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Mettingham or Metingaham

In the 5th of King Edward III., Roger Gavel held the lordship of this parish. He was son of John Gavel, who lived at Yarmouth in the 10th of Edward L; son of Jeffrey Gavel, of the said town, by Alice his wife, daughter of Richard Fastolf.

In the 17th of King Edward III., Sir John de Norwich had license to make a Castle of his Manor House here, and another at Ling, in Norfolk; and in the 47th of the same reign, Sir John de Norwich, the last of that house, conveyed to certain trustees that lordship, with the manor of Howe, in Norfolk; to settle them on his College of Mettingham; and in the 5th of King Richard II., they became settled accordingly.

This Sir John de Norwich, Knt., was Vice-Admiral of England, son of Walter de Norwich, and grandson to Sir John, the founder of Raveningham College, in Norfolk. In 1382, his executors obtained the King's license to translate the priests of that College to the Castle of Mettingham; and to endow them with the said Castle, and with several manors in this county. This however, was .not fully effected until 1393; being retarded through opposition from the Nuns of Bungay.

This College had rents and revenues in about 25 parishes in this county, and several in Norfolk: it was dedicated to the blessed Virgin Mary; and consisted of thirteen Chaplains, at the period of its foundation; and a Master, and eleven Chaplains, in 1535. Here were also fourteen boys, who served God, and were educated and supported in this College, at the annual charge of 28. Its gross value, in "Valor Ecclesiasticus," is; 238 3s. 10d.

In 1541, Sir Anthony Denny and Sir Thomas Denny, obtained a grant of the same; in which family it sometime continued, but was afterwards purchased by the Buxtons. It has since 1661, been in the families of Bacon and Hunt; and it now belongs to the Rev. James Cutting Safford, vicar of this parish.

In 1544, the roof of this College was carried to Great Yarmouth, and placed upon the old Guild Hall there, at the expense of the townsmen. The walls of the College are still standing within the old quadrangular Castle, and the ruins are very extensive; several illustrations of them have been published.

College Arms: per pale, azure and gules, a lion rampant, argent. Mettingham: or; a chevron, partee per pale, or and gules, couped; between three mullets, sable.

John de Metingham, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in the reign of King Edward III. (a descendant of the Norwich family), was a native of this county, and probably born in this parish; of whom Fuller observes, "it is reported, to his eternal praise, that when the rest of the Judges (18 Edw. III.) were fined, and ousted for corruption, this Metingham and Elias de Beckenham continued in their places, whose innocence was of proof against all accusations; and as Caleb and Joshua amongst the jury of false spies, so these two amongst the twelve judges, retained their integrity."

In the 20th of the same reign, the King directed a writ to John de Metingham, respecting limiting the number of Attorneys at Law. A translation of the same is inserted in the above author, as follows:

"The lord the King hath enjoined John de Metingham and his-assistants, that they, according to their discretion, provide and ordain a certain number out of every county, of such persons which, according to their understanding, shall appear unto them of the better sort, and most legal, and most willingly applying themselves to the learning of the law, what may better avail for their court, and the good of the people of the land, &c. And it seem likely to the King and his Counsel, that seven score may suffice for that purpose. However, the aforesaid Justices may add more if they see ought to he done, or else they may lessen the number."

"Some conceive," continues our author, "this number of seven score confined only to the Common Pleas, whereof Metingham was Chief Justice. But others behold it as extended to the whole land, this Judge's known integrity being intrusted in their choice and number; which number is since much increased, and no wonder, our land being grown more populous, and the people in it more litigious. He died anno Domini 1301."

In the time of King Henry VI., a branch of the Banyard family were seated in this parish; and subsequently the ancestors of the present Sir Thomas Sherlock Gooch, Bart.

CHARITIES. The town estate is situate in this parish, and Ship-meadow; and comprises a cottage, blacksmith's shop, about 36 acres of land, and two cattle gates on Stow Fen; and is under the management of feoffees, chosen at meetings of the parishioners. The general purposes for which the estate appears to have been held from ancient time, are for the benefit of the town or parish of Mettingham, the payment of the public charges of the parishioners, and the support of the poor. The rents, which amount together to 80 a year, are applied in the reparation of the church, and in defraying other public charges to which the parishioners are liable; with a distribution of coals amongst poor people, to the amount of about 10 per annum.

County of Suffolk

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

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