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12th century

This is the earliest original document in the Record Office (SROI: HD1538/7/folio 38). It does not contain a date but it must have been written between 1100 (when Henry came to the throne) and 1119, when Herbert Losinga, Bishop of Norwich, one of the witnesses died.

The charter confirms the lands, churches and tithes given to the Priory by its founder Robert Malet and his sister Beatrix. Although set up for spiritual purposes, religious houses became large landowners in the Middle Ages.

The charter is part of the collection known as the Iveagh Manuscripts, collected and preserved by Thomas Martin.

2 thoughts on “12th century”

  1. Avril Pierssene says:

    I’m researching the history of Gissing Church in Norfolk and need to know who gave the church to Butley Abbey in Suffolk (twelfth or thirteenth century). According to Blomefield’s History of Norfolk details are given in Suffolk Charter 191 in which is a confirmation by the prior and convent of Norwich, and that it was given by John son of Geoffrey in 1209. I’ve not been able to find out who John is who gave the church or seen a transcript of this charter (the original is apparently in the Bodleian Library in Oxford but I’ve failed to get sight of this). It would presumably tell me who gave Gissing church to Butley Abbey. Can you help please? Do you have any documents relating to Butley Abbey (Priory) that gives details of gifts to the Abbey which might name those who gave Gissing Church? I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you.

    1. Judith Stephenson says:

      Hi Avril, thanks for your query, I’ve passed it onto the Ipswich team who will have a quick look at the indexes and get back to you.
      Best wishes

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