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Walpoole or Walepola

In the 5th of King Edward I., this was the lordship of Walter de Norwich, Baron of the Exchequer, who in that year obtained free warren in all his demesne lands in this parish; he was succeeded by Sir John de Norwich, his son and heir, who, in 1302, procured from the said Monarch, another charter of free warren for this and other of his estates in Mettingham, Mells, Wenhaston, Shipmeadow, &c. John de Norwich, his grandson, succeeded.

The church was impropriated to the Nunnery of Redingfield;. and, at the dissolution of that house, was granted to Robert and Richard Taverner. Lord Hunting-field is now lord of the manor of Walpoole, with Chickering. The patronage of the church is in the venerable Archdeacon Philpot: present incumbent, the Rev. Wm. Graham Cole.

CHARITIES. The town estate has been held, from a remote time, in trust for the only use and benefit of the inhabitants; part of which, consisting of an old town house, with yards, and a small piece of ground adjoining, was let to the Rev. Benjamin Philpot, the late rector, for a term of 40 years, from October 10, 1824, at the yearly rent of 7s. 6d.; the lessee stipulating to take down the old town house, and erect a new one, which he has since done. Other part of the property, consisting of about an acre of ground, called the "Clink," was also let, in 1800, to the Rev. B. Philpot, on lease for 99 years, at the yearly rent of 1. Three acres of land, the remainder of the estate, let at 7 per annum. The rents are applied with the church rate, conformable to custom. In 1701, Thomas Neale gave, by will, 2 10s. a year, to be employed towards teaching five poor children, of the poorest parents, to read the Bible; and 10s. a year to buy Bibles, or other religious books; which is expended accordingly.

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

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