The lordship and advowson of this parish were vested in the Prior and Convent of
Snape; and since purchased by Sir Henry Johnson, Knt., who built Friston Hall,
and resided there. It afterwards passed to Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Stratford,
who married Anne, daughter and heiress of the said Sir H. Johnson; and continued
in that house until the death of Frederick Thomas Wentworth, 3rd Earl of
Strafford, in 1799, when the Earldom became extinct. It has since been vested in
the house of Howard, of Stoke Poges, in Buckinghamshire.
The Bacons, of this parish, were a distinguished branch of the great house of
Bacon, and derived in lineal descent, from James Bacon, Alderman and Sheriff of
London; third son of Robert Bacon, of Drinkstone, in this county, and Isabel his
wife, daughter of John Cage, of Pakenham, in the some county; and younger
brother of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the Lord Keeper. He deceased in 1573.
Sir James Bacon, Knt., of Friston, was eldest son of the above James Bacon, Esq.
Ho married the daughter and heiress of Francis Bacon, Esq. (a younger son of
Bacon, of Hessett); and was succeeded by his son, Nathaniel Bacon, Esq., of this
parish; who married Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas le Gross, Knt., of Sloley, in
Norfolk, by Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Sir Charles Cornwallis, of Broome,
in this county.
Mr. Bacon left issue two daughters, namely, Elizabeth, married to Nathaniel,
second son of Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston, Knt., and Anne, who died unmarried;
also a son and successor, Thomas Bacon, Esq., who married Elizabeth, daughter of
Sir Robert Brook, of Yoxford, in this county.
He was succeeded by his son, Nathaniel Bacon, Esq., of Friston; who left at his
decease, an only daughter and heiress, Mary Bacon, who married Hugh Chamberlen,1
Esq., M.D., of Alderton, and Hinton Hall, in Suffolk; and left three daughters
CHARITIES. In 1802, the Rev. John Lambert bequeathed to this parish£
200; the interest thereof to be distributed, at Christmas, to poor housekeepers,
that do not receive pay of the parish. This is invested in stock, 3 per cent,
consols; and the dividends distributed in equal sums, as directed.
1. Dr. Chamberlen was a physician of London, of great
eminence about the Court, as Physician to Queen Anne.
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