Title:
'Superuis extentu siue terrarium tam honoris et dominij de Castle Hedingham ... per Israelem Amyce Ar.'
Level: Category
Estate and Family records
Level: Fonds
MAJENDIE FAMILY OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM
Level: Sub-Fonds
MANORIAL
Level: Series
Manor of Castle Hedingham
Scope and Content:
Translation of title: 'Survey, extent or terrier of the honor and lordship of Castle Hedingham ... by Israel Amyce esq.'

Comprises:

(1) manor of Hedingham Borough: freeholders (ff. 3-4); customary tenants (ff. 7-19); demesne leased (f. 21); map of Hedingham Borough (f. 22)
(2) Manor of Hedingham Upland in Castle Hedingham and Gestingthorpe, including manor of Netherhall ['Overhall' added in margin in a contemporary hand], and in Halstead, Foxearth, Bulmer, Belchamp Walter, Great Yeldham, Great Maplestead, Sible Hedingham, Gosfield and Toppesfield (mostly small scattered holdings): map of Kirckby Hall (f. 29v.), freeholders (ff. 30-47): customary tenants (ff. 52-77); demesne land (ff. 85-90), including detailed description of castle and parks (ff. 85-86), with maps of the Newe or Litell Park (f. 87) and the Great Park (f. 89)
(3) Castle Hedingham nunnery: freeholders (f. 97); demesne leased in Castle Hedingham, Finchingfield and Halstead (ff. 109-121), including map of the nunnery lands (f. 120v.)
(4) Parkes farm in Gestingthorpe (ff. 125-127), with map of Parkes farm (f. 128)
(5) Manor of Prayers alias Bower Hall in Sible Hedingham: freeholders (ff. 135-141); customary tenants who hold at will of lord according to custom of manor (ff. 145-151); customary tenants who hold without impeachment of waste and pay fine of 1d. on death or alienation, a liberty granted by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (ff. 152-164); bond lands and tenements held by rod at will of lord according to custom of manor sold by earl to Edward Glascock, gentleman (ff. 167-171); demesne, including site of manor, demised by earl to John Wignell deceased for 1,000 years (ff. 172-175)
(6) Manor of Grayes in Sible Hedingham: freeholders (ff. 179-180); customary tenants who hold at will of lord according to custom of manor, or who hold without impeachment of waste and pay fine of 1d. on death or alienation, a liberty granted by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (ff. 181-183, 187-194); demesne, including site of manor, demised by earl to George Fyntche (ff. 199-202)
(7) Pevers Farm in Sible Hedingham (ff. 205-207); Peppers Farm (ff. 210-211).

Indexes of tenants and place names (ff. 216-222).
The survey is incomplete, a fair proportion of descriptions lacking acreages and abuttals (particularly where remote from main estate). It includes 7 maps (scales between 13.3 and 20 inches to 1 mile), besides numerous smaller inset plans.

About 5,000 acres, being almost whole of Castle Hedingham, north, north-east, centre and south of Sible Hedingham, smaller areas in west of Gestingthorpe and north-east of Halstead. Descriptions of holdings include name of occupier or tenant, description of land including abuttals, acreage, rent due and coloured sketch plan. Maps show field names, names of farms and occupiers, adjacent properties and some adjacent owners; greens, streets and lanes; some indication of state of cultivation. All buildings including castle, church, 'Scite of the Nonnry' and watermill in Castle Hedingham, Parkes in Gestingthorpe, and Prayors alias Bower Hall, Grayes, Pevers and Peppers in Sible Hedingham, drawn crudely in perspective view. Shows 'chapel yard' in Castle Hedingham [confirming supposed site of St James's chapel on 1st edition 6-inch Ordnance Survey map].
Dates of Creation:
1592
Extent:
1 volume
Creator Name:
Israel Amyce
Access:
Not to be produced. See microfilm and photographic copies
Language
Latin.
Physical Characteristics:
Maps from 11 x 8 inches up to 26 x 17 inches.
Existence of Copies:
For colour microfilm see T/B 106/4; for black and white microfilm see T/B 106/2; for photographic copy see Ph 2/121. The ERO also holds digital images, but these are not yet available online.


Related Unit of Description:
For photostats of rental, 1594, of manors of Hedingham Upland, Hedingham Borough, Castle Hedingham nunnery, Prayors and Grays in Sible Hedingham, which refers to the 1592 survey, see T/A 153/6.
Not Available:
Not to be produced

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Manorial Manor of Castle Hedingham: survey, 1592
Personal Names Israel
Amyce
surveyor, 1592
Institutions Manor of Castle Hedingham Survey, 1592