In the 21st of King Henry III., Henry Colvile had wreck of the sea in this
parish. In the 33rd of King Henry VI., it appears that William Bonds, and
others, conveyed to John Southwell, and Alice his wife, the manors of Elgh and
Pakefield; she was, it is said, his second wife, probably daughter and
co-heiress of Sir Edmund Berry, and relict of Sir Thomas Bardolph, of Elgh, in
In the 29th of the above reign, John Southwell was Member of Parliament for
Lewes, in Sussex; and lived at Barham Hall, in this county.
The manor of Rotherhall, in this parish, was lately vested in John Morse, Esq.,
of Norwich. The rectory was in medieties; Sir John Playters had one mediety, and
Mr. North the other; the two were afterwards consolidated, and each presented
alternately: it was subsequently in the Sparrow family only.
CHARITIES. The town estate comprises the site of three tenements, and a
piece of land, containing IA. SR., or thereabouts; on part of which two
tenements have been erected, and a school-room on the other part: the remainder
is let in lots, or small parcels, to poor persons, at rents amounting in the
whole, to £3 7s. a year; which are applied
to the reparation of the parish church. A piece of ground, of 15 acres, awarded
on an inclosure, in trust for the poor, lets for about
£20 a year; and the rents are laid out in
the purchase of coals, which are distributed among the poor. Mary Selling, by
her will, dated in 1687, charged her lands in this parish (now the property of
John Machett, Esq.), with 20s. a year; to be given to the poor of Pakefield.
Mrs. Dodd, who died in the year 1814, by her will, desired so much money as
would purchase £5 a year interest, might be
invested in the public funds; and that the same should be equally divided
annually at Pakefield church, to ten poor aged persons, of the parishes of
Pakefield and Kirkley, not under sixty years of age, and who should be in the
habit of frequenting their parish churches every Sunday, except prevented by
sickness or bodily infirmity.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page