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In the 38th of Henry VI., Robert Banyard, Esq., resided in this parish; and in 1426, John Bacon, of Baconsthorp, in Norfolk, Esq., married Margaret, his daughter and heir; on whom Barnard's manor, in this parish, was settled.

He died in 1462, and Thomas Bacon their son, succeeded, and died about 1485, leaving two daughters and co-heirs, by Margery, daughter of John Jenny, Esq. Elizabeth, who married Sir John Glemham, of Glemham Parva, Knt.; and Anne, who married Robert Garneys, of Kenton, in this county, Esq.

The Bacons however appear to have retained some interest here; as Robert, eldest son and heir of Richard Bacon, of Harleston, in Norfolk, resided in this parish. The said Richard Bacon died about 1526, and was buried at Redenhall, in Norfolk; and in 1542, Thomas Tyndale, and Osbert Mundeford, Esqrs., conveyed the manor of Holebrook (or Gawdy Hall), in Redenhall, to the said Robert Bacon. He married Anne, daughter of Robert Kemp, of Gissing, in Norfolk; and Edward Bacon, Esq., was their son and heir.

In the 5th of King Henry VIII., Sir William Sydney, of Walsingham, in Norfolk, delivered and confirmed to Roger, eldest son of Sir John Townsend, Knt., Judge of the Common Pleas (to fulfill the will of his father), all the lands, tenement, rents, and services, of Scroby, Rivet's manor, &c., in this parish; which he held jointly with Sir Roger, the Judge, William Gournay, and others, of the grant of John Hoo, of Blyburgh, and Sir John Heveningham.

The Rev. Joseph Gunning, M.A., rector of this parish, and vicar of Sutton, and formerly of Christ Church College, Oxford, died at Woodbridge, Dec. 11, 1806. As a classical scholar, Mr. Gunning's attainments were of the first order, attempered with much wit and pleasantry, which will be long remembered by a respectable class of pupils, under his care at an early period of their education.

In the time of King Charles, William Downing, Gent., resided in this parish; and George Downing, Gent., married Dorcas, daughter of William Blois, Esq., of Grundisburgh. They were members of a family of very ancient descent, long since seated in Essex, who were honored with the title of Baronets in 1663; one of whom, the Right Hon. Sir George Downing, Bart., Knight of the Bath, was the munificent founder of Downing College, Cambridge.

ARMS. Baniard (of Speckshall): sable; on a fess, between two chevronels, or, as many annulets united, of the field. Downing: barry of eight; argent and vert; over all, a gryphon rampant, or.

CHARITIES. The poors' land of this parish, of which the original acquisition is unknown, consists of five acres of copyhold land, in the parish of Holton, which is let at 7 10s. a year; and the rent is given among poor people in the way of occasional relief.

County of Suffolk

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

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