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Account of Merton, Norfolke.

11 De Grey, son of William de Grey, esq. 'west of the house measure 23 ft. 4 in. by Elizabeth, sister and co-heiress of in circumference, six feet from the Thomas Bedingheld, esq. of Darshamn, ground; and another to the Southin Suffolk. 2. Mrs. De Grey, wife of east, not far from the road, is 18.ft. the above Thomas, and daughter of '8 in. in circumference, six feet from Williain Windbam, esq. of Felbrigg, the ground. A very handsome lime in Norfolk. 3. Thomas De Greyť tree, now growing freely, a short dis(son of the above), full length, in a mi tance Norih from the Hall, meesures litary dress. 4. Mrs. De Grey, wife from the extremity of the branches on of the last mentioned Thomas De Grey, one side, across to the extremity of the and danghter of Fisher, e:q. of branches on the other side, 74 fr.; and Bury St. Edınund's. 5. Mr. Fisher, there are branches which would exfather; 6. Mrs. Fisher, mother; 7. tend 40 ft. from the body of the tree, Miss Fisher; 8. Miss Fisher, sisters but they turn up and grow perpendiof the fast named Mrs. De Grey. 9. cularly on the outside of ihe other Unknown.

branches The grounds surrounding the Hall The present noble owner has made are richly wonded. The park contains considerable and tasteful improvements a great quantity of capital timber. by plantations and different alterations. Many of ihe oaks are the growth of The parish of Merion contains (ex: centuries; one a liule to the South- clusive of ihe roads) 1:349 acres, 2 roods,

He was baptized at Merton, Aug. 13, 1680, choseo M. P. for Thetford 1705, and again 1708, and was afterwards Member for the County of Norfolk. He inarried Elizabeth, daughter of William Windham, esq. of Felbrigg, by whom he had six children: 1. Elizabeth, baptized in the parish of St. Anne, iu London, Nov. 1707. 2. Williain, born and baptized at Merton, Sept. 4, 1710, buried at Merton, Feb. 15, 1718. 3. Catherine, baptized at Merton, April 26, 1713. 4. Thomas, baptized at Merton, Sept. 29, 1717. 5. William, born July 7th, and baptized at Merton, Aug. 14, 1719. 6. Charlotte, buried at Merton, Aug. 8, 1727.

+ He was educated at Christ College, Cambridge, and was afterwards in the Secretary of State's Ofice. When the Norfolk militia was embodied, he served as Captain in the western battalion ; and in the year 1759, when the kingdom was threatened with an invasion, marched down to Portsmouth with that corps, of which he afterwards became Lieut.. Colooel. He was elected, without opposition, M. P. for the county of Norfolk, 1764, in room of Lord Viscount Townshend ; and in the year 1768, he was elected again, after a sharp contest, the numbers on the Poll being as follows :-Poll tuken at Norwich, March 23, 1768, Sir Edward Astley, bart. 2977—Thos. De Grey, esq. 2754—Sir Armine Wodehouse, bart. 2680_Wenman Coke, esq. 2610. He was held in universal estimation during his life, for his charity and goodness of heart; and his memory is now revered by all the neighbourbood. He died without lawful issue, and was buried, at his request, in the Churchyard, under the East window of the chancel, June 28, 1781, but“ not a stone tells where he lies." He was succeeded in his estates by bis younger brother William de Grey, who was born at Merton, July 7, and baptized Aug. 14, 1713. He was brought up to the Law, and educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge; practised afterwards with great eminence at the bar, was appointed one of his Majesty's Counsel, Jan. 30, 1758, was made Solicitor General, Dec. 16, 1764, Attorney General, Aug. 6, 1766, M. P. 1761, 1768, and 1770. He had the honour of knighthood conferred on him, and was constituted Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Jan. 26, 1771. His bad state of health obliged him to resigo his office, and his Majesty was graciously pleased to reward his great services by creating him Baron Walsingham, of Walsingham, in the county of Norfolk, by letters patent bearing date Oct. 17, 1780. He was married in the Chapel belonging to Sounerset House, Nov. 12. 1743, to Mary, daughter of William Cowper, esq. of Hartingfordbury Park, Dear Hertford, and first cousin to William Cowper the Poet. His Lordship died May 9, and was buried at Merton, May 17, 1781, leaving issue three children, William who died ; Charlotte, who married Joseph Windham, esq.; and Thomas, born July 14, 1749, made Groom of the Bedchamber, June 1771, one of the Lords of Trade June 1777; in Feb. 1778 he was Voder Secretary to Lord G. Germain, one of his Majesty's Secretaries of State for the American department; he was afterwards a Lord of Trade and Plantations, joint Post-master General, and many years Chairman of the Comniittees of the House of Lords. He married Georgiana-Elizabeth, daughter of Right Hon. William Irby, first Lord Buston, April 28, 1772, and was buried at Merton, Jan. 30, 1818, leaving issue i. Georgiana ; 9. Charlotte ; 3. George, the present' noble proprietor of Merton Hall; 4. Thomas, Archdeacon of Surrey ; and 5, Augusta.. This was kindly communicated to me by the late Mr. S. Tabrum, of Merton.


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Account of Merton, Norfolk

{July, of which 750 acres are arable, 382 marks, peter pence 19d. The 'temt pasture, meadow, and heath, 68 plan- porals of the prior of Lewes were taxed tations and woods, 131 common, in at 41s. 34*, dų stands in the king's cluding the green, , 18 acres, 2-roods, books by the name of Marion, alias homesteads, including cottages and Merton, and is valued at 61. Os. 5d. and gardens.

being sworn of the clear, yearly value In 1821 there were 18. houses ; viz. of 401. 55. is discharged of first-fruits Merton Hall, I private house, four and tenths, and so is capable of aug. farm houses, 12 cottages, containing mentation. It is subject to the Arch22 tenements. . The number of inha, deacon of Norwich. bitants, in the same year, amounted to The Church, which is a very pleas. 162 ; viz. 78 males, and 84 females. sing object from every side, consists of Mary Codling, widow, aged 79, was a chancel, South aile, nave, North and the oldest person in the parish. South porch, and tower. · The chancel

From an Overseer's account-book, and South porch are tiled, the other beginning “ April the 6th day, 1675," parts are all leaded. The lower is it appears that ourly one person then round (a thing, not uncommon in this received parochial relief, “ John Rud- countyt), and has a small wooden nall, 8d. a weeke for 50 weekes," and spire surmounted by a vane. There that the whole poor rates and parish are three bells, thus inscribed : expences amounted to 11. 145. 6d. I

1. ANNO DOMINI 1564. continued my seareh through the book, 2. JOHN DRAPER. MADE.ME. 29. and adding together the parochial cx- 3. 10HN. DARBIE. MADE. ME. 1664, pences for 33 years, froin 1675 to 1707, both inclusive, I found them amount The lower part of the tower is lighted to 2871. Os. 4d. The Poor Rates of by a small round-headed window, to one year, 1822, were 2811. 45. 6d. the West, divided into two lights by a (having encreascd 741. 48. 6d. in 22 stone mullion; the upper pari has one years, from 1800).

round-headed window to each of the There is a School in the parish for cardinal points. The date of the tower the poor children, supported entirely may, I think, be safely fixed in the by the De Grey family.

The Church of Merton (see Piate I.) The nave is lofty, and is separated which is dedicated to St. Peter, stands from the tower by a plain circular arch, in the park, a short distance on the and from the aile by four sharp pointed right from the turnpike road leading arches upon three octagonal 'pillars: from Watton to Thetford. It was The entrance through the porch, on given by Jeffrey Baniard (Baynard), the North, is by a pointed arch. It is and confirmed by Roger Baniard his lighted on the North by iwo long, narson, and Full Baniard his grandson, ow, lancet-shaped windows, decorated to the monks of St. Pancras at Lewes, both on the inside and outside with in Sussex ; viz. the church and parson slender shafts, a od divided by one plain of Merton with his land, and also the mullion, finished at the top with a eithes of the demesne lands of the hall, quatrefoil. On the South are three and 80 acres of his gift. The rectory, clerestory windows, each one divided temp. Edw. I. was valued at 13 marks, into two lights by one mollion, formthe prior of Lewes's portion at 10 ing a trefoil at the top. They contain,


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William, son of John Bacon of Griston, gave to William, Prior of Lewes, his right in méssuage and 46 acres of land, 4s. 6d. rent in Merton, all which revenues continued in that monastery till its dissolution, and then came to Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and were afterwards sold to the De Greys.

In 1374 there was a composition made between the Prior and Rector, by which the latter was for eter to have all their portion of tithes in Merton, with a toft called Lewes-yard (of course from the priory of Lewes, in Sussex), and 50 acres called Lewes-lond, or land.

+ Mr. Ledwich (see Gent. Mag. for Oct. 1813, p. 817 notes) ascribes the round towers of Norfolk and Suffolk Churches to Irish Missionaries. And why?--merely from the prevalence of those round towers in Ireland, which have occasioned so much disquisition with antiquaries ! It appears to me more probable, that the architects in Norfolk and Suffolk (where the Churches are almost all built of small flints), preferred the round to the square form, to save the expence of freestone, which would have been wanted in the latter esse for the corners of the building.


Account of Mertor, Norfolk

13 as is usual in country churches, fragteting Baynard; the 3rd bears De ments of stained glass. Near the first Grey's; the 4th, Manning, quarterly pillar to the west stands the font, Az. and Gu. over all a cross patonce which consists of an octagonal bason between three trefoils slipped Or; 'the and shaft, raised on a base of two 5th has De Grey impaling Manting. steps, all of stone. The bason is lined The inscription, which has been reared with lead, and perforated at the bot. off, was as follows: tom. The eighi faces are ornamented

Orate pro a'i'ab's Will i de Grep Ar: with plaia strields. The corners of the migeri e Christianae uroris ejus, fitiae lower part of the basun have angelsJeb'is Mannpnge nuper de Eiling bant with expanded wings, bearing shields. magna gener: pro a'i'ab's omnium The covering, which is of wood, is benefactoru' suoru', & pro a'i'ab's pro lofty, reaching nearly to the top of the quib's tenentur. Qui quide' willius arch: it was formerly gilt and richly obiit in festo s'i'i Martini Ep'. an'a ornanented with tabernacle work; but d’ni NCCCC Irriv. dicta Christiana is now going to decay.

obiit in festo Pi'i Petri ad vincula... The seats on the north side of the Another stone, partly covered by the nave are open, and appear antient. hall pew, had five shields and an in On the south side are four inclosed scription on brass, all gone. It was pews, built in 1813, and appropriated in memory of Mary, wife of William to the four farms into which the parish de Grey, son and heir of William de is divided. The hall pew, which is Grey, and sister to Edmund Beding, of carved oak, and lined, stands at the field, esq. who died April 5, 1480. south-east end. Opposite to it, on the The arms were Grey impaling Bay, north side, are fixed the reading-desk nard; Grey quartering Baynard im. and pulpit, both of oak ; the latter is paling Bedingfield, quartering Tuden

In the middle of the nave there is a The next stone, a little to the north, stone, which formerly had this in- has also lost its brass and inscription. 1 scription:

Against the north wall, under the Orate pro a'i'a Christianae Buchen: first window from the chancel, there is bain* nuper uroris Georgii Bucken:

a monument for William de Grey, esq. ham filiae Dill: de Breñ armigeri, and his two wives. The brasses are que obiit riijo die Junii ao d’ní all remaining, except those which bore iac € Cirrrrr. et pro a'i'a Agnetis the inscriptions. His effigy in armour, . Heth quonda' filiae Francisci Heth ar: with the arms of De Grey, is in a migecis que diem clausit eftremum, kneeling posture, having his helm biz: prinii maii ic Criprrriiii.

lying by him, a scrawl issuing from - At the east end of the above lies a his imouth, and De Grey's arms quara stone which had formerly five shields, tering Baynard over his head; behind viz. the 1st has De Grey's arms ti him are his five sons in loose, gowns 1, 2nd, now gone, had De Grey, quar, with a disrobed scrowl over their heads:

See Bl. Ask. I. 287. + In consequence of the paternal arms of De Grey being borne by so many families, Sir Thomas de Grey, about 1300, totally omitted them, and assumed those of Cornherd, whieb he and his descendants for several generations bore as their paternal arms, vizi Az. & fess between two chevrons Or; which arms the Corpherd or Comerth family took in imitation of the Baiuards, their superior lords, of whom they held great part of their estate, whose arms are the same exactly as Cornerd's, only the field and chevroos differ in colour.

lo all MSS. Visitations, &c. per Hawley Claren. tercp. E. VI. ; per Harvey Claren. temp. Eliz. ; per Bishe Claren. 1664 ; the De Greys have used the arms of Cornerd, and in Bishe's Visitation the quarterings are thus entered: 1. Grey alias Cornerd, Az. a fess between two chevrops Or; 2. Baynard, Atg. a fess between two chevrons Az.; 8. Barnsien or Berriardeston, Az. a fess dancetté Erm. between six crosslets Arg.: 4. Manning; quartering Az. and Gu. over all a cross patouce between three trefoils slipped Or. Crest : on a torce of his colours a dragon's head erased Or. 11. Edmund, see monument in chance against the north wall

.. William, seo inaos Aument in south aisle, south wall.-3. Fulk, was buried in 1560. in the south aisle of Carbrooke Churcb vear Watton, in the grave of Elizabeth Drury his wife, who was buried Nov. 8, 1555. Their gravestone, stripped of all its brasses, still remains. In Blomefield's uime one shield remained, having the arms of Grey impaling Baynard.--4.

....-5. Daughters : 1. “ Gabriell Grey, the daughter of Mr. William Grey, was baptized the xxv of September 1551."-Parish Register of Thompson, Norfolk.


14 Preservation of a Family on Ship-board during the Great Plague. [July, opposite to him is Mary Bedingfield, children, lived a little way out of town, his first wife, kneeling, with her three where her recollections of a visitation daughters behind her; orer her head similar to what she again expected, also has been a scrowl, and the arms often gave her much uneasiness on acof De Grey quartering Baynard im- count of her sons in the city. This paling Bedingfield, Ermine, an eagie occasioned her visits to be much more displayed Gu. quartering Tudenhain, frequent than before ; and her repeated Jozenge, Arg. and Gu. Behind them adulonitions 10 prepare for the event is Grace Teye, his and wife, and their expected, by repentance and a change Iwo daughters with dishevelled hair; of life, at length were thought officious, Oser her has been a scrowl; the arms and in a great measure imputed to of De Grey quartering Baynard, im, imbecility. But, as before observed, paling Teye of Essex, a fess, in chief the old lady had lived in London in ihree niarilets, in base a chevron. the time of the great plague, as it was (To be continued.)

then called, 29 years before, viz. in

1624, when there died of all distempers Mr. URBAN, London, July 14. above 34,000 people, exclusive of those

THE following narrative is collecied in the out-parishes. One of the last in page 311 of your Magazine for May, their mother upon this subject was in · which your Correspondent W. L. C. February 1665, and then but one per. calls «'The Fabius-like caution and son had died of the plague since Defirmness exhibited by a London citizen cember; so that the eldest brother during that dreadful visitation.” This once or twice jested with her and his may possibly possess some portion of sister on the subject, and, as the latter interest to readers of a similar taste thought, a lille prophanely. It was with him, and, as well as iny prior not above a fortnight after this dis. communication, is one among the course when the city had another many traits of former times collected alarm, and one of her brothers was during my limited researches into the the person that brought the news, antiquities of this great city; as such viz. that the plague had broke out again it is perfectly at your disposal.

in St. Giles's parish, and that a whole Yours, &c. W. HAMILTON REID. family was dead of it. The young lady

was in her chamber, when her brother Account of a Family preserved on Ship- coming up to her door, “Oh, sister,”

board in the Thames during the Great said he, "we are all undone !UnPlague in 1665.

done,” said she, “what's the matier?" TWO brothers and a sister, the He could not speak for some time, but children of one pious mother, a widow, at last continued" We are all unlived together in one house in the city; done, sister! my mother and you were the sister, the youngest of the family, both in the right, the Plague IS BEwas about nineteen, one of the bro- GUN!” He then proceeded to give thers near forty, and the other about her an account that two men had been twenty-six years of age. The sister, as buried in St. Giles's in the fields; well as the mother, was pious and that it was true there were but two well instructed; the brothers men of persons put in the weekly bill

, but he business, in which they were much was assured that two or three houses taken up and engaged, but still sober were infected; that five people were and orderly people. Having been dead in one, and seven in another ; merchants and resided abroad, on their that the burials in St. Giles's parish, return to England, as partners, they usually 16 or 18 a week, had increased had large concerns on their hands, to 30. Though scarcely a day passed kept two or three servants and books without some reasoning on the comkeepers daily in the counting-house, mon calamity, many persons, and parand doing business as well at the ticularly one in this family, endeawater side as at the Royal Exchange. voured to persuade themselves that the As the eldest of these brothers was a disorder had died away; but about the widower, and the youngest a bachelor, 3rd or 4th of May, the youngest bra the young lady their sister was their ther, having been out in the morning, housekeeper, and in a familiar way came into ihe counting-house, when, they called her their governess. The having sent a servant out of the old lady, with some of the younger way and shut the door, the elder im


1899.) Preservation of a family on Ship-board during the Great Plague. iS. mediately asked him if he had heard something to communicate, he began any bad news any thing more of the to tell one of the owners that he wonplagne : " Anything more of it? why dered he had not removed his family 'tis coine into the city: here's one dead all this while, &c. The captain was in the next streel to us almost, 'lis but some tine before he would undertake iu Bearbinder-lane. Indeed, my Lord to explain his proposal ; but being Mayor sent iwo surgeons to search the pressed 10 coine to the point, he replied, body, and they have both given is in Why, then, Sir, the short of the tbai he died of the Plague: he was a story is this-Have I not a ship here Frenchman."

in the river and is she not your own, This discourse having ended, the excepting a sixteenth which I have by elder brother went out, and found all your friendship? Here we have victhe other had said was true ; the plague iuals for her for four months for tweniyhad insected five or six faniilies in St. two men, and have put her up on the Giles's, near Long. Acre, and had Exchange for Genoa, Naples, and Messpread down Drury-lane into St. Cle. sina. We have taken in no goods on nent's parish, and the other way into your account but some hogsheads of St. Andrew's, Holborn. Still it ap- sugar and about 50 fodder of lead for peared that many persons, especially ballast ; nor, as things are now, will shop-keepers, concealed the distemper any body ship off any thing; besides, as much as they could to prevent their 'tis to no purpose to go to sea; for no customers from leaving them. The nation in Europe will give us product, dead they pretended died of the spotied or let us so much as conie to an anchor fever, or any thing else they could get in any of their ports.” In a word, the the searchers to report for them. captain's proposal being adopted, the

This family, like the other that re ship fell down from Rotherhithe to sided near Wood-street, Cripplegate, Deptford, and beds and bedding-linen alter some deliberation, proposed get. of all sorts, with all kinds of kitchen ting a stock of bread and beer into the furniture, and other family necessaries, house, and to trust to their mother in were packed up in cases, boxes, and the country, wlio sent them fresh pro- bales, as if for the use of passengers. visions every week; but when it was All the plate and valuables of the faconsidered that no messenger or servant nily were fetched away by the ship's would dare to bring thein provisions long-boal, and another they borrowed, much longer, this scheine was given for three days together, their own up as being then 100 late. At this servants assisting io put it on-board. time it appears the ordinary carriers The captain was equally industrious, had ceased going; besides, there was and in a few days they were as comno passing the roads; the towns were pletely fitted out and provisioned as if all guarded, the passages stopped; and a voyage to sea had really been inthough they had got certificales of tended. health from the Lord Mayor, the city Their dwelling-house in the city, in began now to be so infected that no the parish of St. Margaret Pattens, they one would receive them-noinn would, left lastened up with no one in it, the lodge them on the way. They had for care of it being consigned to the ordi. somie time left of burying the dead in. nary watch by nighi, and (wo poor the usual form and manner, especially men who took their turns in keeping in the oul-parts; but the dreadful cry the outer door by day, look in letters, of " Bring out your dead," between and attended to such business as might twelve and three in the morning, was casually occur. The letters were ornot heard in the city till the first week, dered to be sent to a house at Green-. in August. In that week more than wich; thence they were brought to the 4000 persons in the parishes near the ship's side, having been sprinkled with city walis, about Bishopsgale and Crip- vimegar, and then scorched at the fire. plegate, had, died.

The ship continued at anchor a little This family, having debated three above Deptford about a fortnights or four days respecting their means of but finding by that tiine the dread.. providing for themselves, were happily ful increase of the plague that came relieved by the arrival of the captain of on eastward from the other end of a ship that belonged to one of the bro the town, by the north side of the thers, which had been fitted out for a city, into Aldgate, Whitechapel, and voyage to Genoa and Messina. Having Stepney, and raged especially

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