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Sibetuna, Sybetone or Sibbetuna

Walter, a younger brother of William de Malet, a Norman Baron, held this lordship, and was progenitor of the ancient and illustrious house of Peyton. His second son, Reginald de Peyton, being the personage who first assumed the name, is considered the founder of that family.

This Walter de Cadomo was enfeoffed in the Barony of Horseford, in Norfolk, to be held of the honor of Eye, where he built a castle, and had a large park and chase surrounding it, in ancient deeds termed the "Forest of Horseford." Robert his son, married Sybilla, daughter and heiress of Ralph de Cheyney, and is often called Robert Fitz Walter; by her he had issue three sons, who assumed the name of De Cheyney. William, the youngest, was lord of Horseford, and living in the 2nd of King Henry I.; he was sometimes styled William de Norwich.

He was founder of the Cistertian Abbey of White Monks, in this parish, in the year 1149; and endowed it extensively with manors. lands, and possessions, in this diocese. He gave Friers manor, in Shelfhanger, in Norfolk, formerly the possession of Edric the falconer, his great grandsire; with which Robert Lord Malet, enfeoffed his brother, Walter de Cadomo. At that period this lordship was very small, but soon after became augmented by divers other grants. The revenues of this Monastery received considerable additions from the pious contributions of the lady Margaret de Cressy, the founder's eldest daughter and co-heiress; and various other benefactors: all which donations were confirmed by charters of King Henry II. and Henry III.

Clementia and Sara, the other daughters and co-heirs of William de Cheyney, were also benefactors to this house; the former married to Jordan de Sackvile, and the latter to Richard de Engaine. The ancient family of De Wyndesore, who subsequently assumed the name of De Senges (or Seething), were also liberal benefactors to this Monastery.

In the 52nd of King Henry III., a fine was levied between Whiter de Wyndesore, querent, and Richard, Abbot of Sibton, deforciant; that whereas the Abbot was obliged to find two monks to celebrate divine service for the soul's health of Hugh de Wyndesore, and Christian his wife, and of the ancestors and successors of the said Walter, in the chapel of Senges; and to find for Walter a convenient chamber in the Abbey for himself and a boy, with necessary diet and clothing, and competent provender for one horse, which the Abbot had denied him; the Abbot hereby grants to Walter, that he would perform the said covenants, of finding two chaplains to say a mass of St. Mary, and another De Defunctis every day, in the said chapel, for the health of Hugh de Wyndesore and Christian his wife, ancestors of Walter; and to pay Walter, eight marks per annum, and two boots of the price of 18d., or that sum in money: and Walter released all the rest.

In 1536, two years prior to the Act for dissolving the greater Monasteries, the Abbot and Convent sold to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, the site and all the estates belonging to this Monastery; which grant was confirmed to the Duke by statute of the 31st of King Henry VIII.

Sibton Abbey was granted, at the dissolution, to Thomas God-salve, Esq., by Thomas, Duke of Norfolk. His son, Sir Thomas Godsalve, died seized of it, in the time of Philip and Mary. He was a person of great note; and at the Coronation of Edward VI., wag created Knight of the Carpet, and was afterwards Comptroller of the Mint.1

The Earl of Suffolk afterwards held this property; and, in the 8th of James I., it was purchased by John Scrivener, Esq., who built a commodious house, and resided here, in 1655. He was son of Ralph Scrivener, of Belstead, Esq., Portman of Ipswich, Councilor at Law, and sometime Justice of Peace. His son Thomas Scrivener, Gent., married Mary, only daughter and heir of William Bedingfield, of Fressingfield, Gent.

In 1764, Charles Scrivener, Esq., was owner thereof; whose sister and heiress, Anne Scrivener, married the Rev. Thomas Freston, LL.E., vicar of Cratfield; and this manor and estate passed to John Freston, their son and heir, who took the name of Scrivener: and from him, to his only daughter and heir, Dorothea Fisher, wife of the late Bishop of Salisbury, lately deceased. John Frederick Pike, Esq., who married the eldest daughter of the Bishop, by Dorothea Scrivener, lately assumed the surname of Scrivener; and is the present owner of this property. The house is pulled down.

In the time of King Charles I., Edmund Barker resided, and was owner of a good estate, in this parish. He was son of Edmund, son of John Chapman (alias Barker), of Sibton, Gent. It continued in the Barker family five or six generations, and was since in Mileson Edgar, Esq., as heir to a Mr. Bloss, stationer, in London; who purchased it of the heiress of the Barker family. It was since purchased by Mr. Clayton; and is now the property, by purchase, of Robert Sayer, Esq., who has erected a handsome modern mansion, on another site, in Sibton Park.

Engravings of some singular tiles dug up in the ruins of Sibton Abbey, appeared in the "Gentleman's Magazine," for 1806, p. 17; and views of the remains of the Abbey, in "Excursions through Suffolk," also in "Davy's Architectural Antiquities." An Hospital, founded probably by the Abbot and Convent, was placed at the Abbey-gate: and for the better support of the same, Simon de Walton, Bishop of Norwich, appropriated the church of St. Peter, at Cransford, in Plomesgate hundred. It went with the Abbey at the dissolution. No traces are now remaining.

Valuations in Tax. Eccles. 1291: Suffolk, in 40 parishes, 113 14s. ld.; Norfolk, in 16 ditto, 29 7s. 5d.; Cambridge, 8 8s.: total, 151 9s. 7d. Lib. Val. and Val. Eccles., gross value, 279 2s. lid. M.S. Val., in the Bishop's Registry, 200 15s. 7d.

Henry Jermyn, Esq., Barrister at Law, whose large collections, illustrative of the topography and antiquities of Suffolk, were previously noticed in the introduction to this work, resided in this parish. He deceased Nov. 27, 1820; in the 53rd year of his age.

CHARITIES. This property is under the management of the churchwardens, and consists of the following particulars: a house called the Town House, with a small garden, let in four tenements, at rents amounting together to 12 a year; apiece of land, 1 A. 1R. 7p., adjoining the glebe, let at l 15s. a year; three pieces of land in Huntingfield, containing together 11A. 1R. 30p., these let at 17 a year; a house, and three pieces of land, containing together, 3A. 3R. 24p., in Badingham, let at 7 per annum. As to this property, 2 12s. a year is applied in the purchase of bread, according to a bequest of Edmund Cutting, in 1639; and the residue is applied to the general purposes of repairing the church, and defraying other expenses incidental to the office of the churchwardens. By deed, dated March 17, 1719, John Scrivener, and Dorothea Scrivener his sister, settled an estate in Sibton and Peasenhall to the following uses: viz., that one half of the rents should be paid to the vicar of this parish, to read morning service in the church every Wednesday, Friday, and holy-day in the year; and that the other moiety should be employed for erecting a school room in the parish of Sibton, for teaching poor children, whose parents dwelt within the same, and were not able to bear the charge thereof, in the English tongue, writing, and arithmetic; and in the principles of the church of England, and for putting out apprentices. The property comprises a building used as a schoolroom, and 32A. 0R. 32p. of land, which lets at 55 a year: one half of the rent is paid to the vicar, and the other half applied for the support of a school.

1. A portrait of him was engraved by Clamp, from a miniature in the Bodleian Library, at Oxford.

County of Suffolk

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

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