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Falkenham Parish

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In the time of King Henry I., this lordship was held by Sir Robert de Sackville, Knt., of the honour of Eye. His descendants were seated at Buckhurst, in Sussex, and were ancestors of the Dukes of Dorset and Middlesex. This manor, with divers others in the county, were given in exchange for the castle, manor, and chase of Rising, in Norfolk, to King Henry VIII., in the 36th year of his reign, by Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, and his son Henry, Earl of Arundel and Surry.

The priory of Dodnash, in Bentley, was endowed with the tythe of barley in this parish. The vicarage was granted to Cardinal Wolsey, for the endowment of his college in Ipswich, and is now vested in the Crown: the present incumbent is the Rev. John Edgar, of Felixstow; who has lately, at his sole expense, repaired and ornamented the church.

There are two manors in Falkenham, Dodnash, and Russells, formerly vested in the Barker's, of Trimley. The former is at present in his Grace the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, and the latter in Richard Norton Cartwright, of Ixworth Abbey, Esq.

CHARITIES. In 1625, the Rev. John Webb devised a copyhold estate in this parish for the poor, not receiving parochial relief: it comprises three cottages, in tenements, with a garden, and about 4 A. 1R. of land, let at rents amounting to 15 6s. a year; which, after deducting for quit rents and repairs, is distributed annually among poor persons, by the trustees and churchwardens.

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

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