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Chediston Parish

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Cedestan or Cheston

Robert de Vallibus (or Vaux), gave certain tithes in this parish to Thetford Abbey, but the rectory was appropriated to the Priory of Pentney, in Norfolk, of which he was the founder; and they presented the vicar until the dissolution of that Monastery. The patronage of this church is now vested with that of Halesworth, and belongs to Mrs. Badeley, whose husband was formerly the incumbent here. The Rev. Charles Joseph Badeley is the present vicar.

In the 2nd of King Henry IV., John Godfrey was living in this parish; he married Catherine, relict of Nicholas Gavel, of Kirby Cane, in Norfolk, Esq. In the time of King Charles I., Norton, Esq., was a resident here.

In 1655, Sir John Pettus, Knt., held this lordship and estate. He took part with King Charles, against the Parliament, and com-pounded for 886 13s. 4d. About this period Richard Potter and Humphrey Heyward, Gents., were residents in Chediston.

Roger Young, minister of St. Nicholas parish, in Ipswich, was owner of an estate in this place, worth about 60 or 70 per annum, purchased by Dr. Thomas Young, his father. Chediston Hall is now the estate and residence of George Parkyns, Esq.

A branch of the house of Claxton became early seated here, who derive from the parish of Claxton, in Norfolk. In the 20th of King Henry III., Walter de Claxton was interested there; and considerable property was conveyed by William de Claxton, in that parish and its vicinity, to Sir Thomas de Kerdeston, Knt., who deceased in 1446.

The first of this family concerned here, appears to be Stafford Claxton; whose son William, of Cheston, married and had issue:

Hamon Claxton, of this parish.=Alice, d. of John Cocket, of Ampton, Esq.

William Claxton, of Cheston.= Elizabeth, dau. of John Throgmorton, of Allhallows, in South Elmham.
Mary Browne, of  = John Claxton, Esq., = Elinor, dau. of Thomas Sydney, of Waisingham in Norfolk, Norfolk, 1st wife [    of this parish.              2nd wife.

Hamon and Elizabeth Claxton.                    Thomasine Claxton.

Hamon, second son of the above William Claxton, and Elizabeth his wife, resided at Great Livermere, in this county; in the account of which parish his descent will be noticed.

ARMS. Claxton: gules; on a fess, between three hedgehogs, argent, an escutcheon of pretence, barry of ten, of the 2nd, azure; a canton, ermine.

CHARITIES. The town estate here is a farm, comprising a house, barn, stable, and about 30 acres of land, called "Cheston Town Farm." It has been vested in trustees since the reign of Henry VII., for the repairs of the church, and other charges to be imposed upon the town of Cheston; and is at present let for 30 a year. The rent is applied as the trust directs. An alrnshouse, in three tenements, with a small piece of ground, divided into separate gardens, was settled in trustees, by Henry Claxton, by deed dated in 1575, for the use of the poor inhabitants of this parish: the premises are occupied by three poor families. An annuity of 20s. payable out of three acres of land, in Cookley, called "Bowers," and a common way leading from Walpole towards Harleston, was granted and assigned by the Rev. Thomas Sagar, vicar of Chediston, to trustees, to be distributed to the most needy poor of that parish on St. Thomas's day. This annuity is paid by Lord Huntingfield, the owner of the property charged. The annual sum received from Henry Smith's charity, at present varies from 15 to 20; which is given away to poor persons of the parish in meal, in quantities according to the size of their families.

County of Suffolk

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

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