Sir John de Verdon removed to this parish in 1328, from Brisingham, in Norfolk,
where his ancestors had resided for many generations. Sir Thomas de Verdon, his
grandson, succeeded, who survived but a few months; when Sir John de Verdon,
second son of the said Sir John de Verdon, and Maud his wife, inherited.
In 1365, the said Sir John de Verdon, settled this estate upon Isabel, his
second wife, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Visdelieu, of Shotley, in this
county, Knt.; and by this settlement it descended to their only daughter Isabel,
who married Sir Imbert Noon, of Shelfhanger, in Norfolk, in or about 1408.
Sir Henry Noon, Knt , succeeded; whose son and heir, Henry Noon, Esq., greatly
increased his fortune by his valiant exploits. He was the constant attendant of
King Henry V., in the French wars, where he behaved so gallantly, that his
Majesty rewarded him with a grant of the castle, lands, and lordship, of Tonde,
He died in 1465, leaving his estate to Elizabeth his wife, during the minority
of Henry his son, and then to him and his heirs. This property continued for
several descents in the said family, until the death of Henry Noon, who married
Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Wingfield, of Letheringham, in this county, Knt.1
ARMS. Verdon: sable; a lion rampant, argent. Noon: or, a cross,
The author of Magna Britannia makes the lordship of this parish to belong to
The Prior and Convent at Woodbridge held rents, lands, and a mill, in this
parish, valued at 79s.
In 1764, the Goodwin's held the lordship and advowson here; and it is now vested
in Mr. Doughty, of Hoxne.
Mem. January 18, 1804, the garrison of Ipswich marched from thence to
this parish; where they were joined by the troops from Woodbridge, under the
command of Majors General Lord Charles Fitzroy, Lord Paget, and Major General
Smith. The troops, nearly 10,000 in number, presented a front of upwards of two
A few years since, some laborers employed on the estate of the late Miss Capper,
in this parish, discovered, in removing an old bank, a considerable quantity of
ancient brass instruments, called "Celts," some of which are now deposited in
the Museum of the Literary Institution, Ipswich.
1. For a more particular account of the Noon family,
consult Blomefield's History of Norfolk, under the head of Shelf hanger.
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