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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 this county.

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.

County of Suffolk

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

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