Linstead (Great And Little) or Linestede
Roger, son of William de Huntingfield, founder of the Priory of Cluniac Monks,
at Mendham, gave the church of St. Margaret, of Linstead, and half the church of
St. Peter, to that Monastery; and previous to its dissolution, both these
impropriations were held by the said Prior and monks. The present patron is the
Eight Hon. Joshua Vanneck, Baron Huntingfield, of Heveningham Hall. Perpetual
Curate, the Rev. S. B. Turner.
The Abbot and Cistertian Monks of Sibton, held the lordship of Little Linstead;
which, in 1536, two years before the act for dissolving the greater Monasteries,
was, together with all the estates belonging to that house, sold to Thomas Duke
of Norfolk; and the same was confirmed to the said Duke, by statute, in the 31st
of King Henry VIII.
In the time of Queen Elizabeth, a branch of the Everard1 family were
concerned in one or both of these parishes. Richard Everard, by will, dated in
1566, gave the manor of Fitton's, in St. German's Wigenhale, in Norfolk, to John
Everard; and by an inquisition taken at Hoxne, in this county, in the 15th of
that reign, on the death of John Everard, the jury find that he died seized of
it, with certain messuages, lands, &c., in the said parish, and Islington, in
the same county, without issue; and that Henry Everard, of this parish, was his
cousin and heir.
Anne, daughter of Henry Everard, of this parish, Esq., married Thomas, son and
heir of Edmund de Grey, Esq., of Merton, in Norfolk. He died in 1562.
Agnes, daughter and co-heir of William Everard, of Linstead, married William,
second son of Sir Edward Paston, of Appleton, in Norfolk. She died in 1676, aged
Thomas Gavell, of Kirkeby-Kam, in Norfolk, married Anne, daughter of Henry
Everard, of this parish, Esq. This Thomas died in 1522, leaving four daughters
and co-heirs, one of whom, Elizabeth, married to John Cooke, Esq.
By this match it would appear, the Cookes might possess property here; for about
the 31st of Queen Elizabeth, Wm. Cooke, sen., Gent., resided at Linstead. He
married Mary, one of the daughters and co -heirs of Ralph Shelton, Esq., and
Prudence his wife, daughter and co-heir of Edward Calthorpe, Esq.
William Cooke, Esq., their son, married Mary, daughter and co-heir of Thomas
Astley, of Melton Constable, in Norfolk, Esq. He was father of William Cooke, of
Brome, in the same county, Esq., created a Baronet in 1663.
ARMS. Ecerard: argent; a fess wavy, between three estoils, gules.
Cooke: gules; on a fess, or, three trefoils, azure: in chief, a lion
CHARITIES. The town estate belonging to the Chapelry of Lower Linstead,
consists of a house, which is of copyhold tenure, with a small garden, and about
an acre-and-half of land adjoining, let at £9
per annum. The rents of this property have always, as long as can be traced,
been applied by the chapel warden, for the repairs of the house, the repairs of
the chapel, and payment of other charges of the chapel warden's office.
1. "On the north brink of the river, between Wisbech St. Peter
and St. Mary, stood an ancient mansion, called White Hall, formerly the
residence of a family of repute, of the name of Everard, settled there as early
as 1300. The name of John Everard, Esq., occurs in certain presentments relative
to straitening the river, in 1438; and when King Edward VI. granted the charter
to the town of Wisbech, Richard Everard, Esq., was therein nominated one of the
ten men, his name standing second, and next to the brother of the then Lord
Bishop. "Watson's History of Wiebech, p. 451.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page