Name: Roger de COKEFIELD 1
ALIA: Roger de /Cockfield/
Birth: ABT 1043 in Ver, Manche, Normandy, France
Death: AFT 1086 in Cockfield, Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk, England
I have already observed that on the death of Jeff. de Meauton, alias Le Constable, son of Peter, his three sisters, Isabel, Alice, and Edith were his coheirs, between whom this lordship was divided; Edith married Sir Thomas de Astley, Isabel married Adam de Cockfeld, and Alice married Robert de Cockfeld, brother of Adam, (as I take it,) and sons of Adam de Cockfeld, by Agatha, or Isabel, daughter of Sir Robert de Aguillon, by Agatha his wife, daughter and coheir of Fulk de Beaufoe, lord of Hockwold and Wilton, in her right.
The family of Cockfield seem to descend from a younger son of the noble family of the Veres Earls of Oxford, Alberick de Vere had a younger brother, Roger, who held the lordship of Cockfeld in Suffolk, of the abbots of Bury, immediately after the conquest, and Anselm, abbot of Bury, who lived in the reign of Henry I. granted the service of Roger to his brother, Alberic de Vere, at the King's request; from this town they took their sirname.
Adam de Cockfeld left a daughter and heir, Nesta, who was Lady Semere in Suffolk, and married Matthew de Leyham.
In the reign of Richard I. Sampson, abbot of Bury, settled for life on Adam, son of Robert de Cockfeld, the manors of Groten and Semere in Suffolk, and a fine was levied between the said abbot and Adam, in the 7th of that King, of the hundred of Cosford, wherein Adam, grandfather of Adam, is mentioned, and in the 10th of that King, a fine was levied between Lucy de Cokefeld and Adam her son.
In the 41st of Henry III. a fine was levied between John, son of Robert de Cockfield and Isabel, and Adam de Cokefeld and Isabel his wife, impedient, of two messuages, two carucates of land, 105s. rent in Mealting, Burgh, Burningham, Sniterley, Birston, and East Tudenham, with the advowson of the church of Birston, with all the demeans, homages, services of freemen, advowsons of churches, knights fees, wards, reliefs, eschaets, villages, woods, alders, meads, pastures, waters, pools, ponds, parks, &c. belonging; and whatever Adam and Isabel had of the inheritance of Peter de Mealton, father of Isabel, one of whose heirs she was, all which were released to John and his heirs, to be held of Robert de Cockfeld and Alice his wife, fort he life of Alice, and after her decease of the chief lord of the fee, with a third part of the lands, tenements, and advowsons of churches, which Jeffrey de Burnavill and Maud his wife held in dower of the said inheritance, she being, as it appears, relict of Geffrey de Mealton.
Sir John de Cockfeld was at that time one of the justices of the King's Bench; and in the 56th of that King had an annuity of 40l. per ann. as one of those justices.
In the 14th of Edward I. John de Cockfeld claimed view of frank pledge, and other liberties belonging to their manor, (now united,) as belonging to the barony of the see of Norwich, and William Inge, serjeant at law, and John de Cockfeld, were in the 26th of the said reign appointed justices to enquire after the grievances of the people of England, in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutlandshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk; concerning things taken from the churchmen and laity, in wool, hides, leather, corn, beasts, flesh, fish, &c. either for the keeping of the seas, or any other reason after the war with France; according to the King's promise before his going over into Flanders and to do all other things according to the form of instructions sent them from the King and his council.
In the 12th of Edward II. John de Catfeld, clerk, Eustachius de Dalling, &c. trustees, settled this manor on John de Cokfeld and Margaret his wife, for their lives, remainder on Reginald, son of John, in fee tail; remainder to John, another son.
We find Sir John de Cockfeld to present to the church of Bristonin 1305, and Cecilia his relict in 1311, and 1330, who were father and mother of John, who married Margaret; and in 1349, Sir John de Cockfeld presented to Birston.
John Cockfeld, Esq. was probably his son, and died before the year 1365, when Simon, Bishop of Ely, granted an indulgence of 40 days, to all who on confession of their sins, and saying Ave-Mary and the angelick salutation, for the health of the soul of the said John, buried in the conventual church of Wykes in Essex: he died before Sir John, his father, and Sir Thomas his brother was lord in the 36th of that King, and his son, Sir Robert de Cockfeld, was lord in the 5th of Richard II.
Sir John de Cockfeld, son of Sir Robert, kept his first court in the 4th of Henry V.; he married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Foljambe, and died s. p. about the 30th of Henry VI. and was then the wife of Ralph Monboucher. After this it came to Agnes, sister and heir of Sir John, who brought it by marriage to John Talbys, Esq. of Lincolnshire, and so to John Ascough, Esq. of the said county, as may beseen in East Tuddenham, in Mitford hundred, who sold it to John Wynham, Esq. in the reign of Henry VI. Sir Thomas Wyndham died seized of it in 1522: his son Edmund, in the 27th of Henry VIII. held with Thomas Astley, Esq. three knights fees, and 3 quarters of the Bishop of Norwich, paying castle guard to Norwich from 30 weeks to 30, 3s. 6d. for each fee; and was sold by a fine levied in the 34th of the said King to Sir William Butts, whose son William was lord, and by the heiress of this family came to Sir Nich. Bacon, Bart. whose son, Sir Edmund, sold it to the Astleys, in which family it now remains. From: 'Holt hundred: Melton Constable', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 9 (1808), pp. 415-426. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=78583&strquery=cockfield Date accessed: 07 March 2012.
Father: Alphonso de VERE , Count of Ghesnes b: ABT 1010 in Ver, Manche, Normandy, France
Mother: Katherine of FLANDERS b: ABT 1020 in Flanders, France
- Lemmerus? de COKEFIELD b: ABT 1066 in Cockfield, Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk, England
- Title: An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, by Francis Blomefield: URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
Page: vol 9, p. 415-26