Thorington or Torentuna
In 1302, King Edward I. granted to Sir John de Norwich, Knt., and his heirs,
free warren in all his demesne in this parish; he devised the same to his
grandson, who died possessed thereof, leaving it to Catherine de Brews, daughter
of Thomas de Clavering, his cousin and heir, who became a nun; when it passed to
William de Ufford, as next heir.
It subsequently became the inheritance of Henry Coke, Esq., fifth son of Sir
Edward Coke, of Mileham in Norfolk, Lord Chief Justice of England, by Bridget
his first wife, daughter and coheir of John Paston, Esq., of Huntingfield Hall,
in this county. Mr. Coke married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Richard
Lovelace, Esq., of Kingsdown, in Kent. He died in 1661, and was buried at
He was succeeded by Richard Coke, Esq., his eldest son and heir, who married
Mary, daughter of Sir John Rous, of Henham Hall, in this county Bart., and left
an only son, Robert Coke, Esq.; who, upon the decease of his cousin, John Coke,
Esq., of Holkham, in Norfolk, unmarried, inherited that estate; and thus became
possessed of the chief part of the property of his great grandfather, Sir Edward
Coke. He married Lady Anne Osborne, daughter of Thomas, first Duke of Leeds,
Lord Treasurer of England; and was succeeded, at at his decease, in 1679, by his
only son, Edward Coke, Esq., of Holkham.
Thorington Hall afterwards became the estate and residence of Alexander, second
son of Edmund Bence, Esq., of Benhall and Aldeburgh, by Mary his wife, daughter
of Sir Francis Gallop, Knt. He was baptized at Benhall in 1671: was High Sheriff
for this county in 1 733; and married Christian, daughter of Sir Anthony Deane,
Knt., of London.
Mr. Bence deceased in 1759, and left an only surviving daughter, Anne, of
Thorington Hall; born in 1714, married in 1762, to George Golding, Esq., of
Poslingford, in Bisbridge hundred; by whom she had no issue: he died in 1803.
Mrs. Golding deceased in 1794, and was succeeded in this parish by her first
cousin, the Rev. Bence Sparrow, rector of Beccles.
He was second son of Robert Sparrow, Esq., of Worlingham, in this county, by
Anne his wife, the daughter of Robert Bence Esq., of Henstead (a younger brother
of the above Alexander Bence, Esq.), by Mary his wife, daughter and heir of
Lawrence E chard, clerk, of Henstead. He assumed, by sign manuel, in 1804, the
surname and arms of Bence, and died in 1824; when Henry Bence Bence, Esq.,
Lieutenant- Colonel in the East Suffolk Militia, his eldest son and heir,
succeeded; who is the present possessor of the manor, and patron of the
ARMS. Coke: party, per pale, gules and azure; three eagles
displayed, argent. Bence: argent; on a cross between four frets, gules, a castle
of the first.
Thorington Hall now belongs to Charles Day, Esq.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page