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By an inquisitio post mortem, taken the 30th of May, in the 5th of Charles I., John Tasburgh, Knight, was found to die, on the 24th of April, in the same year, seized of the manor of South Elmham, Boyses, Sandcroft, Newhall, Flixton, &c.

According to Coppinger, "the manors, therefore, of Sandcroft, Newhall, Boyses, Flixton, &c., appear to have grown out of the greater or paramount manor of South Elmham at a very early period; for though Almaham, or Elmham, is returned in Domesday as the lordship of the Bishop of Thetford, it is even then said "alii ibi tenent." Blomefield, the historian of Norfolk, asserts that the ancestors of Archbishop Sandcroft, of Fressingfield, derived their name from this village, though Dr. D'Oyley, in his history of that primate, does not notice this circumstance. But the fact that Robert de Sandcroft was patron of this church in the year 1319, goes far to confirm Blomefield's position. The parish of Sandcroft, or St. George, passed from the Tasburghs to the Adairs, and forms part of the Flixton estate"

Boyses, or Boys, Hall is shown above surrounded by a very large moat on the first OS map of the Flixton Estate about a mile to the East of Flixton Hall. The moat is still present and is currently (2010) used as a sink for polluted water draining from a large industrial estate in field 233.



From: 'South Elmham, St George or St Cross', The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: volume 1 (1846), pp. 207-212. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=115638 Date accessed: 20 April 2010.