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Shelley Parish

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Shelli or Shelleighe

The manor of Shelley belonged to the family of Tateshale. In the 1st of Edward L, Robert de Tateshale died seized of it; and in the time of Henry IV., John de Orby and Adam Blyston, held it of the King, in capite, at the annual rent of 20d., as formerly belonging to Robert de Tateshale.

John de Ingham held a lordship in this parish, about 1272; of the barony of Tibenham, in Norfolk, the inheritance of the Tateshale family.

In the 5th of King Edward IV., John L'Estrange, of the city of Norwich, Esq., grandson and heir of John L'Estrange, Esq., of Hunstanton, in Norfolk, and Alice, his wife, daughter of Nicholas Bemant, of Pakenham, in this county, and of Maud, his wife, sister of Nicholas Pike, deceased, late of Colchester, in Essex, released all his right in this manor, to Sir John Howard, John Clopton, and others, in trust.

He died in 1476, without issue; and Henry L'Estrange, his brother, succeeded: he married Catherine, daughter of Roger Drury, of Hawstead, in this county, Esq.; and died in 1483, seized of manors in Pakenham and Stowlangtoft, in this county.

In the 9th of King Edward II., the Hall was the seat of John de Appleby; and afterwards it came to the Knightly family of Tilney, who also held considerable estates in Stonham Aspal, East Bergholt, Cowlinge, and Hadleigh. Sir Frederick Tilney was the last of the name in Shelley: he married a daughter of Sir Francis Needham, of Barking, Knt., and sold the estate, about 1627, to Thomas Kerrick, Esq., who married a daughter of Sir Martin Lumley, of Bardfield Magna, in Essex, Bart. He served the office of High Sheriff of Suffolk, in 1647.

It afterwards passed into the family of Rush, by purchase, and is now the property of Sir William B. Rush.

ARMS. Tateshale: cheque, or and gules; a chief, ermine.

L'Estrange: gules; two lyoncels passant, argent. Tilney: argent; a chevron between three griffins' heads, erased, gules.

The church was impropriated to the Abbey of Battle, in Sussex; and, at the dissolution, the impropriation, and the lands called "Kernelscroft," and "Wytherseys,"otherwise "Gerwayes," were granted to Lawrence Baskervile and William Blake.

County of Suffolk

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

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