux, gave all the churches and tithes of his demesne to Thetford Abbey, amongst which Belcham (or Bulkham) is included; and Hubert de Montchensy is said to have given two parts of his tithes in the same parish, to the said Monastery.

The lordship appears to have subsequently passed as that of Henham, in tin's hundred.

County of Suffolk

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

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