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Harkstead or Herchesteda

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Harkstead, or Herchesteda

In the Domesday Book, Odo de Campania, Earl of Albermarle and Holderness, was lord of this manor; which was afterwards granted to the Nunnery of Dartford, in Kent, by King Edward III.; and at the dissolution of that Monastery, 31st Henry VIII., it was granted to Sir Percival Hart. It afterwards belonged to a family named Cocks, who, with the advowson and the manor house, sold it to Knox Ward, Clarencieux King at Arms; whose heir sold it, the manor, and lands, to Thomas Staunton, Esq., many years M.P. for Ipswich; and the advowson to the Rev. Richard Canning, who edited the 2nd edition of the "Suffolk Traveller," printed in 1764. The property now belongs to the Venerable the Archdeacon Berners, of Woolverstone Park; and his second son, the Rev. Ralph Berners, is now rector of this parish, and of Erwarton.

In the 9th of King Edward I., William le Brittone, was owner of a lordship in this parish.

Robert, second son of William Whettell, Gent., citizen and merchant taylor of London, and younger brother of William Whettell, Esq., of Ampton, in this county, married Margaret, daughter and co-heir of George Sampson, Gent., owner of an estate and manor in this parish, called Netherhall; which property Mr. Sampson devised to Margaret, his wife, during the minority of George, his only son; who survived only six years, when it devolved to Elizabeth, Frances, Susan, and Margaret, his sisters and co-heirs

Robert Whettell, and Margaret, his wife, purchased the other sisters' shares; whereby they became lawfully seized of this estate in fee simple. He died about 1607, and his widow remarried to Francis Colby, Gent. Some litigation took place between the widow, her second husband, and William Whettell, Esq., respecting money transactions; which became, at length, amicably adjusted by the
sale of this Netherhall estate, in 1618, to Richard Sutton, of Acton, in Middlesex, Esq.

Nicholas Locke, A.M., rector of this parish, and Uggeshall, in this county, was appointed, by letters patent from the Bishop of Norwich, in 1561, Commissary of Suffolk Archdeaconry; and also Official to the Archdeacon of Sudbury.

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

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