Medieval Manors of Fincham


A – Attainder
S – Sale
M – Marriage
G – Gift
Dwi – Died without issue
L Leased 


Talbot: Warenne > Talbot y 1251{A)=Bigod Earls of Norfolk > 1286(A)=Talbots > ?=Spring > 1545(S)=Edmund Lumnour > 1554(S)=Thomas Drurv > Soon after, sold to the Finchams.

Little-Well : Warenne > William de Little-Well > 1324(S)=Hugh de Holewoton. > 1391(M) > Gregory Attelatte > ?=Thomas Thoresby of Kings Lynn > ?=William Thruxton > 1408(S)=Lady Aliamore Inglethorpe > 1408(G)=John Allen of Fincham > By 1476=Nicholas Geylon > By 1449=the Finchams.

Comb: Warenne > Richard de la Comb > 1438(S)=John Stourton > By 1449=John Bexwell.

Benefeld: Warenne > John de Benefeld > 1405(M)=Finchams.

Newlands: Warenne > Ralf Newland > By 1347 5 Newburts > 1405(S)=Finchams.

New-Hall: Warenne > Newhall > ?=De Benefelds > 1416(S)=William Isles > By 1542=Finchams.

Fincham Hall:Warenne > Nigellus de Fincham.

Burnham: Warenne > Philip de Burnham > ?=Roger Grancourt > 1325(G)=Ralph de Keleteston of Kings Lynn > 1352(S)=Finchams.

Fairswell: De Wormegay (as demesne) > Lords Bardolf > By 1236=Waleran de Teyes > By 1272=Roger de Predetyn > 1380s(?)=Laurence Trusbutt > ?=Viscount Beaumont > 1507(Dwi)=Crown > 1515(L)=Sir John Tilney and John Fincham.

Curple:De Wormegay > Lords Bardolf > Curple > 1330(M)=De Causton > 1343,1392 and 1393=On each occasion, Finchams snapped up a third 

Grandcourt: De Wormegay > Lords Bardolf > Roger Grandcourt > By 1347=Thomas de Keteleston > 1402(S)=Finchams.

Brothers-Hall: De Wormegay > Lords Bardolf > By 1230=Simon de Brothers > 1240(S)=John Talebot > By 1307=John de Causton.

Bainard: Bainard > early 1100s(A)=Ralph 1ord Fitzwalter > 1260(L)=Robert de Cantilupe > 1305(L)=Adam de Waldingfeld > early 1400s(M)=Ratcliffe > 1506(S)=Finchams.

Hence, the Fincham family ends controlling 10 manors and leasing another. Only two remained outside of their control. By the 1500s, the manors of Benefeld, Newlands and Burnham were all de facto annexed to other manors.

Fincham Hall, Talbot, Bainard and Curple: Finchams > 1570(s) > Charles Cornwallis > 1586(s) > Thomas Gawswell > 1590(s) > Francis Gawdy > ?(m) > Lord Warwick > 1620(s) > Sir Thomas Cheek > By 1621(s) > Sir Ralph Hare of Stow Bardolf.

Little-Wells: Finchams > 1570(s) > John Heigham >?(s) > Consortium > ?(s) > Consortium > 1590(s) > Judge Gawdy > ?(m) Lord Warwick > 1620(s) > Rolph > 1621(s) > Sir Ralph Hare.

Comb: (Blyth calls it Coomb’s) Bexwells > 1578(s) > Charles Cornwallis (see Fincham Hal l ),

New-Hall and Grandcourt: Finchams >1570(s) > John Heigham >1590(s) > Gawsell > (see Fincham Hal l ) .

Fareswell: (Blyth calls it Fair’s Well) Crown > 1552(g) > Thomas Horsman, who let it to John Aysborough > By 1562 > Sir Richard Sackville let it to Thomas and William Guybon of Lynn > 1720(s) > Richard Warner of Elsham > 1720s(s) > Dr Rudd > Mid-1700s(m) > Dr Deck > By 1845 > Rev. Humfrey > By 1863 > John Calthrop of London and Stanhoe Hall.

Brothers-Hall: De Caustons > 1570(s) > John Carsey of Revesby, Lincolnshire > 1570(s) > Hugh Hare. Annexed to the Manor of Talbots under the Inclosure Act of 1772).

Parkin, in 1807 writes that 12 of the old 13 medieval manors of Fincham were held by the Hares.

White’s Directory of 1845 tells a different story. It states that the Hares held only 6 (of 9 surviving manors). It ascribes different ownership to Fareswell (Rev. Humfrey), Talbot (George Aylmer) and Playters (William Hebgin).

The 1883 Edition identified the Hare manors as Hall, Curple, Grandcourt, Combes, Baynard and Littlewell. It also identifies the following as Lords of other Manors : Calthrop (i.e. Fareswell); Aylmer (i.e. Talbot): Hebqin (i.e. Playters); Barsham and Jarvis.

Clearly, both sources cannot be correct. The probable solution is a failure on behalf of Directory compilers to distinguish between ownership of land and the (by Victorian times entirely honorific) Lordship of a Manor.

Playter’s Manor was the old medieval manor of New-Hall, renamed after Edmund Playter, an occupant of the Hall in the 1630s.