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Westhall or Westhale

In the 13th of King Henry III., Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, obtained the lordship of this parish, in exchange for that of Camel, in Somersetshire, which he held of the grant of King John. In the 9th of King Edward I., it was in the possession of Robt. de Aspale, as lord thereof.

In 1474, Thomas Crofts, of Westhall, in Suffolk, was buried in St. Mary's chapel, in St. Andrew's church, in that parish; and devised his manor in Windham, called Stalworthy's, to be sold. He had probably some interest here.

The Bohun family were possessed of this lordship from the time of King Henry VIII.; of whom was Edmund Bohun, a native of Ringsfield, in Wangford hundred, a political and miscellaneous writer, living at the end of the 17th century, in this parish. He was owner of Dale Hall, in Whitton, near Ipswich, and of lands in Brampton.

In 1657, Robert Brooke, Esq., only surviving son of Sir Robt. Brooke, of Yoxford, Knt., was owner of Westhall Lodge; but the widow of John Brooke, Esq., his elder brother, held it for life. It was bought by Alderman Brooke, father of Sir Robert, of the heir of Sir Owen Hopton, Knt. Jacon's Hall and Fitz John were lately vested in George St. Vincent Wilson, Esq., of Redgrave Hall, in this county.

The patronage of this church was formerly in the Prior and Convent of Hulverstain, in Lincolnshire; of whom the Prior and Con-vent of Norwich purchased the same; and it now belongs to the Dean and Chapter of that Cathedral. Edward Hatton, A.M., rector of Brampton, and vicar of this parish, held the second, or treasurer's Prebend, in the said Cathedral: installed November 28, 1604. The south and west doors of Westhall church form good specimens of the ornaments and moldings used during the period when the Norman style of architecture prevailed.1

CHARITIES. In 1717, Ann the wife of the Rev. Gregory Clarke, desired by her will, that 1 6s. a year should be paid, after her husband's decease, by his heirs, executors, or assigns, to the vicar of this parish; to be by him applied to the teaching poor children to read. Her husband also bequeathed, in 1726, an annuity of 1 12s., for the same purpose. The two annuities are received, as a rent charge, from an estate in Westhall, now the property of Mrs. Woodhall, and are paid to a schoolmistress, for teaching five poor children, nominated by the vicar, to read.

1. See Davy's etchings of the "Architectural Antiquities of Suffolk.''

County of Suffolk

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

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