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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, in Normandy.

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, engrailed, vert.

The author of Magna Britannia makes the lordship of this parish to belong to Richard Bruce.

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 miles.

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.

County of Suffolk

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

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