Name: Ernald I le RUS , of Stradbrook 1
ALIA: Ernald I le /Ruffus/, of Stradbroke
Birth: ABT 1090 in Stradbroke, Hoxne, Suffolk, England
Death: BEF 1159
Was a village or township in the time of the Conqueror, though now it is a principal lordship and farm in Salle: at the survey we have this account of it; that Ralph held it, Wither, a freeman, being deprived of it, who had it in King Edward's time, with 3 carucates of land 9 villains, 39 borderers and 3 servi, there were 3 carucates in demean, 8 among the tenants, and 4 acres of meadow, paunage for 100 swine, one mill, 2 beasts for carriage and 20 cows, &c. 120 sheep, 27 goats and 3 bee skeps; a church endowed with 14 acres, 14 socmen, with 80 acres and 4 carucates, &c. Ralph had 2 of these socmen when he forfeited, and they held 12 acres valued at 20d. the whole was then valued at 5l. at the survey at 7l. it was one leuca long, and half a one broad, and paid 11d. gelt to the King. Ralph here mentioned was Earl of Norfolk and lord of this town, which he possessed till he lost it for his rebellion, and was granted then to the Earl Warren, lord, as we find, at the survey.
A moiety of this town constituted what was afterwards called Heydon, (which town is not mentioned in Domesday Book,) and the other moiety, what is called now Stinton-hall.
The ancient family of Le Rus or Rufus, was enfeoft of this soon after the reign of the Conqueror: King Stephen, when Earl of Morton, granted to Ernald Rufus, son of Roger, the whole manor of Stradbroke in Suffolk, part of the honour of Eye, with the soke and advowson of the church, &c. and King John confirmed the said grant to Ernald Rufus (to hold as his grandfather held it) on May 17, in his first year.
King Henry III. in his 11th year granted to Hugh Rufus, son and heir of Ernald, a weekly mercate here, on Friday, with one at Wodebridge, on Wednesday, and the said Ernald, son of Ernard the second, in the 3d of King John, gave by deed for his soul's health and that ofhis wife Isabel, and his ancestors, and all the faithful deceased, in pure alms, to God, St. Mary, and the church of Wodebryge, and the canons thereof, all the tithe of Northaghe and Hunteswyk, in the village of Stadbrook, saving a pension of 4s. per ann. to be paid to the prior and convent of Eye; dated at Wytingham, in 1201; and this Ernald is called in the register of the priory of Eye, patron of Wodebrigge.
Hugh Rufus, his son, in the 10th of Henry III. was one of the collectors of the fifteenth in Norfolk, and in the following year had the grant of a mercate in the manor of Stradbroke and in Wodebridge, as above observed. In the 31st of that King, Maud, widow of Roger de Clere, demanded of John Le Rus, the 3d part of certain lands in Stinton, Salle, and Heydon; and in the 37th of that King, William Le Rus was found to die seized of the advowsons of Sall and Heydon, with the lordships of Stradbroke and Hasketon in Suffolk, and Alice was his daughter and heir, aged 6 years.
This Alice married Richard de Breose or Brews, (second son of Sir William, and Maud his wife,) and was a retainer of the Earl-Marshal, custos of the peace of Norfolk and Suffolk, in the 50th of Henry III. lord of Stinton-hall, and many other manors in right of his wife; and in the 52d year, Richard and Alice grant to the prior of Wodebrigge 10 marks rent per ann. to find a canon to celebrate for ever in the priory church for their souls, and in the 55th they conveyed by fine to the Bishop of Ely and his successours the patronage of the church of Whitinton.
From: 'Eynford Hundred: Stinton', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 8, pp. 266-269. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=78463&strquery=witnesham richard Date accessed: 27 April 2012.
Father: Roger le RUS , of Stradbroke b: ABT 1060 in Normandy, France
- Ernald II le RUS , of Stradbrook b: ABT 1120 in Stradbroke, Hoxne, Suffolk, England
- Title: An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, by Francis Blomefield, www.british-history.ac.uk
Page: vol 8, 266-9